The Center for Parish Development

Palatine, IL.


This organization provides resources and consulting to help congregations expand their missional work, and serve the world beyond their membership.


downloadable educational resources, consulting, Ministry Planning and Review program, white papers

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Varies per service

Practical Applications

  • Visit the Center's website to download educational resources, essays, and white papers focused on transformation and serving the community.
  • Participate in the Ministry Planning and Review program to learn how to align time available for ministry with the time needed for ministry, and equip your talents to help the greater community.

About the Contributor

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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