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Your pastor is leaving. How does your congregation decide whether or not an intentional, interim pastor is needed? Such a role is sometimes known as a transitional pastor. This article lists eight...

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Retired pastor Dave Jacobs has nearly thirty years of experience working with smaller congregations: “I understand the small church. . . . I understand the small church pastor.” Jacobs’...

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It seems obvious, but many church-goers may not realize that how they relate to each other and to their pastor are major factors in the pastor's mental health and work environment. A study of 1,500...

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It is not easy being a pastor. Important work is rarely easy. On the other hand, it isn’t always easy being a member of a congregation either. Being part of a faith community has its ups and downs....

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While most congregations have sought a new pastor many times, clergy search committees often feel as though they are inventing the process from scratch. In this book, experienced church leader John...

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The most important investment a congregation can make in its next youth pastor is taking the time and energy to carry out a top-notch search. This book by veteran youth leaders and consultants...

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Church Innovations Institute is a consulting and research group focused on questions of church culture. They provide a variety of services and resources for congregations who are concerned about a...

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Clergy experience a full life; close to God and close to those they serve. It is also true that many clergy are overwhelmed. The thesis of this book is that spiritual leaders need to be gifted at...

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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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“Worship is the most important thing small membership churches do, and preaching is the heart of worship.” So claims a veteran pastor and pastor-trainer in this wise and practical book....

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Hammeal-Urban, an attorney and Canon for Mission Integrity and Training in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, builds on extensive experience to help restore “right relationship” in the...

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Seminary didn’t train me for this! That’s the refrain that begins Tod Bolsinger’s book Canoeing the Mountains. Bolsinger served the San Clemente Presbyterian Church for seventeen years. Now he...

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Mergers are complicated. It can be helpful to hear from someone who has taken on a complicated task as you embark on the same. This short article consists of an interview with Craig Bishop,...

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The INCM fosters connections among children’s ministry leaders at the local, regional and national level. In addition to annual conferences, INCM provides a website with links to a number of...

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Question: What happens when a professor of accounting and a professor of pastoral theology get together? Answer: They write a two-part book about money and the church, and this is exactly what...

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It is sometimes said that naming problematic issues reduces their power and influence over us. If that is true, then this brief article that identifies ten challenges that small church pastors face...

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United Methodist leader Robert Crossman offers fifty helpful actions that congregations can take to ease clergy leadership transitions. Crossman covers seven topics. One helps congregations “say...

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What is the biblical basis for sabbaticals? Why does my pastor - and my congregation - need one? How do we plan a sabbatical? In this well-researched and visually pleasing publication from Focus on...

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Justin Tull brings his extensive education and experience as a pastor to bear on this resource that offers a comprehensive review of interim ministry through the lens of two congregations where...

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In collaboration with author and seminary instructor Warren Bird, William Vanderbloemen unites his seminary training with his pastoral and human resources experience to offer a fresh perspective on...

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