Announcement: Peer Learning Groups

Dear Colleagues: You do not need to be reminded that serving as an Intentional Interim Minister is challenging – and can be very lonely! Most people have no real concept of what we do, and this includes other ministers in the areas we serve. Interims have asked for a...

It’s time for action, but what action?

The latest research from the ongoing, multi-year, Hartford Institute study on American congregational life (FACT, 2015) confirms what most people involved in the life of a church already know. Most American congregations find themselves in a challenging situation:...

Do you need a church consultant?

by Rev. Chris Gambill, Ph.D. Fall is one of the seasons when the Center for Congregational Health staff typically sees an uptick in calls inquiring about church consulting. While it is often congregational conflict that prompts a call, there are many other situations...

November 9, 2016

by Beth Kennett Today, the Church—and any community that encourages belonging, love and acceptance—has an opportunity to boldly step into the present and lead the way into the future. Today, I embrace this idea more strongly than other days. Today, our nation, with...

Appreciative Inquiry–What is it?

Definitions of Appreciative Inquiry as shared on Appreciative Inquiry Commons at appreciativeinquiry.case.edu.   “Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves systematic discover of...