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Pastor and Laity as Leaders

Sometimes being a congregational leader is like paddling upstream. Challenges and situations develop that you never expected. There is no such thing as a perfect leader. However, just as congregational leaders study and practice prayer, care, worship and much more. Leaders can also be life long learners of leadership. Below you will find resources that are guides related to leadership temperament, boundaries, professional development and more. It is hard work, but it is possible to paddle upstream. Be calm. Row. Read. Learn. And soon you will experience upstream work as rewarding and productive.


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Leadership Temperament
Leadership is leading people to the place they’d go if they only knew how. This is the...
Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
This book uses the story of Lewis and Clark as a conceptual framework to approach leadership,...
Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and Being Ridiculously in Charge
This resource will help congregational leaders learn how to be thoughtful and intentional...
Center for Courage & Renewal
This organization offers programs for clergy and other religious leaders to integrate who they...
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity
This organization provides a variety of educational resources and services to Christian...


Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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