Entries in Ministry in Church (103)

Monday
Nov152010

Ministry Staff, Team Ministry - Index

The term “Team Ministry” or “Ministry Teams” is used broadly to refer to virtually all aspects of cooperative work in congregations. This guide links to several others that cover the full range of staff and team issues. This also has implications for Ministry Involvement and Church Administration, thus the cross-listing of this guide under those categories.

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Monday
Nov152010

Team Ministry, General Resources

The resources listed in this guide are not targeted to ministry but discuss universal team concepts. Authors include Jon Katzenbach, Kenneth Blanchard, Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell, and others. This is closely related to guides on Staff Teams and Congregational Ministry Teams.

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Team Ministry, Congregational Ministry Teams

This guide features resources on on Congregational Ministry Teams, sometimes called Lay-Ministry Teams. The focus in on the broader dimensions of congregational involvement through the team framework.

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Wednesday
Dec012010

Ministry Transitions, Interim Ministry

Christian Ministry Resources

MINISTRY TRANSITIONS, INTERIM MINISTRY

Also includes: Beginning and Ending a Ministry

 

Ministry-Transitions-Interim-Ministry

The following ministry resources focus on interim ministry and helping church leaders and congregations during pastoral transitions. It is divided into the following sections:

First Reads for Ministers and Congregations

Resources for Specific Aspects of Ministry Transitions and Interim Ministry

Related Ministry Resources

Readers may also be interested in the section on Interim Ministry Consulting.

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FIRST READS FOR MINISTERS AND CONGREGATIONS

First Read for Ministers:

First Reads for Congregations:

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RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF MINISTRY TRANSITIONS AND INTERIM MINISTRY

Persevering in Difficult Situations – For Ministers (See also, Strengthening and Renewing the Call to Ministry)

Avoiding Involuntary Termination – For Ministers

Achieving Long Tenure – For Ministers

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Discerning Whether to Transition – For Ministers

Guides to the Candidating Process – For Ministers

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Discerning Fit for a New Call - For Ministers

Guides to Transitioning to Different Careers - For Ministers

Guides to Ending, Leave-Taking – For Ministers

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Guides to Beginning a New Work - For Those Who are New to Ministry

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Guides to Beginning a New Work - For Both New and Experienced Ministers

Guides to the Pastoral Search Process – For Congregations

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Guides to Interim Ministry – For Congregations and Ministers

First Read:

Strong Supplements:

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Succession Planning – For Congregations and Ministers

First Reads:

Other Works:

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Related Ministry Resources

See Description of Interim Ministry Consulting

See Ministry Resources in Related Areas:

See Resource Guides on Over 100 Areas of Christian Ministry:

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources for Church Leaders - Index

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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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources for Church Leaders - Missional Philosophy

This is one of several Philosophies of Church Leadership and Renewal, which include Missional (this essay), and the separate essays on Church Growth, Emergent/Evaluating Emergent, and other Missionally Responsive Trajectories, each of which is linked in the guide, Church Leadership and Renewal - Index to Resources. The Missional Movement reflects a unique understanding of church leadership and renewal. In would be inaccurate to describe it as an approach or method. Missional is a theological and philosophical orientation that informs all one does. This guide features resources that describe this orientation. It includes early generative works by Darrell Guder and Craig Van Gelder, as well as more recent guides by Alan Roxburgh, Reggie McNeal, Robert Webber, Eddie Gibbs, and others.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Resources for Church Leaders - Theology of Mission 

Biblical foundations have always been important to effective ministry. The recent missional/emergent conversations, however, have brought theological concerns to the forefront, using terms such as missional, missio Dei, etc. For those versed in traditional understandings of ministry, these terms are relatively new. But they have been used in the study of missions for decades. This guide lists resources on missiology, or theology of mission, that arise out of the understanding that churches in Westernized cultures are marginalized, and must renew their grasp of Scripture’s teaching on the mission of God. It includes historical overviews of how Christians have articulated mission, as well as proposals and formulations from several different orientations - Missio Dei, Resurgent Reformed, Convergent With Attractional, Convergent With Conventional, as well as those that are more broadly Evangelical.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Church Resources - Missional Communities

This Ministry Resource guide focuses on various proposals as to how missional churches should be conceived, designed, and sent into their ministries. Missional communities come in several varieties. This guide is limited to some of the more common forms - Missio Dei, Organic, Resurgent Reformed, Convergent, etc. Authors include Ed Stetzer, David Fitch, Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch, Frank viola, Neil Cole, Mark Driscoll, Mark Liederbah, Jim Belcher, Dave Ferguson, David Platt, and others.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Missional Church Leadership Strategies

Missional strategies are theoretically as numerous as the contexts in which they are implemented. Several strategic methods are listed in this guide. Most are divided according to author so as to preserve the coherence of each approach. I also suggest looking at the strategies for developing established churches in the Ministry Resource Guide on “Church Leadership and Renewal.”

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 03, Missio Dei Definition, Contribution

This essay explains the concept of missio Dei (mission of God), especially as used in the current missional conversation. It shows how Missional is distinct from Emergent, Traditional, and Attractional perspectives. It offers a definition, and describes how the concept of missio Dei broadens our understanding of Christian mission. The next two articles, Missional Perspectives 04 and 05, discuss how to keep this in proper perspective.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 04, Missio Dei Observations

This is a continuation of Missional Perspectives 03, Missio Dei, Definitions and Contributions. This article offers five of seven interpretive principles: 1) Keep enthusiasm for Missio Dei in perspective; 2) Avoid theological and moral compromise; 3) Stress the importance of the church in God’s economy; 4) Uphold the importance of individual salvation; 5) Acknowledge the full wealth of Scripture relative to the atonement.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 05, Missio Dei Observations Continued

This is a continuation of Missional Perspectives 03-04. Article 03 explained the meaning of Missio Dei. Article 04 offered five of seven interpretive principles. This article expresses the last two principles: 1) Honor the breadth of Christian mission; 2) Be sure to use Missio Dei in a way that actually encourages mission.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 06, Missionally Responsive Trajectories

This essay 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 “Church Leadership Foundations, Missionally Responsive Philosophies.”

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 07, Must We Respond to Postmodernism?

Most of the missional conversation is fueled by the idea that the church must in some way respond to the shifts interhent in postmodernity. This essay tries to balance that perspective with the reality that not all missional contexts are immersed in the postmodern ethos, and that we must exercise care in our assumptions.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Missional Perspectives 08, Evangelism

This article is still under construction

Tuesday
Mar012011

Christian Counseling and Pastoral Care - Introduction

This is the introduction and index to Pastoral Care and Counseling. It includes an essay that distinguishes Care and Counseling, and provides links to four distinct guides: Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling, and Weddings and Funerals

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Pastoral Care Resources

This is part of the Ministry Resource Guide on Pastoral Care and Counseling, which draws a distinction between general Pastoral Care and more specialized Pastoral Counseling. The resources listed below pertain to the general work of Pastoral Care, including spiritual and theological foundations, hospital visitation, crisis care, and listening skills.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Christian Counseling, Pastoral Counseling Resources

This is part of the larger Ministry Resource Guide on Pastoral Care and Counseling, which draws a distinction between general Pastoral Care and more specialized Pastoral Counseling. The resources listed in this guide pertain to the specialized work of Pastoral Counseling. It includes theological and theoretical foundations, dictionaries and reference manuals, comprehensive practice manuals, manuals for brief/short-term therapy, and special issues such as abuse, addiction, depression, marriage and family, suicide, etc. (separate guides are devoted to premarital counseling and grief work)

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Friday
Mar042011

Pre-Marital Counseling

This is part of the larger Ministry Resource Guide on Pastoral Care and Counseling, with a focus on Premarital Counseling. It includes resources on the counseling process, assessments (e.g. PREPARE), communication, finances, sexuality, and more.

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Friday
Apr012011

Pastoral Theology

Acknowledges the importance of theological clarity in ministry, and of theological revival in overcoming burnout. Includes both classic and contemporary authors who elevate the witness of scripture on the nature of ministry. Similar to the guide on Strengthening and Renewing the Ministry Call, except these are theologies in the technical sense. Highlights authors such as Anderson, Bonhoeffer, Peterson, Purves, and Nouwen.

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