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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1st edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566993709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566993708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you felt swamped by the myriad of possible ways to organize, govern, and manage a church? Has the relationship of leadership issues among church boards, committees, clergy and congregation mystified you? Or does the mounting bibliography of potential ways to govern religious organizations overwhelm you? Dan Hotchkiss has seen it all—has been there and done that in his organizing work of holy conversations with many churches. He sorts out the issues and possibilities for us in this book and offers a practical and timely way to explore governance change. His approach is flexible and helpful. (Charles M. Olsen)

Dan Hotckiss is a premier church planning facilitator. Thus, his words in this book take on a sense of depth and authority. He knows whereof he speaks.

Hotchkiss 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, NY)

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. It’s good. (Gil Rendle, Senior Consultant, Texas Methodist Foundation, author of "Journey in the Wilderness")

About the Author

Rev. Dan Hotchkiss writes, consults, and speaks widely for congregations and other nonprofits. His specialties include board governance, strategic and financial planning, clergy transition, and fundraising. As a senior consultant for the Alban Institute for 14 years, and now as an independent consultant, Dan has directly helped hundreds of congregations and related organizations in over 28 denominational groups. Through his coaching, teaching, and writing, Dan touches the lives of an even wider range of leaders. He is also the author of Ministry and Money: A Guide for Clergy and Their Friends. You can visit his website at www.danhotchkiss.com.

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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I would recommend this book to church leaders.
Denise D. Traver
The author presents his ideas clearly and concisely, with practical examples to make implementation easier.
David Spear
We are using this book for evaluating the structuring and function of our church board.
Pam Schweizer

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hurdis on March 9, 2014
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It is a great guide if you are developing or using collaborative ministry. The missing element is more explanation of hybrid adaptions.
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