Everyone Must Eat: Food, Sustainability, and Ministry
Rural contexts are often over-looked, treated as "flyover land." But because everyone must eat, rural communities and their work in food production are important to the whole of society. Mark Yackel-Juleen, the executive director of Shalom Hill Farm, connects issues of food production and environmental sustainability in profound ways to the Bible and theology. He offers actionable tools for rural leaders and ministers to address issues of sustainability and land use in their ministry.
Hiding in the Pews: Shining Light on Mental Illness in the Church
In 2012, Steve Austin, then a pastor, nearly died by suicide. He wondered: if church folks had talked about mental health, suicide prevention, abuse, and other hard issues, would that have changed his story? Hiding in the Pews challenges and equips leaders to transform their communities into places where suffering people can find a sense of safety.
Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities
Turning Ourselves Inside Out emerges from the Thriving Christian Communities Project started by the authors in 2015. In interviews with thirty-five faith communities, the authors discovered that amid great upheaval, Christ is giving us a new church. This book invites readers to listen to others' experiences and then dig deep into their own and get down to the business of dreaming God's dream and making it real.
Wide Welcome: How the Unsettling Presence of Newcomers Can Save the Church
Jessicah Krey Duckworth presents the stark differences between the established congregation and the disestablished one, intentionally equipped to facilitate the encounter between new and established members.
A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship: How to Begin and Lead Band-Based Worship
This is a must-have guide for anyone thinking about starting a contemporary worship service and an essential reference work for those wondering about the nuts and bolts of instrumentation...
A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation
The roster of books on leadership is full of high theory and grand expositions of biblical principles. But there is precious little practical advice for regular...
Church Administration: Programs, Process, Purpose
This comprehensive guide, from two experienced and thoughtful churchmen, treats each aspect of congregational governance as a sacred calling with an overriding religious mission.
Preaching Parables to Postmoderns
Stiller argues that Jesus' parables, through their narrative, personal, and oral dimensions and reversal of expectations, provide unique access to Christianity...
An expert guide from Galillee to Jerusalem This new resource examines the major literary units of Mark's Gospel with an eye toward helping the pastor in...
Turn Your Church Inside Out: Building a Community for Others
A primer for reinvigorating church life Drawing on his experience as pastor of one of the largest and fastest-growing congregations in America, Walt...
Through the Wilderness of Alzheimer's: A Guide in Two Voices
Nearly four million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a debilitating neurological disorder affecting the memory that places great stress on the sufferer as...
The Caring Church: A Guide for Lay Pastoral Care
The principles outlined here help laypersons develop or refine the skills needed for a ministry of healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling. Specific...
Christianity in Blue: How the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Theology Shape Progressive Identity
Christianity in Blue shows how liberal values and progressive attitudes are the fruits of taking seriously both the Bible and Christian tradition. But rather than treating these sources as the final word, Kaden argues that they are places to start exploring how to be a Christian in the world. Christianity in Blue helps both progressive and conservative Christians better understand the importance of the Bible, theology, history, and philosophy for building a loving church for everyone.
Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life
Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life informs and inspires the practice of ministry through "on the ground" learning experienced in a variety of ministry settings. Each of the fifty chapters explores a single concept through story, reflection, and provocative open-ended questions designed to spark conversation between ministers and mentors, among ministry peers, or for personal journal reflections. The book is closely integrated with the author's Three Minute Ministry Mentor web resource.
Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing, 2nd Edition
Doing Justice introduces people of faith to congregation-based community organizing rooted in the day-to- day struggles and hopes of urban ministry. Drawing from the author’s decades of...
Liturgical Reform after Vatican II: The Impact on Eastern Orthodoxy
This study examines Orthodox liturgical reform after Vatican II through the lens of Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue.
Augustine's Theology of Preaching
How do the theological convictions that Augustine brought to his preaching challenge, sustain, or shape our work today? By presenting Augustine's thought on preaching to contemporary readers Sanlon contributes a major new piece to the ongoing reconsideration of preaching in the modern day.
Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-media Era
The church struggles with media. Whether it is a denomination negotiating the 24-hour news cycle or a church evaluating how online games influence the youth group, the role of media in the church, and the importance of understanding media for the church, has never been greater.
Empowering Couples: A Narrative Approach to Spiritual Care
This book outlines five tasks focused on identity, agency, and meaning that spiritual caregivers can use to empower couples for significant change in just three to five conversations.
Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know: Second Edition
According to the American Medical Association, one quarter of American women will be abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Loving support...
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