The past five decades have altered the role of the churches. The third millennium will bring an even more radically different context for ministry. How the parish minister meets the challenge of that change is the subject of this latest book by best-selling author Lyle E. Schaller. Schaller makes the statistics speak by discussing four dozen factors that will provide challenges and opportunities in the next millennium. These include the emergence of thousands of new independent congregations, ec... more info>>
44 Questions for Church Planters looks into the question "Why start new churches?" and shows how to reverse the decline of new church development. Author Lyle E. Schaller offers tested advice based on more than thirty years of working with leaders responsible for developing new churches.
Churches don't sit still; they are either planning for the future or wishing for the past. Yet, even when setting about to discern the future into which the Spirit is leading, how does a congregation map its way? How does it understand its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and limitations, gifts and graces? In 44 Questions for Congregational Self-Appraisal, Lyle E. Schaller directs the reader to the crucial questions a church must ask itself if it is to understand its mission ... more info>>
Lyle E. Schaller defines a "plateau" as a stagnant holding point in the size and energy of a congregation -- a level at which energy is focused entirely on maintenance of past structures. He shows how to move an established congregation up off a plateau. The three most important steps up off the plateau are quality, responsiveness, and productivity. This important guide by America's most influential religious leader also contains 44 handles to organize information.
Here is a treasury of 44 proven-effective stewardship ideas by the man Leadership magazine calls "America's foremost authority on the dynamics of church life." "When all is said and done," says Lyle E. Schaller, "there are only two good reasons why anyone should be asked to contribute money to the church. The first is to help promote the giver's spiritual growth... The second reason is even simpler. Christian discipleship is Christian stewardship. How could it be anything else? Ho... more info>>
Helps church leaders challenge the status quo, identify priorities, and implement change in educational ministries. Schaller takes an approach contrary to that often recommended by educators. He shows how to identify the priorities for the Christian education program in any church. You will find helpful tips that explain how teaching is the second best way, after preaching, to attract new members; how the teaching ministry is the best way to reach young adults born after 1955; how... more info>>
Are you still suffering over the sight of empty pews? Have your efforts been more than exhaustive in expanding your congregation? Have you maximized your brainstorming potential for bringing in new members? If you have reached what appears to be your limit, then no longer fret, 44 Ways to Increase Church Attendance can open the doors of both your church and mind. With proven techniques for building a body for Christ, church leaders can increase their membership and then free themse... more info>>
In 44 Ways to Revitalize the Women's Organization, Schaller offers hundreds of practical insights and fresh ideas to promote growth and vitality in women's fellowhips of all kinds and sizes. He provides thought-provoking questions to ponder and examines many crucial elements of women's fellowhips -- such as organizational policies, group size and program mix. Schaller affirms the exceptional value of women's fellowhips and the vital contribution they can make to the church, to th... more info>>
Has your church fallen into a predictable routine? Is it drifting without purpose or resolve? Put an end to that by using Lyle E. Schaller's potent prescription for passive churches. Written for both lay and ordained congregational leaders, this timely book diagnoses the causes of church passivity, and formulates a method for combatting the problem. Dr. Schaller classifies churches according to their internal dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demons... more info>>
How do you reach new members and help them adapt to the local church more effectively? In Assimilating New Members by Lyle E. Schaller, a recognized church planner, shows how to reach more people, bring them into the local church family, make them feel at home, and keep them active. Mr. Schaller discusses those things that attract and hold new members. he shows how to evaluate the local church recruitment and assimilation processes, recognize and avoid counter-productive behavior,... more info>>
Since the 1950s, conventional wisdom has insisted that cities are not supportive environments for large, active missionary churches. In this fascinating new book, however, church growth expert Lyle Schaller debunks this myth. In fact, states Schaller, research shows that more than one-half of the largest Protestant congregations in the United States are to be found in the large central cities -- as are more than one-half of the forty fastest growing Protestant churches. Center Cit... more info>>
This book should be ready by all concerned with the growing controversy over the church's participation in public affairs. It provides a background knowledge of the process of community organization and highlights the paradox of conflict as a basic organization technique and the Christian concept of reconciliation. The purpose of the book is to provide a foundation for consideration of fundamental questions about community organization Mr. Schaller says, "The answers ... to these questions will ... more info>>
This book is for church leaders, both clergy and lay, who seek to challenge the status quo and implement change in their congregations. Schaller's plan of intervention suggests that the long-range planning committee is the most effective vehicle of change. He systematically addresses the issues this committee faces, such as knowing when to intervene, how to decide which issues to tackle, how to face financial concerns, when to implement the plan, and how to overcome resistance. Key Features: Inv... more info>>
Enthusiasm, involvement, and know-how are the key words for creative church administration. Nationally known church planners and administrative consultants Lyle E. Schaller and Charles A. Tidwell offer the know-how to make your church, no matter what size or denomination, exciting, well-organized, and up-to-date! Creative Church Administration provides the accumulated experience of thousands of churches -- what they did wrong and what they did right -- to meet the growing need... more info>>
Lyle E. Schaller offers seven basic factors for translating important new concepts from the behavioral sciences into terms that can be used for effectively solving church problems. Is guilt a means of motivation in your church? How does the appearance of the meeting place affect the type or quality of worship a church has? Specific and relatively common issues such as these, which face nearly every church of every denomination at one point or another, are discussed, as well as bud... more info>>
Lyle E. Schaller contends that large public high schools have naturally tended to evolve into dysfunctional institutions. He examines the power of the social, physical, economic, demographic, religious, geographic, and work environments to influence human behavior related to the public secondary educational system and suggests ways in which schools can learn lessons from other organizations, such as major league baseball, the business world, churches, the military, and researchers. The key assum... more info>>
Changes in denominational life in North America have left congregations with two difficult choices. On the one hand, they can choose to act as though their ministries and programs can still best be established by national denominational offices. On the other hand, they can choose to act as though their denominational identity is completely irrelevant to their mission. Underlying these difficult choices, writes Lyle E. Schaller, is the tremendous flux in the relationship between national denomina... more info>>
Five different strategies for increasing the size of the congregation are developed by Lyle E. Schaller--with applications to small, middle-sized, and larger churches. Schaller also includes comments on the formulation of a workable denominational strategy for church growth. No church exists in complete isolations from all other churches, notes Schaller, "although thousands of congregations appear not to believe it." Effectively using an informative case-history approach to outlining church-grow... more info>>
Five different strategies for increasing the size of the congregation are developed by Lyle E. Schaller -- with applications to small, middle-sized, and larger churches. Schaller also includes comments on the formulation of a workable denominational strategy for church growth. No church exists in complete isolations from all other churches, notes Schaller, "although thousands of congregations appear not to believe it." Effectively using an informative case-history approach to outl... more info>>
Asserting that the good news greatly exceeds the bad news, Innovations in Ministry celebrates what's working in American Protestantism. Lyle E. Schaller identifies the new, emerging models for ministry, with heavy emphasis on paradigm shifts toward laity driven ministries, which include: (1) market-driven "niched" ministry to reach diverse populations; (2) ownership and initiative in ministry; and (3) regional definitions of church. The purpose of this book is found in chapter 5: A new partnersh... more info>>
There are many questions that leaders of small-membership congregations ask themselves about their church's future. Lyle Schaller suggests that two in particular should rise to the top of the list. First, what's the right size of for a church? Is the small congregation averaging two or three dozen people at worship a legitimate order of God's creation? You bet it is, says Schaller. Second, should these congregations make their plans on the basis of few resources and fewer options, or should they... more info>>
One of America's leading church consultants shows why he believes the small membership church has a bright and promising future if the leaders will adapt to new roles in the culture. Lyle E. Schaller here presents forty-four alternative scenarios that can lead to a better use of resources and more focused energies in ministry.
Strategies for Change argues that church growth techniques and measurements are only symptomatic. Change is the larger issue in any institution. This book is the fruit of Lyle E. Schaller's popular week-long workshops on planned change. The author begins by focusing on the institutional context for change. Is your church a high-commitment covenant community or a voluntary association? Where are the sources of authority for making changes? What kinds of leaders can best make ch... more info>>