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  • Last Pastor : Faithfully Steering A Closing Church

    $25.00

    Gail Cafferata was heartbroken when the church she pastored voted to close its doors. It may have been the right decision, but it led to a million questions in her mind about her call, leadership, and future. She began to think that other pastors who close churches perhaps go through this same experience. This led her to obtain a grant from the Louisville Institute to conduct a sociological study of over 130 pastors in five historically established denominations (Episcopal, Lutheran, United Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ) who were called to serve churches that closed. This book tells the results of that study, which consisted of many interviews, and the hard-won lessons learned by these courageous pastors.

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  • John MacArthur Handbook Of Effective Biblical Leadership

    $34.99

    An overseer…must be above reproach. 1 Timothy 3:2

    Scripture holds leaders and teachers of the Word to an incredibly high standard. And for good reason. Shepherding God’s children into salvation is an enormous responsibility. Even more now than ever, today’s church needs great leaders who faithfully proclaim the Word of God and equip believers to live it out. But great leaders need great role models.

    Bestselling author John MacArthur has compiled, from the internationally renowned Shepherd’s Conference hosted at Grace community Church, the best-ever messages for Christian leaders–now available in a single volume. Alongside MacArthur’s candid, instructive writings you’ll find the works of other proven ministry leaders, such as John Piper, Steven Lawson, RC Sproul, Ligon Duncan, and Al Mohler.

    Whether you’re a pastor, elder, or leader in your church, or someone wanting to be more effective in your spiritual leadership, you will learn to…

    guide others with integrity and conviction deliver God’s Word with passion and power accurately interpret and apply God’s Word
    When you accept the challenge to be a leader who is above reproach both in ministry and personally, you will become better equipped to fulfill your calling to lead with excellence.

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  • Empowered : Why We Need Spirit Filled Churches

    $9.99

    Since the second verse of the Bible we have observed the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and we have been somewhat confused ever since about what He does! Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to make the New Testament church His main priority. The day of Pentecost was just the beginning; the Holy Spirit wants to encourage, empower, enliven, equip, protect, and pray for our churches now.

    Each chapter of Empowered: Why We Need Spirit-Filled Churches exposes the reader to a specific aspect of the Spirit’s ministry to every church. When taken collectively, it becomes obvious we are utterly dependent upon the Spirit and doomed without Him. In this fast-paced book readers will be reminded the Holy Spirit is more than a personal counselor to individual believers–He is the presence and power of God for our churches right here and right now.

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  • Calendar Of Activities 2019-20

    $4.99

    Adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention for long range planning

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  • Evangelical Theological Method

    $25.00

    Method In Systematic Theology: An Introduction-Stanley E. Porter And Steven M. Studebaker

    Codifying God’s Word: Bible Doctrines/Conservative Theology-Sung Wook Chung
    Living God’s Love: Missional Theology-John R. Franke
    Framers And Painters: Interdisciplinary Theology-Telford C. Work
    God In Human Context: Reflection On Theology’s Contextuality And Contextual Theology-Victor Ifeanyi Ezigbo
    Confessing The Faith: A Trinitarian Method In Dogmatic Theology-Paul Louis Metzger

    Response To Other Contributors-Sung Wook Chung
    Response To Other Contributors-John R. Franke
    Response To Other Contributors-Telford C. Work
    Response To Other Contributors-Victor Ifeanyi Ezigbo
    Response To Other Contributors-Paul Louis Metzger

    What Have We Learned Regarding Theological Method, And Where Do We Go From Here? Tentative Conclusions-Stanley E. Porter And Steven M. Studebaker
    Contributors

    Additional Info
    How should one approach the task of theology?The question of methodology is increasingly one of interest among theologians, who recognize that the very manner in which we approach theology informs both the questions we ask and the conclusions we reach. This volume in IVP’s Spectrum Multiview series brings together five evangelical theologians with distinctly different approaches to the theological task: Sung Wook ChungJohn R. FrankeTelford C. WorkVictor Ifeanyi EzigboPaul Louis MetzgerAfter presenting their own approach-which include appeals to Scripture, context, missions, interdisciplinary studies, and dogmatics-they respond to each of the other views. Emerging from this theological conversation is an awareness of our methodological commitments and the benefits that each can bring to the theological task.

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  • Cultural Insights For Christian Leaders

    $23.00

    A well-respected leader in the worlds of missiology and higher education helps readers become students of culture who can then contextualize what they learn for their own organizational settings.

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  • High Impact Teams

    $17.99

    Experienced pastor and ministry leader equips Christian leaders to build healthy teams that perform at their highest level.

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  • Work Of The Church Treasurer (Revised)

    $16.99

    At last, a revision of this classic volume in Judson Press’s best-selling Work of the Church series! Updated to reflect the use of technology in recordkeeping and budgeting, this resource includes all the essentials of the previous edition, brought into the practices of the twenty-first century church. Includes guidelines for handling the annual budget, receipts and disbursements, reports and audits, as well as an overview of the ministry of the treasurer in the life of the church, as part of a larger team tasked with faithful stewardship and ethical practices.

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  • Come Let Us Eat Together

    $26.00

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. The Supper Of The Lord: Goodness And Grace In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (Amy Peeler)
    2. Churches And The Politics Of The Sacraments: Rethinking Unity Of The Church (D. Zac Niringiye)
    3. In Persona Christi: The Catholic Understanding Of The Ordained Priesthood In Relation To The Eucharist (Thomas G. Weinandy)
    4. A Way Forward: A Catholic-Anabaptist Ecclesiology (D. Stephen Long)
    5. Ascension, Communion, And The Hospitality Of The Priest-King (Cherith Fee Nordling)
    6. The Gospel We Share And The Unity We Seek: An Orthodox Contribution (Bradley Nassif)
    7. Christ The Ursakrament (Katherine Sonderegger)
    8. Visual Ecumenism: The Coy Communion Of Art (Matthew J. Milliner)
    9. The Eucharist, The Risen Lord, And The Road To Emmaus: A Road To Deeper Unity? (Matthew Levering)
    10. The Eschatological Dimension Of Sacramental Unity: An Orthodox Christian View (Paul L. Gavrilyuk)
    11. For You Have Been Planted Together With Christ: Sacraments And The Life Of The Church (George Kalantzis)
    12. Who Invited The Baptist? The Sacraments And Free Church Theology (Marc Cortez)
    13. Sacraments And (Dis-)Unity: A Constructive Ecumenical Proposal Toward Healing The Divisions And Facilitating Mutual Recognition (Veli-Matti Karkkainen)
    Contributors
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    As Christians, we are called to seek the unity of the one body of Christ.

    But when it comes to the sacraments, the church has often been-and remains-divided. What are we to do? Can we still gather together at the same table?

    Based on the lectures from the 2017 Wheaton Theology Conference, this volume brings together the reflections of Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox theologians, who jointly consider what it means to proclaim the unity of the body of Christ in light of the sacraments.

    Without avoiding or downplaying the genuine theological and sacramental differences that exist between Christian traditions, what emerges is a thoughtful consideration of what it means to live with the difficult, elusive command to be one as the Father and the Son are one.

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  • Activate : Entirely New Approach To Small Groups

    $16.99

    A nationally respected authority on church life teaches church leaders a biblically grounded, sustainable plan to get 100 percent of their congregations involved in healthy small groups.

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  • Every Christians Call

    $35.95

    Every Christian’s Call uses a God inspired vision to see us all, as one, just as Jesus prayed in John 17:21-23. The biblical plan for unity is simple and systematic. Every reader can understand their role and how they fit in God’s plan for true unity.

    -Pastor Randy V. Thomas

    Lake Country Church, Ft. Worth, Tx

    Unity and Purpose – A Match Made in Heaven

    With the increasing turmoil in the world today it’s no wonder so many are talking about unity. In his new book, Every Christian’s Call, Vol. 1, Kevin Almond brings together the two hottest topics in Christianity today; Unity and Purpose. In John 17:21-23 Jesus prayed for His followers to be one. In that same prayer He also revealed that the very believe-ability of the Gospel to the world depends upon the unity of the Christian Church. He prayed, …that they may be one as We are one…that the world may know that You have sent Me… Not only is unity a crucial issue for the Church today but it also directly ties into God’s unique purpose for you. Every Christian’s Call reveals from a biblical perspective how the principles of unity are identical to God’s plan for your life.

    In Every Christian’s Call you’ll find answers to questions like:

    What are the biblical principles that reveal the path to fulfilling my destiny?

    What is the primary Key to the Church becoming one as Jesus prayed?

    How does this Key determine the success of every relationship I’ll ever be involved in?

    How does answering Christ’s Call to Unity ensure that I will fulfill my God-given purpose and destiny?

    Come and discover the answers to these and other questions that are directly related to the purpose God has designed specifically for you in, Every Christian’s Call. When you do, you’ll see that the biblical principles of unity are identical to the principles you must walk in if you are going to fulfill God’s great plan for your life. Any Christian that wants to know how to complete the destiny God has for them must first, answer the Call.

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  • Every Christians Call

    $19.95

    Every Christian’s Call uses a God inspired vision to see us all, as one, just as Jesus prayed in John 17:21-23. The biblical plan for unity is simple and systematic. Every reader can understand their role and how they fit in God’s plan for true unity.

    -Pastor Randy V. Thomas

    Lake Country Church, Ft. Worth, Tx

    Unity and Purpose – A Match Made in Heaven

    With the increasing turmoil in the world today it’s no wonder so many are talking about unity. In his new book, Every Christian’s Call, Vol. 1, Kevin Almond brings together the two hottest topics in Christianity today; Unity and Purpose. In John 17:21-23 Jesus prayed for His followers to be one. In that same prayer He also revealed that the very believe-ability of the Gospel to the world depends upon the unity of the Christian Church. He prayed, …that they may be one as We are one…that the world may know that You have sent Me… Not only is unity a crucial issue for the Church today but it also directly ties into God’s unique purpose for you. Every Christian’s Call reveals from a biblical perspective how the principles of unity are identical to God’s plan for your life.

    In Every Christian’s Call you’ll find answers to questions like:

    What are the biblical principles that reveal the path to fulfilling my destiny?

    What is the primary Key to the Church becoming one as Jesus prayed?

    How does this Key determine the success of every relationship I’ll ever be involved in?

    How does answering Christ’s Call to Unity ensure that I will fulfill my God-given purpose and destiny?

    Come and discover the answers to these and other questions that are directly related to the purpose God has designed specifically for you in, Every Christian’s Call. When you do, you’ll see that the biblical principles of unity are identical to the principles you must walk in if you are going to fulfill God’s great plan for your life. Any Christian that wants to know how to complete the destiny God has for them must first, answer the Call.

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  • Spiritual Direction : A Guide For Sharing The Fathers Love

    $27.95

    The need for spiritual direction-or the accompaniment of a spiritual guide-is becoming more prominent in a world where so many are suffering from so many wounds. With a harmonious integration of both timeless spiritual wisdom from the Catholic Church’s tradition of prayer and direction, and the insight of the psychological sciences, Fathers Thomas Acklin and Boniface Hicks offer a comprehensive guide for all who provide or seek spiritual direction.

    Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love fortifies priests, religious, and lay faithful who embrace the ministry of spiritual direction and accompany the wounded, assist men and women in hearing the voice of God, and model the love and mercy of the Father for the many who are seeking Him but do not know Him or have false images of Him. This book also shows how various aspects of the spiritual life can emerge from and be fostered by a one-on-one relationship with a spiritual director.

    Together with concrete guidelines and numerous examples from personal experience, this book refers extensively to Sacred Scripture as the foundation for spiritual direction. Furthermore, since the practice of spiritual direction goes back to the first centuries of the Church, the authors turn for guidance to the Doctors of the Church, the writings of the saints, and the papal magisterium in developing and supporting their insights.

    Spiritual Direction will call spiritual directors to deeper holiness even as they assist others in growing closer to the Father through His loving gaze of mercy.

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  • Intentionally Inclusive : Together At The Table For Minisry

    $16.99

    In a society that is increasingly diverse in race and ethnicity, religious background and theological conviction, socioeconomic status and political perspectives, this practical resource explores the broad dimensions of what it means to be a multicultural community of faithand relates the powerful story of how one group chose to pursue intentional inclusion and faithful intercultural ministry through ethnic caucuses and consensus-based decision-making. Grounded in biblical narrative as well as personal experiences, the book offers an authentic and honest look into a real-life experiment in inclusive ministry. Includes questions for personal reflection and ideas for small-group implementation.

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  • Calendar Of Activities 2018-19

    $6.99

    Sixteen 11 x 8.5 pages make long range planning more convenient. Calendar is a 16 month long calendar, begins in September and runs through December of the next year.

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  • New Map Of The Global Church

    $12.95

    Offers an inviting way to understand the facts and implications of the major demographic shifts happening within Christianity
    By 2025, 75 percent of Catholics in the world will be non-European; the new global church will have its center of gravity in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. This fascinating brief explores the metamorphosis taking place in the global community of believers: the church s new life comes from what historically has been labeled the periphery. The book also looks into the radical ramifications for all churches.

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  • Vile Practices Of Church Leadership

    $18.99

    Many pastors-just like the rest of the population–lack a basic understanding of financial and administrative matters. Most of us feel unprepared in matters of personal budgeting, health insurance, retirement savings and taxes. Finance and administration are often considered tedious, un-compelling, even ‘vile’ tasks. But pastors are required to offer leadership around these issues in a congregation. And so, since their pastors are poorly equipped in this area, many congregations struggle with budgeting, accounting, staff management, employee benefits, tax and basic legal matters. Author Nate Berneking, attorney and MDiv., manages the finance and administration of a large denominational organization, and offers his expert counsel and practical advice here. Vile Practices provides theological language to equip pastors and other leaders to translate these matters for themselves, so that they can effectively lead their congregations. The first part of the book explores several personal matters for pastors, from budgeting to taxes. The second part demonstrates how to lead congregations in their own financial and administrative matters.

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  • United Methodist Church Membership Records Manual 2017-2020

    $12.99

    The task of the church is to reach out to people and receive them in the name of Jesus Christ, to help them relate to God, to nurture and strengthen them in their journey of discipleship, and to send them into the world to live transformed and transforming lives. The United Methodist Membership Records System supports the pastoral concern for persons that is so important to this task. Using the forms and procedures described in this manual will enable your church to maintain excellent membership records, which will be the source of vital information used by pastors, witness ministry chairpersons, evangelism chairpersons, and other church leaders for effective ministries to make disciples. All the forms and procedures are ingredients in the pastoral care of the church. Because The United Methodist Church is a connectional church, we use a consistent approach to record keeping. Using these forms and procedures will help the pastor and staff meet the membership record-keeping and reporting requirements of The Book of Disciple. This manual includes: Background, purpose, and value for keeping membership records for care and outreach FAQs on records required ty The Book of Discipline 2016/li> Tips on how to close gaps in your membership records Sample of each membership record sheet with instructions Available online with purchase of this resource, includes: Searchable PDF of the Manual Templates for membership record sheets* Templates for 8.5 x 11 certificates for baptism, confirmation/reception, and membership in English, Korean, and Spanish Templates for additional forms, including Notification of Moved Members, Certificates of Transfer, and Verification of Baptism The United Methodist Financial Records Handbook 2017-2020 was developed by The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church. *Acid-Free archival paper is available from Cokesbury, so you can printout the forms for your permanent records.

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  • Transcending Mission : The Eclipse Of A Modern Tradition

    $40.00

    Prologue
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: The Enigma Of Mission

    Part I: Justifying Mission
    1. Partisans And Apologists
    2. Reading Scripture As Mission
    3. Presenting History As Mission
    4. Rhetoric And Trope

    Part II: Innovating Mission
    5. Holy Conquest
    6. Latin Occupation
    7. Mission Vow
    8. Ignatian Mission

    Part III: Revising Mission
    9. Protestant Reception
    10. Missionary Problems

    Epilogue: Toward Pilgrim Witness
    Abbreviations
    Works Cited

    Additional Info
    Mission, missions, missional, and all its linguistic variations are part of the expanding vocabulary and rhetoric of the contemporary Christian missionary enterprise. Its language and assumptions are deeply ingrained in the thought and speech of the church today. Christianity is a missionary religion and faithful churches are mission-minded. What’s more, in telling the story of apostles and bishops and monks as missionaries, we think we have grasped the true thread of Christian history. But what about those odd shapes, those unsettling gaps and creases in the historical record? Is the language of mission so clearly evident across the broad reaches of time? Is the trajectory of mission really so explicit from the early church to the present? Or has the modern missionary enterprise distorted our view of the past? As with every reigning paradigm, there comes a point when enough questions surface to beg for a close and critical look, even when it may seem transgressive to do so. In this study of the language of mission-its origin, development, and application-Michael Stroope investigates how the modern church has come to understand, speak of, and engage in the global expansion of Christianity. There is both surprise and hope in this tale. And perhaps the beginnings of a new conversation.

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  • AdMinistry : The Nuts And Bolts Of Church Administration

    $16.99

    Shepherding the church requires up-to-date knowledge of budgets, insurance, financial management, personnel organization, audits, and legal liability. These responsibilities are complex and ever-changing. While as pastor, you are called to be a faithful steward of the church’s resources and an effective planner of its ministries, you need facts and skills to get your job done. This book will help you organize and weave your way through the often complex the business of the church. Contents include: Definition of Ad-Ministry and What it means to be an Ad-Minister A Theological Model for Ad-Ministry The Church as an Organization Stewarding People-Paid and Unpaid Staff Staffing the Volunteer Organization Stewarding Resources-Finances and Budgeting Stewarding Places and Spaces Stewarding Fiduciary Responsibility-Legal and Liability Issues Stewarding the Mission of God Strategic Planning to Fulfill God’s Call on Your Congregation Includes templates, and samples, including Church Staff Review forms, Staff Growth Plans, Offering Tracking Logs, Financial Statements, Property Inventory Worksheets, Emergency Procedures Worksheets.

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  • Launch Revised And Expanded (Reprinted)

    $16.99

    This revised, updated, and expanded edition of Launch by pastors of The Journey Church in NYC walks every church planter from the initial stages of discerning a calling to successfully starting a new church in today’s environment.

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  • Sacred Secular : How God Is Using The World To Shape The Church

    $16.99

    This book addresses the question, ‘Is Being Spiritual Better Than Being Religious’? Or, to put it another way, is the church important any longer? If we believe it is, then how do we show, tell, and embody that today? Our urban cores are undergoing a renaissance. People, especially young people, are ditching the suburbs in search of more interesting and compelling ways of living. Cities now offer an escape from planned and gated communities, big box stores, and chain restaurants. Urban centers offer local, community based coffee shops, bars, and businesses. Restaurants offer farm to table experiences and a place where people can meet their neighbors. Instead of going to the movie theatre on a Friday night, urbanites experience art shows and the local music scene where they engage in a more creative way of living. The escape from suburbia, however, also includes an escape from organized religion. Today’s mega-church isn’t much different from the big box store experience, an experience urbanites reject. Yet, they aren’t rejecting religious beliefs and have in many ways adopted new religious practices, whether they know it or not. The gathering spaces and the ways they gather may look different, however, this new urban religion brings with it a deep commitment to community building, sustainability, and compassion for one’s neighbors – all practices and beliefs found at the core of Jesus’ teachings. Examples include: Coffee Shop: Coffee shops are packed on Sunday mornings…many have more people in them than are in the local churches. Coffee shop gatherings are places for Bible Study, social connection, and work stations. And they are a phenomenon of 3rd space that they church has lost? Neighborhood block parties and festivals are designed for neighbors to get to know one another: This feels like more Christian community. The new urban bar: These bars act as gathering spaces for the community. These are more interesting and compelling places to come share a meal with neighbors, known and unknown. Gourmet food, craft beer, and interesting interiors and patios create a sense of space where one wants to spend hours building community with family and friends.

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  • Pickled Priest And The Perishing Parish

    $11.95

    Just as baby boomers comprise the largest generation in America’s history, they also represent the largest percentage of current senior pastors in American churches. Boomer pastors all over the country are struggling to transition from their roots in twentieth-century church culture to ministry and leadership in our challenging twenty-first century–and this transition must take place for traditional churches to be a relevant factor in world redemption.
    In The Pickled Priest and the Perishing Parish: Boomer Pastors Bouncing Back, Senior Pastor Hal West, himself a baby boomer, offers essential insights and words of inspiration for pastors, leaders, and Christians who desire to see renewal and transformation in their churches, in America, and in themselves.
    The challenges facing traditional churches and the boomer pastors who lead them are many– not the least of which are pastors’ ensconced perspective of their own spiritual formation, theological training, and experience. In his unique, conversational, and at times humorous tone, Pastor Hal West first offers proof through his own -pickled- perspective and then explores, with help from the lessons of biblical prophets like Isaiah and Nehemiah, how boomer pastors can and must bounce back.
    Change is challenging, but in our day of cultural conflict, political corruption, and spiritual crisis, change is imperative. It falls to church leaders, regardless of their decades of experience in ministry and leadership, to approach transformation with an open mind and provide guidance, vision, and restoration to their churches and the souls they serve.

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  • Tactful Advice For Calling Your Next Pastor

    $9.99

    A change of pastoral leadership creates a special kind of stress and strain on a congregation. Your church may prefer the more practical starting points, such as appointing a search team, getting assistance from a denomination, shoring up finances, addressing maintenance issues, and developing a quick timeline. Then there are the deeper matters: grief work, sober evaluation of effectiveness, prayer around core reasons for being, attending matters of the heart around communal healing and reconciliation, and authentic conversation about who we are called to be for the sake of the Gospel and the world around us.

    Gary Straub articulates the dynamics of the pastoral search process from both sides of the equation. With more than 50 years of ministry experience-including calls to large congregations, interim positions, and coaching of pastoral candidates-Straub integrates practical advice with prayerful counsel. Healthy dialogue helps keep you passionately open to the Holy Spirit. Tactful Advice for Calling Your Next Pastor starts the dialogue and keeps it focused.

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  • Thriving In The Second Chair

    $19.99

    The number of second chair leaders in churches and other ministries continues to grow rapidly. Churches operate with the leadership of paid and unpaid staff who are not the senior or lead pastor. Laity, licensed local pastors, and program ministry leaders are critical to the health and success of churches. In a new trend, there are far more executive pastors today than ten years ago. The campus pastor, another type of second chair leader, is also a rapidly growing group. Thriving in the Second Chair identifies and explores ten key factors to thrive (KFT’s) that determine whether someone truly thrives or barely survives in this vital but complex position. These ten factors are grouped into three sections: (1) the relationship with the first chair, (2) the definition and key meta-skills for the role, and (3) the personal and spiritual attributes that sustain leaders. Each factor is described in a separate chapter that includes the conceptual framework, real-life examples from the author’s own second chair ministry as well as that of many others, and practical steps to move toward thriving. Readers will be encouraged and equipped as they discover the keys to Thriving in the Second Chair.

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  • Search : The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook

    $12.99

    Finding your church’s pastor is as serious as an organ transplant. You need a pastor that matches your church’s vision, culture, and most importantly, your church’s heart. While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless pastor search, this handbook was created to provide pastor search committees, church leaders, and pastors a guide to asking the right questions in order to plan for the overwhelming pastor search process.William Vanderbloemen has spent years focusing on connecting churches with pastors who fit their ministry context. Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook guides church members through the process finding the right leader for their church. When a pastor leaves a church, ministries are disrupted and members drift away. If the church is already struggling, it can find itself suddenly in very dire straits. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if when a pastor moved on, the church knew exactly what to do to form a search committee and begin the search process for the person God is calling to lead their church?

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  • Christian Conference And Event Planner (Revised)

    $25.00

    Event Planning Made Easy! Events are an important part of every church, and they must be run with little time, limited finances, and people who aren’t paid for their work-a task for only the most hardy of souls! But don’t despair-event planning can be fun! Given the right tools, the right people, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can organize an event that God can use that’s beyond anything you ever dreamed. Whether you’re planning a simple retreat for a small group or a multi-day national event for a vast multitude, this practical book covers every detail. Step-by- step instructions and friendly advice guide you through the unique challenges that Christian organizations face in planning an effective event. In this revised edition of The Christian Conference Planner, now expanded to include many types of church events, this nuts-and-bolts book provides the organi- zation, examples, and ideas to help you create an event that will make a significant impact. New documents and examples provide a look at all aspects of planning an effective event: * Strategies for developing your event’s goals and purpose * Tips and tools for event directors to establish a strong start, save time, and simplify planning * Organizing financial planning and sponsorship development * Recruiting an effective event staff, including job descriptions and detailed chapters for each person * Ways to develop the support of community, church leaders, and prayer partners * Ideas for establishing the spiritual foundation of the conference * Step-by-step plans for site selection, program design, logistics coordination, evaluation, and more * Samples of forms, checklists, maps, and schedules * Tips to save money, plan for success, and maximize technology * Lists of resources for speakers, sites, and organizations * Helpful advice from event planners around the country * Post-event wrap-up details that will help the next year’s event be even better!

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  • Longevity In Leadership

    $15.99

    Everybody knows that leading is challenging. Leaders are out front, showing people and organizations new places where they can and should go. They have to inspire people to challenge themselves to do more things or to increase their abilities in order to achieve specific goals.

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  • Securing The Sacred

    $13.99

    1. The Great Illusion: Church Is A Safe Place
    2. Can Faith And Security Be Married?
    3. Who’s That Knocking At My Door – Wolf Or Sheep Dog?
    4. New Times Require A New Mindset
    5. An Eye For An Eye – The Force Continuum
    6. Trouble In The Outer Limits
    7. Stuck In The Middle With You-the Holy Place
    8. The Great Distraction
    9. Recommendations And Legal Considerations

    Additional Info
    Your Church Security Handbook Crimes against churches and ministers are rising at an alarming rate. Almost on a weekly basis, we read or hear about a shooting or act of violence in or on a church property.

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  • Life Giving Leadership

    $14.99

    A strange dichotomy is occurring in the American church. Never before have women been so key to helping churches grow and mature. At the same time, fifty thousand women per year are leaving the church. The purpose of this book is to provide women who are leading a team in ministry, church, or in a Christian non-profit the strategies necessary to develop life-giving atmospheres where women will be equipped to live out their God-given passions to affect change in their families, communities, and, ultimately, the world. This book will help redefine women’s ministry and equip women who are actively involved in making a difference in the lives of others.

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  • Beyond Stewardship : A Church Guide To Generous Giving Campaign

    $15.99

    Authors John Zehring and Kate Jagger bring their extensive fundraising experience to bear in this practical resource for churches. Beyond Stewardship applies the best principles of fundraising to the annual giving campaign in local congregations. Emphasizing the individual givers and the act of giving as integral to spiritual life, this book goes beyond typical stewardship models to celebrate the generosity already demonstrated by church members and to invite further giving based on that generous past.

    Using a collaborative paradigm that engages leadership across the church, this volume offers four interlocking strategies for a successful annual giving campaign: concentric circles of commitment, personal visits, public witness, and direct mail.

    Key features:

    * Detailed roadmap for planning and executing annual giving campaigns.

    * Special section on raising funds for ‘specific purpose’ campaigns.

    * Features a practical appendix of tools and resources.

    * Well-published author has written nine books and ten e-books on subjects including Christian living and leadership.

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  • Challenge Of Inequality

    $12.95

    A truly Christian perspective on global economic inequality from a prominent Cardinal and close ally of Pope Francis
    In this treatise, author Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga offers a clear analysis of the expansion of economic inequality and its root causes, followed by a review of suggested solutions, and a hopeful outlook based on new model of economic and human growth. Maradiaga is one of the most outspoken members of the Catholic hierarchy when it comes to the growing inequality around the world. As one of the church’s most informed experts on social issues, Maradiaga holds that it is imperative for any Christian community to look at the dire state of social justice in the world, and to work for positive change. However, to do so requires a clear understanding of the issues at hand, and a comprehensive practice based on the laws of ethics. The Challenge of Inequality is perfect for anyone who is ready to study the urgent issue of social disparity, and is willing to work for a better world.

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  • Gift Of Administration

    $19.95

    In his First Letter to the Corinthians Paul cites administrators as one of God’s gifts to the Christian community (1 Cor 12:28). But many who serve in administrative service today have difficulty seeing how their everyday work is an expression of discipleship. This book, written by an experienced administrator and noted biblical scholar, shows how the various functions of institutional administration are deeply rooted in the Scriptures and are a genuine expression of our call to discipleship. Leadership, mission statements and planning, finances and fund raising, personnel issues, communications, and public relations-all of these seemingly secular activities serve to build up the Body of Christ and deserve to be recognized as authentic Christian ministry. To see administrative service as a biblically rooted gift can help those involved in this way of life to find deeper and more satisfying spiritual meaning in what they do.

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  • Vulnerable Pastor : How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry

    $18.00

    Foreword
    Introduction: God Is An Odd Leader

    Part I: Getting Over Ourselves: Vulnerability With God
    1. Filled With Emptiness
    2. What Makes Us Feel Weak. And What Doesn’t: A Confession
    3. Save Me! Vulnerability And Salvation
    4. Feeling Exposed: How Vulnerable Pastors Handle Emotions
    5. I Need You! How Vulnerable Pastors Pray
    6. Letting The Bible Read Us: How Vulnerable Pastors Read The Bible

    Part II: Being True To Ourselves: Vulnerability Behind The Scenes
    7. Learning To Like The Mess: How Vulnerable Pastors Create Culture
    8. Changing The Mold: How Vulnerable Pastors Recognize And Develop Leaders
    9. Taking Our Own Sweet Time: How Vulnerable Pastors Use Their Time And Energy
    10. Thriving For Others: How Vulnerable Pastors Measure Success

    Part III: Practicing In Public: Vulnerability With An Audience
    11. Welcome To The Process: How Vulnerable Pastors Teach And Preach
    12. The Right Kind Of Desperate: How Vulnerable Pastors Engage With The World

    Epilogue: Unfading Treasure In Jars Of Clay
    Discussion Guide
    Acknowledgments
    Notes

    Additional Info
    Often pastors feel like we need to project strength and competency in order to minister effectively. That’s why we go to conferences and emulate the latest superstars. But we know we can never live up to those images. Deep down, we know our own limitations, our weaknesses, our faults. We fear that if people knew who we really are, we’d be disqualified from ministry. Not so. Mandy Smith unpacks the biblical paradox that God’s strength is revealed through our human weakness. Transparently describing her pastoral journey, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout. We don’t have to have it all together. Recognizing our weakness makes us rely on God, so our weakness can become a ministry resource. God has called you to lead not as a demigod, but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for humans like them.

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  • Focusing Your Church Board

    $11.99

    Church boards are often the scene of confusion, conflict, and chaos. What’s the job of a board? What’s the role of the pastor in relation to the board? Should there be an elder board and an administrative board? Ted Hull’s use of illustrations and analogies bring these questions-and answers-into focus.

    Ted first looks at the foundation of governance, both from a biblical and historic perspective. Then he introduces Policy Governance(R), often referred to as the Carver model, and confronts questions regarding whether this secular model can work in the church, or if it should even be allowed. He even argues for why a church board may not want to use Policy Governance.

    When you’re done reading, you’ll never look at the role of a church board in the same way again. In fact, whether you’re a member of your church board or the board of any charity, you’ll find yourself reaching for this book more than once.

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  • Taking Care Of Business

    $6.99

    Most pastors don’t go into ministry because they love risk management and balancing budgets and writing human resource policies. And yet each of these things, plus more, is part of a pastor’s day-to-day life while leading a church. Neglecting these routine tasks can lead a church into troubled waters, but dealing with them head-on frees up a pastor’s time and energy do what he/she really enjoys: spiritual shepherding.Taking Care of Business helps pastors plan for, implement and delegate the administrative responsibilities of running a church, including: – Creating and Managing Budgets – Safety and Risk Management – Day-to-Day Operations

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  • Unexpected Consequences : The Diaconate Renewed

    $24.95

    First book in years to look critically at the diaconate in the Episcopal Church

    Times change, and the Order of Deacons in the Episcopal Church has not remained
    static. While the book seeks to update contemporary knowledge about deacons, it also
    shows how the diaconate may be well positioned to lead the church into change that cuts
    across governance, formation, and ministry. While the institutional church struggles with
    its structure and purpose, working to change its reality and perception, the book suggests
    that there are diaconal leaders who have been working all along for this kind of change.

    The book chronicles ways in which one church order has grown, matured, adapted,
    adjusted, and is as effective as it is because of its dynamic nature. It is hoped that other
    orders might learn from the importance of being adaptable, contextual, and baptismal,
    while highlighting the primary lens deacons look through as they seek to fulfill what the
    church has called them to do.

    For the 3,000 deacons active in the Episcopal Church, plus those involved in diocesan
    schools for ministry, those considering a call to the diaconate, those engaged in
    Education for Ministry, educators, and seminarians.

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  • Understanding The Government Of God

    $19.95

    Understanding the Government of God! There must be a paradigm shift in the way Christians think. In order for the Church to be able to go where God has planned for it to go, and for the Church to do what God has planned for it to do. In these final days, we must understand who we are, what we have been blessed with, and what is going on where we are?Jesus came to the earth, as a human being to redeem Mankind back to God. When Adam committed high treason, he lost the earth and Mankind. Jesus came to bring Mankind back to God and to give us that which was lost, and the ability to have a relationship with God and to reestablish the government of God on earth. Why is it so important that we understand the Kingdom of God, and the message of the Kingdom?Jesus has returned to Heaven after completing his responsibility of restoring the kingdom of God back on earth. In restoring the Kingdom back on earth, He raised up disciples and Apostle to continue the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Godthe Government of God. He sits on the throne of heaven directing that work through His representatives’ (legislative body). Regrettably, most of us do not really understand what Jesus meant when He spoke of the Kingdom of Godthe Government of God.What are you doing to expand the Kingdom of God?

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  • How To Develop A Church Policy Manual

    $54.95

    Eliminate communication problems with a detailed policy manual, designed specifically for your ministry. Ensure a consistent, orderly ministry and promote healthy communication between you, your members, and your staff. This interactive planner will help you develop policies that are suitable for your congregation and biblical beliefs. If you already have a policy manual, use this planner to review, fine-tune, and get a much clearer picture of your current practices. Take positive action to ensure greater effectiveness.

    Chapter titles:
    1: Getting Started
    2: Foundational Statements
    3: Personnel Policies
    4: Facility Utilization
    5: Wedding Policies
    6: Miscellaneous Policies
    7: Worksheets

    Includes: interactive text (7 chapters), handbook with reproducible masters, and 2 sample policy manuals in print and on CD.

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  • Emails For Growing Churches

    $39.95

    More and more people are using the Internet to find and share information through web sites and E-mail. From the retiree who daily looks forward to peering into the electronic mailbox to the school-age child who has learned to use the computer and navigate the information highway, E-mails are popular. Why not take advantage of this modern communication tool to build your church through strengthening believers and reaching the lost! With E-mails you can: Provide ministry opportunities for young and old. *Open a door of communication with shut-ins, former members, newcomers, and regulars. *Make it easier for shy people to respond to requests and participate in ministry. *Reach people faster and cheaper with E-mail than with traditional mail. *Keep people up to date on current happenings within your church community. E-mails for Growing Churches provides 144 sample E-mails that you can personalize for your own church and use to encourage the faithful, announce special events, introduce your ministry to others, contact people who have not attended for some time, welcome newcomers, share prayer requests, recruit volunteers, and more. Use these E-mails or develop your own based on these ideas..

    Includes: 85 pages with instruction on using the e-mails and 144 sample E-mails in print and on disk!

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  • Navigating Pastoral Transitions

    $9.95

    As a parish staff member, you have a unique leadership role when there is a change in pastors. In that transitional time when the current pastor hasn’t quite left and the new pastor hasn’t quite arrived, you are an anchor that the rest of the parish turns to for guidance.

    Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Staff Guide shows you, step-by-step, how to navigate this stressful moment in parish life. A detailed Pastor Transition Timeline, as well as solid, field-tested advice, gives you the tools you need for a smooth transition process. Discover how to use this time of transition to lead the parish to deeper faith and spiritual growth. Help the parishioners and the pastor move together into this new stage of parish life.

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  • Navigating Pastoral Transitions

    $11.95

    A change in pastors can be one of the most difficult times in parish life. Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Parish Leader’s Guide helps make the transition smooth and successful. By helping parish leaders understand their unique role in managing change, this guide enables communities to turn crisis into opportunity.

    This resource walks parish leaders through a detailed Pastor Transition Timeline that includes vigils, liturgies, and rituals for saying goodbye to the current pastor and welcoming the new one. You will also find solutions for common concerns and a welcoming orientation process.
    This invaluable guide should be part of every pastor transition. The practical tips and guidelines in this book will help to assure the parish continues to thrive under new leadership.

    This book is designed to be used with Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Staff Guide and Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Priest’s Guide.

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  • Navigating Pastoral Transitions

    $11.95

    Being sent as pastor to a new parish can be one of the most challenging parts of ordained ministry. Whether it is your first pastorate or your third, the move can be stressful. And you the new pastor have perhaps the most influence in creating a smooth transition process.

    Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Priest’s Guide gives you a proven, practical process for getting off to a great start. This guide helps you explore the psychological pressures and the moments of spiritual growth in the transition process. It also gives you invaluable suggestions for working with your predecessor and managing staff and parishioner expectations.

    Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Priest’s Guide will help you make a successful transition into your new parish. This guide is designed to be used with Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Parish Leader’s Guide and Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Staff Guide.

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  • I Refuse To Preach A Boring Sermon

    $17.00

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. I Love To Tell The Story
    2. Preaching And The Hokey Pokey
    3. Do You See What I See?
    4. To Tweet Or Not To Tweet
    5. Screens In Worship
    Final Thoughts
    Notes
    Bibliography

    Additional Info
    It is not always about the message but about the connection. In this day of multi-tasking, distraction and technology overload, the message may miss the mark. With easy-to-follow suggestions, Wiseman will help any preacher, lay and ordained, to take risks and embrace creative ways to preach a powerful message that will be heard and touch the spirit.

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  • Ideal Class Book

    $2.29

    It is important to keep accurate records, and this class book for 75-member classes helps with this task. This book enables one to record attendance for a full year with each student’s address, phone number, birthday, church relationship, and additional class sessions. Available individually or in packages of six.

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  • Ideal Class Book

    $2.99

    It is important to keep accurate records, and this class book for 25-member classes helps with this task. This book enables one to record attendance for a full year with each student’s address, phone number, birthday, church relationship, and additional class sessions. Available individually or in packages of six.

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  • Ideal Sunday School Secretarys Record Book

    $8.99

    Providing space for keeping accurate records of up to 25 classes for one year, this Sunday School Secretary’s Record Book features an arrangement of weekly, quarterly, and annual report pages; includes space for recording by age group. In addition, the book provides a place to keep a roll of officers and teachers, and a full calendar of events.

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  • Complete Sunday School Record Book

    $14.99

    It is important to keep accurate records, and this Complete Sunday School Record Book helps with this task. This book includes space for 13 classes of 29 students each, with weekly summaries, and tracks information for one year.

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  • What About The Church

    $14.99

    Throughout the long history of the church, men have searched in vain to discover the ideal model for the corporate structure of the church. No hierarchy is clearly spelled out in the Scriptures except what the Spirit says through Paul in the letter to the Corinthians or the Ephesians. Nevertheless, throughout the age of the church, many individuals and groups involved in wars and with blood on their hands have not hesitated to attempt to build the temple of the Lord in the form of a given denomination, group, or organized movement. These attempts resulted in building dead monuments instead of joining living stones that would be a light unto the nations. Man measures success according to the criteria of this world, the number of participants, or some other outward measurement, while God measures success by righteousness in the heart and obedience to His Word by those who have learned His ways.

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  • If You Need A Minister

    $7.99

    Introduction
    Before You Begin
    Who Are You?
    Who Are You Looking For?
    The Search Process
    A Final Word
    Sample Job Posting
    Sample Interview Questions
    Sample Work Agreement

    Additional Info
    Hiring a minister is one of the most important decisions that church leaders can make. It affects the health, stability, and growth of the local congregation. Nothing is better than a minister and congregation that match one another. Few things are worse than poorly planned hires. Wil Perkins has explored the ups and downs of 25 years of ministry and outlined a 12-step process that will help guide congregations to the right minister and ministers to the right churches.

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  • In Remembrance Register Refill Pages

    $16.00

    For use with In Remembrance Register. Each packet includes 25 index-weight sheets, printed on both sides, to record memorial and other gifts to the parish. Suggestions for Use page included.

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  • In Remembrance Register

    $65.00

    Provides a permanent record of gifts made to your church. You can get this sturdy faux leather mulit-ring binder with a starter pack of 25 pages to record memorial and other gifts. 7 rings. Arrives in a protective box.

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  • Guest Of Our Church Register Binder

    $65.00

    Morehouse Church Resources is again offering one of our very popular products: A Guest Book for churches. The turned-edge binder, Guests of Our Church, includes a starter pack of easy-to-insert register pages that are held in place with 7 binder rings. Constructed for a long shelf life to create a permanent record of your visitors. Larger than a student notebook, the red padded faux leather binder holds 100 sheets with spaces for date, name, address, telephone, and e-mail address. Arrives in a protective box. Includes twenty-five double-sided index-weight register pages plus a title page are included with each binder. Additional pages are available separately (item number 846863019939). A great addition, or attractive replacement book, for your narthex. 8 1/2 x 11 (pages)

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  • Guest Of Our Church Register Refill Pages 25 Pack

    $16.00

    Includes twenty-five double-sided index-weight register pages plus title page. Hole-punched for the Guests of Our Church Register. Spaces for date, name, address, telephone, and e-mail address. These pages are delivered shrink wrapped. Pack of 25 pages. Refill pages fit binder item 846863019946.

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  • Church Growth Through The Bus Ministry

    $19.05

    Although Dr. Jeff Fugate has learned the ins and outs of the bus ministry through more than thirty years, this is not a book of theory. As a young pastor, he took over a church with fewer than twenty in attendance. Now on an average Sunday more than 2,000 people attend. With twenty bus routes as an integral part of the ministry, the church is making a strong impact.

    In this book, Dr. Fugate shares with you the lessons learned from decades of successful bus ministry. You will find ways to avoid pitfalls that have damaged bus ministries, and there is also help on how to recover if these pitfalls have already been experienced. Strategies that have been proven successful and fruitful are laid out so that any size church can start or build their outreach for souls and experience Church Growth Through the Bus Ministry.

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  • Effective Staffing For Vital Churches (Reprinted)

    $19.00

    Well-staffed churches grow. But how do churches staff for growth in these rapidly changing times when budgets are tight, mission opportunities abound, and there is a growing shortage of qualified pastors, staff members, and church leaders? Two veteran pastors and church growth consultants offer workable solutions that focus on the four core processes vital to church health and growth: bringing people to Christ and the church, retaining them, discipling them, and sending them back out into the world. They also show pastors how to navigate the leadership transitions they must make to become increasingly effective as the church grows. Pastors will learn how to be leaders who multiply leaders and develop a mission-minded staff that does the same. Foreward by Ed Stetzer.

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  • Cultivating The Missional Church

    $16.95

    Written from a post-Christendom/emergent worldview, this book was born of a singular question asked in hundreds of ways: What do we do to be faithful in this changed and changing reality? Whether shaped by anxiety, a foretaste of coming changes, excitement, or energy at the prospects of witness and service the future holds, the question remains the same and the answers elusive.

    Part one addresses church functions under categories of governance, modeling, collaboration, champion, catalyst, mission, convenant, disciple, change and leadership. Part two offers further explication of the functions, including books recommended for in-depth study, application ideas, and further exploration of themes.

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  • Back From The Dead

    $18.95

    Practical advice for congregations in decline, drawn from author’s years of hands-on experience throughout the Diocese of New York.

    Not denominatinally specific; holds exceptional ecumenical appeal

    Almost everywhere throughout the greater church are unsustainable trends – endowments are being depleted, building maintenance deferred, congregations are aging and dwindling, and budgets are too far out-of-whack. And alghough there is much literature on what to do to grow congregations, little has been said about how to get those things done.

    In highly accessible, anecdotal prose, church management expert Gerald Keucher focuses in very practical terms on how to bring the right spirit, approach, and tactics to the work of bringing a congregation back from the edge of the abyss.

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  • Shared Governance : The Polity Of The Episcopal Church

    $19.95

    Chapters:
    Introduction
    To Govern And To Lead
    Some Thoughts On History And Theology
    The House Of Deputies In The Episcopal Church
    The Work Of The House Of Bishops
    The Provincial Structure Of The Episcopal Church
    The Development And Role Of Executive Council
    The Presiding Officers
    Committees, Commissions, Agencies And Boards
    How To Participate: A Word To Deputies
    One Step Beyond: The Wider Church
    Some Closing Reflections
    Bibliography

    Additional Info
    The most comprehensive survey of church governance in the Episcopal Church. Ten essays on all aspects of church governance, focusing in particular on the national level, by prominent experts on the polity of the Episcopal Church.
    This study was commissioned by House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson after the 2009 General Convention.

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  • Catholic Parish Administration

    $9.95

    Provides a brief, informative, readable, and very helpful explanation of basic parish management to pastors, priests from abroad, deacons, seminary students, pastoral and finance council members, and lay parish workers.

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