by Lawrence Peers on May 14, 2018
Some voices linger like echoes in the chambers of the church. We hear them again and again, sometimes with greater clarity than we heard at first. The voice of Loren Mead should continue to echo among us who care about the mission of congregations and seek to be people of faith in the world.
by The Consultants on May 11, 2018
Loren B. Mead 1930—2018 Loren B. Mead, founder of the Alban Institute, died at home in Alexandria, Virginia on May 5, 2018. We are grateful for Loren’s wisdom and persistent energy. He invented many new ways to help congregations by consulting with them, learning about them, and sharing insights and ideas generated in the […]
by Dan Hotchkiss on May 7, 2018
Planning only matters if it makes a difference to your congregation’s work. If, after a weekend of planning, staff and volunteers wake up Monday morning and do just what they did before, then all your planning was for naught. Grand statements of mission and vision have no value unless someone turns them into action steps.
by Susan Beaumont on April 30, 2018
In our culture, power accrues more easily to men than women, so women need to be especially savvy about how to use their power. But instead, women leaders often undermine themselves.
by Sarai Rice on April 23, 2018
As a strategic planner, I encourage congregations to look for places where their gifts and skills can meet the particular needs of their neighbors. As a human service provider, I watch my clients trudge all over town, piecing together services they need. I worry that despite our good intentions, sometimes congregations make life harder for […]
by Lawrence Peers on March 24, 2018
In a time when polarized opinions are rampant and vigorously defended on social and other media, we need to intentionally invite each other to show up at congregational meetings with more than our opinions.
by Dan Hotchkiss on March 19, 2018
If you are an exceptionally bright, talented, attractive person, you can energize a congregation quite a bit by doing everything yourself. But if you want to make more happen than you personally can lead, you need to learn to delegate.