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Beth Booram

Contributor

Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis dedicated to “renewing the contemplative spirit.” In addition, she is a trained spiritual director and author of several books including When Faith Becomes Sight. Beth worked for five years on contract as a resource consultant with the Center for Congregations. 

 

Contributions From Beth Booram

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Center for Action and Contemplation
This organization provides online resources for individuals and congregations to learn and engage in contemplative practice and compassionate action.
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Meditations of the Heart
This classic collection of meditations provide clergy and laity with a source of inspiration and sustenance.
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Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
This deeply theological and spiritual book aims to help readers help their true selves, discussing topics ranging from the Holy Spirit to the inner human experience.
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Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People
Written by various authors from diverse regions of the country, this book offers a unifying way of life centered on essential Christian practices.
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Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
This Christian classic on spirituality describes traditional spiritual disciplines that have historically connected people with God and positioned them for transformation.
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Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
This resource sheds light on the rich rewards of a life that is filled with failure, arguing that failure is the only way up.
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The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook: A Guide to Understanding, Exploring & Living a Spiritual Life
This resource compiles wisdom from 50 Jewish spiritual leaders meant to explore the layers and applications of Jewish spirituality.
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Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us
This reference book on Christian spiritual disciplines for congregations and individuals offers information about specific spiritual practices, creative exercises, and applications to practice the discipline.
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Taize Resources
On this website, you will find reasonably priced “bundles” of Taize worship resources that contain a choral edition of a song (with permission to make one copy), all the instrumental parts, and a complete recording of this work in mp3 format.
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Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change
This collection of essays by various congregational consultants helps congregations re-envision themselves to recover a narrative that will help reach their full potential.
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Lead Like Jesus Revisited: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time
Expanding on an earlier edition, this updated publication provides examples from Jesus' life along with the authors' leadership experiences to form a guide for anyone who aspires to lead like Jesus.
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The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation and Action
This 16-page booklet provides a practical framework for formulating powerful questions, skills for leading "inquiring systems," and examples of companies that have harnessed the power of asking questions.
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Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What
This book equips leaders with the tools to see congregational conflict through a new perspective, a way to see the issue with a bird's eye view and respond to challenges with grace.
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Raising the Roof: The Pastoral-to-Program Size Transition
Easy-to-use, this resource is designed to help congregational learning teams make a transition from a pastoral to program size church using a five-step process.
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The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community
This resource offers a compelling vision for how synagogues can become vibrant spiritual centers in their communities by embracing hospitality as an essential aspect of the congregation.
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Pursuing the Full Kingdom Potential of Your Congregation
This book equips churches with the tools needed to start a journey towards discovering their full potential. It will be helpful for congregations who are in transition, stymied by a lack of growth, who lack vitality, or are preparing to engage in a strategic planning process.
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SALT Nashville: The Visual Worship Conference
This conference trains worship leaders and those in the visual worship community in inspiring one another to use art and visuals to create contagious environments in local congregations.
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Art in the Christian Tradition
This web resource includes a database from The Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University, titled Art in the Christian Tradition (ACT), which provides access to information about thousands of religious art pieces.
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Visual Faith: Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue
This resource examines the relationship between the church and visual imagery, introducing a history and theology of the subject while providing a practical discussion on making and looking at art.
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Visual Arts and Worship
This website, by Calvin Institute, provides a bibliography of art resources related to faith and worship.
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Taize
This website, provided by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, gives a preview of the best Taize worship resources available today.
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Worship and Visual Arts
Pinterest can help congregations organize and discover a variety of ideas related to art and faith.
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Chasing Sacred Air: A Common Sense Guide to Energy Efficiency in Sacred Buildings
This resource helps congregations take the first steps towards becoming more energy efficient and provides solutions to those issues that places of worship may face.
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Discovering the Other: Asset Based Approaches for Building Community Together
This book helps congregations use Appreciative Inquiry and Asset Mapping in order to build a community.
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Strategic Leadership for a Change: Facing Our Losses, Finding Our Future
This book offers insight into change, and empowers leaders to guide their congregations through change with confidence after understanding the impact of attachment, loss, and grief.
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The Hidden Power of the Electronic Church: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church
Written by a former advertising specialist turned pastor, this resource argues that congregations must understand how technology can change our message, and provides material for leaders to reflect upon.
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Church in the Inventive Age
This book looks at the historical change of the church over the past four eras and equips readers with the knowledge needed to use the opportunities this particular age gives congregations.
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Adapt to Thrive
This book pushes readers to view the church as an organism --- something that must survive through adaption. This resource supplies readers with ten adaptive principles for congregations to thrive.
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This House We Build: Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There
This book combines organizational theory with Jewish faith values to present advice and case studies on how to build positive relationships and avoid serious conflict.
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One Church, Four Generations: Understanding and Reaching All Ages in Your Church
This book describes the various traits of the four generations that comprise today's churches, and more importantly, gives explanations on how to speak the other's language to help congregations create intergenerational ministry.
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Becoming a Blessed Church: Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence, and Power
This book demonstrates what can happen when a congregation seeks God's purpose, presence, and power.
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The Thin Book of SOAR: Creating Strategy That Inspires Innovation and Engagement
Written from a business perspective, congregations can apply concepts from this resource to create growth following the procedures of SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results).
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Ecofaith: Creating and Sustaining Green Congregations
This book offers a unique perspective on how a sustainable lifestyle can positively impact our personal, psychological and spiritual well-being; offering tips on how to be more eco-friendly.
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Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church: A Guide for Every Member
This book provides clergy and congregational leaders with a four year plan for how to grow and develop stewardship.
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Nonprofit Law for Religious Organizations: Essential Questions & Answers
This guidebook is designed to serve as a reference guide for commonly asked law questions among nonprofit organizations.
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Web-Empowered Ministry: Connecting With People through Websites, Social Media, and More
This comprehensive guide frames the internet as a powerful took to share, teach, and connect people with Jesus and provides tools for congregations to start a web ministry.
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The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter
This book provides congregations with a way to create a culture of conversation based off a process called the World Cafe.
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The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management
This resource argues that responsibilities like finances and personnel are part of maintaining a healthy ministry.
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Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money
Written by sociologists, this book expands on why American Christians are reluctant to give, what could happen if they were more generous, and what congregations can do to increase generosity.
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Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation
This organization offers resources such as a conference, blog posts, and a curriculum focused on the topics of spiritual formation, discipleship, and becoming an apprentice of Christ.
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The Academy for Spiritual Formation
This organization hosts a 5-day and 2-year training program focused on spiritual formation, practicing spiritual rhythms, and building a deeper relationship with God.
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Spirituality and Practice
This web resource, Spirituality and Practice, was created to celebrate and support the axis of all world religions and spiritual paths - the intersection of spirituality and practice.
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Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
This organization offers a wide variety of programs and resources for individuals who want to open themselves more fully to God. Offerings include conferences, e-courses, and group pilgrimages to a holy site.
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Institute for Jewish Spirituality
This organization provides practice-based learning cohorts, retreats, and leadership training for Jewish leaders and lay leaders.
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Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
This resource explores the Black Church's longstanding history with contemplative practice through the author's research of oral tradition, church records, and written accounts.
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Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
This website, based on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) by pastor and author Peter Scazzero, provides congregations with the missing components of most spiritual formation approaches which is the integration of emotional health and contemplative spirituality.
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Christian Bible Studies
This easy-to-use website answers questions about the Bible and offers Bible study resources related to spirituality.
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Alpha
This organization provides online resources, group discussions, and courses that focus on the basics of Christianity and Christian spirituality.
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Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
This resource introduces the reader to seven key Christian spiritual practices and exercises that open the individual to God's love and transformation.
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Doing Change Differently: An Appreciative Inquiry Approach
This article illustrates the difference between problem solving and addressing issues through Appreciative Inquiry, describing the benefits of focusing on congregational strengths.
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Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work
This book walks congregational leaders through each step of a successful church merger, including an easy-to-follow assessment to discern if this is the right decision for your congregation.
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Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church
This book addresses the future of faith in the next generation, looking at four characteristics found in committed young Christians to offer a new approach to Christian education.
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Your Volunteers: From Come and See to Come and Serve
This practical guide explains how to sustain a thriving volunteer corps by establishing a culture of volunteerism and functional operations.
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Tzedakah: The Jewish Concept of Charity
This nine-part video series provides a succinct yet in-depth overview of Tzedakah.
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To Be A Jew: A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary Life
Divided into four parts, this resource provides a comprehensive guide related to contemporary Jewish life for those wanting to reclaim their Jewish roots or have a refresher course in Jewish traditions.
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Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future
This resource draws from research and interviews to accurately depict small town America.
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ULEAD
This organization helps facilitate leadership skills through engaging activities and ropes courses.
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Synagogues Matter
This resources calls American Jews and synagogues to formidable change, championing the value and positive impact of affiliation.
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ChurchStaffing
This job search database allows congregations to post job opportunities and helps candidates find open positions.
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Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting and Giga-Church World
Written by experts on multi-site expansion and church buildings, this book is a practical guide for leaders considering "where" to meet as a church while you grow out of your old space.
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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
This institute offers a unique program of customized training for faith-based organizations, that includes seminars, educational resources, and a Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising.
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Megachurch Resources
If you are curious about megachurches or are involved in one, the Megachurch Resource website, hosted by Leadership Network, is a storehouse of great information, the latest trends, and applicable resources.
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Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development
Based off the work of the Christian Community Development Association, this resource details the eight key components of community development and provides an outline of what it means to provide minstry in an impoverished community.
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Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs and Values for Today's Families
This resource provides a primer on Jewish life and customs, describing and explaining important Jewish celebrations and practices.
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Leadership: An Art of Possibility
This DVD series contends there's a new way of leadership that invites people out of the downward spiral of anxiety and into the world of possibility.
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Generations
In this bi-monthly online magazine issue of Net Results, readers will find a number of related themes around the topic of Generations.
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Discerning God's Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church
This resource explores the step-by-step process of discernment as a way for congregations to make spiritually-based decisions.
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Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God's Way Forward in Decision Making
This resources offers solid instruction on effective principles of discernment in addition to case studies that illustrate the discernment process.
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Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups
This resource outlines how congregations can become a discerning community together, arguing that churches need a different decision-making process compared to businesses.
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Lynne Baab
Lynne Baab, a Presbyterian minister with a Ph. D. in communications, has an ardent desire and proven skills to teach congregations how to listen well to one another. She is the author of several books and Bible studies on listening and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications and blogs about the topic. On her website, Lynne includes articles and teaching videos related to her book, The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry . Under the articles tab are other listening resources, such as Listening Past the Noise and Letting Go of Agendas So We Can Listen to God and Others. As a writer and teacher, Lynne Baab provides excellent resources in a variety of formats for congregational leaders who want to strengthen community and build relationships through better listening. Many of the resources have a lot to offer in exchange for a small investment of time.
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When Leadership and Spiritual Direction Meet: Stories and Reflections for Congregational Life
This resource challenges leaders to cultivate a new kind of leadership --- one that relies on the ancient practices related to spiritual direction.
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Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction
This resource provides clear and practical instructions on how to form and conduct a spiritual direction group so that individuals can experience what it means to be listened to by others.
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Cool Solutions Group
This company assists congregations in planning, building, and managing their facilities.
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Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary
This organization provides a variety of leadership development opportunities, including workshops, online classes, certificate programs, an Asian American Ministry Center, and a $1000 grant for churches doing innovative ministry work.
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Reinventing Sunday
This organization offers numerous resources related to Taize worship, including workshops, retreat weekends, downloadable book chapters, and pilgrimages to Taize.
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The Chalmers Center
This organization trains local churches to empower poor communities to overcome cycles of poverty while pointing them to Jesus Christ.
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The Fund Raising School
This school, which is part of Indiana University, offers one-time courses and certificate programs focused on fundraising.
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The Taize Community
This website represents the Taize community, offering information regarding the history of Taize worship and providing resources to develop Taize worship.
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The Transforming Center
This organization offers retreats for Christian leaders focused on spiritual formation themes and practices, spiritual disciplines, and nurturing one's inner self. The program includes nine retreats over a two year period.
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The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach to Discernment in Retreats
This article describes the Quaker practice "clearness committee" and instructs the reader in how to conduct this meeting for the purpose of discerning an important decision or resolving a dilemma.
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Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI)
This organization offers training for congregational leaders to learn to listen and be attentive, including a retreat, spiritual leadership communities, and a certification in spiritual direction.
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Spiritual Growth and Christian Living Resources
If there was such a thing as a "big box "storehouse of Christian spirituality resources, then Crosswalk.com would be such a storehouse. From articles and blog posts related to our spiritual lives, to a place to submit a prayer request or look up a Bible verse, this web resource has all of these options-and on one page! One click takes a small group leader to several Bible study helps in preparation for leading a small group. Another click supplies an encouraging verse for a "down" day. Viewers can sign up for a variety of daily devotionals or read them while browsing the page. This website also includes numerous links to other compatible websites related to spiritual life and growth. There are a number of advertisements that make the site busy, but provide a lot of information, for instance about an upcoming conference or a book that has just been released. This web resource is geared for evangelical and independent Christian churches. For a "one stop shop," Crosswalk.com has just about everything an individual, lay leader or pastor might look for related to our spiritual lives.
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