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What role does financial independence play in defining a church?
Many congregations have endured staff cutbacks, salary freezes and deferred maintenance in response to the recession. But one budget area that may need to be increased, even in hard economic times, is programming, recent research suggests. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the relationship between economics and congregational health.
A Metro Paint-A-Thon volunteer from the ADC Corporation does some prep work before his team painted the home of a low-income senior in south Minneapolis. Randy Miranda/Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches is the largest council in North America, but it keeps a low profile. The council is a faith-based nonprofit that serves its community through ever-changing collaborative partnerships.
The parallels between the decline in print journalism and that in mainline Protestantism are eerie. Their renewal will require creative renewals of the best of their traditions for a new day.