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Via their avatars, children and teens gather for worship in the sanctuary of The Robloxian Christians. 

Teen's online church draws young people from around the world

Founded and pastored by a Tacoma teenager, The Robloxian Christians is a real -- albeit virtual -- church where young people gather to worship, pray and connect. And it has important lessons for those who lead traditional churches and church-related institutions.

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Congregants and community members made prayer flags and enjoyed the shade of this temporary shelter, which was constructed as a public art project in front of First Church in Wenham, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Christine Hribar

Christine Hribar: An art installation provides space for ministry

Creating a public work of art on the front lawn of her small-town church was a powerful experience in community ministry for a New England pastor.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Bell looks out the window of the Wilson Renaissance Complex, a downtown building that has been renovated by the nonprofit arm of Bell's congregation, St. John AME Zion Church.  Photo by Alex Maness

A renovation project brings income to a church nonprofit and vitality to a former tobacco town

An enterprising leader of St. John AME Zion Church pushed his congregation to revive its dormant nonprofit and undertake an ambitious plan to buy and improve seven properties in a historically African-American area of Wilson, North Carolina.

Rabbi Jeremy Simons Skypes with a bat mitzvah student to help prepare her for her coming-of-age ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Mississippi institute is an anchor for Jewish communities in the South

By blending new technology with traditional methods such as circuit-riding clergy, the Institute of Southern Jewish Life helps form young people in faith even in places where the community has disappeared.

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Nathan Kirkpatrick: Leading across generations

To receive the gifts and overcome the challenges in an intergenerational community, a leader must communicate effectively, listen for values, understand events that have shaped generational worldviews, harvest wisdom and continue learning, writes a managing director for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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Dave Odom: Reclaiming the distinctive gifts of a small church

Few places in the U.S. support the conditions for small churches to act like big churches. So they have an opportunity to focus on the activities that both foster the particular gifts of the congregation and make a distinctive witness to the community, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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