Revitalization: Stories and Practical Ideas for Congregational Renewal

Revitalization: Stories and Practical Ideas for Congregational Renewal

Revitalization: Stories and Practical Ideas for Congregational Renewal

This resource list was developed to supplement the Center for Congregations workshop Revitalization, led by author and pastor Molly Phinney Baskette in September 2015. The Center’s mission is to strengthen Indiana congregations by helping them find and use the best resources to address their challenges and opportunities. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at

Phinney Baskette, Molly. Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can, Too. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2014.
This book is a how-to guide in church renewal for those wanting practical steps they can take immediately in the realms of outreach and growth, spiritual formation, stewardship, children’s ministry and so much more.

Phinney Baskette, Molly. Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2015.
This book is a devotional testament to the importance of vulnerability and authenticity before God; it is a how-to manual for incorporating this practice into any mainline church; and it is an anthology of powerful first-person testimonies of sin and grace, beautifully told.

Friedman, Edwin. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. New York, NY: the Guilford Press, 1985.
Friedman aptly applies family systems theory to communities of faith, demystifying essential terms like triangulation and the non-anxious presence so that pastors and leaders can more easily understand how they are at work in their own setting.

Kotter, John. Leading Change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012.
Kotter is one of the widely acknowledged greats in regard to organizational change, and his concepts, particularly his 8-step process to leading change, are particularly applicable to church settings. One of the most helpful secular resources for enacting adaptive and technical change for church vitality.

Christopher, J. Clif. Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2015.
Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate is a practical guide to running better stewardship campaigns. Learn what the best nonprofits already know about strategic fundraising, put into a faithful Biblical context.

The Center for Progressive Renewal
743 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Center for Progressive Renewal offers online courses (including Church Renewal 1.0 and 2.0 taught by Molly), Netflix-style streaming webinars on a range of revitalization topics, in-person and remote coaching for churches and pastors, and a tremendous annual conference, the National Church Leadership Institute.