Congregational Leadership, Discernment, Change and Development Resources

Congregational Leadership, Discernment, Change and Development Resources

Book Resources

  • Barton, Ruth Haley. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. Intervarsity Press, 2006.

  • Barton, Ruth Haley. Leighton Ford, and Gary A. Haugen. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

  • Barton, Ruth Haley. Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups. IVP Books, 2012.

  • Friedman, Edwin H. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. Guilford Press, 1985.

  • Hahn, Celia. Uncovering your Church’s Hidden Spirit. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 2001.

  • Lomasson, Sandra. “Tending the Communal Soul in a Congregational Setting” in Still Listening: New Horizons in Spiritual Direction, ed. by Norvene Vest. Morehouse, 2000.

  • Lott, David B. Conflict Management in Congregations. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 2001.

  • Rendle, Gilbert. The Multigenerational Congregation: Meeting the Leadership Challenge. Alban Institute, 2001.

  • Shawchuck, Norman and Roger Heuser. Leading the Congregation: Caring for Yourself While Serving the People. Abingdon Press, 1993.

  • Standish, Graham H. Humble Leadership: Being Radically Open to God’s Guidance and Grace. Alban Institute, 2007.

  • Steinke, L Peter. Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach. 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.

  • Taylor, Barbara Brown. Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith. Harper San Francisco, 2006.

  • Vest, Norene, ed. Still Listening: New Horizons in Spiritual Direction. Morehouse, 2000.

  • Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace. Abingdon Press,1996.

  • Weaver Glick, Sally. In Tune with God: The Art of Congregational Discernment. Faith and Life Resources, 2004.

Online Resources

Marg’s passion and knowledge for the material was so engaging, she seamlessly integrated questions to the material and inspired me to reflect and better my skills. Marg is gentle, knowledgeable- a guiding light. I would recommend her anytime.

Workshop Participant


Betty’s wisdom, gained from many experiences of organizational life, shaped her working with us – and yet, her skills at listening and hearing what was being said allowed us to feel that our experience of the consultation was very honouring of context and not formulaic.

Professor and Vice Chair, McMaster University, Department of Family Medicine

We have had so many participants, myself included share how they have applied the concepts that Marg taught in our ministry and in our personal relationships. Marg honoured each person and extended such love and grace throughout her teaching and time with us.

Director, Celebrate Recovery Canada

With great skill and insight into the dynamics of group interaction, Betty’s leadership resulted in a decision concerning building renewal that was unanimous, and an agreed direction for the future. Her ability to facilitate a complex process was one of, if not, the best I have experienced in my 20 + years in education.


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