Organizational Leadership

The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending information resources for all bishops.  Organizational Leadership focuses on specific resources related to essential leadership skills: 

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Problem Solving

when the bully is in the pulpit--or the pews

Four roles tend to emerge in a congregation when there is a bully in the pulpit—or the pews: the Bully, the Victims, the Enablers, the Bystanders, and the System. Preparing congregational members to identify and intervene when they see such behaviors is a first step toward changing the congregational culture so that members and leaders instinctively deter such behavior.


How to Hunt Down the Elusive Church Communication Budget

A church communication budget is a bit like a Sasquatch—you hear they exist and you hope they are going to be really big when you see one. Unfortunately, like this elusive creature, despite being hunted down across the globe, church communication budgets are pretty much non-existent. Many churches still don’t see communication as a true ministry. The reality is that supporting and budgeting your communication ministry is paramount to successful outreach, engagement and the biggest overall goal—spreading the Word and love of Jesus Christ.

A network of black farmers and black churches delivers fresh food from soil to sanctuary

The nonprofit Black Church Food Security Network helps congregations establish gardens and farmers markets on church-owned land. It also connects them with black-owned farms and urban growers throughout the mid-Atlantic, creating “pipelines for fresh produce from ‘soil to sanctuary.’”

“It’s All About the Building”

How can congregations imaginatively use their space? This podcast episode from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership features a conversation with Bob Jaeger, president of Partners for Sacred Places, about re-imagining the space in your church building.


Top 10 Reasons Visitors Don’t Come Back

What do visitors say when asked why they don’t return to a church? In this article from Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Thom Rainer outlines the top 10 responses when hundreds of guests were surveyed about their experiences of visiting a church.

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Rural Churches Can Thrive Beyond Numbers

Pastors are often led to believe that success in their congregations is contingent upon increasing worship attendance; however,in many small-church contexts, numerical growth is next to impossible. But that doesn’t mean that the pastors or the congregations are failures. This article is from Faith & Leadership.

If you want to tackle big problems, try thinking like a bee

New month. New day. New leaf. So you’ve woken up and decided you’re finally going to take on the big, big problem that’s been weighing on you — perhaps it’s shoring up your public libraries, helping homeless dogs and cats, or fighting climate change. Yet as much as you’d like to act, you’re stopped by some persistent, piping doubts: “Where do I start? And even if I do something, will it really matter?” Maybe it’s time to look elsewhere for inspiration — like the humble honey bee. They can show us that thinking small may be the best way to think big.


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