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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting | https://holycowconsulting.com/}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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Give your vision a litmus test. Increase your culture of collaboration. Create a “stop doing” list - and then execute it. Schedule a benchmarking trip to a larger, faster-growing church. Write down...

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Are you looking for a quick overview of strategic planning and a way to make sense of terms like mission, vision, strategies, objectives, SMART goals, and action plans? See the full strategic...

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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...

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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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Now in its third edition, this classic resource explains why planning is so important to carrying out mission. Dr. Aubrey Malphurs is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at...

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This book is a user friendly look at vitality in congregations. Based on their work related to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, the authors identify ten strengths key to vital congregations. ...

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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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Essays in this volume, edited by minister of arts, scholar, and artist David Taylor, offer an expansive vision of the arts for the church. The vision’s goal is promoted as theologically,...

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Former professor and author James Houston and gerontologist Michael Parker look at the elderly and see gifts and graces for ministry, yet they wonder why congregations see the elderly and think...

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This short, but intelligent work is a reflection on the development of missional church theology. Growing out of the concern that the church has lost part of its reason for being has led to what...

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The Episcopal Church USA has developed the New Visions Initiative to focus on renewal, visioning for the future, and creative culture change in historically African American Episcopal...

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This book is the core resource in a comprehensive spiritual gifts program of the same title. Written by pastor, clinical psychologist, and founder and Executive Director of Stephen Ministries...

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The founder of Horizons Stewardship Company, Clif Christopher, presents this highly readable invitation to congregations to reconsider how they do fundraising. This is not a book about tithing, the...

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Beginning from the premise that church culture is more important to a congregation’s success than the vision of the ministry, author, pastor and leadership consultant Sam Chand seeks to help...

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This book tells a dynamic story of congregational change at every stage, from a start-up church plant to tremendous growth, through a “long winter” of organizational struggle, and the beginning of...

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Understanding how God calls us to engage in God’s work is the crux of strategic planning. Many denominations have taken action to support congregational planning by building online repositories of...

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While there are many resources available for self-directed strategic planning, some congregations choose to partner with a consultant who can bring experience, knowledge, and an objective voice to...

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Drifting off course is a constant danger in any organization, congregation or non-profit. Internal pressures, like the makeup of the board and changes in leadership, and external pressures, such as...

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