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Judicatory Niches and Negotiations

Under denominational pressure to grow churches and membership, middle judicatory executives wrestle with the question of how much of their resources should go to strengthening congregations attracting and holding their... read more >

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The Role of Judicatories in Interpreting Denominational Identity

National denominations expect regional judicatories to actively promote denominational loyalty among their congregations. However, members of congregations are increasingly divided in their sense of loyalty to the denomination and its... read more >

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Subtly Proactive: Judicatories and Their Congregations

Church members today will not be coerced or treated as subservient. Church pastoral leadership must now be oriented toward influencing, directing, coordinating, and guiding the thought and behavior of persons... read more >

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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.... read more >

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Experiments in Finding Clergy for Small Parishes

This is a companion piece to the report written by Adair T. Lummis (here), and needs to be read side-by-side with it. Drawing from his experience working with clergy, judicatories,... 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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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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