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Spring 2003: Community Transformation

Volume 24

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In this Issue
From the Editor
Currents Shaping Our World: How Others See Us
Clergy ratings drop to lowest level ever; moral decline expected.
Currents Shaping My Church: Up and Comers
What characteristics do you look for in future leaders?
Currents Shaping My Church: Candid-dating on Video
Before making a date with a prospective ministry staffer, swap videos.
Currents Counter-Culture: Tony Soprano Sings
How this pastor uses pop culture to talk about faith.
Wizard of Odds
The Leadership Interview
When Your Neighborhood Changes You
How three Twin Cities churches have adjusted to reach their rapidly changing community.
Churches in Action
Throughout the country, churches find creative ways to serve their communities.
Secret Services
Churches freely provide social services, but neither church nor community realizes to what extent. A new study calculates its value.
How to Get a Grant
Sources of funding that your ministry just might qualify for.
Going Native
Settling for my way tempts pomos, boomers, in fact, every age group. And it's deadly.
A Whole New Attitude
To change a city, we first had to change our church.
Like a Good Neighbor
Six keys to improve your church's reputation within the community.
Sometimes You Just Need to Disappear
The best pastoring doesn't happen in the office.
Let's Go to the Tape
As churches experiment with preaching on video. What are we learning?
The Multi-Site Church
Some of the strengths of this new life form.
She's No Betty Crocker
When the pastor's spouse doesn't meet the church's expectations.
Ministry at the Makeshift Memorial
After a kidnapped child was found dead, how could I help at the impromptu wailing wall?
When the Grief-Stricken get Grief-Stuck
Two techniques to help the grieving complete the journey.
Growing Edge Book Review: Not What I Do
The pastor of a postmodern ministry makes the case against cloning his church.
Growing Edge In Brief:
Holy Multi-tasking
Lots of transactions take place during the sermon, many of them sacred. On ocassion I get to watch.
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