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A question that congregations often ask but should more often is how to use a consultant well. In fact, with any resource the choice of how the resource is used is often as important as the choice of resource.
On the website of the Indianapolis Center for Congregation there is a great series of free resources about using resources.
Questions regarding nominating committees or as some prefer to say leadership development committees tend to come up each year in the early Spring—as congregational annual meetings begin to draw near. Recently, I got one such query which motivated me to gather my thoughts on the subject.
Many congregations have what they call “leadership development committees” who do nothing more than strong-arming people to serve on the board and are active only in the few weeks before the congregational annual meeting. Unremarkably, our congregations find this does not work well.
One question we get about our increasing use of audio and video-recordings on the district website is this:
“What about us? We don’t have access to highspeed internet and so cannot make use of these.”
First and most basic answer to this is that any time any congregation wants resources on any subject, they should ask us. Any time we do video or audio of an event, there are generally also written materials. Or we can burn a CD and send it to you. Just ask.
Also, your questions about these things help us. We are always pondering the question of what to provide and in what format. The most helpful source of guidance on this is your questions and requests.