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Welcome to the Alban Roundtable!

For more than a year now the  Alban Roundtable has been growing as a virtual place where we gather the varied voices of our staff, as well as resources we each want to share with you about becoming and remaining a vital and healthy congregation.

We know from your comments and questions that you come from a wide spectrum of traditional mainline Protestant denominations, as well as from Evangelical community churches, from across the landscape of contemporary American Jewish congregational life, and from Roman Catholic and Orthodox dioceses and local communities.

We invite you to get to know about our work and resources not just here, but from

  • Our website
  • The Alban Online Bookstore with its rich collection of print and digital books
  • One of our e-Newsletters such as Alban Weekly
  • Our award-winning Congregations magazine produced especially for our members
  • Our long-standing and highly trusted consulting and coaching practice
  • Our library of recorded webinars
  • The services of our affiliate, the Congregational Resource Guide
  • And our on-site seminars led by Alban Senior Consultants.

We hope that the Alban Roundtable will be a destination that you visit often, and we look  forward to having your voice become part of the conversation around the table — here online and in person at one of our events.


The Program Staff of the Alban Institute

Richard Bass, Director of Publishing
Twila Glenn, Consulting Program Manager


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  1. Rev. J. Kenneth Laber / Apr 1 2012 8:08 pm

    Mr. Satterlee,
    Your article on “Preaching is not Fund-Raising from the Pulpit” is a breath of fresh air regarding our efforts to raise money for the church and its mission. I believe we (the church) have frequently followed the efforts of Public Radio or other secular models to raise money to meet the budget.

    Over the years I have learned a few things about stewardship and financial giving to the mission of the church. One, it is better to challenge people to grow in their giving because they are disciples of Jesus. When it is time for the Every Member Response each year, I along with congregational committees encourage congregations not to give to meet a budget but to grow in their giving since they are disciples of the Lord. To my surprise three of the the congregations I have served as an intentional interim have grown in their financial giving for the mission of the church. In those congregations a budget was never put before them in the fall Every Member Response. Two, from my experience most of the entire effort of financial giving was done by an active committee in the church, and they used other avenues to challenge growth. One of these efforts is a year-round emphasis on giving which included the giving of our time and talents as well to the mission of the church.

    Your message is very timely for a critical ministry of the church. Thank you. I hope to read more of your works on stewardship, and if I am lucky, I hope to attend one of your seminars.

    Rev. J. Kenneth Laber, Intentional Interim, Northwestern PA Synod, ELCA

  2. Paul Bischoff / Oct 5 2009 7:06 am

    I would have been much happier with Lawrence Peers’ imposition of narrative therapy hermeneutics onto the story in Exodus 3:2ff had he replaced “Holy Presence” with the actual words of the text. Who is the Holy Presence?…Allah, Buddha, Vishnu…or, as the story states,”the God of your [Moses’] father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? Isogesis of biblical stories, while generative of poignant illustrations of converted leadership styles, must not distort the narrative to make its point. The metanarrative of Israel’s deliverance from Eygptian slavery is rooted in the ontology of who it is giving Moses his marching orders….the “I AM WHO I AM” has a name…and to know his name is to know his character. The amorphous “Holy Presence” cannot suffice as God, the Lord of history. If narrative therapy seeks to aid stories which are theologically Christian, it cannot be used to replace, reduce, or dumb down, His Story.

    Rev. Dr. Paul O. Bischoff

  3. Travis / Jul 30 2009 9:26 pm

    I’m not sure exactly the theme was behind the last article concerning the need of a community around Christ. The illustrations were confusing. All I understood from it was the concept of worship is not about us performing for God. My denomination has never taught that worship is about us performing or working for God.

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