Author: Lyle E. Schaller
In 44 Questions for Congregational Self-Appraisal, Lyle E. Schaller directs the reader to the crucial questions a church must ask itself if it is to understand its mission and the course it must chart in order to achieve that mission. He helps pastors, congregational leaders, and strategic planning groups understand that the questions we ask and the data we gather tend to set our priorities. For this reason it is imperative that churches seek the correct information, that they ask the right...
Author: C. Ellis Nelson
C. Ellis Nelson - noted author, Christian educator, and church leader- collaborated with and collected with the works of ten leaders experienced in congregational affairs to design a resource that helps ministers and lay leaders understand the dynamics of congregations so that they may use that spiritual energy to invigorate their own congregations.
Author: Robert Schnase
People are searching for a church shaped and sustainted by Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Internal Faith Development,Risk-taking Mission and Service, and Extravagent Generosity. These fundamental practices are critical to the sucess of congregations. Their presence and strength demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruitfulness. By repeating and improving these practices, churches fulfill their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the work.
Author: Kenneth A. Halstead
Oh, to feel the love of God flowing like living water through our congregation. Oh, that the Holy Spirit would lead us to experience healing and new energy for service and witness! The trouble is, not everyone wants the congregation to be a versatile and seaworthy ship piloted toward mission through choppy seas by a bold, dynamic crew. Some people look to the parish of an anchor of predictablity. For them, risk and creativity offer more threat than joy.
Author: William M. Easum
This excellent book describes the massive redistribution of North American Christians along the lines of shared values. For those looking toward the twenty-first century, this is a great compass. Read this book, not just to learn, but to grow- and experience a taste of the future- now! This is a pivotal redefinition of the church in revolutionary proportion, a redefinition which could distinguish th edifference bewteen ecclesiastical life or death.
Author: Adam Hamilton
Good pastoral leadership is not a "by the numbers" proposition. It is a matter of heart and soul, of devoting the whole self to the vision God gives for the congregation in which one serves. Yet neither is it purely intuitive; it requires hard, careful thinking about the directions and details of the path down which God calls. When Adam Hamilton became pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, its membership consisted of himself and his family. Ten years later the church...
Author: J. Timothy Ahlen
Churches in transitional neighborhoods that seek to reach out to those in the areas around them find that there are subtle, yet significant, boundaries that inhibit their effectveness in ministering to their neighbors. They find that, as much as they may want to reach out to these neighbors, they still "do church" their own way, and that message comes across.
Author: Barna, George
In this practical and user-friendly video, George Barna relies upon interviews with several thousand unchurched people to describe who the unchurched are and how we might most easily and appropriately connect with them. Using additional research he conducted among churches that have had
great success in attracting and retaining unchurched people, Barna also outlines perspectives and effective strategies for churches that wish to reach those who avoid churches. Once you understand the values,...
Author: Rob Weber
ReConnecting is a 7-week or 7-session experience designed to get congregational small groups in touch with historical (Wesleyan) roots and contemporary cultural forces, so that an individual can embrace his or her "priesthood." It assists churches in vision development, identity formation, and strategic planning. The 7-session experience may be customized based on the church's vision and need -- to stimulate a frozen congregation, to deploy as an adult group Lenten activity, or to revisit...
Author: Diana Butlet Bass
" Pundits like to tell us that the old mainline is sinking. Diana Butler bass wants to tell us something different - that it is not sinking, but changing. Pop into First Pres down the street andyou may be surprised. In addition to the soup kitchen the coffee hour and the once-a-month communion, you may find people walking labrinths, or practicing simplicity, or fasting. Its not your parents' Protestant mainline. To the story of mainline transformation, bass brings her scholarly authorityher...