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The Congregational Life Cycle Assessment: SSJ Playbook Resources from

The Columbia Partnership, 2013

This eBook is part of the Spiritual Strategic Journey Playbook Resources. It is subject to periodic updates. For more information on Kindle eBooks by George Bullard with The Columbia Partnership, go to The purpose of this eBook is to describe the congregational life cycle so that congregations may assess where they are in the various stages of development, and what the next steps are that they need to take in their ...


Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change
Mark Lau Branson

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004

When First Presbyterian Church in Altadena, California, was asked to provide a mission study report for its pastor nominating committee, the congregation was afraid they would find themselves engaging in busy work and producing a report that would wind up in a file gathering dust. They then asked professor Mark Lau Branson to consult with them on writing this report. He invited them to join in a process of Appreciative Inquiry--a ...


Congregational Connections: Uniting Six Generations in the Church
Carroll Anne Sheppard, Nancy Burton Dilliplane

Xlibris, Corp., 2011

"Want to figure out why the Boomers and GenXers in your congregation just can't seem to get along? Congregational Connections: Uniting Six Generations in the Church is a breakthrough guidebook for our new society of six generational segments. The authors offer congregational leaders insights into the conflicts that are arising and give case studies that demonstrate why these conflicts occur. In simple prose they explain why Older and Younger ...


Congregational Fitness: Healthy Practices for Layfolk
Denise W. Goodman

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000

When serious conflict surfaces in a congregation, lay people are usually stunned. They feel frightened, angry, and helpless. Congregational Fitness explores why congregations are prone to conflict and describes healthy behaviors lay people can practice to manage conflict constructively. Goodman argues that since it is members of the congregation who carry on from one pastor to another, it is important for them to know and practice positive ...


Formation in Faith: The Congregational Ministry of Making Disciples
Sondra Matthaei

Abingdon Press, 2008

Read the Introduction The ministry of congregations is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Behind that simple and seemingly self-evident statement lies a problematic reality, however. While congregations know that disciple making is at the heart of their identity, they often have trouble understanding how to go about it. Apart from such traditional Christian education ministries as Sunday school, too little formal thinking or planning goes ...


Congregational Social Work: Christian Perspectives
Diana R. Garland, Gaynor I. Yancey

North American Association of Christians in Social Work, 2014

Congregational Social Work: Christian Perspectives by Drs. Diana Garland and Gaynor Yancey offers a compelling account of the many ways social workers serve the church as leaders of congregational life, of ministry to neighborhoods locally and globally, and of advocacy for social justice. Based on the most comprehensive study to date on social work with congregations, Congregational Social Work shares illuminating stories and experiences from ...


Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What
Peter L. Steinke

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006

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. ...


Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church
Reggie McNeal

Jossey-Bass, 2011

The third book in the trilogy that explores the popular missional movement From Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, comes the third book in the series that helps to define and illuminate the popular missional movement. This newest book in the trilogy examines a natural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: the deconstruction of congregations into very small Christian ...


Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry

The Alban Institute, 1998

Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minster and congregation. Lay leaders of congregations preparing for such a transition will value the expert guidance provided by over a dozen experienced interim pastors. What is interim ministry all about? What needs to happen during the interim? What should leaders and members expect from the interim pastor and themselves during this transition? What other resources ...


Congregational Trauma: Caring, Coping and Learning
Jill M. Hudson

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998


The Singing Thing:A Case for Congregational Song/G5510
John L. Bell

G I A Pubns, 2000

An ìunapologetically anecdotalî presentation by the master of congregational song. Read the whys while awaiting the hows in volume two! A lively read.


Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey
Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, ...

Jossey-Bass, 2000

A Leadership Network Publication With this much-needed handbook, the authors brilliantly combine their experience guiding dozens of churches through the change process with both the study of Christian disciplines and the sophisticated understanding of such important business thinkers as John Kotter on leading change and Peter Senge on learning organizations. In this eminently readable book the authors have distilled their insights and practices ...


Leading Congregational Change : A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey (Workbook)
Mike Bonem, James H. Furr, ...

Jossey-Bass, 2000

A Leadership Network Publication With this much-needed handbook, the authors brilliantly combine their experience guiding dozens of churches through the change process with both the study of Christian disciplines and the sophisticated understanding of such important business thinkers as John Kotter on leading change and Peter Senge on learning organizations. In this eminently readable book the authors have distilled their insights and practices ...


A Common Mission: Healthy Patterns in Congregational Mission Partnerships
David Wesley

Resource Publications, 2014

The term Ubuntu articulates an African understanding of our need to connect to one another in order to be complete. Likewise, A Common Mission offers a description of churches that connect with one another through the growing phenomenon of mission partnerships. The word "common" indicates something shared among equals. The word "common" also suggests something present in all parts of an organism, production, or narrative, such as a common ...


Transforming Congregational Culture
Anthony B. Robinson

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003

Many recent books have attempted to address the "crisis" in the mainline church. Anthony Robinson here makes a significant -- and in many ways unique -- contribution to this discussion by bringing his personal insights as a pastor to bear on the issue of renewing congregational life. Writing from twenty-five years of experience in four congregations of differing size, location, and ethnic makeup, Robinson prescribes concrete changes ...


Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying systems thinking for effective leadership
Israel Galindo

Educational Consultants, 2009

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 ...


Immortal Hymns: 17 Congregational Classics (The Phillip Keveren Series: Easy Piano)
Phillip Keveren

Hal Leonard, 2001

(Easy Piano Songbook). This easy piano songbook contains 17 congregational classics arranged by Phillip Keveren, including: All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name * Be Thou My Vision * Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing * Christ the Lord Is Risen Today * God of Our Fathers * Holy, Holy, Holy * I Surrender All * Immortal, Invisible * In the Garden * Just as I Am * Softly and Tenderly * This Is My Father's World * and more.


The Soul of the Congregation: An Invitation to Congregational Reflection
Thomas E. Frank

Abingdon Press, 2000

Thomas Edward Frank points out that the dominant paradigm of many contemporary books about church administration reflects an underlying “theology of progress,” a distilling of the gospel into self-worth, a conflation of basilea with market growth. According to Frank, good fortune and blessing are confused; praise and good feeling are identified. This paradigm of success and progress, however, fails to account adequately for the vision of the ...


Our Community: Dealing With Conflict in Our Congregation (Congregational Leader)
Susan M. Lang


Our Community begins by looking at what conflict is and who we are as people of God, then discusses ways that we deal with conflict, healthy and unhealthy conflict, life skills, the role of the pastor and lay leaders in conflict situations, and how to heal and rebuild community. This book looks at how our past affects the way we deal with conflict. It discusses how to prevent conflict as well as how to deal with it when it arises. This resource ...


Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change (Narrative Leadership Collection)
Larry A. Golemon

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010

Helping a community of faith 're-vision' its personal and collective narratives is one of the greatest leadership challenges of the age. In Finding Our Story, Larry Golemon, lead researcher of the Alban Institute's Narrative Leadership in Ministry project, has assembled essays by congregational consultants who use the power of story to help congregations heal, strengthen, and reinvent themselves. These consultants describe how narrative therapy ...



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