Entries in Ministry in Church (103)

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
Nov062009

Management, Leader-Manager Continuum

Professional literature commonly distinguishes between leadership and management. This is not because the two are oppositional, but because the practice of one does not necessarily accomplish the other. This guide lists resources that explain the difference between the two currencies and show how to integrate them effectively. Authors include Warren Bennis, Abraham Zaleznik, John Kotter, Ian Fair, and others.

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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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Wednesday
Feb032010

Church Leadership, Philosophical Foundations, Index

Introduces the fact that discussions regarding ministry in the new era usually propose significant shifts in the way churches think of themselves. Publications usually align with a philosophy of how best to respond. This introduces nine philosophies, and links to the resource guides on each: Church Growth, Missional/Missio Dei, Emergent, Evaluating Emergent, Missional/Convergent with Conventional, Resurgent Reformed, Missional/Convergent with Attractional, Missionally Responsive/Evangelical, and Missionally Responsive/Eclectic.

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Wednesday
Feb032010

Church Leadership Foundations, Church Growth Philosophy

Concentrates on a philosophy of church leadership and renewal that is based on the assumptions of the church growth movement, proposing more effective efforts to attract outsiders and help them be more receptive. It conveys hope for established churches to redefine strategies to appeal to those who may be attracted to the gospel, and pragmatically does whatever it can to reach people while preserving biblical distinctives.

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Wednesday
Feb032010

Church Leadership Foundations, Missional Philosophy

Concentrates on a philosophy of church leadership and renewal that emphasizes the marginalized status of the church in the current era, and sees all of life as missionary in essence. Proposes theologically informed strategies that are prayerfully attuned to God’s movement in the immediate surroundings. It is often expressed in contrast to the Church Growth philosophy.

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Wednesday
Feb032010

Church Leadership Foundations, Emergent Church

Concentrates on Emergent, a philosophy of church leadership and renewal that emphasizes the promise of postmodernity, making relevant use of contemporary culture to contexualize the gospel in the new era. Also features a contrasting movement, Evaluating Emergent, that warns against the perils of postmodernity. Emergent is often viewed as an expression of Missional, and in contrast to the Church Growth philosophy.

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Wednesday
Feb032010

Church Leadership Foundations, Missionally Responsive Philosophies

Concentrates on philosophies of church leadership and renewal that do not adhere strictly to one mindset. They are still responsive to the new environment, thus “Missionally Responsive,” but integrate missional impulses with other commitments. These include Resurgent Reformed, Convergent with Conventional, Convergent with Attractional, Evangelical, and Eclectic. This guide is a convenience duplicate of “Missional Perspectives 06, Missionally Responsive Trajectories.”

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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 Leadership Foundations, Research on Effective Churches

Highlights some of the best recent studies on effective congregations, both Evangelical and Mainline Protestant. Features resources by Lifeway Research (Thom Rainer, Ed Stetzer), Dianna Butler Bass, and others.

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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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