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Peter Steinke is a widely recognized teacher and consultant in congregational systems, drawing on the work of the late family-systems expert Edwin Freidman. Steinke has authored several books on...

Thumb engage conflict well

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Using the image of filling a well, the first half of the booklet is devoted to the personal, interior work of preparing to address conflict. Stories, examples and scripture verses combine with...

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This national best-selling book is consultant Sue Hammond’s journey into organizational change dynamics learned from David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University. Appreciative Inquiry (AI)...

Thumb managing transitions

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Transitioning between the old and the new affects all congregations, and they feel it most profoundly when clergy leadership changes. Organizational consultant and author William Bridges says that...

Thumb the missional network

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Alan Roxburgh believes that the landscape of Christianity is rapidly changing from a church-oriented reality to a local community-oriented one. The Missional Network was founded to explore these...

Thumb practicing witness

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This short, but intelligent work is a reflection on the development of missional church theology. Growing out of the concern that the church has lost part of its reason for being has led to what...

Thumb right here right now

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The Shapeline Missional Series seeks to invite readers to seize the possibilities of embracing a comprehensive missional church perspective: church planting, urban mission, evangelism and social...

Thumb missional

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The Missional church movement has intrigued many congregational leaders as a way to grow their churches through neighborhood involvement. Alan Roxburgh, founder and lead consultant of The Missional...

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If you get frustrated with seeing visitors walk through the front door and quickly exit out the back, then this curriculum offers help. Elizabeth Geitz brings her experience and knowledge as a...

Thumb incarnate

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“The Incarnation of God in Jesus is God’s ultimate expression of the goodness of bodily existence, and it is a powerful metaphor for what is needed to heal contemporary society’s increasingly...

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“The technological revolution underway…creates unprecedented challenges for our understanding and practice of community.” In a new book about the loss of neighborliness, missional leader Roxburgh...

Thumb journal missional practice

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Every issue offers a collection of articles that explore a featured missional topic or theme from six perspectives: Practices, Culture, Place, Theology, Review and Story. For example, the Winter...

Thumb developme

web resource

A free online staff development and evaluation tool, developed by LifeChurch.tv. This tool aims to support a church staff in developing goals and addressing individual growth as well as conducting...

Thumb evaluating your ministry

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This brief article advocates for ministry and program evaluation and overcoming discomfort with evaluation to include it in intentional and effective ways. It begins by noting that evaluation...

Thumb completing the circle

book

This short book by a judicatory executive draws on experience with ineffective or hurtful congregational evaluations of pastors and offers a different model. McMahill suggests that rather than a...

Thumb when better isnt enough

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This book seeks to move congregations from traditional 20th century business-type personnel evaluations (summative) toward evaluations that are both more formative and forward-looking. Written by...

Thumb level best

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This book targets small nonprofits and will be useful to any congregation seeking to evaluate particular programs or ministries in a systematic way. Beginning with some definitions of evaluation...

Thumb ministry program evaluation

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This short article is directed to any congregation with outreach or community ministries, advocating for careful program evaluation to build on success, avoid repeating mistakes, and improve...

Thumb rural ministry conf

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Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Center for Theology and Land, in partnership with other financial supporters, sponsors this annual Rural Ministry Conference. The Center for Theology and Land...

Thumb the rural ministry blog

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Bi-vocational pastor Harry Colegrove’s leadership experience in a small town informs this blog on rural ministry and its challenges. Some blog posts include links to other resources, such as “20...

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