Susan Beaumont: Policies, Performance, and Personnel

Most congregations have some version of a personnel committee, or believe that they are supposed to. The practices surrounding these committees vary widely and are driven by denominational polity differences.  Denominations use different labels to refer to the human resource…

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Ask Alban: The Personnel Committee

Q: What is the purpose of a personnel committee, and what is it supposed to do? A: The personnel committee has the potential to be one of the most helpful or most dysfunctional committees at work in the life of…

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Ministers Managing Time

Managing your time as a minister just may be the single most difficult issue you face. The problem of managing ministerial time has a long and not always hopeful history. The minister’s need for Sabbath rest, time away from the…

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CENTERview: Social Networking and Congregations

A recent YouTube video titled “Social Networking in Plain English” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a_KF7TYKVc) claims networks are only as valuable as the people and connections one can see. If I think about real “friends” and connections in my life this makes perfect sense….

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Ministering to the Soul of a Community

Congregations are born from a generative spark of interaction between stories of faith and stories of place. Some person or group looks out on a particular landscape and says, “There should be a church—or there should be a congregation of…

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Congregations Magazine, May-Jun 2002

Self-Care: The journey from burnout to authenticity Contents IN FOCUS: Good-Enough Self-Care Alban Institute consultant Jacqueline J. Lewis reminds clergy to head the true self Committing to Mutuality Pastor David J. Wood speaks with Eugene Peterson about how collaboration with…

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