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Hope in the Loss

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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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Innovative Leader Profile: Jonathan Myers

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Leading a creative ministry inspired by the monastic tradition
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How NOT To Say Thank You To Givers

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A funny but helpful take on how to thank givers
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What I’m Reading Now: The Soul’s Slow Ripening

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Ancient spiritual practices for our liminal times
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Promising Innovation: Reimagining Church Together

God works through leaders gathered together
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How To Take Criticism

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Criticism about leading in the pandemic takes special focus
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Promising Innovation: Circles of Care

How an urgent need can drive innovation
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Old Testament Stewardship Wisdom

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Re-engage biblical ideas of work, money, and stewardship
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What I’m Reading Now: Online Worship & Hospitality

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How can we welcome online visitors
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Moving Toward a Creation-Care Theology in Congregations

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Five steps that any congregation can take toward creation care
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Virtually Run the Race Together

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A virtual marathon can bring a church together while apart
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Innovative Leader Profile: Heather Evans

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A pastor reaching beyond the walls of the church
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Capitalizing on Your Partnerships

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What space could you open to other organizations
What We're Hearing from the Church

What We’re Hearing from the Church

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What do leaders need to know, or know how to do, to be faithful and effective in a rapidly changing world?
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I Am: Why My Congregation Celebrated National Coming Out Day

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Speaking truth changed the life of this pastor
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Fact, Fiction and Fear in the Movement to End Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

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Get the truth on trafficking and how churches can help
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Self-Guided Retreats: A 2020 Necessity

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Take time for spiritual renewal
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Stewardship Leaders: Hope for Newly Ordained Ministers

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Focus on stewardship and leadership to move forward
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Addressing Isolation in Ministry (Learning from the Lab)

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How leaders are adapting to reach out
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Storytelling Around Tables as an Antiracist Act

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Sharing a meal as ministry

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Does a Practically Perfect Pandemic Partnership Exist?

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A guide to working together in ministry
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Money Stories—A New Approach to Annual Giving

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Connect and listen in your approach to annual giving
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What I’m Reading Now: Pearly Gates

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A short and imaginative book of vignettes
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All Saints: Nothing Can Separate Us

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A ritual for All Saints' Day
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Ministry in the Pandemic Leader’s Survey

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A look at ministry trends from a survey of 700 pastors
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The Church’s Call During a Global Pandemic in an Election Year

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Insight to lead through the divisive mix of politics and religion
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Letting Go of Survival Mode and Embracing Sustainability

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A way forward for struggling churches
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I’ve Been Honored (Learning from the Lab)

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Churches have found creative ways to honor pastors
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Who Is God Sending Your Way? Collegiality Is Crucial to Adaptation

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God with grace and abundance connects us to one another
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What Could Your Congregation Learn from Ministry on a Multi-Faith College Campus?

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Make commitments and watch cross-cultural understanding grow
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Conflict and Forgiveness

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Even during times of conflict, God has a promise for us
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Immovable Truths in a Time of Unstable Change: Inspiring Generosity in the Face of a Pandemic

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Take care of the details to build a solid foundation for stewardship
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What I’m Reading Now: Blessed Are the Nones

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A resource for interfaith marriages
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How to Build an Anti-Racist Trust Team

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A tool for finding support and accountability in anti-racism work.
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Looking Out for the Littles: 4 Ways Churches Can Care For the Preschool-and-Under Set During the Pandemic

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Simple ways to build faith and support parents with young children

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