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This quick and credible overview without a sales agenda is a helpful introduction for congregations considering church management software (ChMS). It highlights the get-started basic questions: How...

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This article is addressed to small congregations whose current situation is not working and intentional decisions about the congregation’s future must be made. Alice Mann, former Alban Institute...

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The developmental life of congregations follows a predictable trajectory. Veteran pastor, congregational consultant and coach George Bullard presents a life cycle model that can help leaders...

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This downloadable guide by specialized transitional minister Ron Bouwkamp focuses on concrete, practical steps to follow for a church that has already made the decision to close. An initial meeting...

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Church Collaboration is a website built by coaching and consulting firm ChurchFuture of Minneapolis that draws on research of various types of church mergers and collaboration models to provide...

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A Pennsylvania synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has published a comprehensive downloadable guide to closing a congregation. Beginning with theological and biblical...

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Alban Institute publication Ending with Hope is based on the foundational vision “that closing a congregation is a resurrection opportunity to release resources for new ministry” (Preface, vii)....

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Lay leader Linda M. Hilliard and interim specialist Reverend Gretchen J. Switzer created the guidebook they wished they had when together they faced the challenge of closing a historic...

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Written from the front lines of declining mainline congregations that are coming to the conclusion that it is time to close their doors, Michael K. Jones’ Empty Houses is an eminently practical...

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Inspired by the similarities she observed in the death of her father and the decline of her congregation, Alban Institute writer Glenda Prins provides a deeply pastoral examination of the parallels...

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This Roman Catholic downloadable liturgy template for the closing of a church is easily adaptable to churches of liturgical traditions, and with some creativity, those of non-liturgical traditions....

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Contributing editor for Christianity Today Ed Stetzer calls for denominations and churches to begin anticipating and preparing for church closures in a proactive way rather than continuing to react...

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This downloadable liturgy from the United Church of Canada is designed to be the final community worship service in a closing church. One of its most helpful aspects is the up-front note at the...

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Rev. Thomas Weitzel has created a church closing liturgy that fits around the structure of a Sunday morning service of Word and Table, and usable in a...

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Church Law Group attorney David Middlebrook conducts this interview with author and church consultant Jim Tomberlin. The twenty-three minute YouTube video focuses on questions about church mergers....

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Drawn from interviews with clergy and lay leaders from over forty different churches in eight denominations, mainline Protestant pastor L. Gail Irwin has designed a group discussion guide around...

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One of the most helpful aspects of Episcopal priest Anjel Scarborough’s account of her church’s closure is her depiction of signs of death and resurrection co-existing simultaneously. In churches...

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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...

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On many corners in most US cities we can spot a church that is struggling to survive. Then we turn the corner and travel a few blocks down only to discover a church that is thriving; maybe even...

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The key to all mergers is relationships. That is what Kristy Rutter emphasizes in this short blog about congregational mergers. Ms. Rutter works with New Campus Development for the Chapel, a...

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