Discerning Your Congregation's Future: A Strategic and Spiritual Approach

by Roy M. Oswald , Robert E. Friedrich Jr.. The Alban Institute, 1996.

This is not just another planning book. It incorporates the primary resources of discernment and prayer together with significant theoretical material—congregational size, systems, polarity management, congregational health and norms—into an extremely useful and practical strategy for spiritual growth. The process is offered as a road map in which several activities and formats are suggested for each step, with the congregation, not the leader, at the center. If lay and professional leaders are seeking a powerful sense of God's vision for ministry (as opposed to a process for developing another mission statement), this book opens doors for big thinking and God's spirit.