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Every two weeks, Faith & Leadership publishes new content that draws on multiple disciplines. You can navigate our free archives by reading recently published content or browsing by topic or feature type.

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August 15, 2014 | That number means much less today because the definition of an active congregation member has shifted. So, what numbers should we track now?
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August 14, 2014 | We should commit ourselves to choose to do fewer things in a more disciplined way to make a greater impact.
Article
August 11, 2014 | Seven years ago, one Seattle church sacrificed itself to another for the benefit of future generations in a remarkable story of trust, generosity and grace. In the accompanying Q&A, the Rev. Eugene Cho talks about the details of the merger and how his congregation, Quest Church, incorporated the traditions and gifts of an older church.
Q&A
August 11, 2014 | The pastor of a church plant in Seattle explains the nuts and bolts of how his congregation merged with an established church in a way that honored both organizations. The key, he says, was a friendship between the two pastors and a shared belief that the assets of the church belong to the kingdom.
Reflection
August 11, 2014 | Game theory -- and the Bible -- teaches church leaders to cooperate, push back against betrayal and then, finally, forgive.
Q&A
August 11, 2014 | In her book “Got Religion?” a journalist profiles seven religious institutions that have created new models for inviting young adults into lives of faith. Interestingly, she says technology is not the answer.
Article
August 11, 2014 | Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of “Got Religion? How Churches, Mosques and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back,” offers suggestions for Christian leaders seeking to attract and retain young adults.
Reflection
August 11, 2014 | In the pastor's study at church, it's 'counseling,' but on the pastor's front porch, it's just two friends visiting. And it's all called 'ministry,' says a Texas pastor.
Reflection
August 11, 2014 | Visiting Key West reminds a pastor that while the church can provide welcome stability, it also must function like a seesaw, bringing balance to our communities by serving their needs.
Sermon
August 11, 2014 | Jesus gives a clear invitation and a promise: “Come to me, you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is still teaching us this wisdom, handing us four gifts -- Sabbath, release, wellspring and energy for mission, says a retired Baptist pastor.
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August 8, 2014 | The antagonism between bikers and drivers is similar to the antagonism between the different ways we “do” church.
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August 5, 2014 | The churches that thrive are bearers of tradition, laboratories of learning and incubators of leadership.
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August 3, 2014 | If the Church can agree on the core purpose of a seminary education, a quality, affordable system can be created from available resources.
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August 1, 2014 | Denominations and congregations have based their expectations on full-time, paid ministry -- and yet the trend is toward part-time, bivocational and unpaid clergy.
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July 30, 2014 | Mobile technology threatens our practice of Christian hospitality. It’s time for deeper conversations about when it’s acceptable -- and when it’s not -- to use our phones.