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Singing Together, While Apart

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The Spirituality of Being Wrong

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How being wrong can be a practice of faith and connection
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Ministry Tool: A Free Online VBS

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Inspire children to experience God outside with this simple, free VBS
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It’s Not “Just a Dog”: The Ministry of Animal Companions

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Animal companions provide a ministry of presence
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How Active Bystander Training Changes Our Witness

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Congregations can show up in their communities with this training
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Pentecostal Protest

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Amid barriers, imagine a nation unified by the Spirit
Putting Feet to our Faith

Putting Feet to our Faith

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Practical steps to steward the work of racial justice
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Praying Justice in an Unjust World

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Adapt your prayer practices for the needs of our current world.
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What I’m Reading Now: Resources for Racial Justice and Commemoration of the Emanuel 9

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A resource to remember and advocate for racial justice.
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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

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The Holy Spirit calls us to listen, understand, and go out.
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Who I Am Listening to Now: 5 Sermons from Black Preachers this Week

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Listen and learn from these black preachers.
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Five Easy Ways to Virtually Manage Your Church’s Finances

By Tim Vaughn The COVID-19 pandemic creates many layers of uncertainty in
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Journaling for Pastors: Our own pain and limits amidst chaos

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We can face our own pain and the pain of the world.
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What I’m Praying Now: Litanies and Confessions, Prayers for Justice

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A resource for confession and prayer around racial justice.
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4 Ways to Deliver a Message When You Cannot Preach

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Engage your community with creative alternatives to a traditional sermon.
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As With One, So With All: Reflections on Re-opening when the Pastor is Vulnerable

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The Body of Christ from 1 Corinthians 12 can ground our theology of worship during the pandemic.
Traditional and Emerging Paradigms (Part Two)

Traditional and Emerging Paradigms (Part Two)

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There is a way for leaders to work with the two paradigms of giving.
What I'm Reading: Online Metrics

What I’m Reading: Online Metrics

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Find help for tracking the numbers of online worshippers.
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Good Grieving in the Coronavirus Era

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Create safe and meaningful memorial and burial services.
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Your church website was once a billboard. It is now your sanctuary.

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The purpose of the church website has shifted.
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What I’m Reading Now: Embracing Contradictions

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We recommend a book for uncertain times.

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Faithful Adaptation: Leadership in Uncertain Times

Faithful Adaptation: Leadership in Uncertain Times

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It is possible to lead well through disorienting times.
5 Practices for Coaxing Order out of Chaos

5 Practices for Coaxing Order out of Chaos

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Take purposeful action to harness the opportunity found in chaos.
Innovating Through Crisis

Innovating Through Crisis

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In this time of crisis, we have the opportunity to keep innovating faithfully.
Preaching the Invitation to Transformation: three steps to invite listeners into God’s work

Preaching the Invitation to Transformation: three steps to invite listeners into God’s work

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Paint a picture for your listeners of God's transforming work.
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How to Keep Listeners Engaged from Start to Finish

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Learn how to develop the skills needed for the demands of preaching.
Faithful Adaptation: Digital Community and Outreach

Faithful Adaptation: Digital Community and Outreach

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Stories and insights from a seasoned digital pastor to help you adapt to moving community online.
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Mapping What’s Ahead: The Emotional Journey of a Crisis

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Luther Seminary VP of Innovation Dwight Zscheile examines the challenging emotional path that individuals, congregations, and communities can expect to take during the coronavirus pandemic. 
What I'm Reading: We. Need. To. Stop.

What I’m Reading: We. Need. To. Stop.

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Angela Denker's reminder to stop, pray, listen, and breathe is as timely as ever.
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How to Get Up to Speed with Online Giving Quickly

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Get the process of online giving in motion today.
What I'm Reading: The 20-Second Gift of Washing Your Hands

What I’m Reading: The 20-Second Gift of Washing Your Hands

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How washing your hands can turn into a meaningful spiritual practice.
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Faithful Adaptation: Spiritual Care

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Learn what spiritual care can look like in these challenging times.
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How to Preach Relevant Sermons (hint: relevance is not what you think)

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Learn how to preach to your listeners in an authentic and meaningful way.
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Faithful Adaptation: Holy Week

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View this webinar to get insights and ideas for worship during Holy Week in these extraordinary times.
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What I’m Reading: Journeying in the Wilderness with Dr. Terri Elton

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A podcast interview between Terri Elton and Michael Chan about responding to the current COVID-19 crisis.
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Stewardship in the Time of Coronavirus

For many, the sense of financial vulnerability is very real right now. Read some suggestions for continuing to fund your congregation's mission during the coronavirus pandemic.

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