As a companion to the groundbreaking Congregational Resource Guide, an online resource produced by the Alban Institute and the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, this book is an invaluable resource for congregational leaders. It puts the rich array of important congregational resources into context by examining the key books, organizations, Web sites, and people that will help leaders gain an understanding of important issues facing their faith communities.
The book features overviews on 10 topics of crucial importance for congregations, written by experts in their fields, including:
Resources and Resourcing by John Wimmer
Building Issues by Ryan D. Hazen
Faith and Money by Dan Hotchkiss
Evaluation by John Janka
Leadership by Paul C. Chaffee
Crossing Cultural Boundaries by Jacqueline J. Lewis
Lay Ministry by Jean Morris Trumbauer
Congregational Health by Thomas F. Fischer
Community Ministry by Amy L. Sherman
Preaching by G. Lee Ramsey, Jr.
This book also offers annotated lists of selected resources on each topic to encourage congregational understanding and transformation.