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The Parish Paper provides practical insights that strengthen the effectiveness of congregations in their ministry.

February 2018 Issue - Best Practices for Church Members Serving as Staff

January 2018 Issue - 18 Questions for 2018

December 2017 Issue - Does Our Pastor Need a Job Description?

November 2017 Issue - Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry

October 2017 Issue - Short-Term Mission Trips that Yield Long-Term Success

September 2017 Issue - Equipping Volunteers Builds a Strong Church Community

August 2017 Issue - What Promotes Hope?

July 2017 Issue - How Can We Help Immigrants?

June 2017 Issue - Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy

May 2017 Issue - Financing the Local Church

April 2017 Issue - Reclaiming Small Church Ministry

March 2017 Issue - Guide to Good Governance

February 2017 Issue - How Do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples?

January 2017 Issue - Conquering the Cutback Syndrome

December 2016 Issue - Can We Wait for God's Spark?

November 2016 Issue - Does Your Congregation Suffer from Anxiety? 

October 2016 Issue - Keeping Up with the Pastor's Pay

September 2016 Issue - What Keeps Congregations from Implementing New Ideas?

August 2016 Issue - Multiple Roads to a Multicultural Congregation

July 2016 Issue - When Charity Brings Anything But Relief

June 2016 Issue - Making Congregations Greener

May 2016 Issue - How Do New People Hear About Your Church?

April 2016 Issue - How to Deal with Church Conflict

March 2016 Issue - What Numbers Matter for Congregations?

February 2016 Issue - The Payday Lending Crisis: What Congregations Can Do

January 2016 Issue - How Ministry Teams Get Things Done

December 2015 Issue - Improving Church Communication

November 2015 Issue - Navigating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds

October 2015 Issue - New Models for New Churches:  What Works?

September 2015 Issue - Can Congregations Reach Young Adults?

August 2015 Issue - How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors

July 2015 Issue - Congregational Strength Is Always Plural

June 2015 Issue - Could Lack of Curiosity Kill the Church?

May 2015 Issue - Seeking a Bivocational Calling for Pastors and Churches

April 2015 Issue - Finding God's New Call in the Same Place

March 2015 Issue - What Churches Can Do to Increase Social Media Security

February 2015 Issue - How to Avoid Potholes on the Road to Retirement

January 2015 Issue - Our Future Pastors--Assessing the Pipeline

December 2014 Issue - How to Make the Most of a Consulting Process

November 2014 Issue - Should We Consider Closing Our Church?

October 2014 Issue - How Can We Prevent Suicide?

September 2014 Issue - How Churches Can Partner with Local Schools

August 2014 Issue - Do Your Mission and Method Fit Your Size?

July 2014 Issue - What Type of Follower Attends Our Church?

June 2014 Issue - Caring for the Caregivers

May 2014 Issue - Welcoming Children with Autism

April 2014 Issue - eGiving--It's About More than Money

March 2014 Issue - Clergy Turnover Consequences

February 2014 Issue - A Parable About Pastoral Leadership

January 2014 Issue - Big Ministry Trends for 2014

December 2013 Issue - Why Sense of Belonging Matters

November 2013 Issue - E-Newsletters Worth More Than You Know

October 2013 Issue - Key Questions About Worship Attendance

September 2013 Issue - Disaster Relief

August 2013 Issue - Power of Clergy Groups

July 2013 Issue - Great Recession Lessons

June 2013 Issue - Making Informed Decisions During Times of Change

May 2013 Issue - Conversation Sand Traps

April 2013 Issue - Oral Communication

March 2013 Issue - What Leadership Style Works 

February 2013 Issue - Downsize Staff Without Destroying Church

January 2013 Issue - How to Avoid Pastor Burnout

December 2012 Issue - How to Use Our Five Senses During Advent

November 2012 Issue - How to Maintain Church Health in a Declining Population County

October 2012 Issue - Preventing Church Fraud

September 2012 Issue - Where Are the Unchurched?

August 2012 Issue - Keys to Growing a Small Church

July 2012 Issue - What Message Are We Sending About Giving?

June 2012 Issue - Mission Possible More Men in the Pews

May 2012 Issue - How to Turn Bystanders Into Active Disciples

April 2012 Issue - How Is Your Congregation's Health?

March 2012 Issue - What Type of Future Are We Building?

February 2012 Issue - How to Manage Change Resistance

January 2012 Issue - How to Perfect Your Leadership Triangle

December 2011 Issue - How Do We Successfully Launch a New Project?

November 2011 Issue - Should We Unleash the Power of Congregational Planning?

October 2011 Issue - Why do Smart Churches Make Dumb Decisions?

September 2011 Issue - Why do People Connect with Christ and a Congregation?

August 2011 Issue - How to Prevent Bad Behavior During Times of Change

July 2011 Issue - How to Select Quality Staff

June 2011 Issue - What Is the Pastor's Role in Church Finance?

May 2011 Issue - When Does Success Lead to Failure?

April 2011 Issue - Incoming Pastors--Building Smoother Transition Bridges

March 2011 Issue - Does a Congregation's Location Influence Its Effectiveness?

February 2011 Issue - Accomplishing Worthy Goals--Being Smart Is not Enough

January 2011 Issue - What Is Your Unconscious Intent?


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