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As religious affiliation decreases, congregations worry what to do in the face of decline. Susan Beaumont, leadership expert and former Alban consultant, explains four factors that keep...

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Aesop wrote: “After all is said and done, more is said than done.” After church consultant John Wimberly repeatedly collided with Aesop’s truism, he created this resource to help churches “harness...

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Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist who focuses on leadership coaching, consulting and development, with an emphasis on strengthening executive teams, and focusing organizational cultures....

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This classic text by psychologist, consultant, and facilitator Roger Schwarz offers readers a comprehensive view of the theory and practice of facilitating conversations in order to “help groups...

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Drawing upon fifty years of work as a social and organizational psychologist, Schein offers a practical guide to help leaders learn how to build relationships and communicate effectively through...

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Every young person has leadership potential, says youth ministry expert Doug Franklin. What they need in order to develop it is an understanding of their own unique skills and traits. This...

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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...

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Pastors and seminary professors Hunsinger and Latini offer Marshall Rosenberg’s model of nonviolent communication (NVC) as a transformational strategy in ‘compassionate communication’ for church...

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Often, you know what to do as a leader. Yet, when you start down the helpful path you hit a roadblock. Or, you change direction. Or, you understandably get off course because of apprehension...

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This book is about women and Christian leadership by women leaders. Jenni Catron was the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, and Sherry Surratt is the president and CEO of...

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In a meeting or conversation, how can a leader create an environment where all parties feel valued, included, and authentically engaged? This source not only lays out practices and principles, but...

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Conversations abound in congregations. Over coffee, at evening meetings, via email; in some ways the sermon itself is a conversation. Too often, conversations amount to so much talk and too little...

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The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) is the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. Its history is rooted in the Reform movement. The CCAR’s Mission is to empower...

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The grandfather of literature and consulting on church conflict, Speed Leas, conceived five ‘levels’ of congregational conflict and how to recognize and respond to each. They begin with low-level...

Thumb leading congregations crisis

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Congregations are not magically immune from bad things. Unfortunately, congregations are sometimes the place where the hard edges of life are experienced with cutting immediacy. For example, a...

Thumb the soul of the congregation

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Every congregation has a “culture” - a unique blend of history, values, rituals, traditions, symbols and stories which comprise its identity. Thomas Frank, professor of Church Administration and...

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The demands and stresses of pastoral leadership can drain a professional church leader dry. Where can one find ongoing spiritual empowerment that keeps the tanks full and not running on empty? A...

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United Methodist leader Robert Crossman offers fifty helpful actions that congregations can take to ease clergy leadership transitions. Crossman covers seven topics. One helps congregations “say...

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“It took a mini-stroke, a mass exodus and a spiritual winter to get my attention - and my congregation’s,” writes David Alves. He requested and received a 6-month sabbatical from day-to-day...

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Authors and denominational leaders Susan Gillies and Ingrid Dvirnak combine their ministry experience and communication skills in this practical resource that gives readers helpful approaches,...

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