Leadership Development

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.


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...


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: Collaborating In Covenant

Deborah Kirk

5/16/2018

"The blessing of a caring community will be realized in countless ways." — Debby Kirk


Finding Significance as a Small Church

The Parish Paper

3/1/2018

March 2018—Volume 26, Number 3                      Copyright @ 2018 by Cynthia Woolever Imagine a company with more than 300,000 small retail outlets, which are locally owned and supported. Their presence is so evenly distributed geographically that every county in the U.S. has one or more outlets—in some cases, even dozens of outlets. Almost all own their facilities and attract millions of volunteers. If such an enterprise existed, it would be widely recognized as a success story of unmatched...


18 Questions for 2018

The Parish Paper

1/1/2018

Tim Shapiro, from the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, believes that vibrant congregations exhibit a commitment to increasing congregational capacity. As demands on congregations grow, clergy and laity struggle to “maintain agency over their problems rather than the problems having hold on them.


Does Our Pastor Need a Job Description?

The Parish Paper

12/1/2017

Serving a church without a written job description is like embarking on a long trip without a road map.


Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry

The Parish Paper

11/1/2017

After thirty years of service, the pastor of Community Pine Church retired. For the majority of members, he was the only church pastor they had ever experienced. Lay leaders quickly formed a search committee to get started on finding an interim pastor. Any step that might delay them seemed a waste of precious time. They feared the months between pastors could deplete resources and members’ energy. After some discussion, the committee produced a vague document about the congregation and the kind ...


Equipping Volunteers Builds a Strong Community Church

The Parish Paper

9/1/2017

Sociologist Joshua Packard describes an emerging population he calls the “dones.” They are “spiritual refugees” from organized religion who were once long-time members, but who pass through the exit door of the church and never look back. Though many reasons exist for their departure, a significant theme is the feeling of being of ignored or underutilized. “It's hard for me to be just a passive worshiper,” one of Packard’s interview subjects said. “I've got to do things. That's how I understand ...


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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

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Nancy Taylor

Sally Tomasetti

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Todd Weir

John White