Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Homeboy Industries is a belonging place where ex-gang members' lives are transformed

Gregory Boyle: Homeboy Industries is a belonging place where ex-gang members' lives are transformed
LA’s Homeboy Industries is the world’s largest gang intervention, rehab and re-entry program. But at the core of its work and ministry are notions of blessing, gift and miracle, says the organization’s founder and executive director.  > Read more

Ministry focused on saving the world leads to burnout and depletion, says the founder of Homeboy Industries. Our choice is always the same: save the world or savor it.


Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries is not a Christian who is also a social entrepreneur. He is a Christian social entrepreneur, his faith animating how he leads and serves.

The Oakland painter, muralist and community activist talks about blending his vocation as a Christian and an artist.


‘Blessed’ has become part of a slick and pervasive trend of forced, optimistic gratitude, says a young Christian writer. The season of Lent helps us return the word to its most authentic expression and meaning.

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Courageous institutional leaders work to hire and develop the next generation of leaders -- even knowing that those leaders likely will leave to work somewhere else, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.


Building a thriving team ministry is difficult, but ruining one is easy, says a Lutheran pastor. Follow these five simple steps, and any team ministry is certain to implode.

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The congregation and the community may change, but certain practices underlie effective ministry no matter the context, writes a veteran pastor.



Looking for information on congregational vitality, leadership or religious trends? The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG), a web-based service that features more than 1,200 resources, now offers a blog by Center for Congregations President Tim Shapiro with commentary, tips and more.
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