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Meeting needs of small parishes

Most judicatories have at least several congregations with open pulpits that cannot pay enough to attract a full-time pastor, and new clergy who resist opportunities to pastor small churches. In... read more >

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Large, Wealthy Congregations and Their Judicatories

In this essay, church researcher Loren Mead distinguishes between large congregations and wealthy congregations, noting that large is a contextual term, depending upon the churchs denomination, and wealthy churches are... read more >

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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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Training for Leaders of Christian Organizations

Leaders of denominational offices, seminaries, church-related colleges and other institutions that support local congregations need to be skilled in basic leadership and management practices, and encouraged to put all of... 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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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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