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Racism

The always present reality of racism has revealed itself again through recent, senseless deaths. Racism is abhorrent. In the United States, racism is a cruel epidemic. It steals the breath of Black People and other people of color. Center for Congregations board member Dr. Alton Pollard recently commented, "The experience of Black America extends beyond death. Social death is no less real from disparities and inequities to disease and all manner of injustice." Racism has no place in our communities of faith.

There are excellent resources for courageous conversations about race. Congregations seeking an anti-racist journey are invited to explore this collection from Center president Tim Shapiro. We want to know your experience using these resources and on each you’ll see a box to tell us what you think. Also, feel free to suggest others that you find helpful. 

 

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Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Starts
This resource is for individuals interested in starting a new church and shows how to overcome inevitable challenges, all while focusing on the most important part --- sharing God's love with others.
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Strategic Leadership for a Change: Facing Our Losses, Finding Our Future
This book offers insight into change, and empowers leaders to guide their congregations through change with confidence after understanding the impact of attachment, loss, and grief.
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Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers
This book explores the dynamics between clergy, lay leaders, and the congregation and provides a deeper understanding of how they impact the ministry of the church.
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The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
This resource promotes organizational health as a way to encourage growth, listing the four steps congregations can take towards building a cohesive team.
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The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes
This resource proposes ways to grow and develop in ministry that are shaped by the gospel and the life of the church, rather than reflect modern culture and values.
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