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Using Resources

Using Resources
Books are purposeful resources for congregations. Leaders use books as inspirational study, to learn about congregational life or to broaden perspectives on issues facing congregations. This article focuses on these latter two. Following are ideas… continue reading
Using Resources
Workshops, seminars and classes are incredible learning tools for congregations. They can provide inspiration, refreshed views and new concepts and ideas. Often, putting into action these innovative ideas and plans can get lost, forgotten or met… continue reading
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Emphasize the positive. Use affirming language. Look for the life-giving moments. Congregations are finding pathways to positive change through a variety of group processes that encourage supportive and uplifting actions involving the whole… continue reading
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The Center for Congregations offers a resource grants program that helps leaders address their congregations’ challenges and expand and enhance their work. A successful resource grant process involves discussion, planning, proposals, implementation… continue reading
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A construction project is a huge undertaking for a congregation. Plans, architects, contractors, blueprints, and budgets are just a few of the many intricate facets involved. Developing and maintaining a good relationship with the contractor who… continue reading
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Fundraising can be a touchy and difficult issue for congregations. Growth, expansion, remodeling, and repairs often require a religious organization to focus on the money necessary to most successfully continue its ministry and spiritual education.… continue reading
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What is strategic planning? Should we use a consultant? What can we do to be successful? This Using Resource piece explores strategic planning in congregations and offers recommendations, ideas, and resources to help achieve success. Click here to… continue reading
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How much longer will our roof last? Are we using the most efficient heating and cooling system? What are the first steps to begin the renovation process on that old education wing? Congregations are often full of questions about how to best maintain… continue reading
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Whether your congregation is large or small, young or well-established, you are using technology as a tool for ministry. Technology is part of our everyday lives and our spiritual lives are no exception. Check out this Using Resources piece on… continue reading
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Working successfully with an architect depends upon cooperation, thoughtful consideration, prayerful planning, research, and adherence to timelines and budgets. Although challenges are inherent to any architectural project, these barriers can be… continue reading
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Leading a community of faith is a complex process that includes not only spiritual issues, but more tangible matters as well. Fundraising, strategic planning, mission statements and goals are all part of the business that sometimes require… continue reading