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Infographic: Online Giving

Is online giving right for your church? This infographic will help you decide.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: Active Network


Book Excerpt: The Catalyst Leader

In the “The Catalyst Leader,” Brad Lomenick, President of Catalyst, a movement purposed to equip and inspire young Christian leaders through events, resources, consulting and community, identifies the eight essentials and key characteristics of a Catalyst leader for leading well now and over the next 20 years.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ChurchCentral.com


Sample chapter: The Healthy Church

Can an ordinary church become an uncommonly healthy church Absolutely. But it won't happen automatically. Many average, ordinary churches allow their health to deteriorate to the point that they no longer have the heart to grow strong again. How do some churches fend off this heart deterioration to become uncommonly healthy churches?

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: ChurchCentral.com


Leading from the Old Testament E-book

Adapted from Leading from the Lions’ Den, by Tom Harper, this free e-book provides one key leadership principle from every book of the Old Testament. In this special easy-to-read format, each one-page chapter contains a timeless principle, key verse and...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ChurchCentral.com


Church Health Survey Questionnaire

The Church Health Survey aims at helping you discern strengths, weaknesses, attitudes and perceptions in your church.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ChurchCentral.com


Church Health Survey Report 2010

It is our prayer that this Church Health Survey will help you lead your church to be healthy in the areas of worship, evangelism, discipleship, ministry, prayer, and fellowship. Read today to assist in making crucial decisions regarding the future of your church.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ChurchCentral.com


Scheduling Solutions Made Easier for Churches

A host of software tools are available to assist facilities managers and business administrators in scheduling space, but they're not all created equal. Learn about different types of management software that can help ease the burden of scheduling.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Cool Solutions Group


Book Summary: Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams

How You and Your Team Get Unstuck to Get Results. Why does a group of smart leaders so often create a less-than-smart team? Author Roger Schwarz answers this question.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever

Even seasoned leaders fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Your Volunteers

Nothing can propel your ministry further and faster than thriving volunteer teams.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Execution is the Strategy

How Leaders Achieve Maximum Results in Minimum Time. In today's world of rapid, disruptive change, strategy can't be separate from execution - it has to emerge from execution. You have to continually adjust your strategy to fit new realities.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary - What Great Brands Do

Spotting an exceptional brand is easy, but building an exceptional brand is one of the most overwhelming and elusive challenges organizations face. In What Grant Brands Do, author Denise Yohn identifies seven key principles that the world's top brands consistently live out.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Simply Managing

Managing beyond the myths. We are now overled and undermanaged. Instead of distinguishing leaders from managers, we should be seeing managers as leaders, and leadership as management practiced well. It is time to recognize that managing is neither a science nor a profession.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: The Myths of Creativity

There is a mythology that surrounds creativity. Cultures develop myths when they can’t rely on existing knowledge to explain the world around them.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Transformational Groups

In Transformational Groups, authors Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger share their hearts for community. The authors have developed nine steps to community through decades of pastoral leadership, countless small groups, and multiple research projects.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Spiritual Leadership

Moving people on to the God's agenda.Holding a leadership position in a Christian organization does not make you a spiritual leader. Nor does working a secular occupation preclude you from being a spiritual leader at your workplace.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Relational Intelligence

In Relational Intelligence, author Steve Saccone presents a framework he defines as relational leadership, of whom Jesus Christ is the ultimate example. Saccone challenges us to become what he calls a “relational genius,” one who seeks to master the art of relationships.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Decisive - How to make better choices in life and work

When it comes to decision-making, what’s “spotlighted” will rarely be everything we need to make a good decision, and we won’t always remember to shift the light. Sometimes we’ll forget there is a spotlight at all, dwelling so long in the tiny circle of light that we forget there’s a broader landscape beyond it.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Church Transfusion

Authors Neil Cole and Phil Helfer believe that we have allowed the world to co-opt and corrupt the true and vital expression of life in Christ and substitute it with the same old religious system found everywhere else in the world.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Prodigal Christianity

In the familiar parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), Jesus tells of a son going off “to the far country” and losing his inheritance through excessive and wasteful living. The outpouring of the love of the father on the...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Judgment on the Front Line

Judgment on the Front Line: How Smart Companies Win By Trusting Their People. In Judgment on the Front Line, authors Chris DeRose and Noel Tichy assert that too many organizations do too little to tap into the intelligence, creativity, and experience of their frontline workers.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Just Lead!

Just Lead is a welcome guide for women who feel called to lead but need help to learn what it takes to break the “stained-glass ceiling.” Sherry Surratt, CEO of MOPS International, and Jenni Catron, executive director of Cross Point Church, are two experienced leaders who have served in a number of capacities in churches and organizations.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Protégé

God is raising up a generation of young ministry leaders – protégés – who need guidance in their calling to serve and lead people in the pursuit of God. These protégés need our help.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: The Accidental Creative

Creativity expert Todd Henry believes that the tag “creative” applies to far more people than just advertising gurus and design studio staff. According to Henry, if you’re responsible for solving problems, developing strategies, or otherwise straining you brain for new ideas, you are a “creative” – even if you ended up being one accidently.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: The Five Most Important Questions

For years, most nonprofits felt that good intentions were by themselves enough. But today, we know that because we don’t have a bottom line, we have to manage better than for-profit business. We have to have discipline rooted in our...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


World's Largest Churches - Leadership Network Field Study

North America has some 1,650 churches that match the widely accepted definition of a megachurch: a Protestant congregation with 2,000 or more average weekly attendees (both adults and children) at all services and physical locations. That’s roughly 1,625 in the...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Leadership Network


Book Summary: The Performance Factor

Leaders in today’s organizations must be able to build effective teams, start stalled ones, and fix broken ones. Leaders wanting to become a master mechanic of team effectiveness must understand what lies “under the hood” of a high performance team.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: The Leadership Challenge

For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader. Based on authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s extensive global research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Conversational Intelligence

Conversations are not what we think they are. We’ve grown up thinking they are about talking, sharing, information, telling people what to do, or telling others what’s on our minds. We are now learning, through neurological and cognitive research, that a “conversation” goes deeper and is more robust than simple information.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Less Clutter, Less Noise

Many times, conventional wisdom about communications and marketing is just wrong. It mass markets, forces-feeds, and assumes people are just waiting to hear what you have to say. Are you unknowingly falling victim to believing five myths about getting the word out?

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Better Together

Based on solid research and practical experience, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work provides a hands-on guide so that lead churches and joining churches can each understand the issues, select an appropriate model, and develop strategies that will create a positive, healthy merger.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Church Unique

Will Mancini’s Church Unique serves as a map that will help you discover and live a vision that creates a stunningly vision in your unique church culture and ministry setting.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Visual Leaders

Visual Leaders explores how leaders can support visioning and strategy formation, planning and management, and organizational change through the application of visual meeting and visual team methodologies organization wide—literally “trans-forming” communications and people’s sense of what is possible.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: The Leadership Pipeline

This is an era in which the demand for leadership greatly exceeds the supply. The aggressive attempts to recruit outsiders suggest that most organizations’ leadership pipeline is inadequate. Everyone seems to be fighting over a relatively small group of stars who tend to move from organization to organization.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: The Ten Faces of Innovation

The Ten Faces of Innovation is a book about innovation with a human face. It’s about the individuals and teams that fuel innovation inside great organizations. It’s a book about new roles people can play.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service, accomplishes the same thing – an amazing look “behind the curtain” of the magic that Disney delivers in the area of customer service.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: On the Verge

The church in the U.S. is facing a twofold problem: Strategic Problems and Missionary Problems. We are all competing in the known church space for diminishing returns while the majority of the population remains largely unreached.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Simple Church

Many of our churches have become cluttered – so cluttered that people have a difficult time encountering the simple and powerful message of Christ. So cluttered that many people are busy doing church instead of being the church.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: The Back of the Napkin

Any problem can be made clearer with a picture, and any picture can be made using the same simple set of tools and rules.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Tribes by Seth Godin

Widely acclaimed marketing guru Seth Godin has written a manifesto for those people who are born to do more than influence. Tribes is a book for anyone who just has to lead.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book summary: Midnight Lunch by Sarah Miller Caldicott

According to Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison and author of the new book Midnight Lunch, Edison viewed true collaboration as a value creation continuum.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Southeast Christian Church’s growth chart since 1962

Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. has seen steady growth since its founding more than 40 years ago. This chart shows weekly worship averages, weekly Bible study attendance, new additions, general fund offerings and special building fund amounts.

Type: Fact Sheet

Sponsor: Southeast Christian Church


Book Summary: Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley thinks every church should be a church irreligious people love to attend. When he and a small group of dedicated leaders founded North Point in 1995, they were the only church around designed to capture the imaginations of unchurched people.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Knowing When to Re-evaluate your Organizational Structure

The scenario is all too common: Your church’s children’s ministry is spread too thin, and your worship team is feeling overstretched. Your staff is facing burnout, and it seems like even the smallest decisions become battlegrounds.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Leadership Network


Book Summary: The Present Future

The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church. The Present Future is written for congregation leaders, pastors, and church staffs as “polemical volume” aimed to provoke “conversations that lead to action, to risk, to rediscovery of mission.”

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book Summary: Creature of the Word

n twelve chapters, the authors provide practical steps toward forming a Jesus-centered church whose goal is to have its theology, culture, and practice completely saturated in the gospel.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


Book summary: Center Church, by Timothy Keller

You'll learn from Tim Keller about how to live in the middle space between theology and culture, letting both of them significantly shape the way you do ministry.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano


The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches 2013

Trends Driving the Budgets and Staffing Activities of North America’s Biggest Congregations.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Leadership Network


How Large Churches Are Preparing Financially for 2013 - Infographic

Despite 50% of large churches being slowed by the Great Recession that has marked North America since 2008, a majority of large congregations met or exceeded their budgets in 2012, and most have seen offerings increase over that same time period.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: Leadership Network


Insanely Simple, by Ken Segall (Book Summary)

Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple – it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. Learn the Powerful Lessons of Simplicity. Ken Segall was the creative director at several ad agencies, working for big-name tech companies...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Auxano



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