The Congregational Handbook

A Guide to Congregational Health and Vitality

Many of The Congregational Handbook's resources focus on using a process—rather than a recipe with a predetermined outcome—to deal with congregational complexities. Congregations can use these processes to make a decision, discern their next steps in development, or embark on a culture transition. The Handbook is intended to be user-friendly and tailored to your congregational size; it offers examples of processes for congregations that are just starting up, for small congregations (with fewer than 150 members), for mid-size congregations (with 151 to 550 members), and for large congregations (with more than 550 members). It also includes options that congregations can adapt to their unique situations.



An Online Guide to Congregational Health and Vitality

Since 1977, the various editions of The Congregational Handbook have provided practical advice and inspiration to both lay and professional leaders. This edition builds on earlier editions, sharing current wisdom, emerging practices, and learning from real congregational life.

As a web-based source it can be updated and expanded easily as new resources are created and curated. Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome!