Entries in Leadership in the Church (15)

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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Saturday
Nov072009

Church Marketing, Church Communication, Church Advertising

This guide lists resources that help congregations communicate internally and spread the word externally with more honesty, accuracy, confidence, and effectiveness.

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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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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
Jul012010

Generations, Multi-Generational Issues in Churches

A guide to resources on multi-generational relationships in churches, with a special emphasis on congregational unity and understanding the millennial generation.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Evaluation, Job Descriptions for Ministry Staff, Church Staff

This guide lists resources on evaluation of church staff and how to construct effective job descriptions. This has implications both for overall Church Administration as well as Ministry Staff, and is categorized under both areas.

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Sunday
Jun122011

Social Ministry, Introduction, Index to Resources

This is a general index to site sections on Social Ministry. It links to resource guides on Theological and Philosophical Foundations of Social Ministry, Spirituality for Ministry of Social Compassion and Justice, Strategies for Christian Social Ministry, Urban Ministry, Political Theory and Church-State Relations, and Economics and Public Policy.

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Monday
Jun132011

Social Ministry, Theological and Philosophical Foundations

This guide features resources on the biblical, spiritual, and philosophical foundations of social ministry. Authors include Gary Haugen, Richard Stearns, Ron Sider, Jim Wallis, John Perkins, Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, Tim Keller, Charles Colson, Brant Myers, Steve Corbett, Craig Blomberg, Ben Witherington, Ash Barker, and others.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Social Ministry, Strategies 

The resources in this guide discuss how to craft and engage strategies for social ministry. This includes creating congregational readiness for social ministry, generating ideas and enthusiasm for social ministry, choosing the right social ministry strategy for one’s congregation (structured as well as less-structure programs). Authors include Heidi Unruh, Ron Sider, Ronald Johnson, Mae Elise Cannon, Brian McLaren, Rick Rusaw, Tim Keller, Steve Sjogren, Robert Lewis, and others.

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Thursday
Jun162011

Social Ministry Among Urban Poor, Urban Ministry

Urban ministry is a very specialized form of outreach. Those who engage it should do so only after they have consulted widely, perhaps even with specialists to help them understand their contexts. The resources in this guide are not exhaustive, but representative of the field. They offer enough for church leaders to gain basic exposure to the dynamics of urban ministry. Yet it will probably be necessary to go well beyond what is listed.

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Friday
Jun172011

Social Ministry, Political Theory, Church-State Relations

Social ministries often involve interfacing with government policies on community, state, and national levels. The role of church leaders is to help congregations express their social conscience in ways that uphold God’s vision for both the church and the state as his agents for good. The books summarized in this guide help toward that end.

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Saturday
Jun182011

Social Ministry, Perspectives on Economics, Public Policy

Social ministry by nature forces discussion about the economics of poverty, wealth, and aid to the poor. Authors often write with a strong tone of advocacy or opposition on economic systems, both capitalism and socialism. While most church leaders do not aspire to be economists, they may unwittingly convey economically ill-informed proposals if their only exposure to social justice is through authors who are more one-sided on the issue. This guide lists introductory volumes that may help church leaders engage these issues more thoughtfully.

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