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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting | https://holycowconsulting.com/}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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Readers enter into Max De Pree’s personal communication in this short, valuable resource. With letter-writing as the format, De Pree uses his vast business and non-profit board experience to...

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An effective governance model enables a congregation to fulfill its mission by continually balancing “the transforming power of religion and the stabilizing power of organization.” Former Alban...

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Growing out of several years of participation in the Center for Creative Leadership, leadership consultant Donald Zimmer presents a well-researched analysis of the powerful relationship between the...

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Creating an equitable framework for self-governance is a difficult task for a congregation. Former law professor and author Benson Tesdahl meets this challenge via a congregation’s bylaws, offering...

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How do congregations and individuals go about the process of making important decisions informed by the spirit of Christ? This leader’s guide provides a congregational leader with the tools needed...

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Healthy congregations are vital to effective growth and ministry. Central to governance in any congregation is the extent to which congregants trust their leadership and how leaders trust each...

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This 25-page booklet offers an overview of the questions to ask and the steps to take in determining whether or not to start a non-profit organization and how to begin. It walks the reader through...

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On the first page of Life Together, Bonhoeffer writes, “We are not dealing with the concerns of some private circles but with a mission entrusted to the church.” This book was influenced by...

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Susan Beaumont, a former Alban consultant, maintains a vibrant consulting practice and contributes practical tips for leaders who serve large congregations. She is an extremely well-qualified...

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity aims to create change in congregations by supporting Christian leaders and the institutions they serve. They design educational services, introduce knowledge...

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Dying congregations can foster new life through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) Replant ministry. Replant works by utilizing the assets of a declining congregation to begin a new church....

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Independent congregations and other non-profit organizations, especially those of evangelical commitments, can find in the ECFA an accrediting agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn...

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Described as a workbook, this source offers its models as active processes, rather than giving answers or telling one how to think. Readers are encouraged to copy or modify the models, so they...

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Author and financial resource developer Jerold Panas has spent his life in the area of philanthropy. He says, “There’s no such thing as an incorrect ask.” He adds that asking-however it is done-is...

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Hayim Herring is the author of the 2012 book Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. He is also a congregational consultant working primarily with synagogues. His consulting work often addresses issues...

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What if decision-makers stopped voting, and instead, practiced discernment and became prayerful “seekers”? This is the goal of the “Spiritual Discovery Method,” a model for decision-making offered...

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Congregations may be interested in the short and practical “Little Book of Healthy Organizations”, a modest volume with advice about organizational structure, leadership, culture and environment....

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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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