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Center Publications

Using Resources
Emphasize the positive. Use affirming language. Look for the life-giving moments. Congregations are finding pathways to positive change through a variety of group processes that encourage supportive and uplifting actions involving the whole… continue reading
Congregational Stories
When members of Carmel's Seventh Day Adventist Church outgrew their modest worship facility, they contacted the Center for Congregations and Andrews University's School of Architecture, Art & Design for help. The result was an effective resource… continue reading
Congregational Stories
Many Indianapolis congregation members are practicing their faith by reaching outside their doors to meet the emotional, spiritual and often basic needs of food, clothing and shelter in their communities. The congregations vary in size, location and… continue reading
Congregational Stories
Positive Change Processes such as Appreciative Inquiry, World Café and Asset Mapping focus on assets, best moments, and the positive core of congregations. In the Center for Congregations events Flourishing Congregations and Life Together,… continue reading
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Congregational Stories
It's not attending a conference together that makes a difference. It's the lively conversation on the car ride home that gets the ball rolling. This is what a group from Christ Community Church in Carmel discovered after going to a leadership… continue reading
Using Resources
The Center for Congregations offers a resource grants program that helps leaders address their congregations’ challenges and expand and enhance their work. A successful resource grant process involves discussion, planning, proposals, implementation… continue reading
Congregational Stories
Congregations take an introspective look, as they explore marketing and communications. To read the full report, click here.
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Special Reports
This special report offers information, stories and resources from the Flourishing Congregations initiative. Flourishing Congregations is a conference-style education event and a matching grant program. This report includes stories from… continue reading
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Using Resources
A construction project is a huge undertaking for a congregation. Plans, architects, contractors, blueprints, and budgets are just a few of the many intricate facets involved. Developing and maintaining a good relationship with the contractor who… continue reading
Using Resources
Fundraising can be a touchy and difficult issue for congregations. Growth, expansion, remodeling, and repairs often require a religious organization to focus on the money necessary to most successfully continue its ministry and spiritual education.… continue reading
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Using Resources
What is strategic planning? Should we use a consultant? What can we do to be successful? This Using Resource piece explores strategic planning in congregations and offers recommendations, ideas, and resources to help achieve success. Click here to… continue reading
Special Reports
The Strategic Planning in Congregations Public Report is intended to help congregations understand the use of outside consultants to guide strategic planning. With input from six congregations in the midst of strategic planning and planning… continue reading
Compass for Congregations
How do you move forward when your congregation either needs or chooses to begin something new? Perhaps members of your congregation want to serve the homeless, even though a homeless ministry would be an entirely new endeavor. Maybe you are working… continue reading
Congregational Stories
Father Henry Kuykendall, priest at Nativity Catholic Church in Evansville, will never forget November 4th and the party that marked his 70th birthday. The celebration was awesome - his word - and not just because of the scores of well-wishers, the… continue reading
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Using Resources
How much longer will our roof last? Are we using the most efficient heating and cooling system? What are the first steps to begin the renovation process on that old education wing? Congregations are often full of questions about how to best maintain… continue reading
Using Resources
Whether your congregation is large or small, young or well-established, you are using technology as a tool for ministry. Technology is part of our everyday lives and our spiritual lives are no exception. Check out this Using Resources piece on… continue reading
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