Church Leadership Strategies, Congregational Life Cycle

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Part of the ministry resources on Church Leadership, Church Health and Renewal.

Church Health, Congregational Life Cycle – Most church health strategies make use of the congregational life cycle, an adaptation of Ichak Adizes research which shows how organizations evolve through a predictable cycle of birth, maturity/effectiveness, and then demise. Many planning guides feature the life cycle (e.g. Rendle and Mann’s Holy Conversations), but a few resources focus exclusively on this model to unpack its significance for church health and renewal. Exposure to this approach is an indispensable tool for leading a church out of decline and into a new period of effectiveness. Two resources are especially helpful toward that end:

Both of these resources discuss the life cycle through a rubric of Strategic Planning.

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