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Congregational Life: Volunteers, Teams, Leaders & Outreach: Leading through Change / Conflict

tools for empowering leadership, developing joyful, informed volunteers and supporting effective teams which strengthen outreach and hospitality

Adult Books

Brave Church     CHURCH AFTER: Finding transformation in unexpected change by [Mitchell Hall, Anna]     Climate Courage          15014. sy475      The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us Cover Image     Did That Just Happen?!     Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis     Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community by [Clayton L. Smith, Matthew J. Schoenfeld]     Picture of And He Saw That It Was Good     How to Have an Enemy          In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World     In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World     Just Us     Lead from the Outside     Leading with Love     The Lightmaker's Manifesto: How to Work for Change without Losing Your Joy     Picture of Love Is the Resistance     Make a Move: How to Stop Wavering and Make Decisions in a Disorienting World     Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age     Mission Rift: Leading through Church Conflict     The Peacemaker's Path: Multifaith Reflections to Deepen Your Spirituality     Saving Grace by Kirsten Powers     The Space Between Us     Teaching in a World of Violent Extremism by [Eleazar S. Fernandez]     To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope     The Water Defenders

Curricula/Training/Webinars

CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:

  • White Too Long: A Webinar with Robert Jones from the Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology

  • Curating Change in Your Church (with Brian McLaren)​​​​​​​

The Faith+Lead Learning Lab is a place to listen, learn, innovate, and grow. Join other spiritual leaders in grappling with real-world challenges and discoveries of ministry in the 21st Century.

Reimagining Our Common Ground for the Collective Good

The church - every church - faces new challenges, imagining what church looks like moving forward from 2020. The Courageous Church Online Summit, dives into leading questions on vision, identity, leadership, and hope, hearing from leading voices and provocative thought leaders on the next best steps for a vital progressive faith movement. 

Cover for Right Questions for Church Leaders, Volumes 1-4

Right Questions For Church Leaders, Volumes 1-4

Leaders do not need answers.
Leaders must have the right questions.

Thriving Beyond COVID is a scripture-based small and large group study that will encourage, inspire, and challenge members and get them in a positive frame of mind for your post-COVID journey. Challenges can be managed with faith and a plan. This two-minute video is an introduction. A leader guide, small and large group participant guides, as well as videos are available for free download here.

LeaderWise CrossForm.2021.jpg     How and who is your community called to be in the upcoming new time?

LeaderWise's CrossForm is a unique cohort experience that joins a team of 5 leaders from your church with other churches across the country who are asking the same question. Embrace transformation with this guided, intentional process that honors both the inward and outward journey.  Find complete information at LeaderWise.org.

NEXT Church

BREAKING, BLESSING, BUILDING

A Call For The Common Good

The NEXT Church National Gathering explored necessary breaking, gracious blessing, and essential building.

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Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

How Do You Know When It's Time to Go?

by Cindy Halvorson with Susan Miller

Part 1: Internal Factors

Part 2: External Factors

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Episode 86: “Daring to Think Forward in a Time of Accelerating Change” featuring Dwight Friesen

How can churches get ahead of the curve by learning to anticipate change rather than always responding to change after the fact? Dwight Friesen shares ways to cultivate the imagination and skill set needed to think forward.

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Rev. Lee Ann Pomrenke offers reopening and revamping insight and tips - both personal and congregational - in A Hard Factory Reset: Big Life Changes Made During the Pandemic.

In Coming to Peace, Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble shares a list of requirements for the process of moving through conflict in ourselves, our families, and groups; developed by Buddhist spiritual teacher Isa Gucciardi's and based on Indigenous practices of honest dialogue and self-reflection. 

Jessica Guleth wonders, "What does it look like for the voices of our youth to be invited in, heard and included in the ways we do for adults? What needs adjusting in our minds and hearts to see and hear them as members?" in The Future of the Church Is Young.

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Episode 84: “Cultivating and Nurturing the Pastoral Imagination” featuring Eileen Campbell-Reed

What is pastoral imagination? And how can it be nurtured by clergy and laity? We speak with Eileen Campbell-Reed about how clergy can cultivate and nurture pastoral imagination in order to address conflict, experience joy, and develop a deep, wise knowing.

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza reflects on The Deepening Divide and how it harms us all - and offers some gentle correctives.

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Eileen Campbell-Reed explains the importance of Cultivating Good Questions

~ing Podcast Episode 40: Pastoring during the Pandemic

Five pastors who have ministered during the pandemic sit down to discuss leading, growing, and being as people of God navigating a global pandemic together.

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Now Is the Time for Risk-taking Leadership by Bill Wilson

During the pandemic, many leaders were concerned primarily with avoiding risk. Bill Wilson says we are now entering a time in the life of the American church that cries out for creative risk taking that puts aside personal preferences for the sake of the gospel.

Announcing: The New Normal

Springtide Research Institute is a wealth of research-based information for boundaries and best practices for youth and young adult ministries. The New Normal: 8 Ways to Care for Gen Z in a Post-Pandemic World is but one example.

Let people know who you are, engage in civic discourse, and identify as networked within your community: get inspired by leaders from Alexandria, MN here.

Richard Rohr asks leaders to become - or make room for - Becoming Wise Fools.

Brian McLaren's, The Five Electorates in 2020 is essential reading for understanding the "other"; see also Recognizing Our Biases.

Children's Books

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