Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences

by Gilbert R. Rendle. Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.


This book offers ground rules and strategies for handling disagreement.


examples of unhealthy congregational norms, sample covenants for governing boards and troubled congregations, planning documents, outlines for retreats

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Organize a congregational retreat or meeting to discuss how to implement behavioral covenants using the planning document provided.
  • Adopt ground rules for behavior in times of disagreement to navigate the congregation through difficult periods.

About the Contributor

Wendy McCormick

Wendy McCormick is the Center for Congregations’ southwest Indiana director. She has an interest in congregational fundraising and stewardship, including planned giving.

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