Entries in Ministry in Church (103)

Saturday
Apr032010

Church Conflict, Strategies for Managing and Resolving

These resources offer strategies for managing or resolving the actual occurrences of conflict. Church conflict is too complex for there to be one all-inclusive guide. These books are categorized to help leaders choose which is best for their needs. Topics include overall guides to church conflict, managing ongoing unsolvable tensions (polarity management), and other issues.

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Saturday
Apr032010

Church Conflict, Communication, Healthy Behavior, Forgiveness 

The following resources focus on spiritually mature and missionally productive behavior among church members, both during periods of conflict and as ongoing habit. One of the more important emphases is forgiveness. The resources address both the preventive and restorative functions of congregational conflict.

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Monday
Apr052010

Church Conflict, Congregational Trauma, Minister Misconduct 

Not all conflict involves trauma, but all trauma involves conflict of the most complex nature. Most often, trauma is sudden, thus unlike other conflicts that may be anticipated (e.g. in response to a planned change), these difficulties demand immediate action and are usually attended by a swirl of emotions. These resources discuss trauma, including minister misconduct.

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Tuesday
Apr062010

Church Conflict, Criticism, Difficult People, Conversations 

These resources focus on the unavoidable aspects of church conflict - weathering criticism, absorbing varying levels of hostility, responding to very difficult behavior from individuals or groups, or relating to persons who are overtly antagonistic.

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Wednesday
Apr072010

Church Conflict, Leadership, Preaching, Worship in Conflict 

While all materials on church conflict management address leadership at some level, the volumes below are more specifically focused on leadership challenges during times of conflict, especially in their more public functions of preaching and worship.

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Saturday
May012010

Elders, Plural-Elder Church Leadership

These resources address the practice of Plural-Elder Congregational Leadership. It emphasizes shepherding as the dominant metaphor for spiritual leadership, but also looks at the oversight functions. This also includes comparative research on church governance, research on the elder role, and empowering ministry belief systems and structures.

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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
Jun032010

Evangelism, Guides to the Practice of Evangelism

The following resources offer practical suggestions and strategies for evangelism. Most are based on either hard research or exemplary practice in reaching people with the gospel. Although all these resources operate from a theological orientation, most do not articulate it. They assume readers who share their beliefs about salvation and evangelism are ready to engage, and describe the best methods and approaches.

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Sunday
Aug012010

Involvement, Spiritual Gifts in Christian Ministry

These resources address the universal belief that disciples should steward their gifts to forward the mission of God and build up the body of Christ, and that leaders must equip people for this. This is referred to in various says, depending on one’s perspective, using terms such as member involvement, ministry equipping, gift-based ministry, stewarding, or missional living. This guide discusses comprehensive systems of gift-based ministry, including small group approaches. It is closely related to the guides on “Greeting and New Member Integration,” “Managing Volunteers,” “Ministry Teams,” “Spiritual Gifts,” and “Missional Lifestyle, Discipleship, and Spirituality.”

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Monday
Aug022010

Greeting, Church Welcome, New Members

These resources entertain how best to respond to those who visit their assemblies. There is the additional concern of helping interested persons become a welcome part of the church family, grow in their disciplined commitment to God’s will for their lives, and work cooperatively with the body of Christ in ministry. This guide is closely related to those on “Gift-Based Ministry and Involvement,” “Managing Volunteers,” “Ministry Teams,” and “Spiritual Gifts.”

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Tuesday
Aug032010

Volunteer Management for Ministry in Church

All churches, regardless of size, depend on members working together in ministry. Most of this is unpaid, or “volunteer.” Because of this, churches still experience all the dynamics of volunteer management. This has applications in the areas of Ministry Involvement and Church Administration.

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Wednesday
Sep012010

Christian Leadership, Index to Ministry Resources

As the index to resource guides on Leadership, this page introduces the subject and includes links to all other materials on the subject. This is one of the most extensive resource listings on the site.

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Thursday
Sep022010

Leadership, Biblical and Spiritual Foundations

The titles in this section discuss the biblical principles and metaphors that are central to spiritual leadership, often as expressed in persons God has used most powerfully throughout history. Includes classic authors such as Oswald Sanders and Nenri Nouwen, as well as more recent works by Robert Banks, Scott Rodin, Scott Cormode, Graham Standish, Norman Shawchuck, and others.

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Friday
Sep032010

Christian Leadership Training, Leadership Development

These resources focus on how leaders develop, both in terms of the experiences that shape them and the exercises they choose for their own growth. It covers subjects such as spiritual formation, character formation, life experience, self-assessment, communication competence, failure and setback, etc., as they contribute to leadership enrichment. Authors include Aubrey Malphurs, Ruth Haley Barton, Gary McIntosh, Peter Scazzero, Bill Thrall, Stephen Covey, Robert Quinn, Robert Clinton, John Maxwell, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and others.

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Saturday
Sep042010

Christian Leadership Development, Clinton Emergence Theory 

The term “leadership emergence,” refers to the observable stages that seem to transpire in people as God shapes them into leaders. Insofar as it refers to Christian leaders, it is most often tied to the work of J. Robert Clinton, long-time professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. His works are featured here, alongside a few others.

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Sunday
Sep052010

Leadership, Approaches and Theories, Index

This guide links to resources on select leadership theories that integrate well with the Christian worldview and are commonly regarded as helpful for missional work. This includes approaches such as empowerment, transformational leadership, adaptive leadership, primal/resonant leadership, situational leadership, and many others.

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Monday
Sep062010

Leadership Theories - Empowerment

This guide links to resources on Empowering Leadership, which alongside Transformation, form the two major theoretical foundations of most current leadership approaches. As the name suggests, this approach empowers people by liberating them as stewarding partners to use their strengths/gifts in meaningful engagement of the tasks and relationships associated with their work. The idea is for both leaders and followers to grow as persons, enhance relationships, and derive great meaning and purpose as they work together to enhance the lives of those served. This guide highlights church related authors such as Shawchuck, Anderson, and Bandy, as well as popular business writers Max De Pree, Stephen Covey, James Kouzes, Barry Posner, John Maxwell, Kenneth Blanchard, and others.

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Tuesday
Sep072010

Leadership Theories - Transformational Leadership

This guide links to resources on Transformational Leadership, which alongside Empowerment, form the two major theoretical foundations of most current leadership approaches. As the name suggests, it means leading so that both leaders and followers are changed or transformed. It works at increasing the motivation, morale, and performance of all as they grow in mutual commitment. It also emphasizes the leader’s personality, traits and ability to exemplify needed changes and articulate an energizing vision. This guide references standard volumes by James McGregor Burns and Bernard Bass, and then links to authors who present their own versions of transformation such as Ron Heifetz, Ed Friedman, John P. Kotter, and many others.

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Wednesday
Sep082010

Leadership Approaches - Adaptive Leadership, Ron Heifetz

Adaptive leadership is a kind of transformational and empowering leadership as expressed in the research of Ron Heifetz. Heifetz draws the distinction between “adaptive” work that deeply questions existing frameworks vs. “technical” challenges that operate within current understandings and resources. He calls effective leaders to concentrate on the adaptive challenges.

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Friday
Sep102010

Leadership Approaches - Emotional Systems, Self-Differentiation

A significant block of leadership literature is based on the principles of Emotional Systems theory. In this theory, leaders must be self-differentiated, i.e. able to remain emotionally connected to anxious people but self-managing enough to remain free of anxious reactivity in themselves. This allows leaders to inspire hope and challenge people to significant levels of growth. This guide features materials by Murray Bowen, Ed Friedman, Pete Steinke, Margaret Marcuson, Israel Galindo, and others.

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