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- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 17.99
What makes it possible for a church to reverse course from decline or stagnation into longlasting vitality? How can a church immigrate from a congealing present into a compelling future? What can a congregation do to experience continuous, deep change rather than just temporary, surface improvement? How does a person lead redevelopment? The three authors... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004; US$ 17.99
Untangling the day-to-day issues in our multifaceted lives can seem daunting. Time to sit quietly and reflect is rare. If we are fortunate, we have good friends or close family members with whom to talk things through and find clarity, but many times we feel isolated and lonely. As people of faith, we add another layer to our reflections when we wonder... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1994; US$ 22.99
Parsons and Leas have created an important tool for congregational leaders in this application of systems theory to evaluating a congregation?s life and readiness for change. Church leaders can explore the forces at work and examine the systemic implications in seven key areas: strategy, process, pastoral and lay leadership, authority, relatedness,... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 15.99
This book seeks to provide a way for pastors and other leaders to work together to get themselves emotionally unstuck and to help their congregations as systems get unstuck. Because many of our smaller problems are a product of the current paradigm shift, this book strives also to use ideas about problem-solving from Brief Systemic Therapy to shed... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 8.99
So You're on the Search Committee focuses on the experience of pastoral search committees and the unique role that laity in most denominations play in this crucial process. Because a change of pastors is, as Alban Institute founder Loren Mead puts it, a ?critical moment of ministry,? participation as a member of a search committee is a big investment... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 16.99
Hobgood examines new pressures on clergy that are emerging in the "post-Christendom era:" financial stresses; the effects of a conflicted and confrontational culture; the needs of an increasing number of people living broken or dependent lives; dysfunctional behavior on the part of pastors and parishioners; questions regarding clergy respect and job... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2001; US$ 20.99
Since its inception, the Alban Institute has earned a reputation as a leader in addressing congregational conflict management issues through its research, consulting services, educational events, and particularly its publications. Drawing on this rich heritage, the first title in our new "Harvesting the Learnings" anthology series gathers 20 classic... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1997; US$ 15.99
Although spiritual growth occurs within an individual, Ware explains that it is the calling of the congregation to be a community of support and encouragement. Indeed, it is amidst the support of a group that an individual learns how to live out personal faith. Ware provides a very practical and accessible model of spiritual formation for self-directing... more...