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Program Planning

Program planning is a process by which an idea becomes a reality as a new project, activity or initiative. This involves identifying an idea worth pursuing, exploring possibilities, choosing a direction, incorporating resources, learning new skills, letting go of competing commitments, taking on...

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Learning for Implementation

How Your Congregation Learns by Tim Shapiro describes the learning journey you experience when effectively planning and implementing new congregational programs. This resource addresses defining the challenge, exploring the congregation’s possibilities, experiencing disappointment,...

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Remember...

  • If implementing your project idea is beyond your current ability, your congregation will want to focus on learning. Read this blog on congregational learning.
  • Take time to clearly define the challenge or reason for the new program. Throughout the learning journey be willing to adjust those...
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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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As religious affiliation decreases, congregations worry what to do in the face of decline. Susan Beaumont, leadership expert and former Alban consultant, explains four factors that keep...

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How Your Congregation Learns describes how congregational leaders move from identifying a congregational challenge to a project, program and activity that effectively addresses the challenge. The...

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One of the rare places where all existing generations meet regularly is the parish or local church. Being intentional about nurturing relationships among generations can have a profound effect on...

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How can a congregation move from surviving to thriving? By shifting the focus outwardly with a concern for the community’s well-being, churches of all sizes are discovering new vitality. Becoming...

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Religious leaders agree that a commitment to life-long learning by congregants is critically important to the overall well-being and strength of faith communities, and Professor of Jewish...

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Professors Judith and Sherwood Lengenfelter are teachers who have studied and experienced multi-cultural education both inside and outside of the United States. Teaching Cross-Culturally is their...

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The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) is a leadership training organization, think tank and resource center. CLAL is the Hebrew word for inclusive. It is also a value highly...

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Statistics suggest that a learning difference or disability impacts one in four families. According to Episcopal priest, Susan Richardson, society’s current person-centered, relational approach to...

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Research shows that the number one reason people attend worship is to hear the sermon. This sensitive, informative and practical book is designed to help preachers deepen their skills and impact....

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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...

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With just a bit of translating-for example, replace the word organization with congregation, and customers with members-this book, from the originators of Appreciative Inquiry, offers congregations...

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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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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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Learning in congregations is a prerequisite to vitality and growth. Ministry teams that undertake their work with a willingness to acknowledge what they don’t know and a pursuit of learning are...

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Individuals and families looking for a one-stop resource on Jewish culture, beliefs, history, news and views will find all that and more at My Jewish Learning. Content ranges from the fanciful to...

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Youth leaders will find research-based thinking and practices to enrich their leadership and programs. Experienced practitioners provide blogs, articles, recommended resources and an interactive...

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Vice President of Institutional Development and Chair of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Department at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Dr. Robert W. Kellemen offers a condensed...

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“The ‘positive deviance’ (PD) approach is a problem solving, asset-based approach grounded in the fact that communities have assets or resources they haven’t tapped.” In the PD process, these...

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Coordinated by editors M. Sydney Park of Beeson Divinity School, Soong-Chan Rah from North Park Theological Seminary, and Al Tizon of Palmer Theological Seminary, this books involves contributions...

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