Coeditors: Herb Miller, Lyle Schaller, Cynthia Woolever
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Newsletters

2017-2018

  • October 2017 - "Short-Term Mission Trips that Yield Long-Term Success" (140 kb PDF)
  • September 2017 - "Equipping Volunteers Builds a Strong Church Community" (119 kb PDF)
  • August 2017 - "What Promotes Hope?" (149 kb PDF)
  • July 2017 - "How Can We Help Immigrants?" (288 kb PDF)
  • June 2017 - "Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy" (245 kb PDF)
  • May 2017 - "Financing the Local Church: What Does It Cost?" (365 kb PDF)
  • April 2017 - "Small Is Big Again: Reclaiming Small Church Ministry" (320 kb PDF)
  • March 2017 - "Guide to Good Governance" (301 kb PDF)
  • February 2017 - "How Do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples?" (291 kb PDF)
  • January 2017 - "Conquering the Cutback Syndrome" (314 kb PDF)

2015-2016

  • October 2016 - "Keeping Up with the Pastor’s Pay: Trends behind Clergy Wages" (248 kb PDF)
  • September 2016 - "What Keeps Congregations from Implementing New Ideas?" (236 kb PDF)
  • August 2016 - "Multiple Roads to a Multicultural Congregation" (254 kb PDF)
  • July 2016 - "When Charity Brings Anything but Relief" (291 kb PDF)
  • June 2016 - "Making Congregations Greener" (245 kb PDF)
  • May 2016 - "How Do New People Hear about Your Church?" (364 kb PDF)
  • April 2016 - "How to Deal with Church Conflict" (242 kb PDF)
  • March 2016 - "What Numbers Matter for Congregations? Lessons from Five-Year Trends" (241 kb PDF)
  • February 2016 - "The Payday Lending Crisis: What Can Congregations Do?" (272 kb PDF)
  • January 2016 - "How Ministry Teams Get Things Done" (344 kb PDF)
  • December 2015 - "This Conversation--Again? Improving Church Communication" (277 kb PDF)
  • November 2015 - "Navigating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds" (293 kb PDF)
  • October 2015 - "New Models for New Churches: What Works?" (282 kb PDF)
  • September 2015 - "Can Congregations Reach Young Adults?" (280 kb PDF)
  • August 2015 - "How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors" (247 kb PDF)
  • July 2015 - "Congregational Strength Is Always Plural" (363 kb PDF)
  • June 2015 - "Could Lack of Curiosity Kill the Church?" (91 kb PDF)
  • May 2015 - "Seeking a Bivocational Calling for Pastors and Churches" (62 kb PDF)
  • April 2015 - "Finding God’s New Call in the Same Place" (228 kb PDF)
  • March 2015 - "What Churches Can Do to Increase Social Media Security" (403 kb PDF)
  • February 2015 - "How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Retirement" (354 kb PDF)
  • January 2015 - "Our Future Pastors: Assessing the State of the Pipeline" (211 kb PDF)

2013-2014

  • December 2014 - "How to Make the Most of a Consulting Process" (257 kb PDF)
  • November 2014 - "Should We Consider Closing Our Church?" (285 kb PDF)
  • October 2014 - "How Can We Prevent Suicide?" (399 kb PDF)
  • September 2014 - "Back to School: How Churches Can Partner With Local Schools" (399 kb PDF)
  • August 2014 - "Do Your Mission and Method Fit Your Size?" (225 kb PDF)
  • July 2014 - "What Type of Follower Attends Our Church?" (284 kb PDF)
  • June 2014 - "Caring for the Caregivers" (216 kb PDF)
  • May 2014 - "How to Welcome Children with Autism and Their Families" (285 kb PDF)
  • April 2014 - "eGiving: It’s about More Than Money" (231 kb PDF)
  • March 2014 - "When Less Is More: The Consequences of Clergy Turnover" (259 kb PDF)
  • February 2014 - "A Parable about Pastoral Leadership" (197 kb PDF)
  • January 2014 - "Big Ministry Trends for 2014" (274 kb PDF)
  • December 2013 - "Why a Sense of Belonging Matters" (266 kb PDF)
  • November 2013 - "E-newsletters: Worth More Than You Know" (232 kb PDF)
  • October 2013 - "Growth or Decline? 10 Key Questions about Worship Attendance" (253 kb PDF)
  • September 2013 - "Disaster Relief: Congregations in the Eye of the Storm" (259 kb PDF)
  • August 2013 - "Clergy Groups: Are They Worth the Investment?" (421 kb PDF)
  • July 2013 - "The Great Recession: Its Effects on Congregations and What We Learned" (354 kb PDF)
  • June 2013 - "Making Informed Decisions during Times of Change" (224 kb PDF)
  • May 2013 - "Important Conversations: How to Avoid the Sand Traps" (260 kb PDF)
  • April 2013 - "Oral Communication: How to Strengthen Our Effectiveness" (301 kb PDF)
  • March 2013 - "What Leadership Style Works in Our Church?" (367 kb PDF)
  • February 2013 - "Can You Downsize Staff Without Destroying Your Congregation?" (254 kb PDF)
  • January 2013 - "How to Avoid Pastor Burnout" (312 kb PDF)

2011-2012

  • December 2012 - "How to Use Our Five Senses to Experience the Wonder of Advent"   (458 kb PDF)
  • November 2012 - "How to Maintain Church Health in a Declining Population County" (375 kb PDF)
  • October 2012 - "Preventing Church Fraud" (359 kb PDF)
  • September 2012 - "Where Are the Unchurched?" (321 kb PDF)
  • August 2012 - "Keys to Growing a Small Church" (348 kb PDF)
  • July 2012 - "What Message Are We Sending about Giving?" (324 kb PDF)
  • June 2012 - "Mission Possible: More Men in the Pews" (521 kb PDF)
  • May 2012 - "How to Turn Bystanders into Active Disciples" (487 kb PDF)
  • April 2012 - "How Is Your Congregation's Health?" (124 kb PDF)
  • March 2012 - "What Type of Future Are We Building?" (260 kb PDF)
  • February 2012 - "How to Manage Change Resistance" (135 kb PDF)
  • January 2012 - "How to Perfect Your Leadership Triangle" (151 kb PDF)
  • November 2011 - "Should We Unleash the Power of Congregational Planning?" (164 kb PDF)
  • October 2011 - "Why Do Smart Churches Make Dumb Decisions?" (105 kb PDF)
  • September 2011 - "Why Do People Connect with Christ and a Congregation?" (253 kb PDF)
  • August 2011 - "How to Prevent Bad Behavior during Times of Change" (217 kb PDF)
  • July 2011 - "How to Select Quality Staff" (135 kb PDF)
  • June 2011 - "What Is the Pastor's Role in Church Finances?" (181 kb PDF)
  • May 2011 - "When Does Success Lead to Failure?" (138 kb PDF)
  • April 2011 - "Incoming Pastors: Building Smoother Transition Bridges" (187 kb PDF)
  • March 2011 - "Does a Congregation's Location Influence Its Effectiveness?" (176 kb PDF)
  • February 2011 - "Accomplishing Worthy Goals: Being Smart Is not Enough!" (189 kb PDF)
  • January 2011 - "What Is Your Unconscious Intent?" (289 kb PDF)

2008-2010

  • December 2010 - "Fifty Years Later: What Has Changed?" (161 kb PDF)
  • November 2010 - "What Are the Big-Picture Trends in Congregations?" (190 kb PDF)
  • October 2010 - "Why Are Worship Visitors Important?" (142 kb PDF)
  • September 2010 - "Planning for the Unexpected Financial Crisis" (173 kb PDF)
  • August 2010 - "How Much ShouldWe Pay Our Pastor?" (171 kb PDF)
  • July 2010 - "Should Our Congregation Use Internet Social Media?" (187 kb PDF)
  • June 2010 - "Why Does Mentoring Succeed and Fail?" (480 kb PDF)
  • May 2010 - "Generous Givers: A Product of Motivation and Methods" (262 kb PDF)
  • April 2010 - "What Can We Learn from the Emerging Church Movement?" (238 kb PDF)
  • March 2010 - "New Trends in Belonging" (402 kb PDF)
  • February 2010 - "Should We Fine-Tune Our Church's Internal Culture?" - (116 kb PDF)
  • January 2010 - "Become Comfortable with Conflict: Step One to Moving Beyond It!" (291 kb PDF)
  • Free Resources Opportunity (posted 10-7-09; 127 kb PDF)
  • December 2009 - "Are We a Leader-Sending Congregation?" (127 kb PDF)
  • November 2009 - "Seven Roads to a Multicultural Congregation" (156 kb PDF)
  • October 2009 - "Women Pastors: Are Our Assumptions Accurate?" (109 kb PDF)
  • September 2009 - "Do We Sing All Five Worship-Hymn Preferences?" (109 kb PDF)
  • June 2009 - "One Congregation: Many Locations" (133 kb PDF)
  • May 2009 - "Permanent Endowment Fund: Blessing and Temptation" (159 kb PDF)
  • April 2009 - "What Do People Want in Their Pastors?" (139 kb PDF)
  • March 2009 - "Going into all the World: Church Website Basics" (179 kb PDF)
  • February 2009 - "Should Our Congregation Offer More Choices?" (161 kb PDF)
  • January 2009 - "How to Identify Our Church's Unstated Assumptions" (166 kb PDF)
  • December 2008 - "Does Your Window Limit Your View?" (169 kb PDF)
  • November 2008 - "The Fun Factor Asset in Congregational Climate" (141 kb PDF)

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