The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations

by Craig Neal, Patricia Neal. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011.


This practical guide offers a new way for leaders to create environments where all members feel valued and included, leading to productive encounters.


chapters include essential questions; an additional section tackles how to apply practices to real life situations

Recommended Audience

Christian or Jewish clergy, lay leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Invite conversations on how to be more effective and open leaders by sharing this resource with congregation leaders.
  • Create environments where all voices are heard and valued by applying principles of the Convening Wheel.

About the Contributor

Jan Goodyear

Jan Goodyear is a retired middle school language arts teacher. She retired after 33 years of teaching and has since educated herself on church transformation and applied that knowledge by consulting with churches on visioning, structure, leadership development, and Christian education. 

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