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“Certain things keep people from attending church,” explains Alex Rodriguez, pastor of Carmel’s Seventh Day Adventist Church. “First, if visitors drive into a parking lot and no spaces are available, and second, if they enter a sanctuary and all the seats are filled.”
In 1994, Julia Mitchell Corbett published the second edition of her classic study titled Religion in America. Although other editions have followed, these first two are the landmark versions. Some of what differed from the original edition of 1990 is clearly stated by the publisher:
I have never liked report cards. I never had a reason to like them, since I underperformed through high school.
When I was young, I went to worship with my parents and six other siblings. My stepfather prepared our offering envelopes the evening before worship. He would place a dollar in each of our envelopes.
When I was a kid I enjoyed reading our family’s Compton’s Encyclopedia. What should I look up today? Maybe it’s time to pull out “B” and read about baseball.
Unfortunately, there is no encyclopedia for congregational life. Sure there are encyclopedia entries about congregations. For various religious disciplines there are dictionaries for subjects like the Bible or systematic theology. But there is no encyclopedia that you can go to in order to get fast and accurate information.
Does the whole social media scene baffle you? Many of us who did not grow up with social media can find it overwhelming to learn and navigate. More importantly, some of us wonder if it is really appropriate to rely on social media to build and sustain relationships.
From time to time congregations need legal advice: property issues, employment issues, incorporation issues, to name a few. But congregations, like individuals, may dread – and even avoid – contacting a lawyer out of concern for the cost. Enter the Indiana Pro Bono Commission.
The Center for Congregations' educational offerings are designed to support our organization's mission, which is to strengthen Indiana congregations by helping them find and use the best resources.
A weighted fishing vest is stuffed with items to be used by a touch-sensitive child.
Breakout passes are made for children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder to be redeemed during a worship service.
A picture is created for each event of the worship/Sunday school schedule to decrease the anxiety of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder when schedules need to change.