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People passionate about church growth, social ministry, racial justice, worship, health care, housing, community organizing, mental health, and leadership will be enlightened by the honest,...

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What makes young adults tick? Congregations whose leadership and culture are dominated by older generations often struggle to understand and connect with the millennials in their midst. Millennials...

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Millennial households are more likely to be poor, rent their housing, identify as multi-racial, and be headed by single mothers than prior generations were at the same age. Born between 1982 and...

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Central to healthy congregations and communities are individuals coming together to solve problems and do greater good. It’s not easy. Good intentions are not enough. Ask anyone who has found...

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Your congregation never gets a second chance to make a first impression. This two-minute read will remind committee members charged with hospitality, evangelism, “buildings and grounds,” and the...

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What’s her leadership style? Will his personality “type” complement the leadership team? What’s going on with my work group? Anyone considering using personality assessments in the hiring process...

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“To engage more effectively in mission and ministry, congregational leaders need to teach listening skills and nurture an environment that affirms listening” (p. 157). Based on a review of research...

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Yes, a disaster can disrupt civil life in your community. And, yes, your congregation is positioned to serve those most vulnerable to harm during and after that disaster. The authors answer the...

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The people of Lake Chelan Lutheran Church created a liturgy to make it easier for family, friends, and congregation volunteers to visit people who are dying. To help them “bear witness to Jesus in...

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Castellanos’ identity as a Tejano, a Texan of Hispanic ancestry, and a Christ-follower, is central to his life story. An evangelical with experience in youth and campus ministry, as well as church...

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Do you or your employees wonder who reports to whom? Have the number of your workers-staff and volunteer-in your congregation significantly increased or decreased? In lieu of current, detailed job...

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Performance management basics for church supervisors are presented in six short chapters, including setting goals, creating a performance appraisal (PA) form, the PA process, and PA scoring to...

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Seminary didn’t train me for this! That’s the refrain that begins Tod Bolsinger’s book Canoeing the Mountains. Bolsinger served the San Clemente Presbyterian Church for seventeen years. Now he...

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Think of this as a text for Pastoral Care 101. Expert-authored essays are arranged in four parts. Part One fosters reflection on one’s “foundational theology”. Part Two is a broadly practical...

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Congregations sometimes struggle to engage the 18-30 year olds in their community. Recently defined as “emerging adults”, members of this life stage are navigating the distance between high school...

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Two things to know about this resource. First, it was produced with an Episcopal audience in mind. Second, the information it provides about size theory is applicable to almost any Protestant...

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“While nice facilities won't cause your church to grow, poor facilities can prevent it from growing.” In this brief article, a veteran teacher and church growth expert urges congregations to look...

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Making a great first impression can depend on whether first-time visitors see signs of facility uncleanliness or neglect. In this brief blog post, a church facility expert argues for paying...

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Don’t just react to your facility’s maintenance issues. Manage them proactively by establishing a preventive maintenance system. This free download from church facility experts provides tools to...

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The role of church administration is to manage and support the more technical aspects of organizational life. These include budgets, finances, personnel details and legal liabilities. Such...

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