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This new book is a memoir, recounting one millennial feminist’s approach to life in Christian community, but it is also much more. Erin Lane, a program director for congregational leadership at the...

Thumb group processes that facilitate positive change

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Recent studies and congregational experience show that a positive approach can successfully address “adaptive” or non-technical issues in a way that a focus on problem-solving cannot. This article,...

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Certain needs develop when your congregation grows. This article will help you identify those needs. And then do something about them. When your congregation grows there is more need for formal...

Thumb servant evangelism

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“Servant Evangelism” is a website and blog that contains the wisdom of Steve Sjogren. He draws on his 15 years as pastor of a Cincinnati based Vineyard congregation. The kind of evangelism that...

Thumb myth of the 200

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More than one clergy person has remarked, “We get to 200 then the next year we are back down to 160 in worship. Why is this happening?” There is something about the 200 barrier. This book takes...

Thumb doing the math of mission

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“Evaluation” is not such a bad word. It is about making a judgment about the value of something. To make such a value judgment, you need to be in learning mode. Curiosity will serve you well. In...

Thumb the in between church

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Is your congregation growing? Or perhaps your congregation is getting smaller? Regardless, it helps to know what to expect as your congregation changes. This book, by former Alban consultant...

Thumb what to do when a fight breaks out

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Two lively video discussions, about 15 minutes each, are part of a weekly series by Dr. Kris Tenny-Brittian, a Disciples of Christ regional minister and consultant, and Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian, a...

Thumb staying with conflict

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Some conflicts are so deep, complex and enduring that they are not going to be ‘resolved’ or even ‘managed’ in traditional ways. In these cases, what is called for is not a third-party consultant...

Thumb insights into congregational conflict

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One of a series of publications produced by Faith Communities Today (FACT), connecting research with strategies for dealing with important issues facing US congregations. Here the authors analyze...

Thumb digital cathedral

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What if your congregation wasn’t primarily represented by its building? What if your congregation was primarily represented by its relationships? Lutheran pastor Keith Anderson wants you to...

Thumb memories

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Mark Lau Branson, associate professor of ministry of the laity at Fuller Theological Seminary, tells the unfolding story of First Presbyterian Church in Altadena, California and its experience...

Thumb ai summit

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Practitioners and facilitators with a working knowledge of Appreciative Inquiry will find this book a very practical guide for designing and implementing an Appreciative Inquiry Summit. This book,...

Thumb ai catholic church

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An excellent resource for Catholic parishes and organizations interested in learning about and using Appreciative Inquiry. Written from a Catholic perspective, the book offers stories from Catholic...

Thumb the power of ai

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Drawing on a diverse group of organizations and settings, the authors, who are nationally known Appreciative Inquiry experts, illustrate the many ways Appreciative Inquiry can be used successfully....

Thumb appreciative leadership

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Based on extensive personal and focus group interviews using Appreciative Inquiry questions, the authors, who are nationally known experts in the field of organizational leadership and development,...

Thumb appreciative team building

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Based on the principles and process of Appreciative Inquiry, this book, written by nationally known authors in the field of organizational development, is an indispensable resource for those...

Thumb missional communities

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Those searching for spiritual significance outside of the conventional congregation model may find what they are looking for in missional communities. This alternative form promotes sharing faith...

Thumb transitioning the church

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Baptist pastor Zach Williams poses a very interesting question for congregations struggling to understand their purpose. He asks Christians to consider if the church is primarily for the benefit of...

Thumb coming home

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“We need to find ways of saying, with our words and actions, We are excited that you are here. We have been waiting for you. We have a meaningful role for you to play in our community.” The return...

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