With reports of financial impropriety and clergy misconduct makingheadlines, accountable leadership and sound management practiceshave become priority concerns in congregations of every faith.Accountable Leadership speaks to congregation leaders, both clergyand laity, and to individuals who love the worshiping community andseek the tools that can enable everyone in it to better care forone another. This is a practical compAndium of resources for creating andmanaging a sound, effective, and fair congregation. This newedition has been extensively revised and updated to includecontemporary topics such as disturbing trAnds in reduced giving,new church-state issues, clergy misconduct and troublesome members,and legal issues associated with the congregation's role asemployer and provider of pastoral counseling.
About the Author
PAUL CHAFFEE, a minister in the United Church of Christ, is executive director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.
Table of Contents
One: Becoming an Accountable Leader1. Courage and the Responsibilities of Leadership2. What the Law Requires3. The Role of the Governing BoardTwo: Accountability, Administration, and the Shared Life of theCongregation4. Developing Life-Support Systems for the Corporate Body5. Responsible Financial Management6. Employment Practices That Safeguard Communal Values7. Contracting with Service Providers from Inside and Outside theCongregationThree: TAnding to Invisible Wounds Within the Congregation8. Zero Tolerance for Abusive Behavior9. Preventing Clergy Misconduct10. Healing the Wounded Congregation