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Thumb asset based community development

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Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)’s home to the growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. ABCD staff...

Thumb the power of asset mapping

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For congregations who wish to take a deeper look at what they really have at their disposal for mission and ministry, this readily accessible and helpful workbook is a powerful ally. Its purpose is...

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Are you tired of wordsmithing mission and vision statements? Is your congregation burned out on planning processes that don’t lead anywhere? Do you need to broaden the base of members doing...

Thumb building assets together

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Developmental assets are those qualities or circumstances that help young people “grow up healthy, caring, and principled.” This inviting collection of 166 activities for middle and high school...

Thumb discovering the other

book

Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” -and that’s what this book provides congregational leaders. Through integrating the...

Thumb recasting of building assets

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“Recasting of Building Assets” is a creative process from the Episcopal Church. It is for Episcopal congregations who have adequately sized buildings but are struggling financially to maintain...

Thumb positive deviance initiative

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“The ‘positive deviance’ (PD) approach is a problem solving, asset-based approach grounded in the fact that communities have assets or resources they haven’t tapped.” In the PD process, these...

Thumb small strong congregations

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Through stories of people whose lives have been impacted by membership in small congregations, the author shares suggestions and insights into why and how small congregations can be strong and...

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Kairos Legacy Partners self-identifies as an expanding network of experienced Christian leaders whose mission is to safeguard church properties, re-deploy assets of declining churches, and empower...

Thumb thin book soar

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A small investment with high yield-that’s what The Thin Book of SOAR boasts. In this small volume, authors Jacquie Stavros and Gina Hinrichs have pooled their extensive experience and...

Thumb positive change for congregations

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Far more than “happy talk,” positive change processes refer to a series of techniques and tools that help congregations to identify their life-giving core and design a preferred future. This...

Thumb the other philadelphia story

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As a scholar and professor, Ram Cnaan had long recognized the scarcity of social science research on congregations: who they are, how they are defined, and what role they play in their contexts. In...

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For a number of years, urban congregations have struggled to understand how to serve their local neighborhoods. Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has embraced this issue by letting...

Thumb a vision for the aging church

book

Former professor and author James Houston and gerontologist Michael Parker look at the elderly and see gifts and graces for ministry, yet they wonder why congregations see the elderly and think...

Thumb the strategically small church

book

Brandon O’Brien draws from his experience as a small church pastor and his perspective as an editor-at-large for Leadership Journal to offer a nuanced view of today’s church. O’Brien says the small...

Thumb beyond the ordinary

book

This book is a user friendly look at vitality in congregations. Based on their work related to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, the authors identify ten strengths key to vital congregations. ...

Thumb applying positive deviance ad

article

Positive deviance is an asset-based approach used to address many social challenges. It has been used in third world countries. It has been employed by those trying to solve United States inner...

Thumb the power of positive deviance book

book

The intervention called positive deviance asserts that the solution to any problem is hidden in plain sight. For every unsolvable problem, the solution already exists within the community. It is a...

Thumb the power of positive deviance vid

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If you are interested in asset-based change, this 47-minute video is well worth your time. Richard Pascale, author of the book The Power of Positive Deviance, defines “positive deviants” as those...

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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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