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Resources for Church Leaders


Legal:

Your Nine Greatest Legal Risks: How to protect your church in an age of litigation by Richard R. Hammar.

The Ten Deadly Lawsuits: Your church may be more vulnerable than you think by Stephen Chawaga.

Safe at Church: Practical strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse by Beth J. Lueders.

Confronted with the Shameful: How you should respond—legally and responsibly—when a staff member is accused of child molestation by Mike Woodruff and Dennis Kasper.

Video Larceny: How your church can use the power of videos without breaking the law by Ginger E. McFarland.


Practical:

Ministers of Assistance: How pastors and office staff can make each other more effective by Edward Gilbreath.

To create a website for your own church or ministry here are some resources.


Counselling:

Resolving Problems From the Past: resolving issues.


Trends:

Small Churches Face Many Challenges by Larry Witham.
Small churches in America face "many challenges," including fewer men in the pews, once-a-week gatherings and few newcomers at services. Those are some of the findings of a study that interviewed 300,000 worshipers in 2,200 congregations of all faiths in the 50 states, "The Washington Times" reported. Released this week, the Congregational Life Survey found that half of all small congregations add up to just 11 percent of all worshipers. "This is probably the most profound reality facing congregations today," the report said. "Most congregations are small." In contrast, large congregations are just 10 percent of all the 300,000 houses of worship nationwide, but draw half of all worshipers. The study also discovered that small congregations face further declines in funding, supply of clergy and religious education, the "Times" reported. The report found that men comprise just 39 percent of the congregations, 56 percent of all parishioners attend only one service weekly and just 46 percent of worshipers had invited another person in the last 12 months. "Most...are not involved in small groups," the study said. A related project, "Pulpit and Pew," which surveyed clergy related to the representative congregation sample, discovered that only 45 percent of Americans identify as members of a denomination, and that as little as 20 percent of the population worships on a given weekend.


Events:

Leadership Network Events: Highly recommended!

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