Entries in Christian ministries (52)

Sunday
Nov012009

Ministry Resource Guides Quick List

Sunday
Nov012009

Church Administration, Index to Resources

As the general index to site materials on Church Administration, this guide links to all other resource guides on the topic, including architecture and building issues, finance, general administrative manuals, giving and financial stewardship, marketing and communication, tax and legal issues (including risk management), technology, and web resources.

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Monday
Nov022009

Church Administration, General Manuals

This guide features the standard, general manuals on church administration. These are the single-volume comprehensive tools that do not focus on one area, but attempt to give baseline instruction on all administrative tasks. Each has its respective strengths, which are designated in the list.

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Tuesday
Nov032009

Church Building, Church Design, Church Architecture

Aside from the ongoing custodial and upkeep needs, most churches will consult professionals when dealing with architectural and building issues. Yet they must still navigate many details, usually on a committee and congregational level, and in association with outside consultants. The resources in this guide help.

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Wednesday
Nov042009

Stewardship of Church Money, Church Finance

This guide lists resources on the full range of church financial issues. This includes accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, transparency, minister’s finances, congregational giving, managing risks, creating endowments, managing cash flow, etc. Also consult the companion guide on Giving and Financial Stewardship in Congregations.

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Thursday
Nov052009

Discipleship

These ministry resources address various aspects of the life of Christian discipleship.

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Friday
Jan012010

Transition and Change in the Church, Introduction

An important aspect of leadership is the role of the leader as an agent of change. Also, most approaches to Church Renewal are essentially change methodologies. If change is inevitable, it makes sense to engage it intentionally. While congregational change is complex, especially in larger groups, some dynamics are fairly universal. This guide highlights these factors, and includes links to all other site materials on change and transition.

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Sunday
Jan032010

Change in the Church, Concepts and Theories

The following resources provide solid overviews of the concepts, processes, and skills of change in congregations. Not all resources are church-related, but translate well into ministry situations. Although they present strategies for leading change and transition, their strength is on concepts.

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Monday
Jan042010

Church Change, Creating Receptiveness, Overcoming Resistance

One of the most difficult tasks in introducing change is overcoming hesitation. This relates to the axiom that people do not change unless they perceive the need. Yet this is often not enough, as people may know they need to change, but still fail to take action. Creating a sense of need, both among leaders and members, and then moving others to action, is a crucial skill. This often involves peeling away several layers of resistance. The following resources help toward that end.

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Wednesday
Jan062010

Leading Transition and Change in Church

Leading congregational change certainly involves more than setting a good process in motion. That said, there is no substitute for good process. The following resources present refined processes for dealing with change, that actual alteration, and transition, the inner reorientation persons make in adjusting to change. These are followed by a list of several good supplemental volumes on the subject.

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Thursday
Apr012010

Church Conflict, Introduction

As the general index to site materials on Church Conflict, this guide links to all other resource guides on the topic, indluding conflict education, strategies for resolution and management, guides to healthy dialogue, leadership in conflict, handling criticism and difficult people, congregational trauma, ministerial misconduct, leadership in subordinate roles, and communication competence.

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Friday
Apr022010

Church Conflict, Conflict Education 

The following resources describe conflict in all its dimensions. Although they present strategies for resolution and management, their purpose is more educational. It includes standard textbooks, understanding the dynamics of church conflict, and case studies.

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Saturday
Apr032010

Church Conflict, Strategies for Managing and Resolving

These resources offer strategies for managing or resolving the actual occurrences of conflict. Church conflict is too complex for there to be one all-inclusive guide. These books are categorized to help leaders choose which is best for their needs. Topics include overall guides to church conflict, managing ongoing unsolvable tensions (polarity management), and other issues.

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Saturday
Apr032010

Church Conflict, Communication, Healthy Behavior, Forgiveness 

The following resources focus on spiritually mature and missionally productive behavior among church members, both during periods of conflict and as ongoing habit. One of the more important emphases is forgiveness. The resources address both the preventive and restorative functions of congregational conflict.

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Monday
Apr052010

Church Conflict, Congregational Trauma, Minister Misconduct 

Not all conflict involves trauma, but all trauma involves conflict of the most complex nature. Most often, trauma is sudden, thus unlike other conflicts that may be anticipated (e.g. in response to a planned change), these difficulties demand immediate action and are usually attended by a swirl of emotions. These resources discuss trauma, including minister misconduct.

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Tuesday
Apr062010

Church Conflict, Criticism, Difficult People, Conversations 

These resources focus on the unavoidable aspects of church conflict - weathering criticism, absorbing varying levels of hostility, responding to very difficult behavior from individuals or groups, or relating to persons who are overtly antagonistic.

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Wednesday
Apr072010

Church Conflict, Leadership, Preaching, Worship in Conflict 

While all materials on church conflict management address leadership at some level, the volumes below are more specifically focused on leadership challenges during times of conflict, especially in their more public functions of preaching and worship.

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Saturday
May012010

Elders, Plural-Elder Church Leadership

These resources address the practice of Plural-Elder Congregational Leadership. It emphasizes shepherding as the dominant metaphor for spiritual leadership, but also looks at the oversight functions. This also includes comparative research on church governance, research on the elder role, and empowering ministry belief systems and structures.

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Tuesday
Jun012010

Evangelism, Introduction

This is the index to resource guides on Evangelism, with links to the two main sections: Theology of Evangelism and Practice of Evangelism.

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Thursday
Jun032010

Evangelism, Guides to the Practice of Evangelism

The following resources offer practical suggestions and strategies for evangelism. Most are based on either hard research or exemplary practice in reaching people with the gospel. Although all these resources operate from a theological orientation, most do not articulate it. They assume readers who share their beliefs about salvation and evangelism are ready to engage, and describe the best methods and approaches.

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