The Twelve Keys Leaders Guide: An Approach for Grassroots, Key Leaders, and Pastors Together
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Since it was published in 1983, the first edition of the original Twelve Keys to an Effective Church has benefited thousands of congregations around the world.

The thoroughly revised and updated Twelve Keys Leaders' Guide, designed to accompany Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, offers leaders an indispensable, step-by-step resource for creating and implementing their long-range plans. It clearly shows how to examine a church's strengths and move the congregation toward action, accomplishment, and achievement. This valuable guide thoroughly explains the basic principles of the planning process and gives helpful insights into the dynamics of memory, change, conflict, and hope in congregations. You will discover possibilities to build the momentum, deepen the resources, and advance the strengths of your congregation.

This important resource can also be used to help build an effective, successful business, develop a strong, healthy non-profit grouping, advance an effective, healthy college or university, and create a strong, healthy family.


Kennon L. Callahan, B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., Ph.D. — researcher, professor, and pastor — is one of today's most sought-after church consultants and speakers. Author of many books, he is best known for his groundbreaking Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, which has formed the basis for the widely acclaimed Mission Growth Movement.


A Prayer.

A Bird On the Wing.

Part One: Momentum.

1 Motivations.

2 Leaders and Key Objectives.

3 An Effective Long-Range Plan.

4 Excellent Mistakes and Objectives Worth Not Doing.

5 Memory, Change, Conflict, and Hope.

Part Two: Resources.

6 Congregation, Community, Direction.

7 Possibilities.

8 What to Listen For and Look For.

9 Principles for Participation.

Part Three: Developing Your Congregation.

10 Planning and Action.

11 Creative Study.

12 Celebration Planning.

13 Act Swiftly.

14 Matches, Timelines, Focus.

Conclusion: Grace.


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