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Jane Armstrong: People are indifferent to the church

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.

Installation at Tabernacle Baptist Church

Cheesecloth banners, papier-mâché and other inexpensive materials are used to create the installations in the 128-year-old sanctuary of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Photo courtesy of Tabernacle Baptist Church

10 tips for incorporating installations into worship

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.

Installation at Tabernacle Baptist Church

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.
Photos courtesy of Tabernacle Baptist Church

A congregation deepens worship with collaborative visual displays

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.

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.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Cops & Clergy

Congregations align with public institutions to serve the common good

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.

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