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Inside the Large Congregation


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Susan Beaumont is a congregational consultant, coach and spiritual director. Susan worked as a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute before establishing her own practice (http://www.susanbeaumont.com). Susan's practice specializes in the unique leadership dynamics of large congregations, particularly in the areas of staff team and board development, strategic planning, pastoral transition, and size transition. She is coauthor of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in the Large Congregation. Susan is an ordained clergy leader in the American Baptist Churches, USA.


As a pastor whose congregation has benefited from the wisdom of Alban Institute Senior Consultant Susan Beaumont, I am delighted that she has published this volume. She has intimate knowledge of the strength, challenges, and uniqueness of the large congregation, and the specific leadership and organizational needs of each size level she describes. This is a book whose wisdom will be drawn upon for years to come. -- Blair R. Monie, Senior Pastor, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX A must-read for those called to leadership in the large congregation - pastors, staff and governing boards. With wisdom, clarity and humility, Ms. Beaumont provides an accessible overview of the distinctive characteristics of these mysterious and multi-layered communities. How I would've welcomed this resource as a senior pastor. Reading it together with one's leadership team will provide the foundation and shared framework necessary for the vital work of strategic visioning and effective ministry. -- Ann Svennungsen, Interm College Pastor, St. Olaf College

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