Church Growth and Vitality

Many Voices One Mission: Ministry As Art

Susan Townsley

12/5/2018

"A minister needs time to think creatively and playfully." — Susan Page Townsley


How to Develop Habits for Well-Being

The Parish Paper

11/1/2018

Seminaries and social work programs often ask their students to create a self-care plan. Not only does this send a message about self-care while pursuing a degree, ordination, or certification, it also makes clear that self-care is a life-long commitment for those who serve the church and others.


Many Voices One Mission: Actions Matter, Now

Pam Arifian

10/31/2018

"The interconnectedness of justice issues and climate impact means that your action at every level matters." — Pam Arifian


Many Voices One Mission: Exciting Stewardship

Charles Kuchenbrod

10/31/2018

"The stewardship committee often is placed in the church trustee/finance budget constellation of people. It belongs in the deacon/faith formation constellation of people." — Charlie Kuchenbrod


Many Voices One Mission: More Frequent, More Intense

Donald Remick

10/3/2018

"And churches stay on the ground, involved in helping people find their way into a new normal, long after the news crews have moved on to the next disaster or lead story." —Rev. Don Remick


Don’t Disagree, Deliberate: How to Lead Community Conversations in Your Church

The Parish Paper

10/1/2018

The church is no stranger to controversy. Chapter 15 of the Book of Acts describes a heated debate among the apostles at a gathering in Jerusalem. Should Gentiles be welcomed as Jesus’ followers or only Jews who kept Moses’ law by getting circumcised? When they resolved the matter, the letter they sent out to the churches acknowledged God’s work in the midst of disagreement: “For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us,” they wrote, that even non-Jews should be welcomed (Acts 15:28). Yet...


Many Voices, One Mission: Viability

Jonathan New

9/5/2018

"Churches are closing and it’s time to break the silence." — Rev. Jonathan New


Checking Up on Clergy Health: Assessing the Cost of Sacred Work

The Parish Paper

9/1/2018

Many people feel called to their work and respond to job demands in ways that reflect a sense of vocation. But do we expect clergy to perform their calling with even greater devotion and sacrifice? Because clergy define their work as sacred, taking care of themselves may always be a lower priority. One writer describes the high cost of sacred work in this way: “if your backdrop is burning bushes and having a child at age ninety, or if it’s bumping into an angel with premarital plans for you . . ...


Inviting, Informing, and Including Newcomers

The Parish Paper

7/1/2018

In the 1950s, a new church start pastor challenged every member to invite two newcomers each month. Members enthusiastically committed to such a plan and the pastor’s wife, feeling a special call to grow the children’s ministry, regularly prayed for new babies to be part of the church’s growth. No one was more surprised than she was when half of the young couples in the congregation became pregnant that year! Although this was not an intentional church growth strategy, growing families primarily...


Many Voices, One Mission: Paying Attention

Martha Goodman

6/20/2018

"High touch—paying attention—reduces these anxieties." —Martha Goodman


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Authors

Dawn Adams

John Allen

James Antal

Steve Aucella

Andrea Ayvazian

Margaret Bendroth

Patricia Berry

Rachel Bickford

Marisa Brown-Ludwig

The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Sarah Buteux

Alison Buttrick Patton

Kelly Jane Caesar

Matthew Carriker

Susan Cartmell

Bart Cochran

June Cooper

Lucy Costa

Brendan Curran

Joanne Dickey

Rev. Rob Donaldson

Robert Everett

Justine Fisler

Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

Michael Frady

Kelly Gallagher

Thomas Gerstenlauer

Deborah Gline Allen

Martha Goodman

Polly Hamlen

Sir John Hargrave

TJ Harper

Myriam Hernandez Jennings

John Hudson

Elena Huegel

Jamie Green Klopotoski

Dennis Knight

Debbie Kolacki

Kate Layzer

Dirkje F. Legerstee

Amy Lignitz Harken

Mark Longhurst

Estelle Margarones

Elsa Marshall

Keith Marzilli Ericson

Debi Mastroni-Kenyon

Jessica McArdle

Lynne McDonald

Fred Meade

Karen Methot

Kim Murphy

Jonathan New

Brenda Nolan

Amelia Nugent

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Lindsay Popper

Judy Raymond

Donald Remick

Eleanor Richardson

Rev. Valeria Schmidt

Carol Steinbrecher

Timoth Sylvia

Nancy Taylor

Sally Tomasetti

Tiffany Vail

Wendy Vander Hart

Todd Weir

John White