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Alban Institute

Works: 168 works in 249 publications in 1 language and 8,168 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Handbooks and manuals 
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Most widely held works by Alban Institute
A new day for family ministry by Richard P Olson( )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A New Day for Family Ministry
Cooperating congregations : portraits of mission strategies by Gilson A. C Waldkoenig( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cooperating Congregations: Portraits of Mission Strategies
The pastor's survival manual : 10 perils in parish ministry and how to handle them by Kenneth Alan Moe( )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pastor's Survival Manual: 10 Perils in Parish Ministry and How to Handle Them
Scattering seeds : cultivating church vitality by Stephen Chapin Garner( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Scattering Seeds: Cultivating Church Vitality, Stephen Chapin Garner and Jerry Thornell share the story of their home congregation, the United Church of Christ in Norwell, MA. This average congregation has approached congregational life in a not-so-average way. Each congregant is seen as a minister, bringing the good news of Christ to the community; the church has moved away from boards and committees, instead utilizing the people to form ministry teams; and they have revitalized the way they approach and practice worship and education. Garner and Thornell don't claim to have the secret to
Congregations : the Alban journal( )

in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Personality type and religious leadership by Roy M Oswald( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining pastoral and behavioral science expertise, the authors spell out ways type and temperament theory illuminate the clergy role. Learn how to use the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types to recognize and affirm your gifts, work with your liabilities, and understand and accept those with whom you minister. ""Being a parish pastor is a very complex role. Our mission in this book is to make that task a little less complex and a little more fun by looking at our congregations through the lens of the MBTI.""--The authors
Five challenges for the once and future church by Loren B Mead( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book elaborates on these five challenges: To transfer the ownership of the church; to find new structures to carry our faith; to discover a passionate spirituality; to feed the world's need for community; to become an apostolic people
In search of the unchurched by Alan C Klaas( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What's working and not working in your congregation? You'll explore the factors that inspired and motivated changes to reverse decline as other congregations wrestled with the same issues you're facing: ministry to current members, ministry to the unchurched, worship, changing neighborhoods, and more
Leading change in the congregation : spiritual and organizational tools for leaders by Gilbert R Rendle( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 work with churches facing change to provide leaders with practical diagnostic models and tools. In a time when change is the norm, this book helps to ""lead change"" in a spiritual and healthy way
Discerning your congregation's future : a strategic and spiritual approach by Roy M Oswald( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on extensive consulting experience with congregations, the authors provide a step-by-step guide to congregational planning that grounds strategic planning techniques in a process of spiritual discernment. The result: members will own the vision and be eager to participate in the congregation's calling, life, and ministry. You and your planning committee learn the theory behind the techniques, along with receiving help for addressing specific situations
One bread, one body : exploring cultural diversity in worship by C. Michael Hawn( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a troubadour for global music and an instigator of cross-cultural worship for more than 15 years in a variety of denominational settings, including congregational, national, and international venues, Michael Hawn has observed many faithful people who find that a taste of Pentecost in worship is refreshing and invigorating. In One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship, Hawn seeks to help bridge the gap between the human tendency to prefer ethnic and cultural homogeneity in worship and the church's mandate to offer a more diverse and inclusive experience. He offers a rainbo
Completing the circle : reviewing ministries in the congregation by David R McMahill( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his second day as association minister for the United Church of Christ, David McMahill received three phone calls from lay leaders who were looking for resources on ""how to evaluate our minister."" He knew of several churches in which a poorly constructed process for evaluating the ministers had spun out of control, however, and had gradually come to believe it is probably better for a church not to attempt an evaluation process at all than to do one carelessly or to naively use a design intended for a secular organization. Based on the needs he saw, McMahill began to work with numerous co
Beyond the worship wars : building vital and faithful worship by Thomas G Long( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost every congregation is experiencing tension over worship. Many congregations have been participating in a renaissance of worship known as the ""liturgical movement"" and have reclaimed worship forms that have served the church for centuries. Yet because the church today is operating in a radically changed cultural environment, many people in our society do not understand liturgical worship and thus we must find language, music, themes, and images that speak to the unchurched, spiritually seeking person. In Beyond the Worship Wars, Thomas G. Long discusses the nine characteristics of vita
Becoming the pastor you hope to be : four practices for improving ministry by Barbara J Blodgett( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becoming the Pastor You Hope to Be unapologetically urges clergy readers to develop practices that will help them become more excellent ministers. A long-time field educator, now serving as a denominational staff person responsible for ministerial formation, Barbara Blodgett believes excellence is a matter of doing simple things with care and consistency. Ministers who commit themselves to excellence will grow and flourish, and even become happier in ministry. Blodgett urges ministers to resist praise and instead to ask for feedback, to seek the company of mentors who are better than the reade
Projects that matter : successful planning & evaluation for religious organizations by Kathleen A Cahalan( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Projects That Matter introduces project leaders and teams to the five basic elements of project design and describes in detail a six-step process for designing and implementing a project evaluation and disseminating evaluation findings. Written for the nonexpert, leaders in religious settings will find Cahalan's guidance clear and invaluable. Presenting evaluation as a form of collaborative inquiry, Cahalan show how leaders can use evaluation design to develop effective project plans and prepare case statements for donors or grant proposals for foundations. She introduces project planning and evaluation as mission-related practices and invites leaders to consider how their tradition's particular mission and beliefs influence the way they plan and evaluate. Cahalan concludes the book by making explicit her own theological presuppositions--that the virtues of discernment, stewardship, and prudence are essential for good project planning and evaluation. --
Single in the church : new ways to minister with 52% of God's people by Kay Collier Slone( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By the year 2000, 52% of the population of the United States over the age of 25 will be single. The implications of this prognosis for an institution such as the Church are enormous. The patterns of worship and program will require a radical shift away from the traditional nuclear family. In her book, Dr. Collier-Slone points out ways to engage the problem and does a tremendous service in lifting up congregations which have successfully begun to make this shift. Her book not only helps the leadership of congregations but also gives a reassuring new perspective to those who are living alone. - Pamela P. Chinnis, on back cover
New harmonies : choosing contemporary music for worship by Terri Bocklund McLean( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains audio tracks of musical selections representing the different styles discussed in the book along with voice-over introductions: downloadable data files of forms, and Adobe Acrobat Reader software for reading the appendix files
How to build a support system for your ministry by Roy M Oswald( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide : a guide to resources for building congregational vitality by Richard Bass( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ever-increasing number of resources compete for the attention of congregational leaders. With a seemingly endless number of choices, finding the best resource on a particular topic for a specific congregation is an often daunting challenge., is an invaluable companion to the groundbreaking online version of Alban Institute's and Indianapolis Center for Congregations' jointly researched and produced Congregational Resource Guide, launched in 2001 and accessed by thousands of seekers each week. The book conveniently and cogently puts the rich array of important resources into context by examining in depth, the key books, organizations, Web sites, and people that will help leaders gain an understanding of important issues facing their congregations. The book features ten overviews of important topics by widely recognized experts in their fields, including Amy Sherman on Community Ministry, Tom Fischer on Congregational Health, Lee Ramsey on Preaching, Paul Chaffee on Leadership, John Janka on Evaluation, and Jean Trumbauer on Lay Ministry. Each essay is accompanied by an annotated list of selected resources for researching further information. Helpful guides for using these valuable resources to promote and encourage congregational understanding and transformation are also included
Pursuing pastoral excellence : pathways to fruitful leadership by Paul E Hopkins( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Pursuing Pastoral Excellence, pastoral counselor and educator Paul Hopkins aims to help pastoral leaders make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of the people and communities they serve. The heart of this book is the stories of seven ordinary pastors whose leadership has become extraordinary. Their stories not only highlight important characteristics and practices that nurture fruitful pastoral leadership, but they invite readers to examine their own stories, to think about the value of longevity in ministry, and to enhance the enduring impact of their own pastoral leadership. H
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Leading change in the congregation : spiritual and organizational tools for leaders
Scattering seeds : cultivating church vitalityFive challenges for the once and future churchIn search of the unchurchedLeading change in the congregation : spiritual and organizational tools for leadersDiscerning your congregation's future : a strategic and spiritual approachOne bread, one body : exploring cultural diversity in worshipCompleting the circle : reviewing ministries in the congregationBeyond the worship wars : building vital and faithful worship
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