Entries in Ministry in Church (103)

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, Missional 

References a series of guides that describe the missional philosophy in detail. Links to guides in Theology of Mission, Missional Communities, Missional Strategies, and Missional Lifestyle.

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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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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Strategic Planning 

Lists resources that explain the standard strategic planning sequence, with suggestions on how to execute the process in a congregation. There are many types of strategic planning. This guide highlights two that are especially helful for churches: Leader/Participatory (the “Guide Through” approach) and Congregational Discernment (the “Bubble Up” approach).

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Congregational Life Cycle

Lists church-related planning guides that make use of the organizational health cycle, an adaptation of Ichak Adizes research which shows how organizations tend to go through a predictable cycle of birth, maturity/effectiveness, and then demise. Features resources by George Bullard and Robert Dale.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Traditional Church Renewal

This approach emphasizes the intentional effort to faithfully engage mission while preserving the unique strengths of traditional, established churches.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Church Revival 

This is a “pray down” model of church renewal that begins with the fervent prayers of those who ache over the eclipse of God from the consciousness of his people as evidenced by sin and luke-warmness. In answer to the prayers, God brings revival characterized by a return to his word, repentance, and transformation. The resources describe the important place of spiritual revival in congregational renewal. Covers biblical revivals, revivals in history (e.g. the Great Awakenings), classic and modern revivalists, and critiques of revivalism.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Integrated Spiritual-Strategic Renewal 

This is a “pray and plan” model for renewal that holistically integrates spiritual revival and strategic initiatives. The resources avoid the extremes of either emphasizing spiritual transformation but minimizing missional and organizational initiatives, or emphasizing missional and organizational effectiveness but playing down spirituality.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Diagnostic, Prescriptive

This is a “measure up” method of renewal based on an author’s intuition, experience, or research as to what constitutes an effective church. Authors describe the characteristics of healthy churches, usually offering a biblical or research-based rationale as to why these features constitute the preferred benchmark for congregations. Includes books by Rick Warren, Christian Schwarz, Kennon Callahan, Mark Dever, Stephen Macchia, Anthony Robinson, and others.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Easum and Bandy Diagnostic

This is a large block of diagnostic/prescriptive literature by the team of William Easum and Thom Bandy. They emphasize creating permission-giving, servant empowering congregational cultures that equip members to freely and responsibly exercise their gifts toward fulfilling Christ-honoring mission in the new pre-Christian era. The Easum/Bandy philosophy is popular among church leaders, especially those who follow a Church Growth philosophy.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Discipleship 

Disciple-Making approaches are a “measure up” method of renewal that prescribe benchmarks to assess whether members are becoming more committed disciples. Like other diagnostic/prescriptive approaches, these tools help churches measure themselves against specific qualities and move toward improvement. Not all of the resources in this genre are diagnostic, but all are to some extent prescriptive.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Simple, Minimalist

This is a “simplify and guide-through” method that seeks to avoid the complexity of many church development approaches and suggests ways of defining simple, straightforward and strategic processes that move people through the stages of spiritual growth.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Seasonal, Rhythmic

This is “rhythm and flow” approach to congregational renewal that helps leaders discern the emphases that are appropriate for their season of congregational life. The idea is to escape the constant pressure to do everything all the time, but to flow ministry in life’s rhythms and pace oneself in natural cycles that oscillate between intensity and renewal.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Whole Systems, Large Group 

This is a “convene, collaborate, and co-create” approach that operates from the philosophy that through high involvement of affected participants, whole systems, or entire congregations or communities, can experience significant, desirable change.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Organic Church 

This is a “sow and grow” approach that stresses churches, whether newly planted or well-established, should be seen as living organisms that have natural ways of thriving. They have their own “seed” that grows naturally from the inside out. If leaders attune themselves to what God wishes to do with each living congregation, they can help churches grow from the inside out in ways that are innate to their identity.

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Monday
Feb082010

Church Leadership Strategies, Mergers

Christian Ministry Resources

Strategies for Church Leadership, Church Health and Renewal - Church Merger

 

This is part of the ministry resources Church Leadership, Church Health and Renewal.

Mergers have always been considered as a valid and sometimes necessary option for missional effectiveness, but until recently, there has been a scarcity of definitive resources. Recent research from the Leadership Network has changed this with their publication of:

It is the most thorough guide available on the merger process, with several appendices, check-lists, etc.

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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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