Perspectives for Congregational Leaders

The Congregational Consulting Group, organized in 2014 by former consultants of the Alban Institute, is a network of independent consultants. We publish weekly thoughts on topics of interest leaders of congregations and other purpose-driven organizations.

—Dan Hotchkiss, editor

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Loren B. Mead, founder of the Alban Institute

  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 […]

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Vision

Why SMART Goals Are Sometimes Dumb

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.

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How Do We Best Serve Our Neighbors?

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 […]

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How to Delegate So Things Get Done

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.

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