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COMMENTARY: Sunday mornings are broken - Religion News Service

COMMENTARY: Sunday mornings are broken - Religion News Service | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
(RNS) Church-as-Sunday-morning isn’t working; it probably never worked as much as we wanted. It certainly isn’t what Jesus envisioned.
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Downtown churches meet growing needs of younger congregations

Downtown churches meet growing needs of younger congregations | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Today, divinity degrees in hand, the pair is helping downtown's First Methodist Church shape a ministry meeting the needs of a growing population of young adults in the city's urban heart. Featuring music that draws from contemporary Christian and gospel roots and a casual, self-expressive style of worship, services will be geared to meeting the needs of a multi-racial, cross-cultural congregation. Hagans, 31, First Methodist's fourth African-American pastor, and Bowie, 29, likely the first pastor and church elder to wear a nose stud, are joined on the leadership team by music director Anthony Rogers, technical director Chris Taylor and graphics manager Tanya Metzger. While the Methodist church is steeped in the traditions of mainstream Protestantism, the new ministry targeting 18- to 34-year-olds will not be afraid to break with tradition, Hagans said. [...] downtown is home to about 3,600 people, reports the Downtown Management District, and developers are committed to building an additional 3,580 dwelling units through the city's Downtown Living Initiative. "More and more young people are moving closer to downtown and looking for an urban worship environment," Wende said, adding that the church also has taken steps to improve services for children and youth. In San Antonio, where about 5,000 people live in downtown's center and an additional 9,000 in neighborhoods on its periphery, First Baptist Church offers Sunday services for young adults in a renovated chapel fitted out with modern sound and lighting gear. In Dallas, with about 7,000 people living in the heart of downtown, First Presbyterian Church is reaching out to young adults through resident seminarians funded by a religious endowmentand through construction of an amphitheater, set to open this fall, at which religious and secular performances will be staged. The Rev. Elaine Heath, a professor at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, said a sense of community is important to young adults returning to city centers. With a divinity degree from Duke University and a background with white and black Houston-area churches, Hagans joined First Methodist's staff last year as part of an outreach to downtown's homeless community. Bowie, too, holds a divinity degree from the elite North Carolina university, pursing her religious studies only after teaching third grade for four years at Aldine Independent School District.
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Four Unexpected Benefits of a Small Church

Four Unexpected Benefits of a Small Church | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
You see empty pews. I see community.
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First United Methodist Church paves the way for future development

First United Methodist Church paves the way for future development | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
The final wall of a motel demolition project came down recently on a South Main Street property next to, and owned by, Statesboro First United Methodist Church, paving the way for future development by the church and simultaneously contributing to the ongoing South Main improvement project.
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Travis Collins: Two Men & an Old Church

Travis Collins: Two Men & an Old Church | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Steve Edwards and Charles Cheek look like something of an odd couple.  Steve is a Caucasian man with an earring. He looks like he is familiar with life on the
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Challenges of downtown Toledo congregations discussed

Challenges of downtown Toledo congregations discussed | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Four ministers met recently to talk about their churches and their pastorates. Two are ministers from St. Paul's churches and two come from Trinities. Two are women and two are men. Two are new to Toledo and two are in the seventh year of
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Churches with skate parks, water parks coming to Surprise

Churches with skate parks, water parks coming to Surprise | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
SURPRISE -- Some NW Valley churches are shifting their outreach by providing skate parks, water parks, other perks as new amenities.
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My Love-Hate Relationship With Church Vision

My Love-Hate Relationship With Church Vision | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
I have seen many churches with wonderful vision statements and no forward momentum.
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Worship Is Not a Spectator Sport: Increase Your Church’s Participation

Worship Is Not a Spectator Sport: Increase Your Church’s Participation | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Do people in your church sing?
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What the Surveys Don’t (And Can’t) Say About the Rise of the “Spiritual But Not Religious” | Religion Dispatches

What the Surveys Don’t (And Can’t) Say About the Rise of the “Spiritual But Not Religious” | Religion Dispatches | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
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Sometimes Churches Just Need to Die

Sometimes Churches Just Need to Die | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Between 30,000 and 40,000 churches over the last decade have closed their doors for good.
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New future for an aging congregation

New future for an aging congregation | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
On a quiet corner in northeast Dallas, the elderly members of Gaston Oaks Baptist Church make their way inside and find seats in the sanctuary on a Sunday morning, clutching programs handed out by a 99-year-old usher.
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Two Albert Lea churches begin preparations for merger | Albert Lea Tribune

Two Albert Lea churches begin preparations for merger | Albert Lea Tribune | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
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Cowboy churches attracting more than just cowboys

Cowboy churches attracting more than just cowboys | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Cowboy church pastors say most of the people in their congregations aren't cowboys.
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The business of selling off old churches

The business of selling off old churches | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Every year, about 7,000 churches in the United States close their doors, the Christian ministers’ organization Pastoral Care estimates. In some cases, members’ numbers have declined, and those who remain cannot support the considerable cost of maintaining the buildings.
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Great Falls congregations holding church services at movie theater

Great Falls congregations holding church services at movie theater | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
GREAT FALLS – Shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday, a crew from The Faith Center pulls up to Carmike Cinemas in Marketplace with a trailer packed with worship supplies.
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Churches Putting More Faith in Social Media

Churches Putting More Faith in Social Media | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Raleigh, n.c. — When they walk in the doors of the sprawling, red-brick Hope Community Church in Raleigh, no one
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What Should Happen to Churches as Religion Recedes?

What Should Happen to Churches as Religion Recedes? | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
As church-going diminishes, church buildings are repurposed, many retaining vital functions.
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Hispanic Congregation Revives Historic Baptist Church in South Carolina

Hispanic Congregation Revives Historic Baptist Church in South Carolina | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
A white Baptist church reaches out to its new neighbors in Spartanburg's "Little Mexico."
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New Innovations in Online Giving

New Innovations in Online Giving | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
by Warren Bird               Online giving certainly isn’t new in North American churches, especially congregations that are larger, growing, and/or drawing healt...
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How Christianity Shapes Louisville's Coffee Culture

How Christianity Shapes Louisville's Coffee Culture | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
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Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy

Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
As full-time pastors become a thing of the past, more and more seminary grads are taking on secular jobs to supplement their incomes. 
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Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’

Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’ | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Four recent books offer perspectives on Americans who want some connection to the divine but not traditional religions.
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Covenant Presbyterian buys Spring Hill Avenue Baptist property

Covenant Presbyterian buys Spring Hill Avenue Baptist property | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Billy Hinson, a deacon at Spring Hill Avenue Baptist, said that the congregation would continue to worship and was exploring options for relocating in west Mobile, where many of the members now reside.
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