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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...

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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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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

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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...

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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...

Thumb rural church network

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Rural Church Network provides space for congregational leaders in rural communities to share ideas and gather information about rural life and ministry to improve and enhance the lives of church...

Thumb the land that calls me home

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United Methodist pastor-farmer Hughey David Reynolds’ thesis is also his experience: a biblically based partnership between rural congregations and farmers can lead to the strength, health, and...

Thumb transforming church rural america

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Before serving as a rural pastor, Shannon O’Dell believed several of the common negative comments about rural congregation: insignificant ministry, unskilled pastors, and a dead-end street for...

Thumb rural revival

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If you ask Southern Baptist author/pastor W. Scott Moore if rural and small-town congregations can grow, he will answer “absolutely, yes,” and he believes he has the test-case to prove it. Moore...

Thumb catholic rural life

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This Roman Catholic resource focuses on helping rural and small town congregations in three prime areas: rural outreach and ministry, stewardship of creation, and agriculture and food. The...

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If your rural congregation needs to re-connect its ministry to its context, you will appreciate long-time rural pastor Roy Kaufman’s brief article on the value of prayer walks. Kaufman and several...

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If you are curious about megachurches or are involved in one, the Megachurch Resource web site hosted by Leadership Network is a storehouse of great information, the latest trends and applicable...

Thumb gods tapestry

book

This book offers personal, practical and theological reflection on the personal and organizational transformations necessary to notice, understand and celebrate differences in congregations and...

Thumb becoming a multi cultural church

book

This book tells the story of one mainline Massachusetts congregation which moved from being a “traditional” church of one social grouping to a multicultural and numerically much larger church. The...

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Combining the resources of both the multicultural and missional church movements, Efrem Smith discusses his experience planting a multicultural church in the Minneapolis area and then serving as a...

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