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The Parish Paper: Ideas and Insights for Active Congregations

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June 2016 - Making Congregations Greener

May 2016 - How Do New People Hear About Your Church?

April 2016 - How to Deal with Church Conflict

March 2016 - What Numbers Matter for Congregations? Lessons from Five-Year Trends

February 2016 - The Payday Lending Crisis: What Can Congregations Do?

January 2016 - How Ministry Teams Get Things Done

December 2015 - Improving Church Communication

November 2015 - Navigating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds

October 2015 - New Models for New Churches: What Works?

September 2015 - Can Congregations Reach Young Adults?

August 2015 - How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors

July 2015 - Congregational Strength is Always Plural

June 2015 - Could a Lack of Curiosity Kill the Church?

May 2015 - Seeking a Bivocational Calling for Pastors and Churches

April 2015 - Finding God's New Call in the Same Place

March 2015 - What Churches Can do to Increase Social Media Security

February 2015 - How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Retirement

January 2015 - Our Future Pastors: Assessing the State of the Pipeline

December 2014 - How to Make the Most of a Consulting Process

November 2014 - Should We Consider Closing Our Church?

October 2014 - How Can We Prevent Suicide?  

September 2014 - Back to School: How Churches Can Partner with Local Schools

August 2014 - Do Your Mission and Method Fit Your Size?

July 2014 - What Type of Follower Attends Our Church?

June 2014 - Caring for the Caregivers

May 2014 - Welcoming Children with Autism

April 2014 - E-Giving: It's about More than Money

March 2014 - Consequences of Clergy Turnover

February 2014 - A Parable about Pastoral Leadership

January 2014 - Big Ministry Trends for 2014

December 2013 - Why a Sense of Belonging Matters

November 2013 - E-Newsletters: Worth More Than You Know

October 2013 - Growth or Decline?  10 Key Questions About Worship Attendance

September 2013 - Disaster Relief: Congregations in the Eye of the Storm

August 2013 - The Power of Clergy Groups

July 2013 - The Great Recession: Its Effects on Congregations and What We Learned

June 2013 - Making Informed Decisions during Times of Change

May 2013 - Important Conversations: How to Avoid the Sand Traps

April 2013 - Oral Communication: How to Strengthen Our Effectiveness

March 2013 - What Leadership Style Works in Our Church?

October 2012 - Preventing Church Fraud

September 2012 - Where are the Unchurched?

August 2012 - Keys to Growing a Small Church

July 2012 - What Message are we Sending about Giving?

June 2012 - Mission Possible: More Men in the Pews

May 2012 - How to Turn Bystanders into Active Disciples

April 2012 - How is Your Congregation's Health?

March 2012 - What Type of Future are we Building?

February 2012 - How to Manage Change Resistance

January 2012 - How to Perfect Your Leadership Triangle

December 2011 - How do we Successfully Launch a New Project?

November 2011 - Should We Unleash the Power of Congregational Planning?

October 2011 - Why Do Smart Churches Make Dumb Decisions?

September 2011 - Why Do People Connect with Christ and a Congregation?

August 2011 - How to Prevent Bad Behavior During Times of Change

July 2011 - How to Select Quality Staff

June 2011 - What is the Pastor's Role in Church Finances?

May 2011 - When Does Success Lead to Failure?

April 2011 - Incoming Pastors: Building Smoother Transition Bridges

March 2011 - Does a Congregation's Location Influence Its Effectiveness?

February 2011 - Accomplishing Worthy Goals: Being Smart is Not Enough!

January 2011 - What is Your Unconscious Intent?

December 2010 - Fifty Years Later: What Has Changed?

November 2010 - What Are the Big-Picture Trends in Congregations?

October 2010 - Why are Worship Visitors Important?

September 2010 - Planning for the Unexpected Financial Crisis

August 2010 - How Much Should We Pay Our Pastor?

July 2010 - Should Our Congregation Use Internet Social Media?

June 2010 - Why Does Mentoring Succeed or Fail?

May 2010 - Generous Givers: A Product of Motivation and Methods

April 2010 - What Can We Learn from the Emerging Church Movement?

March 2010 - New Trends in Belonging

February 2010 - Should we Fine-Tune Our Church's Internal Culture?

January 2010 - Become Comfortable with Conflict: Step One to Moving Beyond It!

December 2009 - Are We a Leader-Sending Congregation?

November 2009 - Seven Roads to a Multicultural Congregation

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