What characteristics are necessary for effective congregational leadership in the 21st century? If you asked that question in the 20th century you might get responses like: has a firm, take charge attitude or has the ability to get people to follow your vision for the church. Or maybe, has the ability to keep everyone satisfied. I remember sitting through a couple of interviews over the years where these very traits were lifted up as ones I should have as a pastor. I didn’t think so then and I still don’t. I find focusing on these traits puts the emphasis on the leader and what he or she is and embodies. That’s not where our focus should be in the church. The number one focus of...
Rev. Susan M. Lang, owner of RevWriter Resources, LLC., is a church consultant, coach, and author offering resources and leadership support for your congregation or ministry setting.
I see myself as a consultant and coach who doesn't come with predetermined answers or plans. Instead I walk alongside your congregation or judicatory to draw out the ministry possibilities that the Holy Spirit is birthing in your setting. Tell me what you'd like to accomplish in your leadership retreat or seminar and, as a writer and developer, I'll craft something to address your specific goals.
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On Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., I will be facilitating a seminar on the model of mutual ministry presented in Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work. It will be held at New Hanover Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville, PA. Here’s a link to registration information If you have questions or would like a brochure feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Networked: The New Social Operating System, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and Barry Wellman, sociology professor and director of NetLab at the University of Toronto,[i] talk about how the internet is changing us and our relationships. They say that people no longer seek membership in groups as they did in the past. Rainie and Wellman coin the term “networked individuals” to describe how we now prefer to connect digitally to a variety of social networks and search engines to acquire information. The new trend towards networked individualism has tremendous ramifications for congregations, because in the early to mid-20th century, congregations were one of the most recognized and highly accepted social groups to which people belonged. This...