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When a Judicatory Can Intervene to Promote Church Change

Congregations are open to judicatory influence at key moments: at the change of a pastor, in times of church conflict, in the planning and execution of regional activities and programs,... read more >

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The Relationship Between Congregations and Middle Judicatories Part 2

In this essay, church researcher Loren Mead summarizes the way each of eight dynamics affects how a particular congregation may understand its place on a continuum of relationship to its... read more >

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The Relationship Between Congregations and Middle Judicatories Part 1

The relationship between a congregation and its regional body is almost always problematic, but the specific problem is hard to predict. In this paper, researcher Loren Mead introduces eight key... read more >

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Vibrant Institutions Foster Transformative Leaders

Vibrant institutions foster dynamic cultures within themselves that nurture the diverse gifts of the people who pass through them, helping develop the virtues, skills and perspectives that make transformative leadership... read more >

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Dealing with Loneliness and Leadership

Clergy and judicatory executives know that leadership can be a lonely and isolating experience, and the higher a person climbs in an organization, the greater the risk of isolation. This... read more >

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Measuring Leader Effectiveness Collaboratively

Evaluation of clergy leaders is often a formal process that engenders a measure of self-justification and anxiety among those being evaluated, because there is an inherent sense that the purpose... read more >

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Measuring Organizational Success Collaboratively

Effective evaluation recognizes that programs and organizations grow by experience. An organization is most effective when its stakeholders periodically reflect on their collective experience and on ways their organization can... read more >

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Generational Differences Change the Way Congregations Function

Younger clergy differ from their elders in several key respects. Younger clergy do not assume power comes from position, nor do they ascribe authority to denominational higher-ups. They are more... read more >

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The Generation Gap May Be Smaller Than Many Suppose

Generational differences do exist. The WWII generation puts a high emphasis on honesty and loyalty in the context of expecting leadership to be authoritative and relationships to be hierarchical; Baby... read more >

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Stories of Hope for Faith Communities

The resurrection announces to the world and confirms for Christians that God provides abundant gifts. Here are stories of hopeful and hope-filled communities that provide innovative ministry to reconnect readers... read more >

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