Leaders and congregations need a theological purpose that frees them to renegotiate established cultural norms through experimentation and spiritual practices.

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Singing Together, While Apart

There are many options to continue singing safely.
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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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Faithful Adaptation: Connecting Your People

Twice a week, for the next several weeks, Faith+Lead will host webinars where you can connect with ministry peers to discuss your needs, your challenges, your learnings--and most importantly, where God is showing up in the midst of this very real disruption.
The Power of the 'Don't Know' Mindset

The Power of the ‘Don’t Know’ Mindset

Find out why MicroGrants CEO Don Samuels says the willingness to "not know" is the first requirement in transforming the world.
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What to Say When People Say “That’s Too Political”

Angela Denker, author of "Red State Christians," explains how she's learned to discuss politics without being partisan.
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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part Three: Christmas and Gift-Giving)

How did gift-giving become synonymous with Christmas? Read the final chapter of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.
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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part Two: Christmas in Early America)

Not everyone celebrated Christmas in America's early colonies. Learn more about how Christmas became established in America in part two of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.
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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part One: The Beginnings of Christmas)

The story of how Christmas has been celebrated in Christian history contains surprises for most of us. Read the first of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.

How to Host an Intergenerational Art Event at Your Church

This breakthrough practice is for anyone in your neighborhood to come together and share an experience around art.
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Learning to Listen – See Faithful Innovation in Action

Training from Luther Seminary introduced faithful innovation concepts to two Wisconsin churches. Watch their story and learn more.
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Watch Mary Hess’ Boston College Presentation: “Finding Faith in the Maelstrom – Storytelling as a Source of Hope”

"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

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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Forgive Us Our Debt (Part Two)

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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Immigration and Christianity: Walls, Exiles, and Migration

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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Innovation: From Buzzword to Renewal

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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Leading When the Economy Falters

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?
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10 ways to make your sermon more memorable

"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.
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Will the ELCA be Gone in 30 Years?

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

How can we renew the church's identity and help in join God's work in the 21st century?
Why Does the Church Need Innovation?

Why Does the Church Need Innovation?

Michael Binder explains how the church can benefit from innovation practices such
Why Faith+Lead?

Why Faith+Lead?

Why did we build Faith+Lead--and where do we believe God is calling?
What We're Hearing from the Church

What We’re Hearing from the Church

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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