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Look Before You Lead: How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture
Aubrey Malphurs

Baker Books, 2013

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 ...


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

Yale University Press, 2003

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 ...


How Firm a Foundation
Marcus Grodi

C H Resources, 2002

Stephen LaPointe believed in Jesus. For him, the Bible was the only sufficient, firm foundation for his life. He wanted to obey God in all things, and had given up a career to become an ordained minister. He loved to preach the Word and knew that one day he would stand before God, accountable for everything he preached. But there was only one problem: How could he be certain that what he was preaching was true?


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 ...


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

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006

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.


Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
Aubrey Malphurs

Baker Books, 2013

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 ...


The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement
Douglas A. Foster, Paul M. Blowers, ...

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005

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 ...


Millionaire and the Scrublady and Other Parables
William Eleazar Barton

Zondervan, 1990

A grandfather gently persuades a reluctant little boy to wash both


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 ...


Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship
David G. Peterson

IVP Academic, 2002

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, ...


Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church (Foundations of Evangelical Theology)
Gregg R. Allison

Crossway, 2012

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 ...


Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days: A Daily Guide to Leading Effective Change
Paul D. Borden

Abingdon Press, 2012

The joy of ministry is lost in the terror of being ill equipped for daily tasks. This book leads the way, providing clear plans for the daily tasks of effectively leading a congregation. Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days  helps pastors develop competency in the daily task of leading congregations by answering two fundamental questions: What must be done in the first 365 days of a pastor’s tenure? What is the optimal way ...


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 ...


Separated Brethren: A Review of Protestant, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox & Other Religions in the United States
William Joseph Whalen

Our Sunday Visitor, 2002


Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (Omohundro ...
Alan Taylor

The University of North Carolina Press, 1990

This detailed exploration of the settlement of Maine beginning in the late eighteenth century illuminates the violent, widespread contests along the American frontier that served to define and complete the American Revolution. Taylor shows how Maine's militant settlers organized secret companies to defend their populist understanding of the Revolution.


Geneva Lake (Images of America Series)
Carolyn Hope Smeltzer, Martha Kiefer Cucco

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

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., 2000

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, ...


Jonathan Edwards Lover of God (The Essential Edwards Collection)
Owen Strachan, Doug Sweeney

Moody Publishers, 2010

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 ...


Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations
Gil Rendle Senior Consultant, Alice Mann

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003

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 ...



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