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Resources for Thriving Congregation

Resources for Thriving Congregation


San Francisco Foundation Program FAITHS Master Class Series, 2/2021:
“From the Experts – Rolling Out Your Reopening: The Right Way to the New Normal.”

Thursday, April 29, 2021
10am-12pm PST

This session draws on the knowledge of experts in their fields with decades of experience. Training will help leaders navigate five key areas critical to move beyond surviving this season of COVID-19 as many organizations are now planning the process of reopening.

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Resources from Thriving Conversation 3/2021:
Technology, Innovation, and Thriving Congregations: Changing our Mindset

Campbell, Heidi A; Shepherd, Troy (2021). What Should Post-Pandemic Religion Look Like?. Texas: Digital Religion Publishing & OakTrust-TAMU Libraries. Available electronically from /1969.1/192408.

Campbell, HA (2020) Digital Ecclesiology: A Global Conversation. Texas: Digital Religion Publishing & OakTrust-TAMU Libraries. Available electronically from

Campbell, HA (2020) Religion in Quarantine: The Future of Religion in a Post-Pandemic World. Texas: Digital Religion Publishing & OakTrust-TAMU Libraries. Available electronically from

Campbell, HA (2020) The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online. Texas: Digital Religion Publishing & OakTrust-TAMU Libraries. Available electronically from


Resources from Thriving Conversation 1/2020:
What opportunities does crisis present to thriving congregations?

Our first conversation was organized around the question, how can congregations proactively and positively face the challenges and opportunities represented by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Panelists addressed the questions under the broad themes of healing and trauma, rethinking and reimagining pastoral leadership, and building digital community and collaboration. 

Click here to watch Professor Quentin P. Kinnison’s presentation on Adaptive Leadership.

Click here to watch Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis’ presentation on Healing in the Face of Trauma.

Click here to watch Amanda Quraishi’s presentation on Building Relationships in Digital Spaces.

Click here to watch Eric Marsh’s presentation on Creating Thriving Congregations.

Click here for the topline notes from breakout groups discussion.

Resources from Thriving Conversation 2/2020:
Social Justice and Thriving Congregations

The recent protests and marches for civil rights, police reform, and social justice inevitably implicate churches and other religious institutions. What is the relationship between seeking social justice and developing a thriving congregation?  Click here to watch.

Resources from Thriving Conversation 3/2020:
Politics, Division, Elections and Thriving Congregations

We often hear that politics and religion should never be broached in polite conversation. We beg to differ. How can church leaders use the inevitable political divisions within congregations as a vehicle through which they can strengthen and develop?  Click here to watch.


BOOK: Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States by Assoc. Prof. Andrew Whitehead


BOOK: At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors by Prof. Russell M. Jeung


BOOKGrowing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens by Brad Christerson, Korie Edwards and Richard Flory


  • This book will help with understanding the importance of race in how young people are tracked into different kinds of opportunities in their lives.

BOOK: New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism by Wes Markofski

  • This book describes how some younger evangelicals are expressing their evangelical commitments in more progressive ways than their parents.

BOOK: Back Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults by Richard Flory and Melinda Lundquist Denton

  • This book explores the role of religion and spirituality among young adults and raises important questions about the nature of the future of religion and religious institutions in the U.S.

An example of having conversations across differences by the Minnesota Council of Churches, Respectful Conversations.