Alban members receive a subscription to Congregations, our award-winning magazine. Our mission is to provide clergy and lay leaders with practical, research-based information and ideas for effective ministry as they grapple with an ever-changing environment. Congregations is sent quarterly to all members of the Alban Institute. It is the successor to Action Information, published since 1975.
“I cannot recommend this magazine and this institute to you highly enough!” — The Rev. Jan Smith Wood, Dean of Students, Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
Transformational Task Forces: Leading Congregations away from Minefields (Member Only Article)
N. Graham Standish discusses the way in which congregations can sabotage their best efforts to grow.
Living into Interfaith (Read Now)
Congregational Resource Guide director Martin Davis introduces us to the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, a community raising a new way of being religious in America.
Gospel-Driven Communities: Being a Church with the Biblical Vision of Justice (Member Only Article)
Jack Jezreel asks why our churches are not forming compassionate human beings, real-life saints, prophets, heroes, and martyrs.
The Leading Edge
Alban Institute President James P. Wind details the history of Wheat Ridge Ministries as an example of how congregations can be more logical.
Tim Shapiro, president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, proposes that “knowing how your congregation learns is essential.”
Alban senior consultant Dan Hotchkiss revisits the concept of interim ministry.
Alban field consultant Sarai Rice outlines what your congregation needs to know before volunteering.