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  • New Beginningsby Roy M. Oswald

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1989; US$ 16.00

    Roy Oswald, who ministers to pastors with great compassion, perceptiveness, and skill, now brings eight more years of field experience to an updated edition of "New Beginnings." Important new material includes: More wisdom about how to take care of yourself in the midst of the stress of transition...how to get clear about your role in your new parish...how... more...

  • Redeveloping the Congregationby Mary Sellon; Dan Smith; Gail Grossman

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 18.00

    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...

  • From Stuck to Unstuckby Kenneth A. Halstead

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 15.00

    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...

  • So You’re on the Search Committeeby Bunty Ketcham; Celia Allison Hahn

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2005; US$ 8.00

    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...

  • The Once and Future Church Study Guideby Gilbert R. Rendle

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1995; US$ 15.00

    The Once and Future Church Study Guide: Transforming Congregations for the Future (Once and Future Church Series) more...

  • The Once and Future Pastorby William Chris Hobgood

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 17.00

    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...

  • Conflict Management in Congregationsby David B. Lott

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2001; US$ 20.00

    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...

  • Connecting to Godby Corinne Ware

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1997; US$ 16.00

    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...

  • Cooperating Congregationsby Gilson Waldkoenig; William Avery

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 19.00

    Based on an intensive study of five cooperative ministry ventures, this thought-provoking book looks at how each takes a unique approach in addressing its own mission context. From rural ministries in North Dakota and West Virginia, to ambitious community development projects in Alabama and Maine, to intensive urban mission in Milwaukee, these engaging... more...

  • Temporary Shepherdsby Roger S. Nicholson

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 20.00

    Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minster and congregation. Lay leaders of congregations preparing for such a transition will value the expert guidance provided by over a dozen experienced interim pastors. What is interim ministry all about? What needs to happen during the interim? What should leaders and... more...