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Observation, interpretation and intervention are key to revitalizing our big downtown churches

Nearly 50 years ago, the authors of “What’s Ahead for Old First Church” examined the strengths and weaknesses of these anchor institutions. The lessons are surprisingly relevant today.

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When friends become family

Beyond friends, more than community, they will know us by our love for one another. A writer reflects on the bonds that bring people together, whether in youth groups, hospital rooms or birthday parties.

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Churches are exploring new ways to offer VBS amid volunteer shortages

Effective youth programs require training, a sense of mission and a willingness to adapt, one vacation Bible school expert says.

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Plants can teach clergy a lot about building networks

Gardens grow in ways that are mutually supportive and connected. That’s an underground lesson for pastors, writes the director of the Thriving in Ministry Coordination Program at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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