How to Hit the Ground Running: A Quick-Start Guide for Congregations with New Leadership

Designed for new clergy, this workbook walks you from one month prior to arrival through the first 18 months.

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The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management

This book weaves the realities of congregational dynamics and faith-centered purpose together with practical, proven approaches to business management.

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Overview of Church Size Theory

Free PDFs and an MS PowerPoint presentation about how church size effects the culture of a congregation.

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The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders

This book explores how individuals need to play both the leader and follower role adeptly to be most effective.

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So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive

This 232-page book examines the impact of peer group participation on pastoral leaders, their families, and their ministries.

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A Study of the Effects of Participation in SPE Pastoral Leader Peer Groups

Scientific evaluation of the impact of Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) – initiated peer groups, published by Austin Presbyterian Seminary.

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Pastoral Leadership: How to Develop Leaders and Motivate Your Team

Downloadable PDF of a MS PowerPoint presentation on developing leadership capacities in yourself and others; it also describes the benefits of gathering 360º feedback.

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Pygmalion Effect Training Activity

A case study approach to discussing expectations and their repercussions as a group, available free online from CRM Learning.

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Becoming the Pastor You Hope to Be: Four Practices for Improving Ministry

Recommends four practices for new clergy: soliciting feedback, seeking mentors, engaging with peer groups, and examining your public role.

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“Style Matters”: The Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory Online

For $6.95, you can take this assessment online and receive a detailed conflict styles profile.

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