Congregations hire consults for all sorts of reasons. Some of the reasons they give for doing so may surprise you. So too might some reasons they do not give.
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'Okay, you can give a talk from the pulpit -- but no preaching.'
Only about 5% of American churchgoers attend a congregation led by a woman. The year, in case you're checking, is 2009.
This way of describing oneself is more common than it used to be, but its prevalence should not be exaggerated. The vast majority of Americans--approximately 80 percent--describe themselves as both spiritual and religious.
Whether you view them as sacraments or ordinances, baptism and communion have meaning because the church is a community, says the Rev. Michael J. Clingenpeel.