Tag Archives: bibliography

Resources on the Searching Stage

American Ethical Union, National Presence/Public Relations Committee. Publicity Handbook. 1994. Available from AEU Growth & Development Office. “Membership 101” — a basic membership workshop offered by members of the AEU Membership Committee. Contact AEU Growth and Development Office to set up a workshop in exchange for travel expenses and, in some cases, an honorarium. Assimilating New Members by Lyle Schaller (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1978) One of the best resources for membership growth in… Read More »

Life Cycle: Resources

Readings on the Life Cycle model: Martin F. Saarinen. The Life Cycle of a Congregation. Alban, 2001 revised edition. Alice Mann. Can Our Church Live: Redeveloping Congregations in Decline. Alban, 1999. Web links on the Life Cycle model:

Appreciative Inquiry: Readings

Appreciative Inquiry Reading List: Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: For Leaders of Change Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions: 21 Strength-Based Workshops The Power of Appreciative Inquiry (Bk Business)  

Planning: Readings

For the planning process, these are some of the helpful resources you might consult: Basics: Courageous Visions: How to Unleash Passionate Energy in Your Life and Your Organization – a planning process is outlined in this basic OD text Embarking on Strategic Planning for Small Congregations: Mission, Visionn and Values – from the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Going Deeper: Planning: Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations Article: Congregational Readiness… Read More »

Conflict: Readings

Below are some readings that some have found helpful in Ethical Society contexts. Article: Finding the Optimal Level of Conflict – David R. Brubaker Conflict Management in Congregations: “Conflict Management in Congregations harvests the collected wisdom of many of the key thinkers on this topic, including such past and present Alban consultants as Speed Leas, George Parsons, Margaret Bruehl, Gil Rendle, Alice Mann, and Roy Pneumann. Much of the material found here… Read More »

Congregational Change: Readings

Below are some readings some have found helpful in an Ethical Society context: Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good) – Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey Leading Change in the Congregation: Spiritual & Organizational Tools for Leaders – Gil Rendle Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society – Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph… Read More »

Governance – Readings

Some resources on governance: Note: Alban.org has recently closed their site.  Some articles may be available by searching for the title and/or author on Bing.com or Google.com. Doing Good Better!: How to Be an Effective Board Member of a Nonprofit Organization — this is currently out of print, though new copies are available at a significant discount, as are used copies. The Art of Governance – a short article on the role… Read More »

Twelve Keys – Books Recommended

The basic book to understand this model: Twelve Keys to an Effective Church: Strong, Healthy Congregations Recommended: Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, The Planning Workbook: Strategic Planning for Mission Going deeper: The Twelve Keys Leaders’ Guide: An Approach for Grassroots, Key Leaders, and Pastors Together – includes guidance on how to use the 12 Keys material, and on congregational dynamics