Thriving Congregations Initiative

Reimagining Church

New Models for the 21st Century


"Thriving Congregations" Lecture with Dr. Gregory Howard

A lecture on “Thriving Congregations” from Dr. Gregory Howard, sponsored by Virginia Union University, on April 11, 2021

How do we glean from the experiences that we call “challenges”?

A Church that Grows Together Protests Together

An article by Todd Nelson on the Faith & Leadership website

During the uprising that swelled after the murder of George Floyd, a Minneapolis congregation found that it already had the character and resources to respond faithfully.

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Faith and Leadership: Thriving Communities

A learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity

What distinguishes Christian leadership from leadership in other fields is its end, its telos – to cultivate thriving communities that are signs of God’s reign. What do we mean by “cultivate thriving communities”?

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Lilly Foundation Thriving Congregations Grant

Information on the Lilly Foundation Thriving Congregations Initiative

The aim of the initiative is to help congregations strengthen their ministries and thrive so they can better help people deepen their relationships with God, enhance their connections with each other and contribute to the flourishing of their communities and the world.

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Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers

Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers is a book by Rev. Tyler Sit

Jesus asks us to stay awake, which begs the question - stay awake to whatStaying Awake is a practical exploration of Christianity for people who want to show up for justice and stay in the movement. Discover nine practices of Christian community that will transform you to transform the world.