Scripture Out Loud!: Dramatic Readings for Lent and Easter
Looking for new ways to open up the readings for your congregation? Try this collection of twelve dramatic readings of Revised Common Lectionary texts that fall between Ash Wednesday...
The Assembly: A Spirituality
Gathering with others constitutes the essential symbol of Christianity. Assembly is the biblical name for this local community. The book calls the church to think anew about gathering and to refresh its practice, articulating a spirituality that engages the assembly's gathering into the triune God and turns it toward the needs of our neighbors.
Language for God: A Lutheran Perspective
Language for God explores the ways language and images influence who we are and how we live. It declares the necessity of language and images for God that are expansive and inclusive of all genders. Lutheran perspectives are used as a compass to offer scriptural, theological, and historical insights to advance the reformation of Christian language.
The Art of Leading Change: Ten Perspectives on the Messiness of Ministry
The Art of Leading Change is all about people. We can't do the work God has called us to do without people, but it's those very people that make change difficult and messy. The book offers ten vital perspectives for leading change in churches and ministries. The path to change is never easy, but learning the art of change can improve the journey.
A Path to Belonging: Overcoming Clergy Loneliness
Fifty percent of Americans, including clergy, are lonely, according to leadership development consultants Mary Kay DuChene and Mark Sundby. In A Path to Belonging: Overcoming Clergy Loneliness, they offer research, tools, and remedies for clergy to embark on the path toward a healthy sense of contentment and belonging and more effective leadership.
Joyful Defiance: Death Does Not Win the Day
Joyful Defiance encourages readers to reflect on experiences of anxiety, anger, exhaustion, and grief, emotions not always welcomed in the Christian tradition. Lament is an act of faith in God that acknowledges pain and protests death. Joy is a counterstory and a truer tale, less a feeling than a way of being for the self and for the world.
The Cross in the Midst of Creation: Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World
The Cross in the Midst of Creation asserts that the crucifixion is ongoing as institutional powers diminish human life and destroy creation, and that the resurrection is ongoing as faith overcomes despair and the Spirit equips people to follow Jesus and to struggle for a transformed world.
Called: Recovering Lutheran Principles for Ministry and Vocation
Called: Recovering Lutheran Principles for Ministry and Vocation traces Lutherans' views on ministerial call and constructively reorients the call to Luther's doctrine of vocation. The book provides insights to those considering the office of ministry and encourages all believers to live their spiritual priesthood in response to neighbors' needs.
Preparing for Marriage: A Guide for Christian Couples
An effective resource for pastors and counselors to use in premarital counseling. This practical workbook helps engaged couples explore their expectations,...
A Gospel for All Ages: Teaching and Preaching with the Whole Church
A Gospel for All Ages helps ministry practitioners craft messages to foster faith in people of all ages. It explores several strategies for proclaiming the gospel among intergenerational faith communities, including meaningful conversation, vibrant worship, and experiential education. Reflection questions and practical advice from experts included.
Reclaiming the ''L'' Word: Renewing the Church from Its Lutheran Core
Reclaiming the "L" Word is a book about renewing congregations by recognizing and living out the core teachings of the Lutheran faith. In the introduction, the...
Called by God to Serve: Reflections for Church Leaders
Church councils and leadership groups will discover ten helpful devotional reflections and discussion starters for a three-year cycle, focusing on the task of...
Stuck: Why Clergy Are Alienated from Their Calling, Congregation, and Career ... and What to Do about It
This book lets pastors who feel stuck know that they're not alone or crazy, and it's not their fault. It helps congregations better support their clergy. And it joins in the conversation about reshaping seminary training and professional development.
In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis
Climate change is creating a spiritual emergency that hits young people harder than any others, observes author Talitha Amadea Aho. In Deep Water guides readers of any generation to develop a communal practice of ecologically informed spiritual care, especially for today's youth.
Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care: How to Respond When Things Fall Apart
In Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care, pastoral psychologist Karen A. McClintock offers clergy competence and confidence as they care for trauma victims in their congregations and communities, provides practical skills to lower the risk of secondary trauma, and suggests culturally sensitive models for healing.
Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates, and Allies
You want to make the world better. This book can help. Faith in Action offers quick dives into a range of topics, from racial justice...
Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century
In Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century author Wesley Granberg-Michaelson provides a lucid view of how the top ten winds of change blowing through...
The Peoples’ Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation
In The People's Sermon, Shauna K. Hannan argues that preaching is not a solo endeavor. It is a communal practice, a ministry of the whole congregation that is most faithful when the process is shared. She invites readers to reflect on what preaching is and to explore roles in the congregation's preaching ministry. Further, she guides readers and their communities through a process that will equip hearers for their roles in the preaching ministry.
Literary Companion to the Lectionary: Readings Throughout the Year
This beautiful book offers poems and literary pieces for Sundays and principal feasts throughout the liturgical year. Each selection relates to an aspect of...
Determining the Form
This fifth title in the Elements of Preaching series offers preaching students and clergy an overview of some of the most common sermonic forms and provides...
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