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The CHAT Church survey has been used by many different kinds of congregations. This includes mainline congregations. Many users are non-denominational or are from historically evangelical faith...

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Rev. Evan M. Dolive is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He currently serves in Beaumont, Texas. He is also a pastor with an opinion; perhaps a controversial point...

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“Why is the neighborhood so unresponsive to our congregation’s outreach (or evangelism, or local mission) programs?” This guide from a Mennonite pastor offers a relationship-rich model for...

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The scenario is too common: your children’s ministry is spread too thin. Your worship team feels overstretched. Twenty percent of your members are participating in ministry, and 80 percent are...

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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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Based in Kansas, this rather comprehensive congregational consulting firm offers a large range of services. Among these are facility planning, church health analyses, church conflict and urban...

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Thankfully, there are many fine congregational consultants. Finding the right fit for your congregation, however, can be a challenge. You need to make sure the consultant complements your...

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If you are on a worship committee and you want to collaborate with staff on the design for worship, this book will prove useful for you. Likewise, if you are either a music leader or a pastor who...

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This book is a user friendly look at vitality in congregations. Based on their work related to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, the authors identify ten strengths key to vital congregations. ...

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Over 500,000 worshipers in over 5,000 congregations have completed the U.S. Congregational Life Survey since it was first offered in 2001. A second offering took place in the fall of 2008 and...

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The two authors, Rainer and Stetzer, are associated with Lifeway. Regarding Lifeway’s research: it assists church leaders with insight that will lead to greater levels of vitality. This book...

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A Pennsylvania synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has published a comprehensive downloadable guide to closing a congregation. Beginning with theological and biblical...

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Do you often hear visitors say “Where can I find the . . . ”? If this is a common question in your congregation, consider this idea: “Like so many things that seem simple but aren’t, wayfinding is...

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How Your Congregation Learns describes how congregational leaders move from identifying a congregational challenge to a project, program and activity that effectively addresses the challenge. The...

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Frederick Gonnerman, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor and former Director of Public Relations at Luther Seminary, says that communication “can be compared to a web that touches,...

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As a church communications specialist, Yvon Prehn says her objective is to assist congregations that are seeking to “fulfill the Great Commission.” Prehn’s Effective Church Communications (ECC)...

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Pastors and lay leaders know that hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff are among the most challenging - and often most poorly handled - tasks facing congregations. Clergy leaders of...

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The mission of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management is to promote management excellence and best practices in the Catholic Church in the United States. The organization marshals...

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Sunny Fader’s volunteer and non-for-profit experiences influence her view of volunteers: volunteers are assets, and as such, they deserve respect and care. Fader further claims that the recruitment...

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With worship being so divergent nowadays, it is problematic for one resource to be useful in multiple contexts. This book is an exception. The author, a worship professor and practitioner,...

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