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Best Resources on Congregational Administration
Guidance for Church Administrators
The Center for Congregations promotes faith community vitality by providing consultation, resources and educational events to congregations in Indiana. From its extensive work on the front lines of faith community leadership and practice, the center has developed in-depth knowledge and practical resources related to congregational issues, including the range of tasks that make up administration. The material is useful for congregations all over and is available on the center's website, and in the sections highlighted below:
Using Resources is a set of guidelines to help you get the most out of common congregational activities, including administrative tasks such as conducting educational events, working with contactors and consultants, strategic planning, assessing your facilities and using congregational management software and technology.
Congregational Stories are summaries of real-life congregational experiences including administrative topics, from planning and building facilities to implementing technology to managing revitalization programs and stewardship campaigns.
Workshop Resource Guides are provided to supplement the center's workshops and include administrative topics regarding bringing change to your church, repairs and building campaigns, finance, and mobilizing volunteers.
Staff Writing for Outside Publications is an archive of articles written by the center’s staff, many of which address church administration from either a theoretical or a practical perspective. Three examples: Best Practices for using Computers in Congregations; Choosing Technology that Forwards Mission and Ministry; and Leaky Gutters and Sacred Spaces: Practical Tips for Facility Repair.
Computer News offers a range of reports addressing specific topics related to the use of computers in the local congregation. Topics include content management systems, working with Adobe, podcasting, dealing with computer security and spam, using video, managing Web content and more – including an archive of the center’s newsletter, Computer News You Can Use.
The Sacred Space Building Resource Guides provide resource materials that can help congregations reflect on, plan and enact sacred-space renovation and building programs.
The Hartford Institute for Religion Research conducts research into how religious life is practiced in the United States in order to identify and track emerging issues and assess significant changes. A number of the institute’s publications and reports address congregational administration, making a perusal of the site a valuable endeavor.
Faith Communities Today (FACT) is a cooperative research endeavor by more than two dozen faith communities, schools and religion researchers who have developed a common panel of study questions to assess faith commitments and practices across the spectrum of U.S. religious communities. Findings are published in FACT reports that address key areas of congregational life.
Scenes From Holy Week
Encouraging Youth To Engage and Study Theology
Duke Expands Research on America's Religious Congregations
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