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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Congregational Leadership in Anxious Timesby Peter L. Steinke

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2006; US$ 17.99

    Anxious times call for steady leadership. When tensions emerge in a congregation, its leaders cannot be as anxious as the people they serve. To remain effective, congregational leaders must control their own uneasiness. With this book, internationally respected consultant Peter Steinke goes deeper into the requirements of effective congregational... more...

  • Leading Change in the Congregationby Gilbert R. Rendle

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007; US$ 16.99

    Many books have been written about leadership and change, but until now none has focused on the kind of change that tears at a community's very fabric. Alban senior consultant Gil Rendle provides a respectful context for understanding change, especially the experiences and resistances that people feel. Rendle pulls together theory, research, and his... more...

  • 40 Days and 40 Bytesby Aaron Spiegel; Nancy Armstrong; Brent Bill

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004; US$ 15.99

    "Today we are awash in computerized Bible games, pastoral care software, and church management systems with members? personal information and giving records," observe authors Spiegel, Armstrong, and Bill, but "too often we blindly accept and use technology without asking the big questions. Questions like, is it appropriate to our mission and ministry?"... more...

  • Becoming Barnabasby Paul Moots

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004; US$ 15.99

    Western culture has made a cult of success, and the church has accepted the larger culture's definition, focusing on success as growth in membership and budget, rather growth in faithfulness as disciples of Jesus. When we do not measure up, we become discouraged, disillusioned, and perhaps even envious. Moots details numerous examples to show how the... more...