Free Resources 

Alice Mann’s recent paper, The Smaller Congregation—Pathways in Challenging Times, is  a free download, thanks to Congregational Resources. Mann is a noted author and senior consultant with Alban Institute. Her paper describes five general options for churches that find themselves at a crossroad. She quotes David Raymond and refers to his research on collaborations. This paper, however, is more pessimistic about possibilities for congregational transformation than ChurchFuture.

Kelly A. Fryer & Tana Kjos have a free eBook, titled Five Big Ideas that Will (Probably) Shape Your Work in the Emerging Future.  They start out by saying “The wheels are coming off—this is the end of business as usual.”

ChurchFuture often uses case studies to show how congregations actually have transformed. One example that graphically illustrates how change can be implemented is this 10-minute video about St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Chicago, which transformed from a dying inner-city church to a thriving multiracial congregation.

“You keep the meetings on schedule, keep people on task and close with a sense of accomplishment. May your tribe least those with your skill.  I have wrung my hands in so many church meetings as too many hours have been spent bogged down. Keep on doing what you're doing. Make sure you use us as a reference for your counsel work. Bless you.”

 Dave Eby, Lay LeaderCentral Community Church, Minneapolis