Brian Witwer

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Brian Witwer is the retired director of the Center for Congregations' northeast office. Brian has specialized training in leadership and group process.

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Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making the Church Matter
Written for a Roman Catholic audience, this resource calls for renewal in Roman Catholic...
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Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better
This easy-to-read resource offers tips on how to improve areas of the Roman Catholic Church,...
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Turnaround Churches
This website has a secondary title of "Ideas for Revitalizing Struggling Churches" and focuses...
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Renewing Our Church
This web resource offers an engaging video presentation about how an established but faltering...
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Revitalizing African-American Congregations for the Post-Civil Rights Generation
This article argues that the decline of the African American church arises from the...
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Liberating Hope: Daring to Renew the Mainline Church
This resource combats the widespread loss of church participants by calling on congregations...
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Ministry Matters
This website is a general purpose site containing dozens of articles and blogs on information...
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Church Mergers
This resource offers 30 questions congregations should consider before undergoing a merger,...
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There's Hope for Your Church: First Steps to Restoring Health and Growth
This book uses hope as the key component to a healthy renewal of the church and offers a...
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Vertical Church: What Every Heart Longs For. What Every Church Can Be.
This resource encourages churches to "make the change that changes everything," focusing on...
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Kol Aleph
This website for The Alliance for Jewish Renewal encourages reform and revitalization of...
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Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform your Synagogue...
This book details the story of a Jewish renewal in Massachusetts, and describes successful...
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Church Worth Getting Up For
This book advocates for the practice of radical hospitality and focusing the church's mission...
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Greater Orlando Baptist Association
This organization hosts an annual Renovate Conference as well as many online resources focused...
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Choosing Change: How to Motivate Churches to Face the Future
This book will help congregational leaders move their churches towards change through...
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Church Transfusion: Changing Your Church Organically From the Inside Out
This resource centers on the role of leadership and how church leaders motivated by vital...
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The National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB)
This organization provides congregations with information about the Design/Build method of...
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Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There
This guide equips congregations to move confidently through age and growth cycles, addressing...
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Religious Giving: For Love of God
This series of essays written from a variety of faith traditions explores the relationship...
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Rambam's Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It is Necessary to Give
Written from a Jewish perspective, this book reflects on the work of twelfth-century scholar...
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Preparing to Build: Practical Tips and Experienced Advice to Prepare Your Church for a Building...
This comprehensive book takes readers through the complete building process from analysis to...
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National Association of Church Facilities Managers (NACFM)
This organization connects congregational facility managers through discussion groups,...
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Living Stones Associates
This consulting firm offers a wide range of services for congregations related to facility...
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Lifelong Faith Journal
The Life Long Faith Journal is an online free magazine available in PDF format that covers a...
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God in Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Wounded Women
Targeted towards African American and other ethnic congregations, this resource discusses how...
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Fuller Youth Institute
This innovative branch of Fuller Theological Seminary provides research-based articles,...
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Church Hospitality Audit
The Hospitality Audit is a free web resource designed by Chris Walker, Presbyterian pastor and...
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Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal of Religion, Art and Architecture
Faith and Form is a journal published four times annually. Its mission is to provide and...
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Deacons in Today's Black Baptist Church
This resource examines the role of deacon in the Black Church, beginning with a discussion of...
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Creative Ideas for Children's Worship: Based on the Sunday Gospels Years A, B, C.
Based on the Sunday Gospels in the Revised Common Lectionary, this series of books and CDs...
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Church Planting in the African American Community
This resource brings unique insights into the difficult process of successful church planting,...
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Church Growth from an African American Perspective
This book analyzes the ingredients for growth, providing congregations with the tools to build...
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The Stained Glass Association of America
This organization helps congregations learn about stained glass installation and find local...
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Postmodern Youth Ministry: Exploring Cultural Shift, Creating Holistic Connections, Cultivating...
This resource explores the shift from modernity to postmodernity, addressing how congregations...
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Partners for Sacred Places
This organization assists congregations in making the best stewardship use of religious...
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From Jay-Z to Jesus: Reaching and Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church
This practical resource offers a comprehensive view of ministry to black young adults,...
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Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide
This resource captures the impact congregations make when they use a more holistic and organic...
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The Thin Book of Trust: An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work
Part of the Thin Book Series, this resource presents a simple, yet careful approach to...
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The Soul of the Congregation: An Invitation to Congregational Reflection
This resource calls on readers to analyze the soul of their congregation --- what makes up...
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Leadership and Listening: Spiritual Foundations for Church Governance
This concise book presents a research-based analysis of the relationship between the processes...
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To Walk in Integrity: Spiritual Leadership in Times of Crisis
This resource helps readers examine daily habits and choices to equip them with the necessary...
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The Serving Leader for the People of God: Five Powerful Actions That Will Transform Your Team,...
This resource balances insight from the business world with theological constructs to produce...
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Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship
This resource presents a new model for how churches can equip children through faith...
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Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Written by the United Methodist Bishop of Missouri, this book outlines five congregational...
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Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith Formation
This resource presents diverse ways to look at the future of faith formation, highlighting...
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Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling
This resource urges Christians to stop engaging in a misguided "culture war," and instead,...
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You are Invited on a 40 Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life
Designed as a 40-day study, this book presents a comprehensive analysis of giving as an...
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Will Our Children Have Faith?
This resource provides an insightful and useful critique of Christian education, arguing that...
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The Way of Discernment, Participant's Guide (Companions in Christ)
This study guide engages small groups in a 10-week consideration of discernment, helping...
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The Way of Discernment, Leaders Guide (Companions in Christ)
This leader's guide goes hand-in-hand with "Way of Discernment, Participant Guide." It equips...
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The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Success and Fulfillment
Based off interviews with several leaders of various fields, this book shows the impact...
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The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics
This book takes leaders below the surface to unpack the corporate nature of church...
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Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
This accrediting agency upholds members to high standards of financial accountability, such as...
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The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness, End of Life, and Grief
This toolkit envisions how a comprehensive care ministry might work, helping faith communities...
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To Know As We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey
This resource urges teachers and learners to recapture the spiritual dimension of education,...
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The Voice of Authority: 10 Communication Strategies Every Leader Needs to Know
A Fortune 500 consultant provides advice on how to communicate responsibly to make others...
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Facilitation Skills for Ministry
This resource combines the knowledge and expertise of the three authors to form a...
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The Power of Asset Mapping: How Your Congregation Can Act on Its Gifts
Divided into three sections, this book will help congregations discover their assets ---...
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Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry
This thorough and practical book will help congregations write grants, develop relationships...
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Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-term Missions that Work
This book provides research on the success of short-term mission trips and concludes that they...
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National Coalition for the Homeless
This organization does research and provides resources for those who are homeless and for...
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Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving in Your Church
This comprehensive guide will help churches create a fundraising climate centered around faith...
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Megachurches
Hartford Seminary maintains this website as a service to organizations, groups, congregations...
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Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse it)
Based off the premise that charities more often hurt the people they hope to help than not,...
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Generis
This consulting group helps churches with fundraising and effective ministry.
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Gateway to Church for Young Adults
This article highlights the ministry of Charlotte/One, an ecumenically-based ministry in North...
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Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do...
This resource acts as a guide for congregations struggling with youth ministry, presenting a...
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What We Love About the Black Church: Can We Get a Witness?
Written by two long-serving white pastors of Black Churches, this resource is both instructive...
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Inside the Large Congregation
Written by a consultant who deals primarily with large congregations, this book is an overview...
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Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too
Written using the author's personal experience in renewing her church, this resource details...
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Interfaith Power & Light
This organization provides programs and resources to help congregations act on combating...
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The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry
This accessible question guide for facilitators empowers groups to think positively about...
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Hearing Loop Technology
This webpage provides information about Hearing Loops, which allow hard of hearing individuals...
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Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
This organization mobilizes Jewish resources to promote social justice within the United...
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MissioRelate: Becoming a Church of Missional Small Groups
This resource looks at the future of small group ministry and offers the missional church...
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Missional Church Network
This website offers resources for congregations engage to the missional church model.
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Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions About God & Faith
Part of the Sticky Faith curriculum produced by Fuller Youth Institute, this resource provides...
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99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers: Doing More with Less
This resource offers youth leaders of small churches hope and affirmation.
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Center for Congregational Health, Inc.
This organization provides consulting and leadership training in a wide variety of areas,...
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Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
This organization promotes environmental stewardship through learning, action, and advocacy.
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Practicing Witness: A Missional Vision of Christian Practices
This concise book offers a history and definition of missional theology, focusing on practice...
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For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel
This short but engaging book dives into the work of two urban church planters, detailing their...
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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself
This resource provides a frank analysis of poverty from a social science and community...
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Jump Start
This downloadable PDF examines the components of a healthy volunteer culture and provides...
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The Indispensable Youth Pastor: Land, Love, and Lock in Your Youth Ministry Dream Job
Divided into three parts, this resource is filled with realistic advice and timely information...
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Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People
This series invites readers to seize the possibilities of embracing a comprehensive missional...
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Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World
Ideal for congregations working on strategic planning, this book offers 10 tools that will...
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The Missional Church… Simple
Provided by Jeff Maguire, lead pastor of Mariners Church in Mission Viejo, CA, this web...
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Brim: Creative Overflow in Worship Design
This book on worship planning presents resources and exercises to engage the creative process...
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Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood
This book looks towards the Bible to shed light on the Missional church movement, arguing that...
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Text Messages: Torah Commentary for Teens
This resource invites teens to consider the larger texts of the Torah so that they may find...
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The Church Multiplication Training Center
This organization provides training programs for existing congregations to refocus their...
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Transform Network
This missional network provides workshops, a national gathering, and online resources focused...
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Midrash: Reading the Bible with Question Marks
This resource defines and explores the meaning of Midrash --- a method of interpreting...
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Managing Church Facility Use
Published as a part of the Church Tax and Law Ministy of Christianity Today, this helpful...
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Questions to Ask Your Architect
Published by the American Institute of Architects, this article details five categories of...
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Congregational Consulting Group
This organization provides guidance on many topics related to congregational finance,...
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National Center for Children in Poverty
This organization promotes family-oriented solutions to childhood poverty at the state and...
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Sharing God's House
This concise article provides a helpful guide for congregations considering sharing space with...
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Interfaith Coalition on Energy
This organization provides congregations with resources about energy conservation and ways to...
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