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Recent studies and congregational experience show that a positive approach can successfully address “adaptive” or non-technical issues in a way that a focus on problem-solving cannot. This article,...

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Drawing on a diverse group of organizations and settings, the authors, who are nationally known Appreciative Inquiry experts, illustrate the many ways Appreciative Inquiry can be used successfully....

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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...

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Based on extensive personal and focus group interviews using Appreciative Inquiry questions, the authors, who are nationally known experts in the field of organizational leadership and development,...

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An excellent resource for Catholic parishes and organizations interested in learning about and using Appreciative Inquiry. Written from a Catholic perspective, the book offers stories from Catholic...

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Hearing the story of a congregation that has undertaken a major change can be a helpful starting point for thinking about your own congregation. Over the past ten years, First Corinthian Baptist...

Thumb changes congregations facing today

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This collection of articles provides a thorough look at the patterns of change in congregational life over the past decade. The focus of Lovett Weems’ work at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership...

Thumb managing transitions

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Transitioning between the old and the new affects all congregations, and they feel it most profoundly when clergy leadership changes. Organizational consultant and author William Bridges says that...

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Congregations and congregational leaders interested in understanding the genesis and impact of change and conflict within their communities will benefit from the research of David Brubaker,...

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Baptist pastor, writer and cartoonist, Joe McKeever, sees that many churches are resistant to change that may be necessary for their own thriving. In this article, he provides several examples of...

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John Kotter is one of the most influential thinkers on issues of organizational change. This article, published by Vision Room, points out that many efforts at cultural change are doomed to...

Thumb transitions leading through change

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How can pastors “preach congregations and individuals through change”? This collection of twenty-six essays and sermons from an ecumenical group of preachers and teachers covers the waterfront of...

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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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If you’ve ever felt bewildered by your congregations reaction to change- or maybe your own- this book just might clear the air for you. Author Keith McFayden, an ordained Presbyterian minister and...

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"What are we going to do with the fact that the church has already relocated and yet its building remains in another community?" In this second article in a 4-part series on ministry in changing...

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This significant chapter from Heifetz and Linsky's book, Leadership on the Line, uses case studies to address handling differences and conflict in a time of adaptive change “in a way that...

Thumb leading missional change

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Focused on the intersection of missional outreach and congregational culture, this book is a good starting point for pastors and congregational leaders who are interested in moving a church toward...

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Often, you know what to do as a leader. Yet, when you start down the helpful path you hit a roadblock. Or, you change direction. Or, you understandably get off course because of apprehension...

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This book offers a clear path toward a practical theology of change, acknowledging the constructive value of conflict as a healthy mechanism that moves congregations forward. With a pastoral tone,...

Thumb finding our story

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There’s always a story behind every congregation’s understanding of themselves. It’s a story that they have inherited and a story they unconsciously live by. But is it a true story; a story that...

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