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Congregational Development Course


Join Dr. Luonne Rouse in our upcoming five-week course on Congregational Development.

Equipping your congregation to serve and invest in your community multiplies what you can achieve. You are most successful when you enable others to lead and serve. This is also how your community grows spiritually and how local congregations develop their own potential both for the nurturing of their members and for their mission to and in the community. One of the main ministerial tasks is to help members identify their gifts, and to organize the life and work of the church so that members can exercise those gifts.

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Congregational Development

  • Gain tools to assess the capacities and needs of your congregation and community.
  • Understand your role as a servant leader.
  • Explore different models and strategies.


Class Details

Dr. Luonne Rouse will offer two classes: the first beginning on __________, and the second beginning on __________.

  • The course fee for Congregational Development is $165, plus a $25 registration fee.
  • Some scholarships are available. Contact info@leadwithimpact.org for inquiries and details.
  • Tuesday classes are between 1:00 and 3:00 pm (ET).
  • Wednesday classes are between 7:00 and 9:00 pm (ET).
  • Registration deadline is __________.

You will receive your course syllabus in your welcome packet.

If you have any questions about this course, or the application process, please contact us at info@leadwithimpact.org


Required Readings

Please acquire the following resources by Kennon Callahan to refer to during the course:

  • Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation

This book chronicles the emergence of congregations that are questioning the “bigger is better” notion in church membership. These congregations are deliberately small, active and happy in their dedication to creating strong church communities that advance God’s mission. Step by step, Callahan shows congregational leaders how they can develop the values and specific qualities helpful to shape and strengthen their own small congregations. Written to be a hands-on guide, Small, Strong Congregations offers practical suggestions for creating mission and service, compassion and shepherding, community and belonging, and more.

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  • The Twelve Keys Bible Study

The Twelve Keys Bible Study offers a companion volume to the best-selling book, Twelve Keys to an Effective Church.  The Bible Study helps readers put the Twelve Keys for strong, healthy congregations in biblical perspective and gives clergy and church leaders biblical resources for each of the twelve keys.  It includes reflections on the scriptures as well as suggestions and questions for study and conversation.  This helpful resource can be used as a guide with inpiduals, groups, congregations, worship services and retreats.

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  • Twelve Keys to an Effective Church: Strong, Healthy Congregations Living in the Grace of God, 2nd ed.

Callahan identifies the twelve essential qualities of successful, growing churches and offers all congregations a way to unlock their potential for effective ministry. The Twelve Keys program balances practical planning with theological understanding to help churches function more effectively as they seek to grow and better serve their members.  This is a revised and updated edition of one of the most trusted and authoritative strategic resources for church leaders.

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