Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

by Christian Smith, Patricia Snell. Many congregations lament the loss of those between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three in their congregations. Sociologist of Religion Christian Smith and Professor Patricia Snell engaged in five years of research that followed teenagers Continue reading Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

Ministry Development Services

Ministry Development Services Formerly Career And Personal Counseling Service Guiding and nurturing ministerial candidates, church professionals, and individuals from a number of denominations through the process of career and life planning. Programs Lay Programs Adults, College Students, High School Students Adults: Considering a job change? Continue reading Ministry Development Services

Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication

by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones Whether you speak from the pulpit, podium, or the front of a classroom, you don’t need much more than blank stares and faraway looks to tell you you’re not connecting. Take heart before your audience Continue reading Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication

A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

by Edwin H. Friedman Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman’s insights into leadership are more urgently needed than ever. He was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of Continue reading A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix

A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope

by Peter L. Steinke We resist change less when we associate it with mission and fortify it with hope. So argues longtime congregational consultant Peter Steinke in his fourth book, A Door Set Open, as he explores the relationship between the Continue reading A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope

Central Online

Reaching new and different people, in new and different ways WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: As a vibrant, growing United Methodist congregation in Concord, North Carolina, Central UMC did not want to simply remain comfortable where they were. In 2012, Senior Continue reading Central Online