Congregational Resources

Search & Call Resources:

Please visit our Web Page dedicated to Search & Call listed separately on the menu on the left side bar of the Regional Church’s Web Site.  Topics and Resources include: Ending a Pastoral Ministry; Beginning a Pastoral Ministry; Guidelines and Procedures for Search Committees; Congregational Profiles; Writing Your Congregational Narrative, and The Interim (Period of the Life of the Church) Minister.

Church Life:

Please consider contacting your Regional Minister, Rev. Chris Morton, if you would like to think about the Local Church where you worship and serve, and how he might partner with you in considering the future — some of the resources that he has used with other Local Churches include the following:

Five Generations – Graphic
HOPE Partnership Church Life Cycle
Org Life Cycle – Decline or Renewal VS S Curves
Religious vs Spirituality – Technical vs Adaptive
The Groan Zone
Purpose of the Church
WHY — Find Your Why to Get Unstuck
World Cafe – Cafe-To-Go-Revised

Other Resources that you may find helpful include:
Letter of Call and Compensation Calculator Spreadsheet
Minister’s Evaluation Tools Page
2021 – Ethical Guidelines for Congregational Conduct

Church Property:

Below are some articles that may be helpful if the Local Church is considering making their building available for others to use — either as an outreach ministry, or as a source of revenue:

Two Churches – One Roof – Christianity Today
Brotherhood Mutual Resources re building
Christian Dos and 5 Dont’s for Using Your Church Building Well How To Share Your Building Without Losing Your Church
SpringHouse Covenant – ELCA, UMC, and DoC Worshiping Communities Share One Building in Minneapolis
Winterization Services – Disciples Church Extension Fund (pdf)