Parish Paper


Each monthly issue of The Parish Paper provides ideas, insights, research-findings, and practical methods that strengthen the effectiveness of congregations in accomplishing God’s purposes through their various ministries.



  • October 2021 - Get to Know the Neighborhood with a Community Tour

  • September 2021 - Bringing the Power of Groups to Prison Ministry

  • August 2021 - Build Lasting Strength Through Community Development

  • July 2021 - Is Drive-In Church a Good Idea?

  • June 2021 - Is it time to relocate

  • May 2021 - How can we overcome barriers to vaccination




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