A 2014 Canadian survey shows that many people don’t have passionate feelings about the church -- either for or against. At the same time, many have misperceptions that might keep them away from church life, says the researcher who conducted the survey.
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There’s no perfect church. So embrace what you have by practicing gratitude, writes a lay leader.
Cheesecloth banners, papier-mâché and other inexpensive materials are used to create the installations in the 128-year-old sanctuary of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
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Vivid installations that change with the liturgical seasons are an integral part of worship at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. The Rev. Sterling Severns shares advice for congregations that wish to experiment with this kind of creative visual approach to worship.
Installations in the sanctuary at Tabernacle Baptist Church are designed to enhance the worship experience. This year's Lenten installation features a crown of thorns with long swaths of cheesecloth dyed in many colors to illustrate the theme of reconciliation.
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Using materials as simple as duct tape, cloth and cinder block, the staff and laypeople at Tabernacle Baptist Church create visual installations that immerse the congregation -- including a significant population of Burmese refugees -- in the worship experience.
As the church becomes pushed to the margins of society, it gains remarkable freedom, the senior minister of The Riverside Church says in this interview. If we have the courage to live into the gospel, who knows what could happen?
In this Q&A, the Episcopal bishop of Texas talks about his new book, which he hopes will encourage Christians to imagine a vital church that’s part of God’s work in the world.
First Parish Church in Weston, Massachusetts, dates to 1698, when Puritans gathered to worship. Today it is Unitarian Christian congregation.
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A surprising local gathering spot in a quaint Massachusetts town reminds a young Christian leader that community can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Whether adjective, noun or verb, “barbecue” has a theological dimension that is deeply enmeshed in church culture -- especially in the African-American church, writes the culinary historian, barbecue judge and executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches.
A new version of the Congregational Resource Guide offers congregations a searchable database of high-quality resources. In this interview, the president of the Center for Congregations talks about how the CRG will expand the reach of his organization.
Sacramento police officers involved in the Cops & Clergy program raffle off a bicycle to a child at a community health fair at Ebenezer Christian Center. This kind of activity helps build relationships between police, clergy and congregations.
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From police departments to public schools, congregations are finding new partners -- and new mission opportunities -- as they team up to help the public sector be more effective.