books about: congregational
When Sheep Attack
Dennis R. Maynard
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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 ...
Look Before You Lead: How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture
Pastoral ministry is challenging work, especially when a pastor ignores the church's "congregational culture" when seeking to minister to church members or implement changes. Just as a pastor studies to interpret the Scriptures in order to understand and preach the Bible, he or she must interpret the local church culture to better understand and move it toward accomplishing its mission and vision. In Look Before You Lead , trusted ...
The Autobiography of Charles G. Finney
Charles Grandison Finney
Bethany House Publishers
Here is a new compact edition of the life story of America's foremost evangelist. Helen Wessel has done several things to make this classic more readable: Omitted the repetitious accounts of virtually identical revivals Updated many of the antiquated terms used in the original narrative Shortened the sentences Modernized the punctuation Retained the core of the amazing narrative Made the principles of revival more easily discernible by ...
The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement
Douglas A. Foster
Paul M. Blowers
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
With roots in British and American endeavors to restore apostolic Christianity, the Stone-Campbell Movement drew its inspiration from the independent efforts of nineteenth-century religious reformers Barton W. Stone and the father-son team of Thomas and Alexander Campbell. The union of these two movements in the 1830s and the growth of the new body thrust it into a place of significance in early nineteenth-century America, and it ...
Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry
Margaret J. Marcuson
Is helping others overrated? Is ministry a recipe for burnout? How can pastors last the course? Author and pastor Margaret Marcuson introduces the notion of “sustainable ministry,” which trains and empowers pastors to focus on their inner resources for proactive leadership, instead of trying harder to help, fix or change others. Leaders Who Last draws upon the author’s own pastoral experience and leadership, plus a significant analysis ...
Jonathan Edwards: A Life
George M. Marsden
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 18th century. In this 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 reared - a frontier civilization at the ...
Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2013
Noted educator and community revitalization pioneer Dr. Ron Wolfson presents practical strategies and case studies to transform the old model of Jewish institutions into relational communities. He sets out twelve principles of relational engagement to guide Jewish lay leaders, professionals and community members in turning institutions into inspiring communities whose value-proposition is to engage people and connect them to Judaism and ...
How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems
Peter L. Steinke
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Drawing on the work of Bowen and Friedman, and on his own many years of 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 effects of family of origin on current relationships.
Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards (Bibliolife Reproduction)
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our ...
Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
First published in 1999, Advanced Strategic Planning explains why planning is so important to carrying out the church's mission. Now in its third edition, this classic resource offers •a nine-step strategic thinking and acting model •useful ideas for developing a ministry strategy •diagrams to help illustrate concepts •a new section on spiritual formation The methods in this book are proven to work, having already ...
Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church (Foundations of Evangelical Theology)
Gregg R. Allison
What is a church? This can be a difficult question to answer and Christians have offered a variety of perspectives. Gregg Allison explores and synthesizes all that Scripture affirms about the new covenant people of God, capturing a full picture of the biblical church. He covers the topics of the church’s identity and characteristics; its growth through purity, unity, and discipline; its offices and leadership structures; its ordinances of ...
Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship
David G. Peterson
Worship is of immense concern in the church and ironically the source of controversy and dispute. Can we get behind the question of what style of worship we should engage in to understand the bedrock foundation for God's people--honoring him as he desires? Is the dissatisfaction with worship voiced by so many perhaps a result of our having wandered from biblical teaching on the subject? Through careful exegesis in both Old and New Testaments, ...
Mosaic Moments: Devotionals for the Chronically Ill
Rest Ministries Publishers, 2003
Living with chronic illness can seem like a big basket full of broken peices of our former life. Though we may logically believe that God has the whole world in His hands, sometimes it feels like He has tripped, hollering, "Oops!" as we are flung from His hands, and our lives shatter into pieces. We look at the fragments of our former self, relationships, careers and dreams and wonder, "Where did I go wrong? Why did God allow this illness ...
Millionaire and the Scrublady and Other Parables
William Eleazar Barton
A grandfather gently persuades a reluctant little boy to wash both hands. A wise woman draws upon her knowledge of baking to teach an important lesson about life's empty places. A millionaire tumbles ingloriously down a flight of stairs because he is too haughty to take note of a scrublady and her bar of soap. BartonÂ’s winsome characters will charm you and his wry wit will entertain youÂ—smoothing the way for his deft applications of ...
Geneva Lake (Images of America Series)
Carolyn Hope Smeltzer
Martha Kiefer Cucco
Geneva Lake was formed by a glacier tens of thousands of years ago. The Oneota left historic footprints with a cultural gift in the form of the shore path, which is accessible for all to walk just as the natives did many centuries earlier. Images of America: Geneva Lake illustrates the early history of the communities surrounding the lakeLake Geneva, Linn, Fontana, and Williams Baythrough scrapbooks, vintage photographs, and storytelling. The ...
The Synagogue Survival Kit
Jordan Lee Wagner
Jason Aronson, Inc.
In an effort to counter the confusion and isolation often experienced by a novice synagogue-goer, as well as by many who regularly attend synagogue, The Synagogue Survival Kit offers introductions and instructions for all aspects of the synagogue experience. Always mindful of the sophisticated adult reader with little or no Jewish background, Jordan Wagner clearly and comprehensively explains, in a non-dogmatic way, the practices, vocabulary, ...
Separated Brethren: A Review of Protestant, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox & Other Religions in the United States
William Joseph Whalen
Our Sunday Visitor
Jonathan Edwards Lover of God (The Essential Edwards Collection)
Douglas Allen Sweeney
Jonathan Edwards stands tall in America's historical memory. A great philosopher, a great preacher, a great theologian. Edwards was a complex and gifted person, one who defies easy characterization. He intimidates us, and we distance ourselves from him because at the most fundamental level, he's just not like us. It is of course true that Jonathan Edwards was a combination of many rare things: an exceptional intellectual, a masterly ...
Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations
Gil Rendle Senior Consultant
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Planning can be challenging in the contemporary congregation, where people share a common faith and values but may have very different preferences and needs. Much of the literature on congregational planning presents it as a technical process: the leader serves as the chief problem solver, and the goal is finding “the solution to the problem.” Popular Alban consultants and authors Gil Rendle and Alice Mann cast planning as a “holy ...
Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America's Largest Churches
Drawing on extensive, broad-based, and well-designed research, as well as stories and anecdotes, Beyond Megachurch Myths dispels popluar myths about megachurches while highlighting the diversity within the megachurch phenomenon. Defining a megachurch as a Protestant church that averages at least 2000 total attendees in their weekend services, Scott Thumma and Dave Travis reveal what these churches are and are not, why they are thriving, what ...
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