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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1st edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566993709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566993708
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you felt overwhelmed by the countless possible ways that exist to organize, govern, and manage a church? Dan Hotchkiss sorts out the issues and possibilities for us in this book and offers a practical, flexible, and timely way to explore governance change. --Chuck Olsen, author of Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders

If our faith is held as a 'treasure in earthen vessels,' then it matters deeply how we use those vessels called congregations. Board, staff, and members need to fulfill their critical roles and align appropriately for mission. Dan Hotchkiss helps. He provides a rich mix of ideas, language, models, and steps to help congregations use leadership well. And Dan writes like he talks--engagingly, with wisdom, and skirted with humor. --Gil Rendle, Senior Consultant, The Texas Methodist Foundation Institute for Clergy and Congregational Excellence

Dan Hotchkiss is a premiere church planning facilitator. In Governance and Ministry he articulates a methodology by which local churches can be energized and visionary--not in spite of old ways of doing business but because of new ones. --Michael Brown, Senior Minister, Marble Collegiate Church, New York City

About the Author

Dan Hotchkiss is a senior consultant with the Alban Institute and author of Ministry and Money: A Guide for Clergy and Their Friends (Alban, 2002). Prior to consulting for the Alban Institute, Dan served in congregations for twelve years and the Unitarian Universalist Association for seven. He has been a full-time Alban consultant since 2001.

More About the Author

Rev. Dan Hotchkiss consults with synagogues and churches on strategic and financial planning, conflict management, clergy transition, and fund raising. Dan speaks and writes widely on leadership and organizational life, and has been a leader, minister, and consultant for many years. Dan has served as a parish minister and national ministerial placement director for the Unitarian Universalist Association before joining the Alban Institute in 1998.

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Acknowledge, be mindful, try things, adjust!
Kaiya L. Iverson
The author presents his ideas clearly and concisely, with practical examples to make implementation easier.
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I would recommend this book to church leaders.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Cooper on June 7, 2009
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As one who works with pastors from across all denominations be assured that few are prepared to run a congregation. This text is a must read for those aspiring to become pastors as well as all those pastors who don't feel comfortable with the administrative responsibilities they have. Hotchkiss gives three simple qualities an organization must have and it's easy to apply those qualities to existing ministries. He provides lots of support and information for changing a weak organizational structure and for improving communication on others. "Governance and Ministry" stands alone among all other books I've reviewed on church organization and administration. Buy a copy for all members of your governing board.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Gaston on April 15, 2011
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I am a trainer and consultant who frequently works with nonprofit boards on streamlining and clarifying their governance process, but I couldn't quite transfer the principles to church boards, which are definitely different. This book bridges the gap quite well. The information is clear and the logic impeccable. There are a few too many charts and graphs, and the policy recommendations seem to be for larger congregations, but for the most part this book is a breath of fresh air blowing through the often stodgy and unwieldy world of church boards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kaiya L. Iverson on May 26, 2011
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If you're seeking a means of finding the path for how your church evolves as an organization, this will help. Not a rigid prescription, but a helpful framework. Dan honors the inherent tensions between some aspects of how your church functions -- you don't have to fix everything. Acknowledge, be mindful, try things, adjust! If you have a chance to see him in person, do so!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By topekaman on November 28, 2011
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I knew what I was getting before I ordered it. This book is a must read for churches and other non-profits who want to fine tune or completely reorganize their governance processes. The author Dan Hotchkiss, is associated with the Alban Institute which is highly regarded resource in the field of church transformation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shayna on March 28, 2013
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I and my church board found this book incredibly helpful in not only explaining why what we were doing wasn't working, but also in helping us imagine a new and better way forward. I love the approach of suggesting options so much more than the 'cookie-cutter'
templates that are so often offered. This is a great guide and we are grateful to have read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Palmer on March 15, 2013
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Presents lots of options for organizing the body of Christ effectively especially for churches in transition. Highly recommend for lay and professional leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Fisch on February 1, 2013
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Hotchkiss presents unique perspectives on different leadership styles for the modern minister. His illustrations and examples make this a worthwhile book for any minister. The book is definitely slanted toward larger congregations, but even ministers of smaller congregations will find some useful material.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carney M. Doucette on March 3, 2011
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This book truly helps you rethink board leadership. We have several books being passed around to board members so we can make some changes based on recommendations in this book. Easy to read, large type, short chapters. Highly recommended for faith communities and other non-profits - will help with board recruitment if you embrace the ideas in this book.
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