The Soul of the Congregation: An Invitation to Congregational Reflection

by Thomas E. Frank. Abingdon Press, 2000.


This resource calls on readers to analyze the soul of their congregation --- what makes up their history, values, and traditions --- to begin a process of discernment.


examining congregational culture, questions to clarify preconceived notions and hopeful expectations individuals can bring to leadership positions

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Use this resource during a leadership retreat to discuss ways to invite your congregation to discern who they are, who they wish to become, and how they can serve as catalysts for the transformation of society.
  • Form a course towards the future by analyzing the soul of your congregation, building on strengths and weaknesses.

About the Contributor

Brian Witwer

Brian Witwer is the retired director of the Center for Congregations' northeast office. Brian has specialized training in leadership and group process.

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