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Faith communities that effectively meet new challenges and opportunities have some behaviors in common. In this essay, a veteran pastor and president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations...

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The Center for Congregational Health’s Interim Ministry program asserts the transition time between pastorates is vital for congregations and new ministers establishing “a solid ministry team.” The...

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As one of three interrelated Roman Catholic resources on “navigating pastoral transitions,” author and educator Barbara Kerkhoff offers assistance to parish staff for the entire process, whether...

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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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Deep church revitalization occurs from the inside out. Both authors are founding members of the Church Multiplication Associates. They argue that renewal is a process church leaders make motivated...

Thumb stilling the storm

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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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Certain needs develop when your congregation grows. This article will help you identify those needs. And then do something about them. When your congregation grows there is more need for formal...

Thumb myth of the 200

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More than one clergy person has remarked, “We get to 200 then the next year we are back down to 160 in worship. Why is this happening?” There is something about the 200 barrier. This book takes...

Thumb the in between church

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Is your congregation growing? Or perhaps your congregation is getting smaller? Regardless, it helps to know what to expect as your congregation changes. This book, by former Alban consultant...

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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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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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They say if you aren’t increasing, then you are declining. This blog describes four ways congregations can break attendance barriers. Certainly, there is no magic solution. However, these four ways...

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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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As one of three interrelated resources written for Roman Catholics who are “navigating pastoral transitions,” author and professor Marti Jewell offers this “guide for best practices and self care.”...

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A “complicated” phase that “is scary, is challenging, and is full of potential” is how church expert Loren Mead describes the time when changes in clergy leadership occur. Not surprisingly, Mead...

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