Pastors:

  • Ministers use in-depth survey by Research Services to share the joys and travails of their calls and lives, Eight-part series on their nearly 5,000 responses begins Sept. 20: Click here
  • 8 Steps 4 Change: Steps Required to Transition a Church, Bob Whitesel (article): Click here
  • Articles on Pastoring by Karl Vaters: Click here
  • The new church jobs emerging and the skills needed, 3/2021 (PCUSA article): Click here
  • Money Problems We All Loose Sleep Over, 5/2021, (recorded webinar, also a podcast, from Barnabas Foundation): Click here
  • Sabbatical Articles, (Alban Institute/Duke): Click here
  • Sabbatical grants available for new worshiping community leaders, 5/2021 (PCUSA): Click here
  • Preaching Labs (PCUSA): Click here
  • JustPeace (UMC resource for mediation and conflict transformation of The United Methodist Church. There are resources to purchase as well as free articles and videos. The booklet Engage Conflict Well is free to download): Click here
  • Columbia Theological Seminary program to support clergy in crisis: Click here
  • Navigating the Maze of the Unique Compensation and Tax Aspects of Ministers, 5/11/2021, 12:00 – 1:00pm (PRC webinar): Click here
  • Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry (Pittsburg Theological Seminary): Click here
  • How I Recovered From Burnout: 12 Keys To Getting Back, Carey Nieuwhof (Blog article):  Click here
  • Navigating the Maze of the Unique Compensation and Tax Aspects of Ministers, 5/2021 (PRC webinar): Click here

 

Leadership:

  • Leadership article from Congregational Consulting Group: Click here
  • Leaders Have Two Jobs, 9/2021 Church Juice article: Click here
  • The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Click here
  • Leadership articles from The Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Click here
  • Leadership best practices from The Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Click here
  • The Reclaimed Leader podcast with Jason Tucker & Jesse Skiffington: Click here
  • How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season, Susan Beaumont, 2019 – How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going is a practical book of hope for tired and weary leaders who risk defining this era of ministry in terms of failure or loss. It helps leaders stand firm in a disoriented state, learning from their mistakes and leading despite the confusion. Packed with rich stories and real-world examples, Beaumont guides the reader through practices that connect the soul of the leader with the soul of the institution.

 

Preaching:

  • Dr. Tom Long offers up a master class on ‘ministry for a new normal’, 9/2021 article: Click here
  • Opportunities to Train and Strengthen Preachers, 10/6, 11/1, 12/3 (Synod of the Covenant webinars): Click here
  • The preacher’s power to persuade – Synod of the Covenant webinar helps preachers to marshal their rhetorical chops each week (85 minutes, recorded webinar): Click here

 

Suggested Resources:

  • How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon ($13.49) by Frank A. Thomas, introduction by William J. Barber II – This book is laid out to be helpful for preachers working on sermons during difficult times. Mainly the author explores the idea of “moral imagination and diabolic imagination” and lays the groundwork for prophetic preaching. In addition, the author explores several speeches and sermons by Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Prathia L. Hall. The goal is to help a preacher or leader develop their own voice in this area. The author led a webinar for PRC about the book; you can register to watch the recording by clicking here.
  • Finding Words for Worship: A Guide for Leaders ($25) by Ruth C. Duck – If you are working on writing your own liturgy, this book would be very helpful. Instead of liturgy already written out, this book teaches how to find your voice in designing liturgy for worship services. Though published in 1995, the information is not outdated and can be adapted to the times we live in. The author takes a leader seeking to write their own liturgy through the process including the process itself, finding images to help, and the different forms of prayers. The final chapter focuses on “Bringing It All Together.” This work could be used by individuals seeking to write their own liturgy or read separately and then used by a worship team to craft a service together.