How Your Congregation Learns: The Learning Journey from Challenge to Achievement

Book, 2017, 167 pp
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Change isn't always easy or intuitive. How Your Congregation Learns introduces churches and leaders--both lay and ordained--to the process of the learning journey. By understanding learning dynamics and working to become a learning community, the congregation will be able to move more purposefully to achieve its goals.

Congregations face many kinds of challenges. Some are mundane: the roof leaks; the parking lot needs repaving; the microphones don't work well. Some tests are transcendent: How should lives be honoured? What is God calling the congregation to do and be? How can generosity be taught? Throughout life people face challenges for which they are not prepared--the death of a parent, a new job offer, making a decision about where to live. So it goes that congregational leaders face challenges that are just beyond the grasp of their abilities. This book addresses the just-beyond-the-grasp challenges and shows how real congregations can learn from them.

"In many congregations, the best ideas die on the vine or fizzle after the first try, because they exceed current capacity. But what if the daunting goal is to actually generate new capacity for effective mission, today and tomorrow? 'Learning to learn' is the key to unlocking new strengths in congregations - even the smallest ones - and this book reveals how this powerful and sacred process actually works" - Alice Mann
GenreAcademic Theory/Thesis, Item with Questions
PublisherAlban Institute

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