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Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business
This book shares how stories can be used to teach and captivate audiences in congregations.
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Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose
This book provides a creative framework to discern purpose and plan a path forward. Its process applies to organizational and personal discernment.
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Podcast: Productive Learning on the Run

As a consultant with the Center for Congregations, I travel a good bit. Sometimes I spend several hours in the car on a given day. While it’s nice to listen to music or enjoy the silence, it can also be nice to continue learning during the extra time. Thank you, podcasts!

Many don’t realize that podcasts are not just about entertainment. There is a great variety of valuable educational content and subject matter out there, ranging from practical to spiritual. Podcasts can be beneficial not just for you but for helping those in your congregation learn.

And did I mention that podcasts themselves are free? The term “subscribe” can be a bit misleading, but this just means that you are giving permission for the podcast to send you new episodes. It doesn’t require you to pay for it.

Getting Started
For Apple mobile device users, simply download the podcast app. For Android users, there are many possibilities: some free, some requiring a subscription. If you prefer to listen from a computer, a number of podcasts also have the audio available on its website.

If you haven’t yet delved into the world of podcasts, I encourage you to check it out. Here are some recommendations to get you started.

Leadership:
Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast – conversations with top ministry leaders of the day
Catalyst Podcast – interviews with Christian leaders

Youth Ministry:
Thinkorange Podcast – “ideas and conversations to help you influence the next generation”
Youth Culture Matters from The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU) – “helping parents, youth workers, educators pastors and others understand and reach today’s youth culture”
Download Youth Ministry (DYM) – “a collection of shows to help you win in youth ministry”

Culture and context:
On Being with Krista Tippett – this podcast seeks to have conversations about the questions of meaning in our current context

Preaching:
Sermon Brainwave by Working Preacher – geared towards helping pastors interpret and preach the weekly lectionary

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Ronald Heifetz – On Leadership
This short video describes leadership tools and strategies to address complex challenges.
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Necessary Endings
This book guides readers to determine what activities and beliefs are worth keeping or ending so they can move forward and experience authentic human flourishing.
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Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness
This uplifting book shares how leaders can build resilience through a daily discipline of Appreciative Inquiry and building relationships.
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Healing the Healers
This series of short videos offers peer support for faith leaders who respond to community-level trauma such as gun violence, disaster and suicide.
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Sexual Assault Response Teams: Coordinating Our Response to Sexual Assault (SART)
This online guide outlines the roles of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) so congregations can support sexual assault survivors.
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Like Stepping Into A Canoe: Nimbleness and the Transition into Ministry
This book provides guidance and healthy practices to navigate ministry transitions. Written for graduating seminarians, first-time pastors will especially benefit from its wisdom.
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Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times
This leadership resource provides specific ways to navigate the emotional processes that emerge during times of challenge and change.
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Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World
This book calls for new leadership skills and non-linear change for congregations to navigate the rapidly changing culture in America.
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Transforming Church Insight (TCI)
This assessment tool provides an evaluation of your congregation's sense of community.
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