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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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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...

Thumb the art of powerful questions

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Today many business and congregational leaders are discovering the invaluable practice of asking powerful and penetrating questions. In this 16 page booklet, authors Juanita Brown, Eric Vogt and...

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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...

Thumb shaping spiritual leaders

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Sometimes congregants picture student ministers or seminary interns when they think about supervisory relationships within the context of their congregations. But pastor and former professor...

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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...

Thumb immunity to change

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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...

Thumb why we arent learning

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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...

Thumb how your cong learns

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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...

Thumb moments of impact

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Conversations abound in congregations. Over coffee, at evening meetings, via email; in some ways the sermon itself is a conversation. Too often, conversations amount to so much talk and too little...

Thumb twelve keys

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Now in its second edition, this book offers practical guidelines and tools to help congregations claim and expand upon their strengths and become stronger and healthier. Kennon Callahan is a...

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This bestseller set off a seismic change in leadership development, management, and consulting by shifting the focus from the individual performance of the CEO-senior pastor, agency president,...

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This case for collaborative team leadership is targeted to Christian team leaders and members, church planters and revitalizers, consultants and coaches. Discussion questions, often biblically...

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