of Detroit

"Transforming and Strengthening
Congregations to be
Missional, Pastoral, and Prophetic"

on-line documents

The Parish Paper
Previous Editions


2020-12--Using Surveys to Guide Decision Making

2020-11--Building Relationships in Livestream Worship

2020-10--How to Foster Deep Listening Amid Political Difference

2020-09--Getting Started with Livestreaming

2020-08--Hospitality_Offering a Third Place to Gather

2020-07--Care, Leadership, and Self-Renewal in Uncertain Times

2020-06--Six Tools for Managing Volunteers

2020-05--Congregations Can Learn New Habits

2020-04--Enlist Specialists to Improve Outreach Ministry

2020-03--What Is the Emerging Church

2020-02--Get to Know the Community through Mapping

2020-01--Repurpose Worship Space Don't Rebuild
2019-12--Writing as a Tool for Community Engagement

2019-11--Learning to Love Variety in Worship Song Selection

2019-10--Let's Take a Walk_The Ministry of Accompaniment

2019-09--A Team Approach to Worship Design

2019-08--Learn More about Your Congregation through Focus Groups

2019-07--Team Talk Can Strengthen Volunteer Ministry

2019-06--Overcome Volunteer Burnout by Building Capacity

2019-05--Tips for Starting and Managing a Worship Band

2019-04--Building Your Community Ties with a Block Party

2019-03--Media Technology for Worship

2019-02--What Is Contemporary Worship

2019-01--Defining Church Vitality
2018 12 -- Getting to Know Our Neighbors

2018 11-- How to Develop Habits for Well-Being

2018 10 -- Don't Disagree, Deliberate -- How to Lead Community Conversations in Your Church

2018 09 -- Checking Up on Clergy Health

2018 08 -- How to Raise Money for Your Community Projects

2018 07 -- Inviting Informing and Including Newcomers

2018 06 -- Making the Nursery a Place of Belonging

2018 05 -- How to Balance Hospitality and Church Security

2018 04 -- Church Energy Use

2018 03 -- Finding Significance as a Small Church

2018 02 -- Best Practices for Church Members Serving as Staff

2018 01 -- 18 Questions for 2018

2017 12--Does Our Pastor Need a Job Description

2017 11--Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry

2017 10--Short Term Mission Trips that Yield Long Term Success

2017 09--Equipping Volunteers Builds a Strong Church Community

2017 08--What Promotes Hope

2017 07--How Can We Help Immigrants

2017 06--Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy

2017 05--Financing the Local Church

2017 04--Reclaiming Small Church Ministry

2017 03--Guide to Good Governance

2017 02--How Do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples

2017 01--Conquering the Cutback Syndrome

2016 12--Can We Wait for God's Spark

2016 11--Does Your Congregation Suffer from Anxiety

2016 10--Keeping Up with the Pastors Pay

2016 09--What Keeps Congregations from Implementing New Ideas

2016 08--Multiple Roads to a Multicultural Congregation

2016 07--When Charity Brings Anything But Relief

2016 06--Making Congregations Greener

2016 05--How Do New People Hear about Your Church

2016 04--How to Deal with Church Conflict

2016 03--What Numbers Matter for Congregations

2016 02--The Payday Lending Crisis What Can Congregations Do

2016 01--How Ministry Teams Get Things Done

2015--12 Improving Church Communication

2015--11 Navigating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds

2015 10--New Models for New Churches What Works

2015 09--Can Congregations Attract Young Adults

2015 08--How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors

2015 07--Congregational Strength is Always Plural

2015 06--2015 Could Lack of Curiosity Kill the Church

2015 05--2015 Seeking a Bivocational Calling for Pastors and Churches

2015 04--Finding God's New Call in the Same Place

2015 03--What Churches Can Do to Increase Social Media Security

2015 02--How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Retirement

2015 01--Our Future Pastors - Assessing the Pipeline

2014 12--How to Make the Most of a Consulting Process

2014 11--Should We Consider Closing Our Church

2014 10--How Can We Prevent Suicide

2014 09--How Churches Can Partner with Local Schools

2014 08--Do Your Mission and Method Fit Your Size

2014 07--2014 What Type of Follower Attends Our Church

2014 06--Caring for the Caregivers

2014 05--Welcoming Children with Autism

2014 04--eGiving Its about More Than Money

2014 03--Clergy Turnover Consequences

2014 02--A Parable about Pastoral Leadership

2014 01--Big Ministry Trends for 2014

2013 12--Why Sense of Belonging Matters

2013 11-- E-Newsletters Worth More Than You Know

2013 10-- Key Questions about Worship Attendance

2013 09-- Disaster Relief

2013 08-- Power of Clergy Groups

2013 07-- Great Recession Lessons

2013 06--Making Informed Decisions

2013 05-- Conversation Sand Traps

2013 04-- Oral Communication

2013 03--What Leadership Style Works

2013 02-- Downsize Staff Without Destroying Church

2013 01-- How to Avoid Pastor Burnout