Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and Their Partners

by Nancy Tatom Ammerman. University of California Press, 2005.

Based on a qualitative study of American congregations and their varied partnerships, this resource offers a comprehensive picture on the ways congregations leverage the strength of partnership to fulfill their missions.


how to leverage local partnerships, insights from a study of various American congregations, relationship between congregations and other organizations

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Discuss potential partnerships for your congregation after looking at examples of what other congregations have done in the past.
  • Determine if starting a new partnership with another organization is right for your congregation by sharing this resource with the leadership team.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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