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When a building project is on the congregation’s horizon, the first thing leaders should do is create a solid plan. In fact, according to church facility guru Tim Cool, they need to make four...

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A small investment with high yield-that’s what The Thin Book of SOAR boasts. In this small volume, authors Jacquie Stavros and Gina Hinrichs have pooled their extensive experience and...

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Now in its second edition, this book offers practical guidelines and tools to help congregations claim and expand upon their strengths and become stronger and healthier. Kennon Callahan is a...

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An effective governance model enables a congregation to fulfill its mission by continually balancing “the transforming power of religion and the stabilizing power of organization.” Former Alban...

Thumb the advantage

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Around the planning tables in many congregations, leaders continue to search for a magic bullet for growth, often in the exhausted areas of marketing or technology. New York Times best-selling...

Thumb the other 80 percent

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A common barrier to implementation of a strategic plan is that the congregation’s goals exceed their staff and volunteer capacity to execute on the plan. The 80/20 rule applies to most...

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Are you tired of wordsmithing mission and vision statements? Is your congregation burned out on planning processes that don’t lead anywhere? Do you need to broaden the base of members doing...

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“It wouldn’t make sense to build a soccer field if our ministry is basketball.” This 12-page guide from Disciples Extension Fund is written with non-experts in mind. The planning and building...

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Sulam for Strategic Planners (SSP) is a new program of United Synagogue to strengthen congregations. While this program is only open to USCJ-affiliated congregations in good standing, many...

Thumb designing worship together

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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...

Thumb guide for developing high quality emergency operations

web resource

Many people think of a house of worship as a safe area. Yet violent acts, fires, tornados, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and arson can affect houses of worship, often with little or no warning....

Thumb transition plan

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“What can I do or say to the congregation that will help you with your future leadership?” After leading Southeast Christian Church for 40 years, this was the question Bob Russell humbly asked more...

Thumb the new metrics

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Changing the scorecard - or metrics of success - is a hot topic among leaders these days. In some communities, church leaders are joining business executives, school superintendents, and nonprofit...

Thumb the art of powerful questions

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Today many business and congregational leaders are discovering the invaluable practice of asking powerful and penetrating questions. In this 16 page booklet, authors Juanita Brown, Eric Vogt and...

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Technology may have made connecting with people around the world easy, but many of us know that gathering individuals in a local congregation around a table of mutual respect and learning can be...

Thumb positive change for congregations

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Far more than “happy talk,” positive change processes refer to a series of techniques and tools that help congregations to identify their life-giving core and design a preferred future. This...

Thumb a pastors toolbox

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Sometimes, to do great things, a congregation needs to get its own house in order. Paul Holmes, a professor at Steton Hall University, has edited a guidebook related to the practical challenges a...

Thumb starting new initiatives

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A key role of congregational governance is to serve as a “steward of the mission.” Yet, too often, board members feel disconnected between the congregation’s primary purpose and the actual work of...

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Youth ministry with staying power has a clearly defined mission and vision, and it engages the whole congregation - including parents - in key relational and leadership roles. This group assists...

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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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