When the District of Columbia began offering an attractive incentive package for making sustainable-energy improvements, the Community Purchasing Alliance began encouraging congregations to invest in solar panels.
A Washington, D.C.-based cooperative offers a self-sustaining model that generates revenue for struggling churches and nonprofits.
Churches today may have as many as five generations among their members. Differences between people of different ages can be a source of friction and also an opportunity for growth.
In churches, as in the workplace, generational differences are a challenge. Understanding those differences helps congregations ask the right questions, says the author of two books on generational issues.
In order for churches to be provocative and compelling spaces for young people to encounter God, it is not enough to repackage traditional programs, writes a PCUSA pastor. But how do churches come up with ideas?
Many leaders think they don’t have the time to help others understand their work within the larger mission of an organization. But they do, and they should, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
The fiery prophet John the Baptist offers both company and challenge for a pastor transitioning from seminary into settled parish life.
Oak Foundation supports initiatives around the world, including the Nobel Women's Initiative, which uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize to increase the power and visibility of women's groups working globally for peace, justice and equality.
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Being the professional director of a family foundation requires a special set of skills, including deep listening and understanding why others hold the positions they do, says the president of Oak Foundation.
Lean Lab events focus on asking questions and coming up with solutions from people at the bottom of the flowchart, an approach that has helped open up a large institution to new ideas.
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By encouraging innovation, The Lean Lab shows that change is possible even in large institutions. The nonprofit is creating an interdisciplinary community among people who often feel isolated and expected to do the impossible.