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I know a pastor who chooses a theologian to study in-depth every year. In 2013, he chose Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He read Life Together, Ethics and Letters and Papers from...

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Congregations learn well when they slow things down.

Creating a sense of urgency makes sense when striving to get ahead in a capitalistic economy, but it isn’t always helpful for congregational...

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Contributors to other books and guides in the Companions in Christ Upper Room Series, Doughty and Thompson present in this helpful study guide a highly usable process to help congregational groups...

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How do congregations and individuals go about the process of making important decisions informed by the spirit of Christ? This leader’s guide provides a congregational leader with the tools needed...

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What if decision-makers stopped voting, and instead, practiced discernment and became prayerful “seekers”? This is the goal of the “Spiritual Discovery Method,” a model for decision-making offered...

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Business models and business leaders don’t necessarily make strong spiritual leaders for the church, according to Ruth Haley Barton. Barton contends that congregations are called to a different...

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This book on discernment is one-of-a-kind in that it offers solid instruction on effective principles of discernment and it provides several case studies to illustrate the discernment process....

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No one knows discernment better than Quakers and no Quaker has a more appreciated voice on the topic than Parker Palmer. Palmer, founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal has...

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Growing out of several years of participation in the Center for Creative Leadership, leadership consultant Donald Zimmer presents a well-researched analysis of the powerful relationship between the...

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Every congregation has a “culture” - a unique blend of history, values, rituals, traditions, symbols and stories which comprise its identity. Thomas Frank, professor of Church Administration and...

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Alice Mann, former senior consultant at the Alban Institute, distills eight principles of a successful church merger from the account of one {{United Methodist merger | https://alban.org/archive/when-the-fields-yield-no-food-the-story-of-a-church-merger/}}...

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Veteran pastor and Circle Way practitioner, Ivy Thomas, has written this small book to explain The Circle Way process and its application in congregational settings. The Circle Way is a modern-day...

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