Sandra Herron


Sandra Herron is the founding principal and owner of MiddlEdge, Inc., a management consultancy dedicated to helping congregations align their strategy, people, structure, and processes to achieve their vision. She is an experienced adult educator, trainer and facilitator in academic, community, corporate and ministry settings.

Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
This book emphasizes the importance of planning to carry out a mission, breaking down strategic planning into a four-fold process.
Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry
Designed to help pastors and staff members become efficient leaders and administrators, this book combines a mix of theory with practical guidelines and templates.
Barada Associates, Inc.
This organization provides background checks and pre-employment screening services such as court records, criminal history, drug and alcohol testing, and reference checking.
Twelve Keys to an Effective Church: Strong, Healthy Congregations Living in the Grace of God
Written in two parts, this book summarizes the five characteristics of healthy congregations before exploring the 12 keys to unlocking potential for an effective ministry.
Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior
This resource offers tools for holding others accountable using a three-part model that addresses how to manage failed expectations and resolve the problem without harming the relationship.
National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) Journal
The National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) is an active professional network of Reform Jewish Synagogue Executive Directors that publishes a twice-yearly journal with articles written by members and Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) staff. Topics include: collaboration, giving, communication (including social media), technology, and leadership transition.
How to Prevent and Resolve Congregational Conflict
This study-discussion guide provided by The Parish Paper offers solutions to internal conflicts and includes examples of how individuals can limit divisions.
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Keeping Our Sacred Trust
The Keeping Our Sacred Trust online training program provides an overview on clergy sexual misconduct --- what constitutes misconduct and how to prevent it, helping participants through difficult situations.
Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership
This book combines missional theology, organizational know-how, and practical experience to offer congregational leaders a roadmap and tools for changing the way boards and clergy work together to lead a congregation.
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.
The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church's Spectators into Active Participants
This resource draws upon research and survey results to suggest ways for congregations to create more active members.
Preparing an Annual Congregational Plan Book
This article provides a template for an annual Congregational Plan Book.
11 High-Impact Planning Ideas for Senior Pastors
This blog provides innovative activities to clarify your congregation's strategy and vision.
Using the Resources of the Web to Research a Congregation
This article offers tips and tools to help a congregation better understand the needs of people inside the congregation and the outside community.
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Mission Planning: Do-It-Yourself Tools
This website, provided by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has curated do-it-yourself planning resources created across the ELCA and other traditions as part of their Mission Planning.
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Sulam for Strategic Planners
Sulam for Strategic Planners (SSP) is a new program of United Synagogue to strengthen congregations and is designed for Synagogue leaders who are ready to begin planning - or to begin exploring the benefits and challenges of strategic planning. While this program is only open to USCJ-affiliated congregations in good standing, many congregational leaders interested in cultivating strategic thinking and planning in their board cultures will find USCJ’ s web-based content informative and useful.
Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations
This book of practical tools turns strategic planning into "holy conversations" guided by three critical questions.
How to Select a Professional Resource
This article equips congregations to select a consultant or outside professional to assist them in reaching their planning goals.
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Who Does the Planning?
This web resource by Susan Beaumont, a former Area Minister in the American Baptist Churches and now a leading consultant specializing in the unique dynamics of large congregations, suggests that the nature of the strategic planning process for large congregations calls for a separate planning team and offers thoughts on how to select team members.
Starting New Initiatives: A Discernment Process
This downloadable workbook outlines a process of prayer, discernment, conversation, and reflection to help boards and congregations adapt to changing needs inside and outside the congregation.
Overview of the Strategic Planning Process
This five-minute video introduces the entire strategic planning process through drawn illustrations.
The Church Network
This comprehensive administration website compiles vast resources covering 14 domains of knowledge.
When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations
Part instruction manual, part toolkit, this resource takes corporate human resource tools and applies them to a congregational context.
Transition Plan: 7 Secrets Every Leader Needs to Know
This resource provides an honest approach to clergy leadership transitions, and how congregations can be proactive in leadership planning.
The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition): Resources to Help You Recruit and Retain Volunteers
This volunteer toolkit is a step-by-step guide to developing and improving your congregation's volunteer program.
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Safety Library: Tips, Tutorials, and Checklists to Help Manage Ministry Risks
Brotherhood Mutual insures many of America's congregations and related ministries. This firm's website contains resources that address common issues regarding safety and risk management.
National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management
This organization offers resources, guides, and a week-long conference focusing on management excellence and best practices in administration, finance, and human resources.
Knowing When to Re-evaluate Your Organizational Structure: Insights from Fast-Moving Churches on Where to Begin
This article studies examples of churches facing organizational staffing issues and how to make structural changes, specifically focusing on larger or multi-site congregations.
The Pastoral Search Journey: A Guide to Finding Your Next Pastor
Supplemented by sample surveys, forms, and interview questions, this resource will equip clergy search committees with the necessary tools to find a new pastor.
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Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship
This four-section guide developed by FEMA helps congregational leaders create an up-to-date emergency operations plan in case of a natural disaster or an active shooter.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management website archives articles, studies, and sample forms dedicated to human resources, and includes issues specific to faith-based organizations.
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This survey-based data bank provides employee salary information for more than 100 job titles from various locations, denominations, budgets, and membership sizes.
A Parliamentary Guide for Church Leaders: Silver Anniversary Edition
This guide explains how to efficiently govern assembly gatherings.
African American Church Management Handbook
This thorough handbook has advice for all aspects of management in the Black Church including theoretical principles, theology and the nuts and bolts of administration.
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Church Law & Tax
This website offers articles, a legal library, and interactive training that equips congregational leaders to navigate a complex legal landscape.
Pastor, Staff, and Committee Job Description Book
Written by the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, this free download provides sample job and committee descriptions for congregations to follow and apply.
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The Quick and Simple Congregational Asset-Mapping Experience
This article introduces asset mapping as a strategy that can have an immediate and powerful effect on the energy and engagement of your congregation.
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Clergy Evaluation
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers this web resource to help lay leaders navigate the clergy review process in an effective and positive way.
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