Practices

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Seeds Prototype: Jesus, Jazz, and Dessert Wine

Connect through music and storytelling.
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Pray at the Laundromat

Make meaningful connections in your community by showing up at the laundromat in a surprising way.
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Six Months of Dwelling in Acts 16: One congregation’s experience

Read pastor Phil Ruge-Jones insights from guiding a congregation through an in-depth study of Acts 16.
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Breakthrough Spiritual Practice: Borrow a Tool

Practice being vulnerable with your neighbors by allowing them to serve you.
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Breakthrough Practice: Eat With Your Neighbor

This breakthrough practice helps you deepen friendships with your neighbors by sharing a meal together.
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How to Make Going to a Baseball Game a Meaningful Spiritual Practice

This breakthrough practice helps you build community, show support for your neighbors, and experience God’s presence in daily life.
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How to Listen to Spiritual Stories from People Outside Your Congregation

This breakthrough practice helps you deepen relationships with your neighbors by listening to their spiritual stories.
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How to Discern God’s Presence from a Lawn Chair

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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How to Lead ‘Dwelling in the Word’

An ancient spiritual practice that helps locate where God is active.
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How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

Try creating a neighborhood prayer station as a simple and effective way of connecting with your community.
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Keep it Simple

Beyond faith communities, the second most popular place for charitable giving is colleges and universities. Given that fact, this week
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Giving Alone

Many assumptions accompany the way we do church. Some of these theological and cultural assumptions are helpful to tie us
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Why Jesus?

Share stories of faith and listen deeply to others.
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Five pitfalls to avoid when evaluating the senior minister

There is no one right way to evaluate the performance of a senior minister. However, there are many ways to
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Unwrapping the Annual Campaign

The annual stewardship appeal ripples through many congregations in the fall, but the planning should begin much earlier. In today’s
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No More Junk Mail

Stewardship ministry is about big, conceptual, theological challenges. And, it’s also be about smaller, tactical, practical choices. In today’s newsletter
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Together For Good

As we tumble into the Easter season, we remember stories about how the disciples first banded together to relish and
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Seeds of Generosity

The assumption goes that congregation members can support the salaries of their leaders. But that’s not necessarily the case with
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Capital Success

One of the assignments I give students in our Money & the Mission of the Church class invites them to
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Strategic Giving for Retirees

I’ve always found it fascinating that the season of Lent includes “tax season” as well. Might we use the liturgical