The Parish Paper

T H E   P A R I S H   P A P E R

Ideas and Insights for Active Congregations

Editor: Cynthia Woolever –

April 2019
Building Your Community Ties with a Block Party

March 2019
Media Technology for Worship

February 2019
What is Contemporary Worship?

January 2019
Defining Church Vitality: Let Me Count the Ways

December 2018
Getting to Know Our Neighbors: One-on-One Interviews

November 2018
How to Develop Habits for Well-Being

October 2018
Don’t Disagree, Deliberate: How to Lead Community Conversations in Your Church

September 2018
Checking Up on Clergy Health: Assessing the Cost of Sacred Work

August 2018
How to Raise Money for Your Community Projects

July 2018
Inviting, Informing, and Including Newcomers

June 2018
Making the Nursery a Place of Belonging

May 2018
How to Balance Hospitality and Church Security

April 2018
Church Energy Use: Can We Harness Hope?

March 2018
Finding Significance as a Small Church

February 2018
Best Practices for Church Members Serving as Staff

January 2018
18 Questions for 2018

December 2017
Does Our Pastor Need a Job Description?

November 2017
Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry

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

September 2017
Equipping Volunteers Builds a Strong Church Community

August 2017
What Promotes Hope?

July 2017
How Can We Help Immigrants?

June 2017
Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy

May 2017
Financing the Local Church: What Does It Cost?

April 2017
Small Is Big Again: Reclaiming Small Church Ministry

March 2017
Guide to Good Governance

February 2017
How Do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples?

January 2017
Conquering the Cutback Syndrome

December 2016
Can We Wait for God’s Spark?

November 2016
Does Your Congregation Suffer From Anxiety?

October 2016
Keeping Up With the Pastor’s Pay: Trends Behind Clergy Wages

September 2016
What Keeps Congregations From Implementing New Ideas?

August 2016
Multiple Roads to a Multicultural Congregation

July 2016
When Charity Brings Anything But Relief

June 2016
Making Congregations Greener

May 2016
How Do New People Hear About Your Church

April 2016
How to Deal with Church Conflict

March 2016
What Numbers Matter for Congregations? Lessons from Five-Year Trends

February 2016
The Payday Lending Crisis: What Can Congregations Do?

January 2016
How Ministry Teams Get Things Done

December 2015
This Conversation-Again? Improving Church Communication

November 2015
Navigating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds

October 2015
New Models for New Churches: What Works?

September 2015
Can Congregations Reach Young Adults?

August 2015
How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors

July 2015
Congregational Strength Is Always Plural

June 2015
Could Lack of Curiosity Kill the Church?

May 2015
Seeking a Bivocational Calling for Pastors and Churches