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Coming to grips with struggling congregations Struggling congregations

Coming to grips with struggling congregations

Challenges abound, but so do ministry responses

Congregation stops, looks around, sees what's going down — now up Struggling congregations

Congregation stops, looks around, sees what's going down — now up

North Emanuel in St. Paul, Minn., breaks out of rut by reaching out

Shuttered congregation keeps on  giving to  community Struggling congregations

Shuttered congregation keeps on giving to community

Building, grounds and endowment benefit school, camp and global partner

Features

A spaghetti Western Civility

A spaghetti Western

Today's politics play like 'good guys' vs. bad guys'

Ambience is more than pillows Community

Ambience is more than pillows

Our congregation's welcome rests in the theology of the cross

Forsaken? Lent

Forsaken?

Ponder hard Lenten lesson

Loving  the enemy Civility

Loving the enemy

An increasing number of fragile and vulnerable people are in our pews

Technology takes you there … Bible camp

Technology takes you there …

and keeps you connected

The Spirit lifts our faith Spirituality

The Spirit lifts our faith

... and we're cleared for takeoff

Two-point parish Urban congregations

Two-point parish

In hard times, these congregations look to a pastor who's had a hard life

Pass the faith

Christian youth clubs Family

Christian youth clubs

Three ways for parents to gain a better understanding of their youth's involvement

Tuning out during worship Now what

Tuning out during worship

How can I get my child to particpate?

Good one!

'Love in a Glovebox' Good one!

'Love in a Glovebox'

Volunteers fill sandwich bags for the homeless

Two months out

On Mother's Day ... Two months out

On Mother's Day ...

give the gift of a net — and a corsage made from netting

Faces

'It is never too late' to volunteer Service

'It is never too late' to volunteer

Annie Mae Liddell has spent decades assisting others

Youngchurch

Piling up shoes Environment

Piling up shoes

15-year-old launches recycling program at his Maryland congregation

Web exclusives

Charting a course in Seattle The way we were: 1946

Charting a course in Seattle

What started as a service for sailors and loggers continues to anchor those in need


Columnists

A Lutheran Christian life for today:

The sweet spot of vocations

News

Departments

A peaceful referendum

Advice for the president

Baskets of hope

Believers' gene?

Bishops won't support repeal

Bombing denounced

BOP chief Kapanke to retire in September

Boycott of Anglican summit

Britain bans Florida pastor

Celebrating Finnish heritage

Chaplain program cranks out grads

Churches and new Cuba policy

Civility Project disbands

Cold nose ministry

Ex-UCC president suspended

Finns share similar challenges with ELCA

For the record: Congregations leaving the ELCA

Grief in Florida

Haiti work continues

Help after Brazil's floods

Innkeepers lose

It only takes a 'buck'

Judge dismisses portion of Augsburg Fortress lawsuit

King's daughter says no

Muslims to double

Pakistani Christians worry

Prayers for Egypt

Preacher debate

Quote: Evangelist Billy Graham

Quote: Jay Bakker

Quote: M. Garlinda Burton

Repeal doesn't affect chaplains

Rwanda: New bishop

Best this month: 99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children

Best this month: God's Dream

Best this month: The best of 2010
Reviewers choose "most spiritually literate" films for the past year

Higher education: Augustana College choir cuts short Egypt tour, LTSP creates Augustana Room and more …

Letters: Faltering denominations no big deal
All are disciples in Christ; liberalism leading way to demise

Light Side: A Jesus tattoo?
Ash Wednesday humor

E-newsletter: Miracles of timing

E-newsletter: True stewardship

E-newsletter: Winter trees

E-newsletter: Witness bears fruit in due season

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