Parish Paper

The Parish Paper is a monthly electronic newsletter that offers ideas and insights for active congregations. Edited by Herb Miller, Lyle Schaller and Cynthia Woolever, this journal is available to all Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area church members and clergy to use within their ministry. You are invited to include items from The Parish Paper in your newsletters and on your website or webpage. You may also reprint items and send to others through email or the U.S. mail.

Due to thousands of E-mail requests for several FREE resources provided by The Parish Paper, you can now download these resources from The Parish Paper website. Click HERE to view a list of those resources and for information about downloading them.

Please feel free to distribute the attached announcement as widely as possible—to your congregations, constituents, and colleagues—including people outside as well as inside your congregation, judicatory, denomination, seminary, or educational institution.

Note: If you mail photocopies of the Paper in its entirety with your newsletter or other mailings using your U.S. Post Office Nonprofit Mailing Permit, most local Post Offices require that every item carry your organization’s name and address. Above The Parish Paper masthead, type your congregation’s name, address, and “Photocopied by Permission.”

The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area’s purchase of a subscription to The Parish Paper INCLUDES:

1. Permission to provide copies to our staff and to the congregations within our jurisdiction in any of the following ways: E-mail, Postal, newspaper, newsletter, meetings, training events, and our website.

2. Permission for each congregation within our jurisdiction to (a) photocopy or electronically distribute for local use as many copies as it needs, (b) post them on its website, and (c) quote sentences and paragraphs.

Congregations within the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area’s jurisdiction to which we distribute The Parish Paper DO NOT have permission (a) to delete the copyright ownership notice, (b) to re-
0.write, paraphrase, delete, or change the wording of sentences and paragraphs, or (c) to give any third party-other than our staff and constituents-permission to photocopy or reprint (in any quantity, no matter how small, whether for free distribution or for sale).

Please click on the edition of The Parish Paper you wish to read:

2017
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

2016
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 Green
May 2016:  How do 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


2015
December 2015:  This Conversation - Again? Improving Church Communications
November 2015:  Navagating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds
October 2015:  New Models for New Churches What Works
September 2015:  Can Congregations Attract 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
April 2015:  Finding God's New Call in the Same Place
March 2015:  What Churches Can Do to Increase Social Media Security
February 2015:
  How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Retirement
January 2015:  Our Future Pastors:  Assessing the State of the Pipeline


2014
December 2014:  How to Make the Most of a Consulting Process
November 2014:  Should We Consider Closing Our Church?
October 2014:  How Can We Prevent Suicide?
September 2014:  Back to School - How Churches Can Partner with Local Schools
June 2014:  Caring for the Caregivers
May 2014:  How to Welcome Children with Autism and Their Families

April 2014:  It's About More Than Money
March 2014: The Consequences of Clergy Turnover
February 2014: A Parable About Pastoral Leadership
January 2014: Big Ministry Trends for 2014




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