What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church

by Gary L. McIntosh, Charles Arn. Baker Books, 2013.

This toolkit lists 101 rules that can be applicable for nearly any congregation, and includes guidelines on everything from welcoming visitors to rules on managing facilities.


101 rules

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Use this resource as a tool to start a conversation discussing the congregation's policies in areas such as staffing and managing the building.
  • Refer to this book during periods of change to see best practices.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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