- Planning a New Ministry? Start by Listening
Despite best intentions, new ministries sometimes fail. Founding leaders move away; volunteers burnout; or the people you want to serve never show… continue reading
- Successful Fundraising for Congregations
If there ever was a time when funds for ministries came effortlessly and plentifully, that time is no more. Congregation leaders understand that… continue reading
- Listening for Mission is a Real Thing
Many congregational leaders are rethinking their approach to local, hands-on mission. Challenged by such books as Toxic Charity and When Helping… continue reading
- Music in Worship
It seems the worship music wars may be mostly behind us. At least I don’t hear many scuffles these days about the tension worship music… continue reading
- Interested in Serving your Community?
At the Center for Congregations, we are seeing a definite trend: congregations are requesting resources to help them serve their communities more… continue reading
- Put Away the Skinny Jeans
“Put Away the Skinny Jeans” is the provocative title of a recent article in Christianity Today magazine heralding the release of the Fuller Youth… continue reading
- Do You Pay Attention to Browser Security?
Google recently announced that the next version of their Chrome browser will alert users if websites are not encrypted. What’s encryption? Simply… continue reading
- Who Are You?
Experts who work with congregations say that a congregation’s understanding of its own “identity” is crucial. I hear this often. This may seem… continue reading
- Conversation Starters for Discussion of Civility and Racial Tension
Awareness... Decision... Action...
Many years ago, I learned this three-word phrase as a mantra describing a process needed to bring… continue reading
- What about Crowdfunding?
What about crowdfunding? Perhaps someone in your congregation has asked that question in a brainstorming session on how to fund a mission trip or… continue reading