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Spring into the Neighborhood: Walking Tour

Spring has finally arrived! Spring is a time for cleaning and airing out old, winterized spaces, and providing room for growth and renewal. Congregations can and should take the cue from the warming temperatures to look for avenues of growth and...
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Faith and Political Engagement: Latina/o Protestants At the Intersection

From the outside, Allen Temple Ministerios Hispanos (ATMH) is unimposing. Located deep in poverty-stricken East Oakland California, ATMH’s neighbors include two fellow protestant churches, a bar and a liquor store. It’s the week before...
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Ethical Considerations in Visual Research

This post is the last in a series by the Congregational Studies Visual Methods Fellow, Roman R. Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Calvin College. He is an expert in visual research...
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Rev. Lyle E. Schaller, 1923-2015

Rev. Lyle E. Schaller, a popular pastor and church consultant who gave practical advice on how congregations can grow and thrive, has died at the age of 91. From the New York Times obituary, Armed with research and anecdotal evidence, Mr....
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Catholicism in the Castro: Parish Life in Context

The National Catholic Reporter published a five-part series on San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer Church, focusing on its open and inclusive relationship with the community. Up to eighty percent of its population is LGBT. Most Holy...
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How to Get Started Collecting Congregational Data

The UJA-Federation of New York developed a great resource on how congregations can begin and continue to collect data and make decisions based on the data collected. Check out their free report, Data Maturity for Synagogues: Incorporating Data...
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Grant Money for Pastor/Scholar Teams!

Are you a religious leader or religious scholar who has an innovative research idea for studying North American Christian congregations? Louisville Institute has a call for research teams comprised of both academic and pastoral leaders to work...
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How to Ask Good Questions

An important part of any study is having a clear research question. The language of “research question” may seem intimidating for a little investigation about your congregation, but to be able to figure out what is going on in your...
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Refocus the Conversation: About “Attracting Families”

Is your congregation attempting to reach out to “young families?” Jan Edmiston works at the Presbytery of Chicago and has a personal blog at at achurchforstarvingartists.wordpress.org. Below is part of a recent post on the topic:...
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