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  • The Once and Future Pastorby William Chris Hobgood

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 13.99

    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...

  • Conflict Management in Congregationsby David B. Lott

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2001; US$ 17.99

    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...

  • Connecting to Godby Corinne Ware

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1997; US$ 13.99

    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...

  • Cooperating Congregationsby Gilson Waldkoenig; William Avery

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 15.99

    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$ 17.99

    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...

  • Can Our Church Live?by Alice Mann

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 14.99

    Nothing on earth lives forever?not even congregations. Alban Institute senior consultant Alice Mann explains how the natural life cycle of a congregation, as well as other internal and external factors, can produce a congregation that is in real trouble. She then offers hope for congregations that want to change. Practical options for congregations,... more...

  • Who Is Our Church?by Janet R. Cawley

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2006; US$ 16.99

    After congregations have considered their history, added up all the statistics, and tried to be honest about their core values, the question still remains: "Who are we, really?" Author Janet Cawley offers a creative, engaging, and faithful way to answer just that question. Cawley demonstrates how to use a congregation?s knowledge of itself to construct... more...

  • Total Ministryby Stewart C. Zabriski

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1995; US$ 13.99

    Used successfully in Episcopal dioceses and congregations, Total Ministry describes a new way for local congregations (especially small ones) and judicatories to organize their response to God's call and to provide resources, support, and encouragement for ministry-a way that is not dependent only on full-time, seminary-trained, ordained leaders. more...

  • New Life through Shared Ministryby Judith A. Urban

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2013; US$ 17.99

    In New Life through Shared Ministry, Judith Urban creates a pathway for building a shared ministry system. She assists readers in transforming their congregation into one where members are invited into volunteer ministry; people are matched according to their gifts and interests with ministry opportunities; volunteers are offered support, training,... more...

  • The Graceful Exitby Mary C. Lindberg

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2012; US$ 16.99

    Pastors say goodbye to congregations. Sometimes their goodbyes are timely and sweet; sometimes they are jarring and painful. But as they leave, they face a unique journey of grief, one shaped by their role. They face both the outward grief of leaving people behind and the inward grief of leaving an identity behind. In The Graceful Exit , Lutheran... more...