"The Baptist General Convention of Texas received a $1 million implementation grant from the Lilly Endowment to participate in its national initiative to address economic challenges facing pastoral leaders.
Read "America's New Ministers" including Christ Episcopal Church's Katie Runde story. She does art during the day and plays saxophone at night and on Sunday she gives the sermon or listens to another lay leader. [[Cover story]
How To Hire Consultants For a Faith Based Organization
Because faith-based institutions are unique, they rarely benefit from consultants who offer prepackaged presentations that feature generic data and lead to predictable conclusions. In Trust created this resource to... read more >
Capturing true need through listening and observation. Chances are good that your institution needs to change in some way if it’s to thrive (or even survive). You know it. You embrace the idea. But you don’t know what to do, or even where to begin. Join visual anthropologist and filmmaker Marlon Hall and a community of other Christian leaders for this five-week online course as we move step-by-step through the process of learning from a community, which is the foundational step to engage in innovative ministry.
Growing Young, February 23, 2017. Like most ministry leaders, you’ve probably heard ominous reports of the demise of faith all around us. From the disillusionment of young people to the aging of the church to the rise of the “Nones,” the list is long and disheartening. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if there are bright spots breaking through the clouds revealing energized congregations brimming with young people?
Leading Your Congregation in the Midst of Change February 16, 2017. Leaders of global businesses report that the challenges they face are less predictable than before and the knowledge they have acquired is less reliable. Religious leaders often feel the same way. How do religious leaders and our congregations face these challenges and act with confidence?
How does your congregation find staff? Many congregations spend much energy selecting the best clergyperson. Sometimes the match is wonderful. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. A lay leader told me not... read more >
Thriving Teams: Promoting Good Leadership, Creativity and Accomplishment
Center for Congregations Workshops Feb 2, 2017 Thriving Teams: Promoting Good Leadership, Creativity and Accomplishment. Imagine building and thriving within a community of people whose gifts, talents, and skills are valued; a community which is able to manage and lead through conflict and collectively takes risks to accomplish the mission and realize the vision of the congregation.