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The Center for Parish Development doesn’t use the word transformation lightly. This organization, located in Chicago, Illinois, is serious about helping your congregation live fully into its...

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No matter what issues or conflict may befall a congregation, worship goes on, week in, week out. Kathleen Smith, the Director of Continuing Education for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship...

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Everything a congregation does (or does not do) has some influence on its ministry effectiveness. While managing people, operations, and money may seem mundane, these responsibilities cannot be...

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Where can a leader or senior adult go for information on retirement planning, health and wellness, and surviving an adult child’s return home? National Public Radio’s Next Avenue is a one-stop...

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This article is a concise yet comprehensive overview of the steps to creating a successful nonprofit organization, from conducting a needs analysis to outlining a business plan. While the article...

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Members of the Interfaith Conference of Great Milwaukee compiled this group study and action planning guide to assist congregations as they think about how they approach issues of social justice,...

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Over 500,000 worshipers in over 5,000 congregations have completed the U.S. Congregational Life Survey since it was first offered in 2001. A second offering took place in the fall of 2008 and...

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The two authors, Rainer and Stetzer, are associated with Lifeway. Regarding Lifeway’s research: it assists church leaders with insight that will lead to greater levels of vitality. This book...

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What makes worship boring is not style but monotony. So says Dr. Marcia McFee, a worship consultant with a background in music and theatre, as well as theology and liturgy. Marcia’s popular...

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In collaboration with author and seminary instructor Warren Bird, William Vanderbloemen unites his seminary training with his pastoral and human resources experience to offer a fresh perspective on...

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What is the biblical basis for sabbaticals? Why does my pastor - and my congregation - need one? How do we plan a sabbatical? In this well-researched and visually pleasing publication from Focus on...

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Marrying the idea of curation from the art world with the process of worship design opens up innovative and refreshing approaches to the worship experience. Instead of “leading,” the designer...

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With just a bit of translating-for example, replace the word organization with congregation, and customers with members-this book, from the originators of Appreciative Inquiry, offers congregations...

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This article from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers congregations topics to consider before selecting a piece of real estate to purchase. The article’s three sections are...

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Congregations and leaders familiar with the work of the Alban Institute will be pleased to discover that many of the excellent consultants of Alban continue to offer their extensive and...

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“The Mission of the Church Growth Network is to assist churches and Christian leaders to reach their greatest effectiveness in finding, keeping, and building people.” The Network’s training is done...

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Determining the need for outside professional help can sometimes be confusing for pastoral leaders. Knowing who to call, what questions to ask and what qualities and expertise to look for are...

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Church leaders facing a prolonged plateau of growth and wondering what to do will find Alice Mann’s book, Raising the Roof, a gift of hope. Mann, at the time a Senior Consultant with the Alban...

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Leading church growth expert Gary McIntosh offers this helpful guide to orient congregations to move through age and growth cycles. He identifies five phases of church life: emerging, growing,...

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Based in Kansas, this rather comprehensive congregational consulting firm offers a large range of services. Among these are facility planning, church health analyses, church conflict and urban...

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