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Parish Paper Archives

Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry – November 2017

Short-Term Mission Trips that Yield Long-Term Success – October 2017

Equipping Volunteers Builds a Strong Church Community – September 2017

What Promotes Hope? – August 2017

How Can We Help Immigrants? – July 2017

Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy – June 2017

Financing the Local Church: What Does it Cost? – May 2017

Small is Big Again: Reclaiming Small Church Ministry – April 2017

Guide to Good Governance – March 2017

How do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples? – February 2017

Conquering the Cutback Syndrome – January 2017

Can We Wait for God’s Spark? – December 2016

Does Your Congregation Suffer from Anxiety? – November 2016

Keeping Up with the Pastor’s Pay – October 2016

What Keeps Congregations From Implementing New Ideas? – September 2016

Multiple Roads to a Multicultural Church – August 2016

When Charity Brings Anything But Relief – July 2016

Making Congregations Greener – June 2016

How Do New People Hear about Your Church? – May 2016

How to Deal with Church Conflict? – April 2016

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

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

How Ministry Teams Get Things Done – January 2016

Improving Church Communication – December 2015

Navigating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds – November 2015

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

Can Congregations Reach Young Adults? – September 2015

How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors – August 2015

Congregational Strength is Always Plural – July 2015

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

Seeking a Bivocational Calling for Pastors and Churches – May 2015

Finding God’s New Call in the Same Place – April 2015

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

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

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

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

Should We Consider Closing Our Church? – November 2014

How Can We Prevent Suicide? – October 2014

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

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

What Type of Follower Attends Our Church? – July 2014

Caring for the Caregivers – June 2014

How to Welcome Children with Autism and Their Families – May 2014

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

Consequences of Clergy Turnover – March 2014

A Parable about Pastoral Leadership – February 2014

Big Ministry Trends for 2014 – January 2014

Why a Sense of Belonging Matters – December 2013

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

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

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

Clergy Groups: Are They Worth the Investment? – August 2013

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

Making Informed Decisions during Times of Change – June 2013

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

Oral Communication: How to Strengthen Our Effectiveness – April 2013

What Leadership Style Works in Our Church? – March 2013

Can You Downsize Staff Without Destroying Your Congregation? – February 2013

How to Avoid Pastor Burnout – January 2013

Preventing Church Fraud – October 2012

Where are the Unchurched? – September 2012

Keys to Growing a Small Church – August 2012

What Message are we Sending about Giving? – July 2012

Mission Possible: More Men in the Pews – June 2012

How to Turn Bystanders into Active Disciples – May 2012

How is Your Congregation’s Health? – April 2012

What Type of Future are we Building? – March 2012

How to Manage Change Resistance – February 2012

How to Perfect Your Leadership Triangle – January 2012

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

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

Why Do Smart Churches Make Dumb Decisions? – October 2011

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

How to Prevent Bad Behavior during Times of Change – August 2011

How to Select Quality Staff – July 2011

What is the Pastor’s Role in Church Finances? – June 2011

When Does Success Lead to Failure? – May 2011

Incoming Pastors: Building Smoother Transition Bridges – April 2011

Does a Congregation’s Location Influence Its Effectiveness? – March 2011

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

What is Your Unconscious Intent? – January 2011

Fifty Years Later: What Has Changed? – December 2010

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

Why are Worship Visitors Important? – October 2010

Planning for the Unexpected Financial Crisis – September 2010

How Much Should We Pay Our Pastor? – August 2010

Should Our Congregation Use Internet Social Media? – July 2010

Why Does Mentoring Succeed and Fail? – June 2010

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

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

New Trends in Belonging – March 2010

Should We Fine-Tune Our Church’s Internal Culture? – February 2010

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

Are We a Leader-Sending Congregation? – December 2009

Seven Roads to a Multicultural Congregation – November 2009

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