Entries in Leadership in Church (14)

Sunday
Nov012009

Ministry Resource Guides Quick List

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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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
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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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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Monday
Nov012010

Burnout and Self-Care for Church Leaders

A general overview of five Ministry Resource Guides that are targeted to the dynamics of burnout and self-care: Ministry Burnout, Minister Self-Care, Ministry Support Systems, Pastoral Theology, and Strengthening and Renewing the Ministry Call.

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Monday
Nov012010

Ministry Ethics, Ethics for Church Leaders

Lists several standard resources on Ministry Ethics, including authors such as Trull and Carter, Milco, and Willimon. Also includes links to related guides on Ministerial Misconduct, Pastoral Theology, and Ministry Burnout/Self-Care.

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Monday
Nov012010

Self-Care for Church Leaders

Covers the spiritual, theological, and physical dimensions of burnout, including special tools for leaders of small churches. Also includes family resources, sabbatical guides, and help for navigating life transitions.

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Tuesday
Nov022010

Burnout in Church Leaders, Preventing and Overcoming

Addresses the factors contributing to ministry burnout and how to equip oneself for a vibrant, effective, long-term ministry. Includes classic texts by Hiltner and Willimon, as well as several newer works.

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Wednesday
Nov032010

Support Systems for Church Leaders

Describes resources to help build both congregational and collegial support systems for ministers.

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