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Thumb the way of discernment participants

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Contributors to other books and guides in the Companions in Christ Upper Room Series, Doughty and Thompson present in this helpful study guide a highly usable process to help congregational groups...

Thumb the way of discernment leaders

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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...

Thumb spiritual discovery

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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...

Thumb pursuing gods will together

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Business models and business leaders don’t necessarily make strong spiritual leaders for the church, according to Ruth Haley Barton. Barton contends that congregations are called to a different...

Thumb practicing discernment together

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This book on discernment is one-of-a-kind in that it offers solid instruction on effective principles of discernment and it provides several case studies to illustrate the discernment process....

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No one knows discernment better than Quakers and no Quaker has a more appreciated voice on the topic than Parker Palmer. Palmer, founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal has...

Thumb the soul of the congregation

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Every congregation has a “culture” - a unique blend of history, values, rituals, traditions, symbols and stories which comprise its identity. Thomas Frank, professor of Church Administration and...

Thumb leadership and listening

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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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Alice Mann, former senior consultant at the Alban Institute, distills eight principles of a successful church merger from the account of one {{United Methodist merger | https://alban.org/archive/when-the-fields-yield-no-food-the-story-of-a-church-merger/}}...

Thumb playing god

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Religious leaders are often ambivalent about power. Andy Crouch wants such leaders to understand what is at stake regarding such ambivalence. The executive editor at Christianity Today, Crouch is...

Thumb living into community

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This book offers a theological alternative to leadership books written from a secular perspective. Christine Pohl is Professor of Church in Society at Asbury Theological Seminary, as well as the...

Thumb becoming a blessed church

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It’s not often that you read a book about church culture and leadership that is both spiritual and practical; one that provides useful tools and teaches leaders how to be spiritual leaders. In...

Thumb the practice of adaptive leadership

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Many leadership books deal almost solely with theory. Such books can be interesting but not practical. This book is highly practical. The authors have taken the leadership dynamics originally...

Thumb starting new initiatives

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A key role of congregational governance is to serve as a “steward of the mission.” Yet, too often, board members feel disconnected between the congregation’s primary purpose and the actual work of...

Thumb discerning gods will together

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This resource is the result of a United Methodist and a Presbyterian minister collaborating together and drawing from Quaker and Ignatian Catholic practices. The result is a classic book on...

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...

Thumb who does the planning

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Who participates in strategic planning in the large congregation? While overall responsibility for creating a strategic plan resides with the governing board, many large congregations believe that...

Thumb holy conversations

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Much of the literature on congregational planning presents it as a technical process: the leader serves as the chief problem solver, and the goal is finding the solution to the problem. Alban...

Thumb culture making

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Evangelical author Andy Crouch offers this critique of culture and culture making. He argues that Christians have engaged in a misguided “culture war” rather than to be creative in culture making....

Thumb when leadership spiritual direction meet

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As a former college coach, university president and now parish Episcopal priest, Gil Stafford has a unique vantage point from which he gently, yet pointedly challenges leaders to cultivate a new...

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