Leading Your Congregation in the Midst of Change

Leading Your Congregation in the Midst of Change

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter, Duke Divinity School’s David Odom. Odom facilitated this workshop in September 2016. For more resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.

“2013 CEO Study: Leading in Context.” Duke Corporate Education. PDF. 
This 20-page report documents what Duke Corporate Education learned from interviews with 38 CEOs of global corporations in 2013. The changing global context is described, along with implications for the preparation of leaders. The report can help congregations describe the situation that they face in the light of global trends.

“Alan Deutschman: The benefits of change.” Faith and Leadership. March 21, 2012. Accessed 9/1/16.
This is an interview with Alan Deutschman, the author of Change or Die. In this interview he discusses the applicability of the “three R’s” from the book.

Deutschman, Alan. Change or Die: Could You Change When Change Matters Most? New York: HarperBusiness, 2007.
Alan Deutschman outlines the qualities needed for a change process to work. The basics are three “R”s – relate, reframe and repeat. The stories in the book make it well worth the read. Deutschman is a journalist with an eye for a good story.

“Faith and Leadership.” Accessed 9/1/16. http://thecrg.org/resources/faith-leadership
Faith & Leadership offers free leadership resources. This website produces a steady stream of 12 stories, essays and interviews each month that introduce people and resources to nurture a “traditioned innovation” mindset. We hope to inspire Christians in their leadership within and beyond congregations.

Parker, Patricia S. Race, Gender and Leadership. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005.
Patricia Parker tells, in summary with vivid examples, about the experience of African American women during slavery, the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights movement through until today. She details how the traits of leadership developed during those eras and passed down the generations are most needed to confront the challenges of today’s organizations. This is written in the style of an academic book, but the story that Parker traces is compelling in an era where many are struggling to understand the role of race in culture and the leadership needed.

“Traditioned Innovation.” Faith & Leadership. Accessed 9/1/16. 
This resource is a collection of articles by L. Gregory Jones and others. Traditioned innovation is a way of thinking and being that holds the past and future in tension, not in opposition, is crucial to the growth and vitality of Christian institutions. Leaders introducing this mindset to their congregation will find articles curated on this page to be easy to share and read.