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Thumb holy conversations

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Much of the literature on congregational planning presents it as a technical process: the leader serves as the chief problem solver, and the goal is finding the solution to the problem. Alban...

Thumb strategic plan using resources

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Every congregation should periodically engage in strategic planning, according to experts and seasoned congregational leaders. This two-page guide highlights a number of things to think about as...

Thumb strategic planning special report ad

article

Your congregation is growing. Or it is in decline. Or you’re facing a major staff turnover. These are just a few of the motivations that can prompt a strategic planning process. This article from...

Thumb local church planned giving manual

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This is a very practical resource from the United Church of Christ, designed to help congregational leaders develop and manage a congregational Planned Giving ministry. It includes key information...

Thumb horizons

organization

This fundraising company, based in Arkansas, has a staff of consultants who provide a wide range of strategic ministry and stewardship planning services, led by Dr. J. Clif Christopher, United...

Thumb beyond fundraising

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Beyond Fundraising covers all aspects of congregational stewardship and fundraising in short, practical chapters. It targets Unitarian congregations and assumes that tradition’s governance, but the...

Thumb the learning congregation

article

Faith communities that effectively meet new challenges and opportunities have some behaviors in common. In this essay, a veteran pastor and president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations...

Thumb how to select a consultant

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While there are many resources available for self-directed strategic planning, some congregations choose to partner with a consultant who can bring experience, knowledge, and an objective voice to...

Thumb taking flight

book

Do your church’s worship services create an environment where God’s transformative presence can be experienced? Creating vibrant worship can be a challenge, and perhaps especially if it is done...

Thumb who does the planning

web resource

Who participates in strategic planning in the large congregation? While overall responsibility for creating a strategic plan resides with the governing board, many large congregations believe that...

Thumb advanced strategic planning

book

Now in its third edition, this classic resource explains why planning is so important to carrying out mission. Dr. Aubrey Malphurs is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at...

Thumb sulam leadership

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Sulam for Strategic Planners (SSP) is a new program of United Synagogue to strengthen congregations. While this program is only open to USCJ-affiliated congregations in good standing, many...

Thumb redesigning worship

book

This book begins with the author stating, “I’ve always had worship dreams.” Her dreams have served her ministry well, especially as addressed through this book which covers many topics related to...

Thumb worship matters a study for congregations

book

This book is part case study, part practical helps. The practical helps come at the end of chapters in the form of questions to consider regarding subjects such as use of space and the liturgical...

Thumb designing worship together

book

If you are on a worship committee and you want to collaborate with staff on the design for worship, this book will prove useful for you. Likewise, if you are either a music leader or a pastor who...

Thumb worship matters

book

This book comes highly recommended from the evangelical and non-denominational world. The author, Bob Kauflin , serves as Director of Worship Development for Sovereign Grace Ministries. The book...

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Liturgy Training Publications promotes the liturgical formation of parishioners by providing resources that support active participation in the Sunday assembly. The publications are designed...

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