The In Between Church

Alban Senior Consultant Mann draws on her lengthy experience in helping congregations deal with the hurdles and anxieties of expansion or contraction in size.

Author: Alice Mann

Publisher: Alban Institute

ISBN: 1566992079

Category: Religion

Page: 107

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Alban Senior Consultant Mann draws on her lengthy experience in helping congregations deal with the hurdles and anxieties of expansion or contraction in size. Often, congregations experiencing size change do not recognize the need to change culture and form as part of the successful adaptation process. Mann details the adjustments in attitude-as well as practice-that are necessary to support successful size change.

Size Transitions in Congregations

The Alban Institute has long been recognized as a leader in size transition research and learning, and this anthology offers an in-depth collection of resources, through new articles developed for the book as well as previously published ...

Author: Beth Ann Gaede

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566996317

Category: Religion

Page: 172

View: 101

Congregations that seek growth are often frustrated at hitting a plateau-caught in a transition zone between sizes. The Alban Institute has long been recognized as a leader in size transition research and learning, and this anthology offers an in-depth collection of resources, through new articles developed for the book as well as previously published and highly regarded pieces that inform and provoke.

Raising the Roof

From preparing the congregation's board and members, selecting the person to guide the learning process, and recruiting the learning team, to creating and celebrating a plan for congregational learning and action, Mann provides all the ...

Author: Alice Mann

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566996155

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 191

Pastoral-to-program size change is frequently described as the most challenging of growth transitions for congregations. Now Alban senior consultant Alice Mann, author of The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations, addresses the difficulties of that transition in this resource designed specifically for a congregational learning team. Conceptualized and developed by Mann for an Alban on-line seminar program test event conducted with 12 congregations in transition, her newest book features a five-step process enabling the learning team to engage a wider circle of congregational leaders and members in study, discernment, and planning. Never-before published resources include discussion of a major new concept—passive barriers to growth—plus Mann's "System Change Index" tool to help congregations measure their progress from pastoral-size to program-size ways of operating. From preparing the congregation's board and members, selecting the person to guide the learning process, and recruiting the learning team, to creating and celebrating a plan for congregational learning and action, Mann provides all the resources a congregation needs to address this significant size transition period.

Can Our Church Live

Alban Institute senior consultant Alice Mann explains how the natural life cycle of a congregation, as well as other internal and external factors, can produce a congregation that is in real trouble.

Author: Alice Mann

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566994810

Category: Religion

Page: 167

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Nothing on earth lives forever—not even congregations. Alban Institute senior consultant Alice Mann explains how the natural life cycle of a congregation, as well as other internal and external factors, can produce a congregation that is in real trouble. She then offers hope for congregations that want to change. Practical options for congregations, leadership challenges for laity and clergy, and ways to work with denominations are detailed and engaging discussion questions provide a basis for congregational planning

Ending with Hope

Ending with Hope grows out of the understanding that although closing a congregation is in many ways about dying, it can also be about new life.

Author: Beth Ann Gaede

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566995167

Category: Religion

Page: 173

View: 580

Why is it we do funerals so well but often balk at even recognizing the death of a congregation? Couldn't we do grief ministry and funerals as well for social groups as we do for individuals?" challenges Gilson Waldkoenig, in his seminary classes. Waldkoenig, associate professor of church in society at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, contributes his special insights on the subject of church endings, in this unique and important book. Ending with Hope grows out of the understanding that although closing a congregation is in many ways about dying, it can also be about new life. Closing a congregation does not have to be about failure but can be about redirecting resources for new ministry. Contributors represent eight denominations and include more than a dozen pastors, lay leaders, judicatory staff, and others who have "been there"—who have helped congregations through the painful closing process. Resources include models for assessing whether a congregation should close; reflections on members' and pastors' experiences during closing; case studies; guidance for deciding what to do with a building; suggestions for selecting and preserving documents and artifacts; rituals for healthy closings; a survey of historical trends regarding closings; and other helpful materials.

The Impact of Church Consultancy

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Author: Ian G. Duncum

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532667957

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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This book follows the journey of ten churches who underwent church consultancies, and explores in depth both the consultancy and its outcomes. Pre-consultancy and post-consultancy "snapshots," four to five years apart, of vitality indicators and attendance figures (using National Church Life Survey and other data) are used to compare these with churches that have not undertaken church consultancies. Theologies of church consultancy, church health, and church growth are also developed and examined, intersecting with a wide body of literature, including contemporary ecclesiologies. Consultancy outcomes are examined in detail. This includes interviews with pastors of some of those churches, reflecting on their perceptions of whether and how the church consultancy impacted the health and growth of their church. Conclusions are drawn about the efficacy of church consultancy in influencing the health and growth of churches, as well as contexts for the best use of church consultancy. This is a significant book for denominational leaders, theological lecturers, pastors, and church leaders as they encounter lack of health in churches and seek ways forward for greater health and impact in their local communities.

Promise and Peril

Size transitions, structure changes, and conflict. 18 18% of total sample 9 50% of
total transition cases 5 55% of transition and conflict cases 4 45% of transition
and conflict cases Total number of congregations that experienced a size
transition ...

Author: David Brubaker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566996120

Category: Religion

Page: 169

View: 460

Congregations cannot exist without finances, priorities, leadership, worship, and decision making, yet these five aspects breed the most conflict between church members and clergy. These conflicts unfortunately tend to bring about the most negative consequences: drops in giving, resignation of leaders, and, perhaps most pointedly, loss of members. The importance of congregations and their effect on our lives is clear, yet what is less clear is what makes conflicts in faith communities inevitable. In Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations, David Brubaker brings the tools of organizational theory and research to the task of understanding the deeper dynamics of congregational conflict. With a doctorate in sociology and more than twenty years working with congregational conflicts, Brubaker helps to explore the causes and effects of conflicts on a wide range of congregations. This book will help congregations avoid the pitfalls of conflict and instead head toward a healthy relationship between and among church staff and members.

Informal and Incidental Learning During Congregational Leadership Transitions

Adults learn constantly through their experiences in communities and organizations.

Author: Anna Mitchell Hall

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Page: 456

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Adults learn constantly through their experiences in communities and organizations. Adult learning is heightened by organizational change, and congregations are frequently sites of such learning for members. The purpose of this study was to examine the informal and incidental learning of active congregants and whole congregations, in three Christian congregations as the congregations experience a pastoral transition, during the period between the exit of a lead pastor and the arrival of a successor. The questions that guided this study were: what informal learning occurs in congregants and congregations as they experience leadership transition?, what incidental learning occurs in congregants and congregations as they experience leadership transition?, and what roles do organizational characteristics such as structure, demographics, and stated theology play in the informal and incidental learning experiences of congregants during leadership transition? This qualitative case study of three congregations experiencing pastoral transitions consisted of interviews, observations, and document analysis and focused on exploring the presence, content, and dimensions of learning in individual congregants and congregations as whole organizations. The study found that informal and incidental learning were present throughout the lives of church members during the time of pastoral transition. All interviewees reported some informal and/or incidental learning during their experience of the transition. Religious life and practice, including presentations of information, interaction with others, self-directed knowledge seeking, and personal experiences in a congregation, were sources of informal and incidental learning about the congregation, denomination, and religion, about the pastoral search process, and the roles of pastors. Informal and incidental learning often added to or reinforced existing frames of reference but rarely changed those frames. The learning that occurred in the three congregations differed in ways that correlated with congregational characteristics such as structure, stated theology, size, denominational affiliation, and the processes and language used during the transition. Congregational learning could be increased and improved through organizational intentionality and structures designed to support this learning, including improving the learning climate in the congregation, using narrative work with members to aid their reflection on the experience, and convening small groups for critical reflection and dialogue throughout the process of pastoral transition.

Revitalizing Congregations

Researcher and seminary professor William Avery tells us the stories of six congregations (from different denominations, regions of the country, settings, sizes, and ethnic and racial makeup) that attempted to revitalize their mission ...

Author: William Avery

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 156699621X

Category: Religion

Page: 152

View: 982

Are congregations inevitably stuck during a change of pastoral leadership? Or are there ways they can take advantage of this interim to grow and set new directions? Researcher and seminary professor William Avery tells us the stories of six congregations (from different denominations, regions of the country, settings, sizes, and ethnic and racial makeup) that attempted to revitalize their mission during this critical time of change and transition. As Loren Mead explains in the foreword, however, Avery does not tell congregational leaders “the way” to transformation through an interim. Rather, he offers detailed snapshots of congregations and their leaders trying to work their way through this potentially difficult time. He also shows how a trained interim pastor can make a difference in the ensuing effectiveness of the congregation. “These are stories about how faithful congregations have attempted to build toward and discover a leadership model that works for them,” Mead says, “These are stories from which your congregation can learn much.”

Religion Past Present Chu Deu

L . and W . Hybels , Rediscovering Church : The Story and Vision of Willow Creek
Community Church , 1995 • C . Schwarz ... Size Transitions in Congregations ,
1998 • G . McIntosh , One Size Doesn ' t Fit All : Bringing out the Best in Any Size
 ...

Author: Bernd Janowski

Publisher: Religion Past & Present

ISBN: 9789004139794

Category: Religion

Page: 795

View: 900

English version of the 4th ed. : Key Features - Standard reference work in the field since the publication of its first edition in 1908 - Strongly international, cross-cultural and ecumenical: over 3,000 authors from 88 countries - Covers an unparalleled breadth of subject matter in theological and biblical studies - Up-to-date research findings and bibliographies make it an indispensable resource for all levels of users - Interdisciplinary: articles cover a wide range of topics from history, archaeology, liturgy, law, bible, music, visual arts, politics, social sciences, natural sciences, ethics, and philosophy - Short definitions and cross-references make for quick and easy searching.

The Myth of the 200 Barrier

"This is the best book I have ever read on congregational development!

Author: Kevin E. Martin

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426723318

Category: Religion

Page:

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"This is the best book I have ever read on congregational development! I wish I had written it." (Lyle E. Schaller, Parish Consultant) The common experience of large congregations getting larger and small congregations getting smaller has given rise to the belief that growing congregations tend to hit a barrier at the 150-200 attendance mark. The dividing line in American Church attendance is 150 people on an average Sunday. Churches below this seem to have a harder time growing. Above this, churches seem to have an easier time growing. Trying to grow a smaller church can feel like trying to break through what Martin calls the “200 barrier.” Martin explains that there is no barrier; there are just two different ways of being a church—the “Pastoral Size” church and the “Program” church. The “Transitional Church” is really a hybrid of these two cultures, and this dual nature produces stress and tension where the idea of a 200 barrier often becomes a self-fulfilling expectation. How does the Pastor Size church culture really work? What are the key elements of the larger American Church? How does this create a large church culture that becomes self-supporting? Martin looks at these elements and shows how the Transitional Church can avoid mistakes in their effort to grow “beyond the barrier,” and why transformation and change is so difficult. Drawing on sociological and anthropological studies about the significance of numbers in human organizations, Martin proposes practical steps that leaders of Transitional Churches will want to take.

Inside the Large Congregation

Beaumont is invested in helping large congregations 'rightsize' their leadership systems to better serve their ministry context. This book articulates why size matters and how it matters in the world of large congregations.

Author: Susan Beaumont

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566995612

Category: Religion

Page: 243

View: 268

For five years, Alban Institute senior consultant Susan Beaumont has been giving voice to the organizational and leadership demands of large congregations. Through her work, she has identified five basic leadership systems that need to stay in alignment for the large church to function well for its size: clergy leadership roles, staff team design and function, governance and board function, acculturation and the role of laity, and forming and executing strategy. She has also learned that these five systems operate with some important but subtle distinctions in what Beaumont calls the professional church (400-800 in worship attendance), the strategic church (800-1,200), and the matrix church (1,200-2,000). Often, she has discovered, problems in a large congregation are related to the fact that one or more of the five systems is inappropriately structured for the size of the congregation. In other words, the church isn t acting its size. Beaumont is invested in helping large congregations 'rightsize' their leadership systems to better serve their ministry context. This book articulates why size matters and how it matters in the world of large congregations. It is written for anyone who wants to better understand the leadership and organizational dynamics of the large church anyone seeking to understand the challenges of leading from inside the large congregation.

Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 2004

The Institute has long been a pioneer in identifying , researching and publishing
information about key issues in the religious world such as conflict management ,
clergy transition , leadership , worship and congregation size transitions .

Author: Eileen W. Lindner

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780687006663

Category: Religion

Page: 440

View: 170

Provides a wealth of information about North American churches. The Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 2004 is the 19th edition of an annual compilation of key information about denominations, churches, clergy, seminaries, and other religious organizations in the United States and Canada. The volume provides membership and financial statistics, descriptions of denominations, contact information for denominational offices, historical data, a directory of theological schools and ecumenical agencies, a calendar of religious holidays and festivals, and a listing of religious periodicals. The Yearbook is published with the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. The editorial focus for this volume is "Equipping Leaders: Theological Education." As in earlier volumes, the major portion of the book consists of statistical information, names and addresses, and brief descriptive paragraphs on various organizations. The 19th edition of the Yearbook again includes both a print and an online component. The database features full-text search capability with additional search queries and will be updated periodically throughout the year.

Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 2002

The Institute has long been a pioneer in identifying , researching , and publishing
information about key issues in the religious world such as conflict management ,
clergy transition , leadership , worship , and congregation size transitions .

Author: Eileen W. Lindner

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780687064359

Category: Christian sects

Page: 400

View: 166

This product is the seventieth edition of an annual compilation of key information about denominations, churches, clergy, seminaries and other organizations in the U. S. and Canada. The volume provides membership and financial statistics, descriptions of denominations, contact information for denominational offices, historical data, a directory of theological schools and ecumenical agencies, a calendar of religious holidays and festivals and a listing of religious periodicals. The yearbook is published with the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. This year's edition includes access to a database housed on cokesbury.com that will be periodically updated throughout the year.

When Moses Meets Aaron

Their combined experience in consulting and training with staff and leaders of large congregations proves invaluable in this manual for today's leadership demands.

Author: Susan Beaumont

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566996996

Category: Religion

Page: 261

View: 145

With the number of large congregations rising in the U.S., these congregations are increasingly dependent upon a greater number of staff to meet the needs of their diverse collection of members. As leaders of multi-staff teams, senior clergy must play the dual role of both Moses and Aaron—both visionary and detail-oriented leader—in order for their large congregations to thrive. They need to be skilled with the tools of human resource management, while at the same time setting a vision and inspiring both staff and congregation. Unfortunately, until now there have been few resources for senior clergy who lead multi-staff teams. Working without adequate models and tools, senior clergy of large congregations often find themselves with passionate, dedicated staff members who are moving in different directions, competing over limited resources and attention. They end up with questions of how to evaluate the performance of staff and direct their efforts. They find themselves using time, attention, and resources to care for staff rather than using staff as a resource to care for the mission of the congregation. Longtime Alban senior consultant Gil Rendle and Alban senior consultant Susan Beaumont have developed When Moses Meets Aaron to help clergy responsible for several-member staff teams navigate these unknown waters. They have taken the best of human resource practices and immersed them in a congregational context, providing a comprehensive manual for supervising, motivating, and coordinating staff teams. Rendle and Beaumont give both detailed and big picture guidance on hiring, job descriptions, supervision, performance evaluation, staff-team design, difficult staff behavior, and more. Their combined experience in consulting and training with staff and leaders of large congregations proves invaluable in this manual for today's leadership demands.

The Incidence of Tranference Between Primary Disputants in Severe Congregational Conflict

Each church size has been found to have unique dynamics of pastoral
leadership and interactions between clergy and ... Since there are clear
expectations connected with each congregational size , Mann asserts that during
size transitions ...

Author: Elizabeth Bates Johnson

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Page: 238

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Dissertation Abstracts International

Church size and age were determined to be intervening variables . The findings
of this ... A male traditional circumcision initiation rite is a religious act ; it provides
courage , and transitions boy from childhood to adulthood . Whereas hospital ...

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Church Music in Transition

Another contribution to church music , apart from hymns , made by the singing
school was the development of choirs . As the size and number of singing
classes increased , congregational singing was improved . The formation of
choirs was a ...

Author: William Loyd Hooper

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Church music

Page: 208

View: 753


Building Attendance

Groups often have difficulty making these size transitions . In a small rural church
, only four kids may come regularly . Getting to eight is as difficult for that group as
12 growing to 20 . or 50 to 70 in larger congregations . For example ...

Author: Scott C. Noon

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780931529849

Category: Church group work with teenagers

Page: 167

View: 149


Rural Churches in Transition

It is presented in such an organized fashion that every phase of the church is
evaluated . For example , there is ... Usually when a rural church enlarges the
size of its plant , in a very short all time it overflows the new building . With
adequate ...

Author: Carl Anderson Clark

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Rural churches

Page: 145

View: 793