Raising the Roof: The Pastoral-to-Program Size Transition

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Rowman & Littlefield, Dec 1, 2001 - Religion - 176 pages
Pastoral-to-program size change is frequently described as the most challenging of growth transitions for congregations. Now Alban senior consultant Alice Mann, author of The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations, addresses the difficulties of that transition in this resource designed specifically for a congregational learning team. Conceptualized and developed by Mann for an Alban on-line seminar program test event conducted with 12 congregations in transition, her newest book features a five-step process enabling the learning team to engage a wider circle of congregational leaders and members in study, discernment, and planning. Never-before published resources include discussion of a major new concept—passive barriers to growth—plus Mann's "System Change Index" tool to help congregations measure their progress from pastoral-size to program-size ways of operating. From preparing the congregation's board and members, selecting the person to guide the learning process, and recruiting the learning team, to creating and celebrating a plan for congregational learning and action, Mann provides all the resources a congregation needs to address this significant size transition period.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Changing Size
5
Barriers to Growth
17
Foundations for the Breakthrough to Program Size
35
Five Steps in Congregational Learning
55
The Foundations Course Cornerstone of an Adult Faith Formation Strategy
109
Resources for Releasing Gifts for Ministry
111
Factors in the Stevenson MargininLife Scale
115
Raising the Roof Interview Questions
117
System Change Index
121
Biblical Reflections
138
Trend Scan The View from Here
147
Snapshot Page from a Percept Ministry Area Profile
159
Should We Add a New Worship Service?
163
NOTES
171
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Alice Mann is an Episcopal priest, has pastored six congregations, and is currently a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. Her areas of expertise include growth strategies, leadership skills, strategic planning, and spirituality. Her other Alban title include The In-Between Church, Size Transitions in Congregations, and Can Our Church Live? She is the co-author of Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations.

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