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Skills for Congregational Leadership

Leadership skills are applied competencies that can be developed through a combination of study and practice. These can be learned through reading, workshops, classes, webinars, cross-congregational connections and "on the job."

Below, you'll find links to resource pages of curated tips and tools as well as other useful materials.

Your Congregational Life Regional Staff also provides training and consultation.

Skills to Grow Other Leaders

Emma Merchant lighting the chalice at General Assembly 2014

The keys to successful leadership development are a culture of shared ministry, service and one-on-one relationship building and mentoring. Leadership Development Teams can find new ideas and best practices.

Management Skills

Four financial leaders looking at a tablet

Congregational Management involves making sure that meetings are run well, good records are kept, yearly goals are set and the policies and procedures are being followed.

Conflict Resolution Skills

A pile of 4 books on leading change

Conflict can be normal and healthy, leading to positive change and growth. Conflict can also be dyfunctional and destructive. Learn the difference between good, bad and ugly conflict.

Communication Skills

Man giving a presentation with video

Healthy and clear communication is one of the most important skills for leaders. Healthy communication is learning to "talk to each other" rather than "about each other." Clear communication about mission and goals helps the congregation be in alignment and moving in the same direction.

Financial Management

Pledge Goal Poster "Coloring Our Flame"

Our congregations need a strong financial foundation to support their ministries. Good practices provide transparency and safeguard assets. Vibrant stewardship, fundraising and planned giving programs help the congregation's cashflow.

Skills to Lead Change

Leader reporting out in a workshop

In order to keep up with a changing world, we know that we must continually breathe new life into our congregations. Leaders need to be savvy about congregational dynamics in order to lead any significant change initiative.

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