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Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community
Dr. Ron Wolfson

Jewish Lights, 2013

How to transform the model of twentieth-century Jewish institutions into twenty-first-century relational communities offering meaning and purpose, belonging and blessing. "What really matters is that we care about the people we seek to engage. When we genuinely care about people, we will not only welcome them; we will listen to their stories, we will share ours, and we will join together to build a Jewish community that enriches our lives." ...


Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page
Larry Osborne

Zondervan, 2010

Serving as a church leader can be a tough assignment. Whatever your role, odds are you’ve known your share of the frustration, conflict, and disillusionment that comes with silly turf battles, conflicting vision, and marathon meetings. No doubt, you’ve asked yourself, “How did it get this way?” With practical and accessible wisdom, Larry Osborne explains how it got this way. He exposes the hidden roadblocks, structures, and goofy ...


The Church in History
B. K. Kuiper

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1988

"A great textbook for junior and senior high students! This updated edition skillfully weaves a picture of Christian history down through the ages. All of the retained maps have been redrawn and new maps added to correlate with the text. Meanwhile timelines provide excellent overviews. The selection of pictures is broadened, the number doubled, and their quality improved by offset printing. The questions and projects suggested at the end of the ...


Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What
Peter L. Steinke

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006

Anxious times call for steady leadership. When tensions emerge in a congregation, its leaders cannot be as anxious as the people they serve. To remain effective, congregational leaders must control their own uneasiness. This takes self-awareness and confidence to manage relationships and influence behaviors. Knowing how to deal with anxiety and how to work throug complex challenges can lead a congregation to new insights, growth, and vitality. ...


How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems
Peter L. Steinke

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006

Drawing on the work of Bowen, Friedman, and his own many years' counseling experience, Peter Steinke shows how to recognize and deal with the emotional roots of such issues as church conflict, leadership roles, congregational change, irresponsible behavior, and the effect of family of origin on current relationships. Discover why working relationships may be "stuck" in certain behaviors. Psychologically sound, theologically grounded, and ...


Worship Architect, The: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services
Constance M. Cherry

Baker Academic, 2010

There are many books available on the topic of worship today, but few provide a comprehensive, practical method for worship design. Constance M. Cherry, a worship professor and practitioner, provides worship leaders with credible blueprint plans for successfully designing worship services that foster meaningful conversation with God and the gathered community. Readers will learn how to create services that are faithful to Scripture, historically ...


Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue (Guilford Family Therapy)
Edwin H. Friedman

The Guilford Press, 2011

An acclaimed, influential work now available in paper for the first time, this bestselling book applies the concepts of systemic family therapy to the emotional life of congregations. Edwin H. Friedman shows how the same understanding of family process that can aid clergy in their pastoral role also has important ramifications for negotiating congregational dynamics and functioning as an effective leader. Clergy from diverse denominations, as ...


Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Robert Schnase

Abingdon Press, 2007

People are searching for a church shaped and sustained by Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. These fundamental practices are critical to the success of congregations. Their presence and strength demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruitfulness. By repeating and improving these practices, churches fulfill their mission to make disciples ...


Denominations Comparison

Rose Publishing, 2011

Compare 12 Major Christian Denominations and Their Beliefs The Denominations Comparison eBook contains a comparison of what 12 Christian denominations believe about Scripture, God, the Trinity, Jesus, and other spiritual issues. This handy guide can be read in less than 30 minutes. It shows you the key beliefs each Christian group holds and includes a "Family Tree of Denominations" diagram that reveals the roots of today's denominations. ...


Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again
Mark DeVine, Darrin Patrick

David C. Cook, 2014

Grow Where You’re Replanted   Today’s spiritual landscape is littered with churches on their last legs, forcing us to reconsider how we keep the Body of Christ alive and strong. The solution, according to visionary pastors Darrin Patrick and Mark DeVine, is to infuse new blood into the body and by seeking God’s presence and guidance. Avoiding cookie-cutter steps or how-to formulas, Replant describes the story of a church ...


When Sheep Attack
Dennis R. Maynard

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010

Do you love your parish? Are you fond of your pastor? Would you believe that in just a matter of a few weeks your pastor and his family could be abused, humiliated, and unemployed? In just a matter of days your parish could be split down the middle. A couple of months from now close to forty percent of the people you currently see at worship could no longer be there. Close to half of those will never again attend worship or participate in any ...


Growing an Engaged Church: How to Stop "Doing Church" and Start Being the Church Again
Albert L. Winseman D.Min.

Gallup Press, 2007

What would a church look like if members of its congregation were 13 times more likely to have invited someone to participate in the church in the past month? Or if they were three times as satisfied with their lives, or spent two hours per week serving the community? Based on solid research by The Gallup Organization, Growing an Engaged Church appeals to both Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders who are looking to create this kind ...


Winning On Purpose: How To Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission (Convergence Ebook Series)
John Edmund Kaiser

Abingdon Press, 2006

Do you really want the mission to succeed? Are you prepared to live within clear boundaries? Are you ready to align yourself with a greater purpose? Do you have what it takes? Winning on Purpose offers leaders a way to organize congregations for success by creating structures that enable church life and health. As a comprehensive and powerful application of the biblical call to mission, Winning on Purpose sets forth the ...


Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness (Gospel & Our Culture)
Lois Y. Barrett

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004

"If you saw a missional church, what would it look like? What patterns of behavior and practice would you find there? Building on the ground laid by the book Missional Church (Darrell Guder et al.), this volume centers on case studies of nine missional congregations from across North America that are diverse in their denominational affiliations, worship styles, political stances, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Treasure in Clay Jars explores ...


Jonathan Edwards: A Life
George M. Marsden

Yale University Press, 2004

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is a towering figure in American history. A controversial theologian and the author of the famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he ignited the momentous Great Awakening of the eighteenth century. In this definitive and long-awaited biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as both a great American and a brilliant Christian. George Marsden evokes the world of colonial New England in which Edwards was ...


The Calling of Congregational Leadership: Being, Knowing, Doing Ministry (TCP The Columbia Partnership ...
Larry L. McSwain

Chalice Press, 2013

Leading is a calling from God, but that doesn't mean it is easy. There are choices to be made about what your congregation believes, how your church organizes for effective ministry, and how your church serves the settings of which you are a part. The good news is that others have gone before you. Author Larry L. McSwain's forty years of experience can help guide you through these choices. Rooted in research, The Calling of ...


Children's Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It Guide
Jim Wideman

Group Publishing, 2003

This guide is the perfect tool for encouraging motivated children's ministry leaders to grow their ministry with effective administration. And this isn't just theory--it's practical advice brought to you from someone with experience in children's ministries of all sizes. You'll get great field-tested training from the children's ministry leadership expert. Learn leadership fundamentals, sharpen your administrative and organizational ...


Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities
Marie Alford-Harkey, Rev. Debra W. Haffner

Religious Institute, 2014

Is your faith community open to people whose sexuality does not fit into the categories of gay/lesbian or straight? Does your faith community have access to resources about bisexuality and bisexual people? This guidebook is designed to help congregations understand bisexuality and to encourage faith communities to “make the invisible visible.” Religious leaders and congregations can use this guidebook to inspire theological reflection and ...


Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life (Creative Pastoral ...
Ronald W. Richardson

Fortress Press, 1996

Ronald W. Richardson helps us to understand how congregations function emotionally. Without being simplistic, he gives clear directions on how to improve their quality of life together and function more effectively in achieving mission goals. This book offers: A theory about human behavior that will aid understanding of how things can get out of control in the human community of the church; A practical set of leadership ideas and behaviors; ...


Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Gary D. Schmidt

Yearling, 2006

Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale. When the powerful town elders, including Turner’s father, ...



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