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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.

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

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

The Nature of Adaptive Leadership
This short video describes leadership tools and strategies to address complex challenges.
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.
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.
How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season
This book coaches congregations through transition with leadership strategies and group discernment excercises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Religious Leadership Resources

There may be religious leaders out there wondering how they can be more effective. Being a religious leader, after all, is most certainly a challenge. People who go to places of worship can tend to come from a variety of backgrounds. They come from all socioeconomic classes, have a variety of educational backgrounds, and can vary across age groups, such as children, adults, and the elderly. How, then, is a religious leader expected to be able to relate to all of these people? Religious leadership resources can be helpful.

Everyone has their own leadership style. At the same time, the world is changing. With this in mind, it may prove to be a good idea for religious leaders to make sure they are being effective leaders to the members of the congregation. That is why it can be helpful to take a look at outside resources from time to time. Change can be difficult, and stepping outside of the comfort zone can be hard. If religious leaders are able to successfully step outside of their comfort zones, however, they may very well have an easier time relating to everyone who walks through their doors.

When it comes to church leadership roles and responsibilities, it may be a good idea to take a closer look at free church resources. Some of these include church leadership resources. There are plenty of resources available online. For example, some religious leaders may find watching a video to learn more about new topics to be their preferred method, whereas others might like to read a few articles that can help them expand their leadership abilities. There are also four more courses that church leaders can take. Naturally, everyone has their own personal style, and each of these resources can be helpful to different religious leaders in varying situations.

Church Leadership Training Materials

When it comes to church leadership training materials, it can be good to look into building effective church leadership skills. When it comes to training leaders in the church, there are possibly going to be a lot of topics that have to be covered. For instance, there are religious leadership resources that can help religious leaders come up with fresh ideas for their sermons. That way, they might not have to talk about the same things over and over again. There are also leadership resources that can help church leaders learn how to incorporate music and videos into their sermons. That way, they will perhaps have an easier time holding the attention of people who come to their sermon. It can also prove to be a challenge for religious leaders to shift from the pulpit to the small group setting. This is a common topic that is often covered when it comes to church leadership materials.

The importance of church leadership is something that can perhaps not be overstated. That is why it can perhaps be a good idea to access a variety of materials. For example, it might be more interesting to watch a video; however, it can also be tempting for people to click outside the video and surf the Internet when they should otherwise be watching and paying attention.

This problem could be remedied by reading articles instead; however, in the case of articles, people can tend to doze off when they are staring at a wall of text. It could also be helpful to go to an interactive conference, which might represent a great way to train the next generation of leaders; however, this can be expensive. There are perhaps benefits and drawbacks that exist for every option.

Church Ministry Resources

There is a wide variety of church ministry resources available out there. When it comes to ministry leadership, some church administration training resources might prove to be helpful for specific ministries on the church ministry list. Fortunately, there are also free ministry leadership training options available.

For instance, just about every church is likely going to have a youth ministry group. There are helpful training resources that can assist youth leaders better relate to members of the younger generation. They are also ministry resources available that can help people who regularly conduct outreach programs in the community. These training resources can potentially help members of the ministry group learn how they can make a stronger impact on the local community. There are also church ministry groups that are attempting to take advantage of social media, as well as certain training programs that can help religious leaders take advantage of social media.

Ultimately, some resources could prove to be a good fit for specific ministries within the congregation. It can sometimes be seen as the responsibility of church leaders to figure out which of these resources are going to be able to play a helpful role in their specific ministry groups. When religious leaders take the time to explore all the options available, they may be able to better place their ministry groups in the best position possible to be successful.

Church Leadership Principles

There are a lot of church ministry tools and church elder resources available out there. And while some of these are tailored to specific religious organizations, there are still certain church leadership principles that can likely be applied to just about any organization, no matter the size.

First, religious groups may have to focus on modesty. Modesty can be a good quality to have because religious groups likely do not want to send the message that they are somehow wealthy or opulent. After all, religious groups are supposed to be nonprofit organizations. Another principle that religious leaders might benefit from focusing on is self-development. Many people will often turn to religious leaders when they are trying to figure out how to become better people. Church leaders will likely want to send the message that they are focusing on becoming better people, as well. That way, they can be seen as practicing exactly what they are preaching. Furthermore, integrity can be seen as another important quality to look for in a strong church leader. When members of the congregation look at their leader as a person of integrity, then they are perhaps more likely to be honest themselves.

Finally, religious leaders may also have to show the world that they are followers of a higher power. After all, that is oftentimes going to be seen as the ultimate goal for church leaders. If they are able to show members of the congregation they are following their religion’s teachings, their members may then also do the same thing.

Church Development Resources

For the vast majority of congregations, church development resources are possibly going to play an important role. There are plenty of church resources available out there. Nowadays, a lot of religious organizations have found themselves having to move online. Fortunately, though, there are plenty of resources for online churches, as well. By taking advantage of these church administration resources, religious leaders can perhaps more effectively relate to members of their congregation even if they have moved to a virtual setting.

Some churches are getting ready to transition back to in-person sermons as well. This can also be a challenge. It can be good for religious leaders to take a look at how they can upgrade their AV equipment, what they need to do to expand their congregations, and how they can incorporate music and videos into their sermons. These can all represent potential key parts of developing a strong religious organization.

It might also be a good idea for religious leaders to look inward, as this is another aspect of religious self-development. There is likely always going to be room to get better. If religious leaders are able to improve their abilities behind the pulpit and their small group settings with community outreach, they may be able to set their charges up to grow in the future.

Church Leadership Basics

There are lots of religious leaders out there who may be looking to get started. Among the most important church administration tools, it might be worth focusing on church leadership basics. No matter what the church administration structure may be, there are likely going to be several main church leadership training topics that are going to be covered.

For example, motivation can sometimes be seen as one of the most important parts of first leadership. Religious leaders are usually going to be expected to motivate members of the congregation to live their lives in a certain way. Therefore, these religious leaders will learn how to motivate others.

Another key topic that is likely going to be covered is love. There are plenty of verses in religious texts that can be found which focus on love, and it may be the case that religious leaders need to teach members of the congregation to love other people, no matter who they might be. After all, if people love one another, the world will be a better place.

Outreach can represent another important leadership quality among religious leaders. Religious leaders are likely going to be expected to evangelize, and to recruit members of the local community to become members of the church. This topic might turn out to be an important area of focus during the process of church leadership training.

These may be just a few of the most important basics to consider when it comes to church leadership and all of these qualities may prove to be helpful in building the future leaders of tomorrow.

How To Train Church Leaders

Ultimately, the necessity to train church leaders is one that perhaps cannot be overstated. Developing leadership skills in the church can be critical for helping set up religious groups for success in the modern era. For those who might find themselves wondering how to train church leaders, there are perhaps a few key steps to follow.

First, it might be good to try and find the right people. Look for people who have already experienced standing in front of others, leading a group, or who have specific religious training.

Next, figure out what their goals are. Do they want to be small group leaders? Do they want to be financial treasurers? Or, do they possibly want to get behind the pulpit?

After that, it can be good to teach future religious leaders how to speak in front of other people. Public speaking is a common fear, but the best way to get over it may simply be to practice. Practice makes perfect.

Then, teaching religious leaders how to make lesson plans might be seen as a priority, in which they are taught how to go to religious texts, find verses that focus on the same topic and build an effective message. It can also be helpful to teach them how to build a small group lesson plan.

Ultimately, there is likely going to be no true replacement for experience. Future religious leaders may be able to practice leading others, however, and go a long way in helping set the church up for success.

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