Entries in Church Pastors (59)

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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Thursday
Nov052009

Discipleship

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

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Monday
Nov092009

Church Tax, Church Law, Church Risk, Church Safety

This guide lists resources on the tax, legal, and risk issues where churches are increasingly more vulnerable, including security.

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Tuesday
Nov102009

Church Software and Technology

Most churches use computers and will seek help somewhere other than this site. The resources in this guide are very basic and not as current as some may need, but may help nonetheless.

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Wednesday
Nov112009

Church Administration, Web Resources

This guides links to the websites of the most recognized organizations that specialize in matters of church administration.

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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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Monday
Feb012010

Church Leadership, Church Health and Renewal, Index

As the general index to site materials on Church Leadership and Renewal, this links to all the resource guides on the topic, indluding ecclesiology, philosophical foundations (church growth, missional emergent, convergent, resurgent Reformed), church dynamics, congregational research, congregational culture, size dynamics, small churches. It also links to over 14 approaches to church leadership and renewal.

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Tuesday
Feb022010

Church Leadership Foundations, Ecclesiology 

Focuses on the theology of the church, believing that leadership and renewal should begin with biblical benchmarking to discern God’s intent. Looks at three kinds of ecclesiologies - biblical, comparative, and contextualized (missional). This is one of several essays on practical theology that are indexed in “Theology of Mission and Ministry,” which is linked in this guide.

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Friday
Feb052010

Church Leader Foundations - Church Characteristics, Research

Discusses the dynamics of congregational life that are crucial to the renewal process, but are often overlooked. This includes theological and philosophical foundations for renewal, the importance of planning, the complex nature of congregational systems, how to integrate all the pieces of a process, and methods for congregational research.

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Saturday
Feb062010

Church Leader Foundations - Church Culture, Church Identity

Lists resources on church identity or congregational culture, which may be defined as the unique personality of a church created by its ministry, history, location, size, beliefs, leadership, demographics, age groups, and patterns of social interaction. Identity ascertains how a congregation, once biblically conceived, expresses itself in a local setting.

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Sunday
Feb072010

Church Leader Foundations, Church Size, Size Transitions

Acknowledges churches of different sizes possess distinct congregational cultures. Intentional shifts from one size to the next require deliberate attention to dynamics such as church orientation, congregational structure, who sets the direction, the role of ministry staff, how decisions are made, how change takes place, etc. This is one of the most basic realities of congregational life. Features resources by Gary McIntosh, Michael Fletcher, Beth Ann Gaede, Alice Mann, and others.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Small Churches

Addresses the unique dynamics of small churches and the special challenges to leaders, helping them to affirm the strengths and embrace the opportunities of these contexts. Covers small church morale, growth and development, administration, children/youth ministry, christian education, equipping members for ministry, evangelism, giving, mission, pastoral care, size transitions, worship, etc. Also includes a section on bi-vocational ministry.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Overview of Approaches

This is the place to start when considering different approaches to church renewal. It briefly describes fourteen approaches to church development, and links to separate resource guides on each.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies - Vision Casting, Leader-Directed

Leader-Directed Vision Casting is a “top-down” approach to renewal where a visionary leader with high credibility works in concert with God to discern a vision for the congregation in collaboration with the spiritual community, communicates the vision so as to engender enthusiastic support, and then activates the strategies and structures to carry the vision to fulfillment. Includes resources by Will Mancini, Aubrey Malphurs, Burt Nanus, and others.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, People-Directed Vision Emergence

Discusses a “serve up” approach to renewal based on the reality that established churches have unique features that require the vision process to progress indirectly as the people become outwardly focused in gift-based ministry and service, out of which a vision “emerges,” as people serve, thus “serve up.”

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