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Loren B. Mead: 1930 - 2018

Loren Mead was the primary force behind the creation of congregational development as a field of research and practice in the Episcopal Church and most other American denominations. From 1969 on he was the director of Project Test Pattern (PTP), an Episcopal Church action-research effort to better understand and serve the parish church. At the end of PTP he created Alban Institute which continued PTPs work and expanded it beyond the Episcopal Church. The influence of his work continues in training programs such as the Church Development Institute and the College for Congregational Development, in every diocese that has a staff person and/or a team of consultants with significant training in Organization Development, and in all those parishes that are healthier and more faithful due to his efforts.

A posting on CongregationalDevelopment.com

We of the Order of the Ascension give thanks for his witness.

Into paradise may the angels lead you. At your coming may 
the martyrs receive you, and bring you into the holy city Jerusalem.