books about: congregational
Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
First published in 1999, Advanced Strategic Planning explained why planning was so important to carrying out the church's mission. Now in its second edition, this practical resource offers - a nine-step strategic thinking and acting model - useful ideas for developing a strategy - diagrams to help illustrate concepts - a new chapter on spiritual formation This updated edition places a stronger emphasis on disciplemaking and clarifies ...
Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving
Tasha D. Chapman
What does it take to have fruitful ministry over the long haul? The stresses of pastoring are well known and can be a match for even the best-prepared, most experienced in ministry--multiple tasks, long hours, taxing responsibilities and, yes, some challenging personalities. Too often the results can be burnout, being run out or just feeling worn out. To find out how pastors can thrive as well as survive, the authors undertook a five-year ...
Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page
Serving as a church leader can be a tough assignment. Whatever your role, odds are you've known your share of the frustration, conflict, and disillusionment that comes with silly turf battles, conflicting vision, and marathon meetings. No doubt, you've asked yourself, 'How did it get this way?' With practical and accessible wisdom, Larry Osborne explains how it got this way. He exposes the hidden roadblocks, structures, and goofy thinking that ...
On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good
"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side."-- Abraham Lincoln Lincoln led America through one of the most tumultuous times in our nation's history. Reading his words today, it is clear we still have much to learn concerning what it means to be on God's side. Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks directly into our current context, revealing the ...
Worship Architect, The: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services
Constance M. Cherry
There are many books available on the topic of worship today, but few provide a comprehensive, practical method for worship design. Constance M. Cherry, a worship professor and practitioner, provides worship leaders with credible blueprint plans for successfully designing worship services that foster meaningful conversation with God and the gathered community. Readers will learn how to create services that are faithful to Scripture, historically ...
Discerning Your Congregation's Future: A Strategic and Spiritual Approach
Roy M. Oswald
Robert E., Jr. Friedrich
Drawing on extensive consulting experience with congregations, the authors provide a step-by-step guide to congregational planning that grounds strategic planning techniques in a process of spiritual discernment. The result: members will own the vision and be eager to participate in the congregation's calling, life, and ministry. You and your planning committee learn the theory behind the techniques, along with receiving help for addressing ...
Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2013
Noted educator and community revitalization pioneer Dr. Ron Wolfson presents practical strategies and case studies to transform the old model of Jewish institutions into relational communities. He sets out twelve principles of relational engagement to guide Jewish lay leaders, professionals and community members in turning institutions into inspiring communities whose value-proposition is to engage people and connect them to Judaism and ...
Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying systems thinking for effective leadership
Educational Consultants, 2013
In sociology the term positive deviance identifies the behaviors that bring about effectiveness and success in those situations where something that should not work, does. At heart positive deviance answers the question, all things being equal, why do some congregational leaders succeed, when others do not? Grounded in Family Systems Theory, this book will challenge congregational leaders to consider a different perspective that can bring about ...
And the Mountains Echoed
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times –bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns , has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, ...
Wide Welcome: How the Unsettling Presence of Newcomers Can Save the Church (Prisms)
In Wide Welcome, Jessicah Krey Duckworth presents the stark differences between the established congregation, which cares for current members and congregational identity, and the disestablished one, intentionally equipped to facilitate the encounter between new and established members. The disestablished congregations, she says, gains purpose and identity in the task of relating to the newcomer, and by doing so engages the world in powerful new ...
Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What
Peter L. Steinke
The Alban Institute
Anxious times call for steady leadership. When tensions emerge in a congregation, its leaders cannot be as anxious as the people they serve. To remain effective, congregational leaders must control their own uneasiness. This takes self-awareness and confidence to manage relationships and influence behaviors. Knowing how to deal with anxiety and how to work throug complex challenges can lead a congregation to new insights, growth, and vitality. ...
Worship by the Book
R. Kent Hughes
Timothy J. Keller
'What is at stake is authenticity. . . . Sooner or later Christians tire of public meetings that are profoundly inauthentic, regardless of how well (or poorly) arranged, directed, performed. We long to meet, corporately, with the living and majestic God and to offer him the praise that is his due.'---D. A. Carson Worship is a hot topic, but the ways that Christians from different traditions view it vary greatly. What is worship? More important, ...
Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership
What makes a leader a Christian leader? Too many churches and parachurch groups operate under secular leadership principles and strategies without considering what Scripture teaches. In this accessible and comprehensive book, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs articulates a working definition of Christian leadership based on the Bible and his own extensive research. Malphurs begins by defining a uniquely Christian leader from the inside out, ...
Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship
David G. Peterson
Worship is of immense concern in the church and ironically the source of controversy and dispute. Can we get behind the question of what style of worship we should engage in to understand the bedrock foundation for God's people--honoring him as he desires? Is the dissatisfaction with worship voiced by so many perhaps a result of our having wandered from biblical teaching on the subject? Through careful exegesis in both Old and New Testaments, ...
Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue (The Guilford Family Therapy Series)
Edwin H. Friedman
The Guilford Press
An acclaimed, influential work now available in paper for the first time, this bestselling book applies the concepts of systemic family therapy to the emotional life of congregations. Edwin H. Friedman shows how the same understanding of family process that can aid clergy in their pastoral role also has important ramifications for negotiating congregational dynamics and functioning as an effective leader. Clergy from diverse denominations, as ...
Winning On Purpose: How To Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission (Convergence Ebook Series)
John Edmund Kaiser
Do you really want the mission to succeed? Are you prepared to live within clear boundaries? Are you ready to align yourself with a greater purpose? Do you have what it takes? Winning on Purpose offers leaders a way to organize congregations for success by creating structures that enable church life and health. As a comprehensive and ...
Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology
John S. Hammett
Most North American churches take a pragmatic approach to church life. We are concerned with being relevant to the culture and ultimately growing at a steady rate. While these issues are certainly legitimate, they also create a danger that our churches will be shaped more by these extrabiblical goals than by the biblical mandate of God. Utilizing the Scriptures, theology, and Baptist history, this comprehensive work addresses all aspects of the ...
The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus
A new way to follow Jesus that draws on old ways of following Him The Underground Church proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe . Prominent progressive writer, speaker, and minister Robin Meyers proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was and must be again subversive ...
Growing an Engaged Church: How to Stop "Doing Church" and Start Being the Church Again
Albert L. Winseman D.Min.
What would a church look like if members of its congregation were 13 times more likely to have invited someone to participate in the church in the past month? Or if they were three times as satisfied with their lives, or spent two hours per week serving the community? Based on solid research by The Gallup Organization, Growing an Engaged Church appeals to both Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders who are looking to create this kind ...
Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life (Creative Pastoral ...
Ronald W. Richardson
Ronald W. Richardson helps us to understand how congregations function emotionally. Without being simplistic, he gives clear directions on how to improve their quality of life together and function more effectively in achieving mission goals. This book offers: A theory about human behavior that will aid understanding of how things can get out of control in the human community of the church; A practical set of leadership ideas and behaviors; ...
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