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Carrying Successes Forward (Learning from the Lab)

Celebrating accomplishments from this past year
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The world is changing. 

Stay up to date on the latest research, resources, and reflections exploring how to cultivate Christian faith in the 21st century. 

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Who Is Your Church Open To?

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Do our ministries reflect only our members?
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Grief, Gratitude, and Hope

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Entering the new year while processing the past year
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Innovative Leader Profile: Charisse Jones

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A leader with a passion for helping others find their callings
Crucial Strategies for Reducing Compassion Fatigue

Crucial Strategies for Reducing Compassion Fatigue

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Resources and tips for ministry leaders
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Stress is Social: Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

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The role of stress and empathy in a pastor's ministry
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Stewarding Grief With Courage

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The promise of Christmas is a promise to us now
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Tiny Things: Cultivating Micro-Practices in Congregational Life

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Seemingly small things can reorient our lives
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Ministry with People Experiencing Homelessness in a Pandemic Winter

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Recommit to treating people experiencing homelessness with dignity
Finding Hope in a Divided, Socially Distant Nation

Finding Hope in a Divided, Socially Distant Nation

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Experiences and insights from ministry in 2020
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Advent: Mary Sings an Old Dream and a New Economy

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The Magnificat as an opportunity for stewardship leaders
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Seeds Prototype: Breathe Together in Community

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Experience God's presence
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Watch Night: For Freedom and Hope

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Release the old, reflect, and be renewed
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Both Personal and Public: Community organizing as leadership practice

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Show up for each other and the community
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Innovative Leader Profile: Alexus Rhone

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Storytelling, mystery, and God
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Advent: The Gift of Receiving

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Faithful giving and receiving through the eyes of the Good Samaritan
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Seeds Prototype: Jesus, Jazz, and Dessert Wine

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Connect through music and storytelling.
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Public Art Can Ignite the Spirit of Possibility

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Churches can host art installations to deepen experiences of faith
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Advent Mirror

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Reconnect with the account of Mary and Elizabeth
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Creatively Connecting with All Ages During the Pandemic

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Even with pandemic fatigue, churches can continue to connect while separate
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Advent: Steward the Story

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An Advent story and practices for the whole family

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Covid’s Call to Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Right Now

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Speak into the daily life of your community
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Hope in the Loss

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Joy and fun brings a community together
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Innovative Leader Profile: Noemi Chavez

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Leading a conference movement to empower girls
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Promising Innovation: Cultivating Innovative Intelligence

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Lean into and continue the work the pandemic has brought to light
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Remembering Dr. Terence Fretheim

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A biblical scholar with a pastor's heart
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Looking Towards Advent, from National Adoption Awareness Month

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The regular life of the Church offers ways to honor adoption
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Focus on year-round stewardship (it’s not over after annual response)

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Move from a fundraising to a stewardship mindset
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What I’m Reading: O Zoom, All Ye Faithful

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A fun way to have an online Christmas pageant
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Promising Innovation: Discovering a Christian Way of Life

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Church leaders are called to help people engage spiritual practices
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Bringing Back House Churches

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Spirit-led innovation in response to the pandemic
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Innovative Leader Profile: Heather Jallad

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Empowering others through Fresh Expressions of faith
Reflections on Faith & Finances

Reflections on Faith & Finances

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How is money talked about in your church
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When You Don’t Go “Home for the Holidays” (Learning from the Lab)

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The holidays will be different this year
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It Had Been Awhile

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Where are you seeing Jesus at work
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Promising Innovation: When Disruption Becomes Ministry

Wildfires and the pandemic bring new meaning to caring for the least of these

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