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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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The Nun Who Got Addicted to Twitter

The Nun Who Got Addicted to Twitter | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Using social media to spread the word of God
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Two Princeton Area Congregational Churches Merge | Planet Princeton

Two Princeton Area Congregational Churches Merge | Planet Princeton | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
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We Will No Longer be a Welcoming Church

We Will No Longer be a Welcoming Church | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up. It won’t be easy, but we’re committed to it. We’ll have to do it in stages, easing our folks into it step by step. We...
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The Cultural Web and the Neighborhood Church

The Cultural Web and the Neighborhood Church | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
After taking some time to use the cultural web to exegete the neighborhood within the city, the same cultural web can be helpful to discern how to be the church in your context. In Creating a Missi...
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Pop-up churches find home in schools, community center and even a theater

Pop-up churches find home in schools, community center and even a theater | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
During the week, schoolchildren rule this court, but on Sunday mornings, the gym at Straub Middle School is transformed for a couple hours into a church.
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Solution For Revitalizing Churches? - Missional Church Network

Solution For Revitalizing Churches? - Missional Church Network | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
I have been in several conversations lately about revitalization of plataued or dying churches. In these conversations there has been a lot of lamenting over the decline of particular churches, as well as denominations as a whole. The hand wringing is usually followed by a series of ideas or approaches to remedy the problem. In …
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Nitpicking parishioners are part of loving congregations, too

Nitpicking parishioners are part of loving congregations, too | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
I had two options when I saw her coming toward me down the church hallway: duck and hide in a nearby Sunday School classroom or risk a dialogue with her.
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Baptist church in crisis seeks rebirth | Easton Courier

Baptist church in crisis seeks rebirth | Easton Courier | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
To engage the community in deciding whether the church will be reborn or die, the congregation will hold a coffee and conversation event on Saturday, April 5,
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50 Ways to Engage Local Schools

50 Ways to Engage Local Schools | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Learn 50 ways to engage local schools — from the Lewis Center’s popular 50 Ways series.
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50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving

50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Learn 50 ways to encourage faithful giving — from the Lewis Center’s popular 50 Ways series.
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Abington Presbyterian celebrates 300 years

Abington Presbyterian celebrates 300 years | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
ABINGTON Before it was hemmed in by stores, offices, hospitals, and homes, Abington Presbyterian Church stood apart in the Montgomery County landscape, a Romanesque sanctuary "whose steeple,...
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‘Go and do likewise’: Congregations embrace homeless communities

‘Go and do likewise’: Congregations embrace homeless communities | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
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Dying Churches, Revived in a Flash

Dying Churches, Revived in a Flash | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Mass Mobs provide a welcome shot in the arm to dwindling congregations.
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Does Christianity really prefer charity to government welfare?

Does Christianity really prefer charity to government welfare? | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
While often overlooked, there is a strong Christian case for their coexistence
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Where is the church?

Where is the church? | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
The "state of the city" is a hot topic right now. In this paper and many social media sites, there's a lot of talk about Baltimore - Are we OK? Should we move? Should we dig in? The discussion...
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion | MIT Technology Review

How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion | MIT Technology Review | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
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WATCH: These Pastors Love Fighting And Jesus

WATCH: These Pastors Love Fighting And Jesus | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
The upcoming documentary "Fight Church" released its official trailer this week, and it provides a fascinating window into the unusual world of fighting pastors.

Directed by Bryan Storkel and Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge, the film e...
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Churches turn to healing after attack on motorist

Churches turn to healing after attack on motorist | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
DETROIT — In the wake of the brutal beating of a man who was trying to help a 10-year-old boy he accidentally hit, pastors in Detroit focused their sermons on violence Sunday.
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Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard?

Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard? | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
As a young adult Christian whose political views are left of center, working in higher education where intellect is the only religion, I’m constantly negotiating how much of myself to share. My daughter has no such doubts.
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Who Should Fund a Church Plant?

Who Should Fund a Church Plant? | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Church planting is vital to the growth of the global church, but who's stuck with the bill?
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Metropolitan Baptist Church: from ‘Hells Bottom’ to ‘God’s Land in Largo”

Metropolitan Baptist Church: from ‘Hells Bottom’ to ‘God’s Land in Largo” | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
The historic church, which once had a 7,000-member congregation, is holding meetings in a school building.
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50 Ways to Improve Your Annual Stewardship Campaign

50 Ways to Improve Your Annual Stewardship Campaign | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
Learn 50 ways to Improve Your Annual Stewardship Campaign — from the Lewis Center’s popular 50 Ways series.
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Man urges churches to buy AEDs after device saves his life

Man urges churches to buy AEDs after device saves his life | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
He said church members weren't convinced that they needed to have one of the devices, but he and a few other members of the congregation pushed for it.
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Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help

Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
A major drought has hit California, and new tech is springing up to address water shortages.
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Faith Works: What churches need to know about not going to church

Faith Works: What churches need to know about not going to church | Transforming Congregations | Scoop.it
This past week, I discussed how church attendance often looks to those of us who always have gotten up and gone. We're '
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