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Growing Grace for Mental Illness

Growing Grace for Mental IllnessSubscriber Access Only

One pastor's story mirrors a burgeoning response in the church.
Four Unexpected Benefits of a Small Church

Four Unexpected Benefits of a Small Church

You see empty pews. I see community.
Give 'Em Hell

Give 'Em HellSubscriber Access Only

A comedian talks about why we've neglected a serious doctrine.
A More Beautiful Bible

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Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over?

Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over?

A researcher argues that the future of youth ministry will require bringing the generations together.
Why THIS?
A researcher argues that the future of youth ministry will require bringing the generations together.
Trouble Brewing

Trouble Brewing

Is a relaxed attitude toward alcohol among clergy leading to a new battle over prohibition?
Why THIS?
Eric Reed suggests that the prohibitionist's argument is not dead, even in the age of barstool Bible studies. Why some pastors are advocating an increased awareness of alcohol-related issues.
Return to Ritual

Return to Ritual

Three churches find new meaning in old ways.
Why THIS?
These three churches have discovered that liturgy reconnects the church with historic Christianity and unites the church members in the process.
What's Changing, What's Not

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The trends that will be impacting your ministry in the year ahead.
Why THIS?
An overview of the latest trends, trends we expect next, and the things that should be trends (but aren't yet).
5 Kinds of Christians

5 Kinds of ChristiansSubscriber Access Only

Understanding the disparity of those who call themselves Christian in America.
Why THIS?
Even though the majority of Americans might claim to be "Christians," they don't all share the same definition. These survey results suggest there are at least five common types of "Christians."
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