Alban Weekly: Jazz belongs in church

A pastor who is a trained pianist discovered that he did not have to choose between jazz and Jesus — and that the spiritual power of the creative, improvisational art form can be a tool to help his congregation experience God.

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Healthy Churches, Faithful Pastors: Covenant Expectations for Thriving Together

This book provides concrete steps to aid congregants and pastors communicate their mutual expectations. Keck presents fifty “expectation statements”—examples of what pastors and congregations can expect of one another; a vital resource to anyone who seeks to initiate a discussion of expectations in their own church. Elucidating goals and expectations allows congregations and pastors to support one another and flourish, and fosters church health and harmony.

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Unconventional Wisdom: Left Behind

It was an awkward moment. I stood in a glorious stone room with the remnant of a once-large congregation, doing my best to play the neutral as I facilitated their planning conversation. We went round and round, till finally an…

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Being the Church Today

The numerical height of mainline Protestantism in the United States occurred in the year 1965.1 That was the year that the largest percentages of American people affiliated with and at­tended church. More Americans were going to church than at any…

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Signs of Vitality

What does small church vitality look like? To be sure, there is no one definition, and the variations on small church vitality are as numerous as the congregations themselves. Some are located in areas where nu­merical growth is possible and…

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