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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 ...
  
  











  



  
The Congregational Life Cycle Assessment: SSJ Playbook Resources from www.TheColumbiaPartnership.org

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 www.TCPeBook.info. 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 ...
  
  











  



  
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. ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life (Creative Pastoral ...
Ronald W. Richardson

Fortress Press, 1996

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; ...
  
  











  



  
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 Vitality Check-Up Sneak Peek: SSJ Playbook Resources from www.TheColumbiaPartnership.org

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 www.TCPeBook.info. The purpose of this eBook is to describe the congregational vitality check-up I call a Congregational Assessment and Learning Experience, and to provide a general sneak peek for the process in its three stages creatively ...
  
  











  



  
The Leader's Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation
Jim Herrington, Robert Creech, ...

Jossey-Bass, 2003

Many books describe elements of church leadership-- what it is and how to do it-- but very few focus on the process of personal transformation that is central to being able to lead well. The Leader's Journey provides a blueprint and the practical tools needed to transform the lives of pastors and congregational lay leaders so that they can become truly effective leaders. Blending the best of sound psychological research, solid Biblical ...
  
  











  



  
10 Factors of Congregational Survivability, Vitality, and Vibrancy: 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 www.TCPeBook.info. Accurate and timely assessment of congregations is an important process to help take the next steps in ministry effectiveness. It is important for congregations to take a positive, yet critical, view of their current ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



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

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998

Caring, Coping and Learning From the Congregational Trauma
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
Shalom: A Congregational Guide to Jewish Meditation
Rabbi Dr. Leslie Schotz

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014

Shalom: A Congregational Guide to Jewish Meditation includes Jewish Meditation as a Heritage, Meditation: What Makes it Jewish? , and Educating the Congregation about Jewish Meditation. This includes: Chanting, Visualization, and Textual Meditations, Blessings & Spontaneous Response. Book includes Jewish Meditation Questionnaire with Responses, Bibliography and Additional Resources for further Study and Inspiration.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Prayers Of the People: Patterns and Models for Congregational Prayer
Faith Alive Christian Resources, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2004

A valuable handbook for people who lead congregational prayer in a worship service. Contains model prayers and prayer outlines, helps for praying extemporaneously, and suggestions for how to invite people to prayer, gather prayer requests, and pray about sensitive topics.
  
  











  



  
Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership
Phil A. Newton

Kregel Academic & Professional, 2005

(Foreword by Mark Dever) A biblically functioning church requires intentional devotion to the New Testament model of the church. In this practical book, Phil Newton gives a definitive and biblical study of elder-based leadership.
  
  











  



  
The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership
R. Paul Stevens, Phil Collins

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1993

The authors draw on their combined experience to create an exciting model of congregational leadership that understands congregations as relational systems. Learn how relational processes can liberate members for ministry and mission in the world and release pastors for appropriate leadership.
  
  











  



  
Who Rules the Church?: Examining Congregational Leadership and Church Government
Gerald Cowen

B&H Books, 2003

In this book author Gerald Cowen will offer critical definitions about what the work of a pastor or elder is—what is his job description and what are the limits of his authority. Who Rules the Church? will make the case that the New Testament model for congregational government is the Pastoral Leadership-Congregational rule. In other words, authority is given by the Lord to the congregation itself, but the pastor is God-called to that ...
  
  











  



  
The Calling of Congregational Leadership: Being, Knowing, Doing Ministry (TCP The Columbia Partnership ...
Larry L. McSwain

Chalice Press, 2013

Leading is a calling from God, but that doesn't mean it is easy. There are choices to be made about what your congregation believes, how your church organizes for effective ministry, and how your church serves the settings of which you are a part. The good news is that others have gone before you. Author Larry L. McSwain's forty years of experience can help guide you through these choices. Rooted in research, The Calling of ...
  
  











  








   



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