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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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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?
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Understanding the Shifts in Stewardship

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Over the past twenty years or so, the stewardship landscape has shifted significantly.
How to Discern God's Presence from a Lawn Chair

How to Discern God’s Presence from a Lawn Chair

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This breakthrough practice helps you discern where the Holy Spirit is at work in your neighborhood--just by sitting and observing.
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New Research on the Economic Practices of Congregations

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A new Study on Congregations' Economic Practices is being called "the largest and most comprehensive nationally representative study on money and congregations in over a generation." 
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Becoming Aware of Our Abundance

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Bishop Erik Gronberg reflects on what he’s learned about stewardship health, given his lens as bishop in Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana.
How to Lead Dwelling in the Word with Michael Binder

How to Lead ‘Dwelling in the Word’

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An ancient spiritual practice that helps locate where God is active.
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Leading When the Economy Falters

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Every congregation is impacted by the ebbs and flows of the economy that surrounds it. Particularly when things change relatively fast, how do we respond?
How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

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Try creating a neighborhood prayer station as a simple and effective way of connecting with your community.
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10 ways to make your sermon more memorable

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"Doing something" with new information helps people remember better. Discover 10 ways to preach more memorable sermons by inviting action and staying confident in the gospel.
country church under the stars

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?
congregation prayer service

Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders

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For the last decade, The Lilly Endowment has been offering grants to
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Personal Finance and the Church (Part 2)

Many of us may have been convinced by Pastor Greg Meyer’s convictions
Personal Finance and the Church (Part 1)

Personal Finance and the Church (Part 1)

In the church, we have long assumed that personal finance is a
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Defining the ‘Faith’ in Faith-Based Organizations

In his new book, God’s Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of
What's Really Causing Church Decline...and What We Can Do About It

What’s Really Causing Church Decline…and What We Can Do About It

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How can we renew the church's identity and help in join God's work in the 21st century?
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