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Will the ELCA be Gone in 30 Years?

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New projections forecast just 16,000 in worship across the entire ELCA by 2041. Why is this happening and what can be done?

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Six Months of Dwelling in Acts 16: One congregation’s experience

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Read pastor Phil Ruge-Jones insights from guiding a congregation through an in-depth study of Acts 16.

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The Ancient Art of Thanking

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Robert Hay, Jr. looks at the underestimated value of giving thanks to your church members, and how an old-fashioned hand-written note can build a stronger, more authentic relationship.
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Watch Mary Hess’ Boston College Presentation: “Finding Faith in the Maelstrom – Storytelling as a Source of Hope”

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"We know who we are in relation to God in large measure by the stories we share."
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Lessons in Innovation from the Old Testament

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Cameron Howard points to the Old Testament as a valuable resource for understanding times of change and the need for innovation.
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Cultivating God’s Expansive Generosity (Part Two)

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How do you turn generosity from a thought into a behavior? In part two of his look at generosity as discipleship, Larry Strenge examines the second and third shifts in mindset he feels are needed.
Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part Two)

Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part Two)

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Read part two of Rev. Dr. Stephanie Spellers inspirational, insightful, and winding journey of faith.
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Cultivating God’s Expansive Generosity (Part One)

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In part one of a two-part series, Pastor Larry Strenge shares the first of three mindset shifts he sees as being necessary for cultivating generosity.
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How to Make Going to a Baseball Game a Meaningful Spiritual Practice

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This breakthrough practice helps you build community, show support for your neighbors, and experience God’s presence in daily life.
Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part One)

Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part One)

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For the Ethiopian eunuch, the Holy Spirit sent Philip. For Reverend Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, it was Lutherans. Learn more about her inspiring journey to Christianity.
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Forgive Us Our Debt (Part Two)

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Does Good Debt = Good People? Read part two of Katherine Shaner's look at the difference God's grace can make in the way we think about our money and our debts.
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People Want to Tell Their Stories

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James Hazelwood, author of "Everyday Spirituality," reflects on the amazing response he received when he asked people to share their stories of spirituality.
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Immigration and Christianity: Walls, Exiles, and Migration

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Immigration is a top-of-mind issue in the U.S. and around the globe. What effect does it have on our faith lives? And in what ways are immigration issues addressed in the Bible? Learn more.
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Forgive Us Our Debt (Part One)

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Do our theologies suggest that balance sheets can never be the mark of our virtue, or even our value, within God’s economy?
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How to Listen to Spiritual Stories from People Outside Your Congregation

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This breakthrough practice helps you deepen relationships with your neighbors by listening to their spiritual stories.
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Innovation: From Buzzword to Renewal

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As innovation becomes a buzzword, it’s easy for church leaders to reduce it to a trend. But how might it play a powerful role in renewal?
A Cosmic Adventure through Science & Faith

A Cosmic Adventure through Science & Faith

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Free downloadable video curriculum on science & faith for youth ministry leaders.

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