Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
Grounded in the belief that adults learn best through narratives, this web site provides a collection of resources centered around stories about congregational life and challenges. Case studies, arranged by topic, encourage congregational leaders to see themselves in various situations and envision what steps they would take in response; an extended case is Almond Springs, which focuses on a particular pastor in a particular congregation. “Experienced voices” gathers comments from lay leaders and ministers on congregational situations. The full texts of an extensive article collection are included, and focus on many topics: budgets, “busyness,” change, church boards, community, conflict, developing leaders, economics, environmental concerns, finances, grief, leadership, learning, meetings, moral leadership, spiritual life, theological reflection, vision, volunteers, and women. With interactive tutorials, this web site will be a valuable resource for clergy and lay leaders who seek ideas on responding to congregational challenges and who can recognize themselves and their faith communities in the stories told.