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  • 40 Days To Excellence In Church Management

    $16.99

    The modern church is being poorly managed but does not know it. The level of inefficiency and waste in today’s churches is staggering. 40 Days to Excellence in Church Management was written specifically for churches to convey basic business wisdom, management principles, and the best business practices. Unlike intimidating business textbooks, it includes forty short vignettes designed to be read like a daily devotional. Each chapter deals with everyday challenges and offers real-life examples derived from the author’s more than thirty years of experience. It shows how to (and sometimes how not to) handle each situation of conducting business for the church.

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  • Managing Projects In Ministry

    $15.99

    Learn how to apply the well-documented benefits of project management in your own church and with your own ministry endeavors! This practical resource provides the fundamentals of project management, while at the same time grounding its use with a biblical foundation. Grounded in numerous real-life case studies and supported with helpful tools, author Vincent Howell offers his years of experience in corporate and nonprofit organizations as well as his experiences with congregational ministry to explain the four phases of project management:

    Inspiration and Initiation
    Planning
    Executing
    Evaluating and Celebrating

    Invaluable appendices provide numerous charts, templates, and more! Also available online for free download with purchase of the book.

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  • AdMinistry : The Nuts And Bolts Of Church Administration

    $18.99

    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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  • Exemplars : Deacons As Servant And Spiritual Leaders

    $15.00

    Who Do Deacons Need to Be? What Do Deacons Need to Know? What Do Deacons Need to Do? These three questions form the basis for Exemplars: Deacons as Servant and Spiritual Leaders. They are designed to encourage robust conversation within diaconates as well as between deacons, clergy, and other laity. All of us grow spiritually as we listen and speak to one another with open minds and loving hearts. For deacons to reach their full potential as spiritual leaders, thoughtful and prayerful conversation must happen.

    This workbook was born from years of pastoral experience and a growing conviction that congregational renewal must include lay renewal. Nearly every Baptist church has a diaconate, so it seems reasonable that if lay renewal is to happen, it must include deacon renewal. Exemplars can be helpful as a study guide for an individual deacon or in a small group or retreat setting where deacons study together, hold one another accountable, and offer support for one another as they seek to be exemplars of Christ and servants of Christ’s church.

    Written by veteran pastors and church leaders Guy Sayles, Michael Smith, and Carol Younger.

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  • Church Members Guide

    $27.00

    This volume was the most popular book for use in churches in the middle of the 19th century to teach the people of God their duties as members of the Body of Christ, the Church. One of the chapters is entitled “The Duties of Church Members to their Pastor”, which has been published separately, and sold thousands of copies.

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  • Microaggressions In Ministry

    $22.00

    Carlos-a third-generation U.S. citizen from New Jersey whose family emigrated from Colombia many years before Carlos was born-is often complimented on how articulate he is and asked how long he has been in the United States.

    Deborah, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who is up for election as church treasurer, has her qualifications questioned, debated, and scrutinized by the congregation far more than any of her male predecessors who were elected with a simple vote.

    Lisa, a male-to-female transgender person, attends a Sunday school where her classmates continue to refer to her with masculine pronouns (he, him, his).

    The three examples above portray microaggressions: subtle slights, insults, and indignities expressed to persons of varied minority statuses. Although microaggressions are usually unintentional, they occur on a regular basis in education, the workplace, and daily life.

    This is the first book that addresses the concept of microaggressions in ministry and church life. Drawing from their background as ordained clergy, Sanders and Yarber introduce ministry leaders to the concept of microaggressions and look specifically at microaggressions directed at race, gender, and sexuality in the church. Sanders and Yarber help readers become more aware of these subtle and often unconscious communications, offering realistic examples and guidance for grappling with this issue in preaching, religious education, worship, spirituality, and pastoral care and counseling. Microaggressions in Ministry equips congregations with methods for assessment and tools for action that will ultimately help create stronger, more welcoming faith communities.

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  • Time Management For The Christian Leader

    $16.99

    God gives each of us the same 168 hours a week. Why is it that some of us seem to spend our time more effectively and more efficiently than others? Our time is too short and our ministries too important for us to waste any of the hours God has entrusted to us.

    Author Ken Willard outlines some best practices, time wasters to avoid, and examples designed to apply in your life and ministry. How do we plan for the long-term, the short-term, and the daily? What are the connections between our tasks and our goals? Is there space between your load and your limit?

    Time Management for Christian Leaders challenges readers to identify why they are interested in improving their time management skills, where they currently struggle, and where they want to spend more time.

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  • Leading In DisOrienting Times

    $26.99

    Jack Mezirow, a leader in education theory, suggests that all transformative learning begins with a ‘disorienting dilemma’: an idea or experience that challenges or shifts fundamental values and assumptions. Gary Nelson and Peter Dickens, pastors and teachers with vast experience working with congregations and organizations, believe it is time for Christian leaders to be ‘disoriented,’ for the fundamental values and assumptions of Christian leadership to be reframed and broken down so they can see the leadership task in new ways. Blending current literature from both Christian and secular scholarship with individual and organizational examples, Leading in DisOrienting Times provides support for the concept of servant leadership that may be initially disorienting, but is ultimately liberating.

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  • Teams That Thrive

    $22.00

    Through practical insights, compelling research and real-life stories, church leadership veterans Warren Bird and Ryan Hartwig help you overcome the silo effect and build teams of mutual support and meaningful, sustainable action.

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  • More With Less Church

    $19.00

    In our challenging economic times, it is no surprise that churches must get creative with their resources. But the authors of The More-with-Less Church believe pastors, leadership teams, and planning committees should look on times such as these not as hurdles to overcome but as opportunities to reconsider entrenched but inefficient ministry practices that are siphoning time, money, and energy from their churches. Drawn from time- and field-tested strategies, this practical resource helps church leaders avoid costly mistakes and maximize the return on their investment in four areas of church life–ministries, staffing, facilities, and finances.

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  • Managing Stress In Ministry

    $14.99

    Pastors are leaving ministry. Faced with pressures and stresses in their marriage and family, in their career and employment, in their personal sense of self-worth and success — all too often pastors leave ministry tired and discouraged. How can a pastor manage the stress that comes with ministry before the point of burn out? Managing Stress in Ministry will help pastors and spouses find fresh hope, discover new tools for coping with stress, and help them move forward to more effective life and ministry. Through real-life stories and clear application, authors David and Lisa Frisbie will help pastors identify key stressors that affect ministry and provide realistic ways to implement habits to lower stress level. Much-needed resource for anyone in ministry.

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  • Conflict : Causes And Cures

    $19.49

    Conflict is serious and needs the church’s serious attention. Every eight hours a pastor is terminated. Every year over a thousand churches disband; often because of conflict.
    Supported by over thirty years of academic research and based on real-life experiences in ministry, Conflict: Causes and Cures presents practical perspectives, solutions, and resources for dealing with conflicted churches.
    Dr. Smith shares the top ten causes of conflict in a lively case study format and discusses three necessary approaches to conflict-education, mediation, and restoration.

    Complete with scripture references and biblical applications, Conflict: Causes and Cures is essential reading for those who are concerned about this critical problem that confronts our churches today.

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  • Mediating Faith : Faith Formation In A Trans Media Era

    $29.00

    The church struggles with media. Whether it is a denomination negotiating the 24-hour news cycle or a church evaluating how Facebook or online games are influencing the youth group, media is raising questions and placing demands on communities of faith in ways that could not have been imagined just 20 years ago. Thus the importance of understanding media for the church has never been greater.

    In Mediating Faith, church leaders of all kinds will find Clint Schnekloth an engaging and insightful guide to this new and sometimes wondrous world. In doing so he offers an evaluation and theological response to the trans-media era that highlights its potential to transform our work and world.Far from frightening, Schnekloth highlights the opportunities and the riches of this fascinating time.

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  • How To Be Team Player And Enjoy It

    $13.99

    Matt Williams has been an associate pastor, Christian college administrator, and has worked with church ministries around the country for over 40 years. He combines his experiences as a secular business manager, church staff member, and Christian leader with ministries to present practical principles that are invaluable in serving the Lord. How To Be A Team Player and Enjoy It is the result of working with pastors, staff members, and ministries across the country and seeing the problems faced in churches and Christian school ministries. Matt takes principles from God s word and applies them to our relationships and working with others as leaders. Christian leaders have encouraged Matt to relate these principles in printed form. This book reflects Matt s heart for people and the Lords work. How To Be A Team Player and Enjoy It should be required reading for all Christian leaders and workers.

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  • Multiply Your Impact

    $11.99

    Fun And Done Press
    Forget church growth! In the twenty-first century, it is multiply or dry up. There doesn’t seem to be another alternative. We believe that any church can reclaim the foundational multiplication DNA of the Jesus movement. Unfortunately, too few leaders and churches understand what it takes and what it looks like to multiply their impact to bring more of God’s reign to earth. We hope this booklet helps you internalize the concept of multiplication so your church might move more boldly with God. We pray this boldness empowers concrete and constructive next steps that create new places of spiritual community and transformation with new people.

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  • Pastoring With Elders

    $14.99

    Kevin is a preaching elder in an Associated Gospel Church in Canada (AGC). Their elders have had a growing influence on other congregations and have frequently been asked to share their effective shepherding-elder model. So, how do you grow elders? Many pastors are looking for another program or quick fix to accomplish this end. However, the answer is rooted in the theology of ministry and the need to focus on the biblical mandate given to pastors rather than the tyranny of expectations inherent in pastor-led churches.This book is designed to help senior pastors walk through a process of deconstructing their understanding of pastoring and redirect them to a focused ministry within a plurality of shepherd-elders.

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  • Grow Your Churches Income

    $19.99

    In these recessionary times, churches are as hard hit financially as anyone. Here is a simple, practical guide to making your church’s resources go as far as they possibly can in the short, medium and long term. In non-technical language this provides a basic guide to: Managing money and budgets, controlling your expenditure, ways of increasing income, how to address falling numbers and falling income, identifying ways to raise income from outside sources, getting the best prices for utilities and other services, group purchasing schemes etc. Illustrated with real examples from churches of all sizes and in all states of financial health, here is an indispensable guide.

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  • Transform Your Pastoral Ministry

    $12.00

    This is indeed a welcome book. Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, a pastor himself, explains why and how it is possible to make the pastoral ministry effective.

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  • Church Administration And Management

    $34.99

    * Achieving excellence in church management * Vital information on proper, ethical conduct for God’s servants * Clear information on achieving the frugal use of resources * A valuable and timely resume of the full-time ministry * Takes you beyond mediocrity in church administration One night while studying in a remove town of Ghana, God miraculously anointed Dag Heward-Mills as he waited upon the Lord. He supernaturally heard the words, “From now on you can teach…” This supernatural call is what has ushered him into a worldwide ministry. Today, his Healing Jesus Crusades are conducted throughout the world with thousands in attendance and many accompanying miracles. These phenomenal miracles, attested to by medical doctors have included the opening of the eyes of the blind, the restoring of hearing to the deaf, the emptying of wheel chairs and even the raising of the dead. Dag Heward-Mills, an author of several bestselling books also founded the Lighthouse Chapel International has become a worldwide denomination. His radio, TV and internet programs reach millions around the world.

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  • Inside The Large Congregation

    $21.00

    For five years, Alban Institute senior consultant Susan Beaumont has been giving voice to the organizational and leadership demands of large congregations. Through her work, she has identified five basic leadership systems that need to stay in alignment for the large church to function well for its size: clergy leadership roles, staff team design and function, governance and board function, acculturation and the role of laity, and forming and executing strategy.

    She has also learned that these five systems operate with some important but subtle distinctions in what Beaumont calls the professional church (400-800 in worship attendance), the strategic church (800-1,200), and the matrix church (1,200-2,000). Often, she has discovered, problems in a large congregation are related to the fact that one or more of the five systems is inappropriately structured for the size of the congregation. In other words, the church isn’t acting its size.

    Beaumont is invested in helping large congregations “rightsize” their leadership systems to better serve their ministry context. This book articulates why size matters and how it matters in the world of large congregations. It is written for anyone who wants to better understand the leadership and organizational dynamics of the large church-anyone seeking to understand the challenges of leading from inside the large congregation.

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  • In Search Of Timothy Workbook

    $16.95

    The In Search of Timothy series by Tony Cooke explores the roles of Timothy and other biblical figures who accomplished the plan of God by serving others. This teaching series is specifically targeted to help you become the servant, worker, and leader in the Body of Christ that God intends you to be. This workbook corresponds directly to the textbook, CDs, and DVDs in the In Search of Timothy Complete Leadership Training Course.

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  • Forming A Congregation

    $10.99

    If you, as a pastor, church administrator, or elder have ever considered increasing the church body of your church, now is the time and this book will be a great help. Techniques in advertising, services offered, activities, and building a Web site are just a few of the topics covered. As your church starts using these advertising techniques and offering services and activities that are for hundreds of churches, you will see the attendance start growing on a weekly basis.

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  • Best Practices In Catholic Church Ministry Performance Management

    $80.00

    Introduction

    1. Framework Of Accountability In The Church
    Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, S.T.D.
    2. HR Guidelines For Developing A Performance Management System
    Daniel Koys, Ph.D.
    3. The Evolution Of Employment Practices Regarding Lay Parish Ministry
    David DeLambo
    4. Using Standards In Lay Ecclesial Ministry Professional Development
    Christopher Anderson
    5. Performance Management In A Family Business?
    Zeni Fox, Ph.D.
    II. Performance Evaluation Of Clergy

    6. Performance Management Of Catholic Clergy: “Best Practice” Or New Iconoclasm?
    Rev. John Beal
    7. Importance Of Performance Evaluation Of Seminarians And Priests For Effective Parish Ministry
    Sr. Katarina Schuth, O.S.F.
    8. Clergy Performance Management: An Organizational Psychology Perspective
    Lisa R. Berlinger, Ph.D.
    9. Performance Management And Ongoing Formation Of Priests
    James H. Alphen
    10. Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Performance Evaluation Of Deacons
    Deacon Justin Green
    11. Summary And Conclusion
    Charles E. Zech, Ph.D.

    Additional Info
    The Church is not a business, but it does have a stewardship responsibility to ensure that all of its resources are used as effectively as possible to carry out God’s work on earth. In the case of human resource assets, good stewardship involves assisting those engaged in ministry (whether clerical or lay) to achieve their greatest potential through the various components of performance management, including performance assessment. This unique collection brings together both scholars and practitioners who tackle the tricky questions related to the performance management of lay Church workers and clergy (priests and deacons).

    Performance management is multi-faceted, ranging from issues about hiring, job descriptions, performance criteria, performance appraisal, formation, and firing procedures. As a charitable organization, the Church is subject to the same civil law employment regulations as companies in the private sector. Contributors demonstrate that Canon Law and Church tradition supports the performance management of Church ministers (including clergy). This is a valuable resource for programs in church ministry, pastoral administration, and in the emerging field of church management.

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  • Sticky Teams : Keeping Your Leadership Team And Staff On The Same Page

    $19.99

    Larry Osborne exposes the hidden roadblocks, structures, and goofy thinking that all too often sabotage the health and harmony of even the best intentioned ministry teams. Then with practical and seasoned advice he shows what it takes to get a leadership board, ministry team, and an entire congregation headed in the same direction, sticking together, unified and healthy for the long haul.

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  • Culture Of Honor

    $16.99

    In this powerful, revelation-packed book, Danny Silk describes the significant paradigm shift in church life, government, and relationships that has created and sustained the revival culture at Bethel Church in Redding, California.

    Through many relevant and true-life stories, the church is revealed as a place of freedom, respect, empowerment, and healthy discipline (not punishment). Culture of Honor challenges the status quo of church leadership structure and presents a refreshing view of the five-fold ministry.

    Jesus acknowledged this important principle in Matthew 20:25-26:

    “But Jesus called them to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.'”

    If those with power learn how to empower those around them, then surely it will come to pass that, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

    You can apply-today-the truths revealed in this practical yet supernaturally charged set of principles to relationships in your family, workplace, community, ministry, church-wherever you deal with others.

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  • Indispensable Guide For Smaller Churches

    $24.00

    Annotation: This title complements Ray’s earlier books “The Big Small Church Book” and “Wonderful Worship in Smaller Churches.” He expands on the subject by treating subjects such as communal theology as a tool for understanding smaller churches.

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  • Best Advice : Wisdom On Ministry From 30 Leading Pastors And Preachers

    $25.00

    This book gathers a diverse group of leading pastors and preachers and asks them: What is your best advice to colleagues in ministry about preaching and being a pastor? The responses are full of wisdom and practical advice, illuminating and helpful for all who are pastors and preachers.

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  • African American Pastoral Care

    $19.99

    In this major revision of his classic book, Dr. Edward Wimberly updates his narrative methodology by examining current issues in African American pastoral care and counseling.

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  • Church Planting

    $12.00

    The planting of churches is a phenomenon that is widespread among charismatic ministers. It was a major activity of the early disciples. Successful church planting, however, demands skill and embraces multiple factors. Dag Heward-Mills analyzes the various components of church planting in this book. It is a training manual for any minister who wants to make church planting his vision for life.

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  • Ministry Of Administrative Assistants

    $10.99

    This ministry guide has been written to provide information about how to provide support ministry to the people with whom you work. This guide is also for people who work in many different ministry settings, a church or denominational administrative office, a small or medium size church, a parachurch or missions focused organization, and large churches. It will assist them with how they look at their ministry, and the level of support that is needed for their particular setting.
    A call to ministry is an important thing to understand for an administrative assistant; your heart and the way you deal with people and tasks are different if you understand your position as a call to ministry rather than a job for a paycheck. If you understand that you represent not just your pastor and your church, but Christ to every person who calls, stops by, e-mails, etc., you approach your tasks and people differently. Working as the assistant to a pastor, or any person in ministry, you have to approach your tasks with an understanding of who you are serving, and you are serving Christ and his people.
    The position of Administrative Assistant is a vital part of the over-all ministry of your church and the congregation. You are the gate-keeper, bridge-builder, keeper of the “information”, soother of wounded feelings, and the deliverer of unwanted news. You are the person who has your finger on the pulse of your congregation and your community. You are the person people will come to for answers. You will handle thousands of details related to dozens of different projects and commitments for your pastor. You will help make your pastor’s ministry seamless.
    While all of these descriptions may make your head spin, this is a part of the ministry of being an assistant. You can look at each day as a challenge or an adventure. If you understand your job as a ministry and understand your call to this ministry you are ready for a great adventure. Begin each day with a prayer for wisdom and strength, surrender your mind and will to God, and prepare yourself to work with the heart of a servant.
    As Christ walks alongside you in your daily life,

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  • Preparing For Change Reaction

    $15.99

    Preparing for Change Reaction assists church leaders as they guide their boards and congregations through change.

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  • Leadership Handbook Of Management And Administration

    $33.00

    This substantial resource offers pastors and church leaders practical insight into the daily issues of running a church. Conceived and compiled by the editors of Leadership journal, this book covers the full spectrum of ministry practice. Readers will learn about perennial topics such as time management, negotiating the terms of a call, handling crisis and conflict, hiring and managing staff, conducting special fund drives, spending church money, and dealing with tax and law considerations.

    This revised and expanded edition of a proven ministry resource contains new contributions from prominent ministry leaders. Contributors include Leith Anderson, Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Luis Palau, John Ortberg, Aubrey Malphurs, and many others.

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  • Ministry Of Defense

    $14.99

    11 Chapters

    Additional Info
    The Ministry of Defense is a practical thorough guide to security in the house of God. Current affairs show an increase of violence against churches and men and women of God. This book will show any security operative how to effectively protect his or her ministry, members and leaders from an extensive list of attacks and events from fire and medical emergencies to armed attackers and explosives.

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  • Administration In The Small Membership Church

    $17.99

    For many pastors, church administration may be their least favorite area of ministry. This book helps pastors create and maintian effective structures that will enable them to spend more time on what they truly value.
    Outlines key steps to organize and manage time, staff, and resources of the small-membership church including multi-point charges

    Gives practical methods for creating and maintaining viable structures for effective church management
    Helps pastors get organized so they can focus on what gives them the most satisfaction in ministry
    Helps church leaders recruit and retain the right people for the right jobs, especially where resources are limited.

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  • Building Gods House Seven Strategies For Raising A Healthy Church

    $23.99

    Building God’s House – Seven Strategies for Raising a Healthy Church is a must read for every pastor, administrator, church leader, and helps worker in the body of Christ. God has given us specific strategies, a Master Plan, with every process, nut, and bolt, as to how to build His Corporation, His Church. We must… Understand God’s vision for His Church. Build people (spirit, soul, and body) because people are God’s heartbeat. Organize for the vision-help people find where their gifts fit into the body of Christ. Mobilize your church to pray to accomplish the vision. Evangelize for church growth. Look beyond your congregation, because the whole earth belongs to God. Leave a legacy, because God’s vision is generational.

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  • Building Gods House Seven Strategies For Raising A Healthy Church

    $15.49

    Building God’s House – Seven Strategies for Raising a Healthy Church is a must read for every pastor, administrator, church leader, and helps worker in the body of Christ. God has given us specific strategies, a Master Plan, with every process, nut, and bolt, as to how to build His Corporation, His Church. We must… Understand God’s vision for His Church. Build people (spirit, soul, and body) because people are God’s heartbeat. Organize for the vision-help people find where their gifts fit into the body of Christ. Mobilize your church to pray to accomplish the vision. Evangelize for church growth. Look beyond your congregation, because the whole earth belongs to God. Leave a legacy, because God’s vision is generational.

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  • Kingdom Government And Authority

    $12.49

    There are many forms of government in the earth. We have international, national, state, and local governments. Each government has its own leadership, rules, regulations, and policies as to how to run its realm of authority. But these governments are much different from the Kingdom Government that is to rule the Church of Jesus Christ. Discover that before the foundation of the earth God’s design for His Church was that we be citizens of one Kingdom Government with one King! Learn the origin of Kingdom Government in Scripture and how God plans to expand His authority in the earth through you! Rejoice that the Kingdom Government of God is being restored throughout the earth so that we as citizens can live victorious as kings and priests!

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  • New Perspectives On Breaking The 200 Barrier

    $12.99

    1. What Are Choice Points?
    2. Common Choice Points
    3. A Choice Point Growth Strategy
    4. The 200 Barrier
    5. Spiritual Preparations
    6. Planning
    7. Implementing
    8. Leading
    9. Conclusion: You Can!

    Additional Info
    Your church can rise from its plateau and Break The 200 Barrier!

    New Perspectives On Breaking The 200 Barrier is directed to both the pastor and the layperson and offers insights and strategies that will help your church move beyond the average and into the extraordinary. Based on current church trends, new research, and years of experience, strategist Dr. Bill Sullivan returns to the topic of his earlier work, Ten Steps To Breaking The 200 Barrier (1988), and revisits the challenges churches face when trying to grow beyond an attendance of 200. This time he focuses on how the decisions of the congregation affect the church as a whole. He stresses why it is important to train the people, as well as the pastor and church leaders, to understand and accept the changes that come with growth and the desire to expand Christ’s kingdom.

    New Perspectives On Breaking the 200 Barrier will help your church:
    * Examine the decisions made toward church growth and understand how to make better choices
    * Develop a strategy for dealing with tacit assumptions that remain fixed and unresponsive to change without placing all of the responsibility on the pastor
    * Focus on prayer and faith with new insight
    * Recognize that the gate of change is locked on the inside and it is the congregation that holds the key

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  • African American Church Management Handbook

    $16.00

    Highly regarded pastor Floyd Flake; his wife, co-pastor, author, Elaine Flake; and church chief financial officer Edwin Reed offer a design based on key needs in the black church, and their experience at one of the nation’s most respected and largest black churches, Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in New York. This unique, detailed, and thorough resource for black churches of any denomination covers virtually all aspects of church management from the theoretical and theological to the practical “nuts and bolts” of church administration. The authors include a special section offering principles for economic development, an area in which Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral has experienced extraordinary success. The African American Church Management Handbook is sure to find a permanent place on the desks of African American pastors, seminarians, and church leaders for many years to come.

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  • 7 Power Principles I Learned After Seminary

    $12.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780800797317C. Peter WagnerBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2005Publisher: Chosen Print On Demand Product

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  • Understanding The Fivefold Ministry

    $14.99

    The ministry gifts are alive and well today! When Jesus ascended to heaven, He left gifts behind: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. But their operation has often been surrounded by neglect, confusion, and outright controversy. Jack Hayford, Ted Haggard, Cindy Jacobs, Reinhard Bonnke, C. Peter Wagner, Fuchsia Pickett, Tommy Barnett, and many others combine decades of experience, reflection, and biblical study to uncover the true purpose for the fivefold ministry.

    Find answers to these questions regarding the release and shepherding of the fivefold minstry:
    Who are the modern-day apostles, and why does the church still need them?
    What are the marks of an authentic prophet, and how should we judge prophecy?
    How do you know if you’re called to be an evangelist, and what’s the most effective method for leading an unbeliever to Christ?
    Why are teachers so influential, and how do we discern false doctrine?
    What is the role of the pastor in the twenty-first century, and how is it changing?
    How do the five ministry gifts cooperate in thelocal church, and who’s in charge when all five are active?
    God is building His body around the world in the most unexpected ways through the most unexpected people. Take a self-test to find out where your gifts lie and what area of ministry God may have custome-designed you for.

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  • Understanding Church Growth

    $32.50

    Author Donald A. McGavran is considered a founder of the Church Growth Movement in America. In this 3rd edition of his standard work, McGavaran analyzes the causes, methods and strategies for successful church growth both in America and abroad.

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  • Y B H Handbook Of Church Planting

    $44.99

    The Y-B-H Handbook of Church Planting is a practical step-by-step guide for church planters and their coaches. It covers everything they need to know to start healthy, growing churches that are biblically faithful and yet culturally relevant. While addressing the who, why, and where of planting new congregations, this comprehensive manual focuses primarily on the “how-tos.” The authors use a five-stage “life cycle”-conception, pre-natal development, birth/infancy, adolescent growth, and adult reproduction-to flesh out the entire process of starting and growing a new church. Under each of these stages, a host of essential ministry and planning tasks is addressed so the planter can keep his “baby” church on course and can have the joy of watching the new church grow to maturity and eventually reproduce itself.

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  • Y B H Handbook Of Church Planting

    $30.99

    The Y-B-H Handbook of Church Planting is a practical step-by-step guide for church planters and their coaches. It covers everything they need to know to start healthy, growing churches that are biblically faithful and yet culturally relevant. While addressing the who, why, and where of planting new congregations, this comprehensive manual focuses primarily on the “how-tos.” The authors use a five-stage “life cycle”-conception, pre-natal development, birth/infancy, adolescent growth, and adult reproduction-to flesh out the entire process of starting and growing a new church. Under each of these stages, a host of essential ministry and planning tasks is addressed so the planter can keep his “baby” church on course and can have the joy of watching the new church grow to maturity and eventually reproduce itself.

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  • Be Not Afraid

    $21.00

    Be Not Afraid! is the result of an in-depth study of eight diverse, yet “ordinary,” mainline Protestant congregations by anthropologist (and churchgoer) Fred Roberts and a team of field researchers. While these may not be the best of times for mainline denominations, Roberts finds that when local congregations are evaluated by spiritual and religious standards instead of corporate- or pop culture-based values there remains much to celebrate.

    This book is for leaders who love their faith communities but who are not complacent. On the contrary, they spend much time considering how to deal with what they see as a myriad of challenges and threats to the lives of their churches. It is for those who fear for the future of their individual congregations, their denominations, and even American Christianity. More specifically, this book is for those who worry about generation gaps in their pews, about their congregations “dying if they’re not growing,” about cultural irrelevance, and about the rise of nondenominational megachurches.

    “Be not afraid!” Roberts counsels such leaders. Misplaced anxieties based on fundamentally wrong diagnoses of church problems often cause leaders to overlook the real challenges that face their churches. Roberts recommends that congregations work to discover their own uniqueness and to build upon the strengths that already exist among their own members. At their core, congregations have a radically different “bottom line” than businesses and other organizations and need to be organized around their unique purpose.

    Be Not Afraid! offers a research-based guide to help people of faith know who they are, both as present-day congregations and as historical denominations; know what they believe and why they believe it; and to help them integrate their history and beliefs into all dimensions of their life together: organizational, liturgical, pastoral, and societal.

    Be Not Afraid! will help churches rediscover their true calling to be nurturing faith communities, committed to spreading the good news and making disciples.

    “Be Not Afraid! is a must read for church leaders as they plan for the future. Against the many fears which might goad us into selling our spiritual birthright for a mess of market-based pottage, Roberts gives sound reason to be not afraid!”-Mark R. Tilly

    “Is there any hope for mainline churches? Of course! Right in our own pews there is a wealth of information to help us worship, organize our ministries, an

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  • Solving The Missing Member Puzzle

    $16.95

    SKU (ISBN): 9780788023521Arlon StubbeBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2005Publisher: CSS Publishing Print On Demand Product

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  • Culture Shift : Transforming Your Church From The Inside Out

    $27.00

    About Leadership Network.
    Foreword (Erwin Raphael McManus).

    Preface.

    PART ONE: Awakening To Culture.

    1. Why Culture Matters.

    2. Your Destiny In Seed Form.

    3. What You Think Is What You See.

    PART TWO: Birthing The Culture.

    4. Totems: Identifying Your Church’s Culture.

    5. How To Shift Your Church’s Culture.

    6. Divine Partnership.

    PART THREE: Growing The Culture At New Hope O’ahu.

    7. Identifying New Hope’s Totems.

    8. Culture Setters.

    9. Plug-and-Play Subculture Vs. Authentic Culture.

    10. Creating And Re-Creating Culture.

    PART FOUR: Growing The Culture At Fellowship Bible Church.

    11. Identifying Fellowship Bible’s Totems.

    12. The Power Of A Disciplined Vision.

    13. Learning To Spot Opportunity.

    14. Courageous Adjustments To Safeguard The Values.

    PART FIVE: Advancing The Culture.

    15. Irresistible Culture.

    Notes.

    Appendix One: Involvement And Satisfaction Survey.

    Appendix Two: Sample Pages From A Life Journal.

    Bibliography.

    Acknowledgments.

    About The Authors.

    Index.

    Additional Info
    Culture Shift, written for church leaders, ministers, pastors, ministry teams, and lay leaders, leads you through the process of identifying your church’s distinctive culture, gives you practical tools to change it from the inside-out, and provides steps to keep your new culture aligned with your church’s mission. Real transformation is not about working harder at what you’re already doing or even copying another church’s approach but about changing church culture at a foundational level.

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  • Help Im A Pastor

    $28.00

    Richard Armstrong and Kirk Morledge present this practical guide for pastoral ministry, offering counsel about a wide range of topics related to a pastor’s professional ministry and personal life. Topics include beginning a new ministry, balancing one’s personal life and ministry, wrestling with conflict, worrying about church finances, and preaching. This introduction to ministry can function as a textbook as well as an invaluable handbook or desk reference for pastors in the midst of congregational ministry.

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  • Gospel Driven Church

    $29.99

    Charismatic renewal has at the core of its ideology an aspiration for revival. This is a laudable aspiration, but in recent years, in the absence of a largescale evangelistic impact, it has encouraged a faddist mentality among church leaders.

    The Gospel-Driven Church documents this development and the numerous theological and pastoral distortions that take place when genuine revival fervor transmutes into revivalism. Moreover, Stackhouse aims to show how a retrieval of some of the core practices of the church, such as preaching, sacraments, the laying on of hands, and prayer is essential at this crucial stage in the trajectory of the renewal movement in the United Kingdom. He commends to church leaders a recovery of these means of grace – including Spirit baptism – as a way of keeping the church centered on the gospel rather than mere pragmatic concerns about size and numbers.

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  • In Search Of Timothy

    $14.95

    This 246-page book written by Tony Cooke explains how you were created by God to make a significant impact in helping your local church.

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  • Church Safety And Security

    $14.95

    (with John M. Edie, Dennis K. Lewis, Edward L. Spain & Donna M. Washburn)

    The church has always been regarded as a safe haven – a spiritual sanctuary where people can come to worship God free from worries about violence or unethical behavior by those involved in church ministry. But our culture is changing, and church leaders can no longer assume that “it won’t happen in my church.” Like the rest of society, churches need to ensure the safety and security of their facility, staff, and worshipers.

    This book provides a wealth of practical information on preparing for and responding to the challenges of a dangerous world. Robert Cirtin draws on more than two decades of law enforcement and investigative experience, and with his team of professionals outlines a “how-to” approach full of specific proactive steps churches can take to protect themselves and reduce the risk of costly lawsuits. Church Safety And Security is a must-have resource for anyone participating in or preparing for church leadership.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Utilizing background screening to protect your congregation
    ? Safety and security issues for church-run preschool and day care programs
    ? Preparing for and responding to medical emergencies
    ? How to deal with issues pertaining to child abuse
    ? Legally mandated responsibilities of church staff members
    ? How to utilize security/surveillance cameras in the church facility
    ? Organizing a church security officer program
    ? Effectively coping with intruders
    ? Responding to violent acts when they occur
    ? How to conduct a thorough investigation

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  • Hidden Lives Of Congregations

    $26.00

    Faced with crisis, lack of direction, or just plain “stuckness,” many congregations and their leaders are content to deal only with surface issues and symptoms-only to discover that the same problems keep recurring, often in different, and more serious, ways. In The Hidden Lives of Congregations, Christian educator and consultant Israel Galindo takes leaders below the surface of congregational life to provide a comprehensive, holistic look at the corporate nature of church relationships and the invisible dynamics at play.

    Informed by family systems theory and grounded in a wide-ranging ecclesiological understanding, Galindo unpacks clearly the factors of congregational lifespan, size, spirituality, and identity and shows how these work together to form the congregation’s hidden life. He provides useful tools for diagnosing and understanding how one’s congregation fits into the various categories he names and suggests what leadership skills are necessary to get beyond the impasse of surface issues and help the congregation achieve its mission.

    The Hidden Lives of Congregations provides one of the most far-reaching looks into the invisible nature of faith communities written in recent years. For seminaries and divinity schools, it provides a standard text for getting a solid start in congregational practices; for experienced pastors, it provides support for renewing ministry; for lay leaders and committees, it offers insight to deepening mutual ministry. Israel Galindo has written an indispensable manual that leaders will return to repeatedly for new wisdom and guidance on the unseen mechanisms that drive congregational life.

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  • 40 Days And 40 Bytes

    $24.00

    “Today we are awash in computerized Bible games, pastoral care software, and church management systems with members’ personal information and giving records,” observe authors Spiegel, Armstrong, and Bill, but “too often we blindly accept and use technology without asking the big questions. Questions like, is it appropriate to our mission and ministry?” 40 Days and 40 Bytes will help your congregation explore technology so you can decide, from a ministry and culture standpoint, what you need to do. The goal: godly service-not technological glitz.

    The authors are uniquely qualified to help you think about the role of technology in your congregation. All three are staff members with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, which launched the innovative Computers and Ministry Grants Initiative in 1998 to help congregations address the challenges they face when using computer technology in their ministries. In this book, they share what they have learned in their work with 102 congregations.

    There’s no question your congregation is going to use computer technology. The only question is, “How?” 40 Days and 40 Bytes will help you design technology that fits your ministry and mission.

    “40 Days and 40 Bytes is the most comprehensive overview available on technology in congregations. If you are thinking about your congregation’s technology needs, make the journey with these veteran travelers.”-J. Phillip Martin, National Association of Church Business Administration

    Aaron Spiegel, Nancy Armstrong, and Brent Bill are staff members at the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, a gift to the greater Indianapolis area from Lilly Endowment Inc. Together they developed and led the Center’s Computers and Ministry program.

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  • Becoming Barnabas : The Ministry Of Encouragement

    $24.00

    Western culture has made a cult of success, and the church has accepted the larger culture’s definition, focusing on success as growth in membership and budget, rather growth in faithfulness as disciples of Jesus. When we do not measure up, we become discouraged, disillusioned, and perhaps even envious.

    Paul Moots offers a welcome antidote: a vision for the ministry of encouragement. Based on his study of the book of Acts, Moots has identified five incidents from the ministry of Barnabas, an easily overlooked character, that provide a starting point to explore encouragement and how it can work in a congregation. Moots then examines five components of this ministry: partnership, hospitality, courage, reconciliation, and authenticity.

    Moots details numerous examples to show how the ministry of encouragement offers a workable, effective pattern for church leadership. “I am convinced,” he writes, “that accepting Barnabas as my model has changed my ministry for the better and that Barnabas’s example can benefit any pastor and congregation who take his lessons seriously.”

    Barnabas and his ministry of encouragement offer us a focus for the vital, messy, and exhilarating work required of us as faith communities. Foreword by Robert Reber

    “At last! Here is a leadership book that provides practical help for congregations of every size and setting and pastors with a variety of gifts. Drawing from his own experience as a pastor, Moots shares a model of faithful ministry that is within the reach of every pastor, layperson, and congregation.”-Rueben P. Job

    “In an age when so many pastors and leaders are discouraged, no work of the Spirit is more needed or more welcome than encouragement. Moots’s book moves beyond diagnosis and actually shows readers how to ‘become Barnabas’ in ministries of partnership, hospitality, courage, and reconciliation.”-Donna Duensing

    Paul Moots has served as pastor in a variety of settings in his 22 years of ministry: associate pastor, campus ministry, pastor of an urban congregation, and his current position in the village church of First United Methodist in Mount Sterling, Ohio.

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  • When Prisoners Return

    $11.95

    “When Prisoners Return” identifies the need for individuals and churches to be involved as prisoners return to society; this book also equips individuals and churches with the information they need to effectively assist former prisoners.

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  • Heart Of A Servant Leader

    $16.99

    These letters by a seasoned, influential pastor address a variety of ministry issues, as well as physical suffering, overcoming sin, learning to forgive, spiritual warfare, etc. We learn that a leader should be the cheif servant, and that right attitudes come only from a heart changed by an encounter with God.

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  • Ministerial Ethics

    $30.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780801027550Joe Trull | James CarterBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2004Publisher: Baker Academic Print On Demand Product

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  • Bivocational Pastor : Two Jobs One Ministry

    $15.99

    Succeed in bi-vocational ministry. Bi-vocational ministers face unique challenges. Often times, you are called to lead smaller churches with few resources, many of which have plateaued or are in decline is looked at by some as a “second-class” ministry performed by people who do not have the opportunity to serve a larger church. Along with your family and church responsibilities, your second job also requires a large amount of time each week.

    But you have a special calling, as both of your jobs can provide opportunities for ministry. In his new book, Dennis Bickers provides solid advice to help you succeed in bi-vocational ministry. You’ll learn how to:
    *Manage time wisely
    *Define success on your own terms
    *Develop a vision for your church
    *Maintain a passion for the ministry
    *And much more!

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  • Parish Survival Guide

    $21.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780281056651Martin Dudley | Virginia RoundingBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2004Publisher: SPCK Print On Demand Product

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  • Beginning Ministry Together

    $23.00

    Beginning Ministry Together is about the transition period between the announcement that one pastor is leaving and the time when another pastor is well settled. The message brought by Roy Oswald and colleagues Jim and Ann Heath is that this is not an impossible time to be survived only with a lot of expert help. Rather, even though the task is complex, committed congregational leaders can handle it-with the help of people who have been on this journey before.

    Oswald describes how clergy and congregations can better end and begin pastorates. He shows them how to say good-bye and discern their needs for the future-how to use the open space between pastorates for evaluation and preparation for a new day.

    This handbook will also help congregations determine what they expect of their clergy and then accurately present their expectations to candidates. Likewise, clergy will learn how to share what gifts they offer and their expectations of a congregation. In this way, clergy and lay leaders can reach common and workable expectations of one another and begin a life-giving ministry together. Foreword by Robert T. Gribbon.

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  • Postmodern Parish : New Ministry For A New Era

    $19.00

    “The Postmodern Parish addresses potentially thorny issues of worship, leadership, faith formation, and mission as it guides its readers through a process of discernment into the uncharted territory of the new millennium. Kitchens’ intellectual gifts combined with his warm insights and down-home prose make this book a joy to read.”-Audrey West

    “Many of us who are pastors of local mainline churches have long felt that something is amiss in the life of our congregations. It’s hard for us to name exactly what is wrong, but occasionally we are aware of a nagging sense that something is just not working any more. . . . Our best efforts at ministry feel like they’re about a half beat behind some new pulse beginning to course through the culture,” writes author Jim Kitchens.

    Congregational leaders who recognize Kitchens’ description of congregational life today will appreciate his pointed and realistic analysis of fundamental shifts in ministry that have taken place in our postmodern, post-Christian, and postdenominational world. Kitchens also demonstrates that we need to create a different sort of church if we are to be faithful to the gospel in this new cultural setting. He addresses in detail how these contextual shifts invite us to change our ministry in four arenas of congregational life: worship, Christian formation, mission, and leadership.

    Kitchens shows congregational leaders how to learn how to be the body of Christ in ways that will be both faithful to the Gospel and responsive to our newly emerging cultural context. Foreword by William H. Willimon.

    Jim Kitchens has focused his attention during 24 years in parish ministry on discerning emerging forms of congregational life that will be faithful expressions of faith. He served until recently as co-pastor of Davis Community Church, a Presbyterian congregation in Davis, California, and is now pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Walking The Small Group Tightrope

    $12.99

    A time-tested resource for pastors and small group leaders to help them understand how to manage the tensions that result when a variety of good objectives compete for a group’s attention Foundational resources such as Building a Church of Small Groups and The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry were written for those who launch and lead small group ministries. Now there is a proven resource from Willow Creek created specifically for small group leaders who serve in the trenches of small group life. Walking the Small Group Tightrope applies “polarity management” training to group life. Polarity management teaches that in every area of life we must learn to manage the tension that exists between two good things rather than choosing one over the other. There are six challenges or “tensions” every small group leader faces and must learn to manage well. Each challenge must be met by managing two good values that exist along a continuum: * Learning Challenge: Truth_Life Continuum * Relational Challenge: Friendship_Accountability Continuum * Development Challenge: Care_Discipleship Continuum * Reconciliation Challenge: Kindness_Confrontation Continuum * Impact Challenge: Task_People Continuum * Connection Challenge: Openness_Intimacy Continuum

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  • Search To Belong

    $16.99

    A practical guide for those struggling to build a community of believers in a culture that wants to experience belonging over believing Who is my neighbor? Who belongs to me? To whom do I belong? These are timeless questions that guide the church to its fundamental calling. Today terms like neighbor, family, and congregation are being redefined. People are searching to belong in new places and experiences. The church needs to adapt its interpretations, definitions, and language to make sense in the changing culture. This book equips congregations and church leaders with tools to: * Discern the key ingredients people look for in community * Understand the use of space as a key element for experiencing belonging and community * Develop the “chemical compound” that produces an environment for community to spontaneously emerge * Discover how language promotes specific spatial belonging and then use this knowledge to build an effective vocabulary for community development * Create an assessment tool for evaluating organizational and personal community health

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  • Church And The Abused Person

    $13.49

    With the advent of allegations of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, pastors are faced with the question of what to do if a staff member has been accused of abuse. Is our church liable? As a minister, should I report abuse? Is this privileged information? One of my members has just told me that his wife is abusing him. What should I tell him? A man in my church is hitting his wife and children. It is my job as a minister to reconcile marriages. Maybe this family would be safer in a place that houses abused people. In our church we don’t recommend divorce or separation. What do I do? The Church and the Abused Person: Is There a Problem in Our House-The Visible Church: Provides detailed descriptions and definitions of emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. Provides comprehensive definitions of the child molester and the pedophile. Provides simple but comprehensive ways that ministers can approach the problem of a member being abused or a staff member being accused of abuse. Provides a look at the history of abuse in Britain and the United States, which until recently has been an accepted practice.

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  • New Altar Guild Book

    $14.95

    Offers a lively blend of liturgical history, sacramental theology, and practical hints to help parish altar guilds carry out their ministry.

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  • Rekindling The Mainline

    $15.00

    Not only do new church starts in significant numbers bring systemic change and renewal to mainline denominations, but new church development brings similar change to individual aging congregations in their vicinity.

    Author Stephen Compton argues that a decline in new church starts in the last half of the 20th century was the major contributor to the decline of mainline church groups-not liberalism or lack of faith, as is often cited. He shows in this book how introducing considerable numbers of new congregations into these old denominations can cause these venerable institutions to revisit the meaning of “church” and “congregation,” develop a clearer vision of their collective mission, and grow in their ability to bring about positive change in the world. In effect, he contends, new churches in an aging organization do not merely make it grow. They make it change in ways that make it more effective in its mission and ministries.

    This book will appeal to leaders across denominational lines, including those not ordinarily called “mainline,” and especially to pastors and leaders of older congregations. Foreword by Jackson W. Carroll.

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  • Completing The Circle

    $19.00

    On his second day as association minister for the United Church of Christ, David McMahill received three phone calls from lay leaders who were looking for resources on “how to evaluate our minister.” He knew of several churches in which a poorly constructed process for evaluating the ministers had spun out of control, however, and had gradually come to believe it is probably better for a church not to attempt an evaluation process at all than to do one carelessly or to naively use a design intended for a secular organization.

    Based on the needs he saw, McMahill began to work with numerous congregations looking for ways to review both leaders and ministries and developed the feedback/reflection process he lays out in this book. Based on sound principles of effective communication, this simple system of asking for descriptive feedback about various aspects of a congregation’s life together takes into account the specific setting and the unique relationship between minister and congregation.

    The results: a respectful, constructive, helpful review of leaders and ministries in a congregation, and the creation of a culture of healthy communication in the congregation. Foreword by Clyde J. Steckel.

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  • Find A Niche And Scratch It

    $21.00

    Jesus was uniquely adept in the art of “reading” people. He fit his approach to the precise needs and interests of the person with whom he was dealing, and he spoke the cultural language of that individual. In this book, Robert Perry takes what Jesus and others have done intuitively-niche marketing-and provides a framework for applying those principles in everyday practice.

    Convinced that congregations can learn from the wisdom of secular disciplines and apply that wisdom to congregational life without damaging the integrity of the Christian faith, Perry offers a detailed process for using sound marketing principles to identify a congregation’s strengths and the needs of its community, and to develop strategies for effective ministry.

    Perry’s plan: to create a common vocabulary that will bridge the communication gap between the disciplines of business marketing and congregational outreach strategizing. The key: to keep in mind the reason we are working to reach people-not to make money for shareholders, but to share the Good News that God loves us. The goal: to foster genuinely healthy, growing congregations! Foreword by Robert D. Dale.

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  • Our Structure : Carrying Out The Vision

    $14.99

    Leading effectively in a congregation begins with identifying a vision for the future and then carrying it out. This book shows a variety of ways to organize your congregation, promote hospitality, set boundaries, recruit volunteers, plan work, and build a team.

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  • Our Stewardship : Managing Our Assets

    $14.99

    God gives resources or assets to each person and every congregation. Yours may include a church building, grounds, equipment, or credibility and trustworthiness. “Our Stewardship” looks at why your congregation has the gifts it has and how best to use them. Use this book on your own or with your congregation council in planning and management.

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  • Growing Together : Spiritual Exercises For Church Committees

    $9.99

    Growing Together offers church committees a way to grow spiritually as individuals and together as a group. Each of the fifty exercises in this book includes an opening prayer, a personal sharing exercise, a Bible reading and discussion questions, and a closing prayer. The exercises are grouped according to the needs of church committees: First meetings, Discovering Gifts and Setting Goals, Discerning What God Asks of Us, Receiving God’s Guidance as We Work, Growing Closer to Each Other, Facing Challenges Together, Working Through Conflict, and Celebrating Accomplishmnents and Closure.

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  • Our Community : Dealing With Conflict In Our Congregation

    $14.99

    Conflicts will arise in your congregation. Right now, you may be experiencing the storms of conflict, dealing with storm cleanup or trying to put a past conflict behind you. Although we can’t prevent conflict from occurring altogether, we can develop skills to make sense of a past controversy, better understand a current situation, and promote forgiveness and healing. Use Our Community: Dealing with Conflict in Our Congregation on your own or with your congregation’s council, committees, or staff. The book includes reproducible tools that can be downloaded and customized at www.augsburgfortress.org/CLS.

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  • Our Staff : Building Our Human Resosurces

    $14.99

    Building your congregation’s staff takes careful preparation and follow-through, from planning for a position and determining compensation packages to promoting an appropriate work environment. This book can help you, your congregation council, or your committee to answer many important questions. You will learn how to configure the staff of the congregation, what planning is needed before staff is hired, what the responsibilities of the congregation as an employer are, and much more. Use this book on your own, with your congregation’s council or staff, or in personnel and staff support.

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  • Our Gifts : Identifying And Developing Leaders

    $14.99

    This book explores how to recruit leaders and volunteers into your congregation. It provides a definition and description of Christian leadership, identifies how to match members with opportunities to lead and serve, and helps you create your own leadership development plan. Use this book on your own or with your congregation’s council, staff, new member classes, mutual ministry committee, and more.

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  • Our Mission : Discovering Gods Call In Us

    $14.99

    This new title provides four strategic planning steps to help your congregation fulfill its mission:
    –STOP to pray and discern if your congregation is fulfilling the will of God

    –LOOK at God’s word to make sure it is at the heart of your mission

    –LISTEN to the mission mandate of Christ to establish goals for the congregation

    –GO to implement your action plans with confidence and hope in God’s blessings

    This book can be used by pastors and congregational leaders for strategic planning and effective management. Includes reproducible tools that can be downloaded and customized.

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  • Our Context : Exploring Our Congregation And Community

    $14.99

    Understanding your congregation and the surrounding community is a key to leadership. This book helps you examine your context as you carry out your congregation’s mission and proclaim the gospel. Exploring your context can help identify potential problems and highlight new opportunities. If you are in a congregation or community that is changing, the process outlined in this book can help your congregation deal with change in a positive manner.

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  • New Tools For A New Century

    $24.99

    Is your church bewildered by the new technologies? Newell tours the most important options, keeping in mind the financial constraints of small- to medium-sized churches. Sane, careful explanations of how to set up a congregational website, use PowerPoint presentation software, and plenty more.

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  • Congregations In Transition

    $26.00

    This hands-on guide helps congregations meet the reality and challenges of today’s constantly changing urban and suburban church communities. Congregations in Transition, written in an easy-to-follow workbook format, is designed to help communities of faith focus on the changing needs of their members and explore the opportunities and options open to them.

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  • Moving Beyond Church Growth

    $18.00

    Are unrealistic expectations for church growth sapping your morale and putting you at risk of burnout? Do you sense dissension within your congregation? Issuing a clarion call to church leaders for bold new thinking, Olson envisions faith communities that are radically centered on God, profoundly compassionate and engaged, and sustained in relationship.

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  • Escape From Church Inc

    $14.99

    This book was born out of a passion for the church–and for you, one of its pastors. If you struggle with burnout and disillusionment, if something within you keeps insisting, “This isn’t what it’s supposed to be about!” then Pastor Glenn Wagner offers a model for pastoring that can radically reshape how you relate to your congregation. Wagner guides you into new vision, new values, and a new way of pastoring that begins not with doing, but with seeing and being. “I believe the one problem underlying all the others is that we have moved both pastors and churches from a community model to a corporation model,” says Wagner. “If we go back to the very beginning, back to the Lord’s bedrock idea for his people, what do we find? We find shepherds and sheep.” Escape from Church, Inc. offers hope to the weary and water to the thirsty. Find out for yourself, in both biblical and practical terms, how the model of the shepherd is best suited to growing a healthy, effective church — and discover deep satisfaction and joy in your role as pastor.

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  • Listening To God

    $19.00

    People today are less interested in thinking about God while being much more interested in knowing God, observes spiritual director and author John Ackerman, who served as a parish pastor for four decades. In this insightful book, Ackerman outlines ways congregations can promote members’ spiritual growth toward a greater intimacy with God. This book is about the whole system-individuals and small groups, lay leaders and clergy, worship and education-everything we do in a congregation to form us more fully into the body of Christ and to become aware of Christ in us. Ackerman offers two basic, four-step models and several additional tools that can be used to create a more encompassing process. And it all begins with learning to listen as a community, and to notice what God is doing in our life together. Foreword by Alice Mann, author of Can Our Church Live? and The In-Between Church.

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  • Patterns Of Polity

    $16.00

    Publisher Marketing: In Patterns of Polity, Edward LeRoy Long, Jr. examines the whole spectrum of ways in which Christian believers have organized their institutional life and governed their affairs.

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  • Size Transitions In Congregations

    $20.00

    Congregations that seek growth are often frustrated at hitting a plateau-caught in a transition zone between sizes. The Alban Institute has long been recognized as a leader in size transition research and learning, and this anthology offers an in-depth collection of resources, through new articles developed for the book as well as previously published and highly regarded pieces that inform and provoke.

    In a new essay, Arlin Rothauge, director of the Seabury Institute and author of Sizing Up a Congregation for New Member Ministry, a classic on the subject, offers his reflections on the state of the research and the models that have been used to frame discussion about size transitions. Alban senior consultant Alice Mann describes key findings from her current research on the pastoral-to-program size transition, perhaps the most common and most difficult to address. Other new material focuses on size transition in synagogues; the program-to-corporate transition; and the “awkward size” congregation with the resources of a pastor-centered congregation, but the desire to be program size.

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  • Conflict Management In Congregations

    $21.00

    Since its inception, the Alban Institute has earned a reputation as a leader in addressing congregational conflict management issues through its research, consulting services, educational events, and particularly its publications. Drawing on this rich heritage, the first title in our new “Harvesting the Learnings” anthology series gathers 20 classic Alban works on congregational conflict into a single, indispensable volume.

    Conflict Management in Congregations harvests the collected wisdom of many of the key thinkers on this topic, including such past and present Alban consultants as Speed Leas, George Parsons, Margaret Bruehl, Gil Rendle, Alice Mann, and Roy Pneumann. Much of the material found here has long been unavailable but is still much in demand, including seminal research reports and timeless articles from Action Information and Congregations.

    Divided into three sections that explore the dynamics of conflict, conflict management techniques, and dealing with conflict in specific contexts, this book serves as a comprehensive primer that no pastor or congregational leader will want to be without.

    With an introduction by Speed Leas.

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  • Reading The Bible In Faith A Print On Demand Title

    $21.50

    Reading the Bible in Faith gathers the deepest reflections of leading pastor-theologians dealing with the heart of Holy Scripture – the restoration of the proper relationship between God and his people. Speaking ecumenically, pastor to pastor, the contributors to this very special book provide sound encouragement, rooted in both the Bible and experience, to other church leaders who are also called to stand as the theologians of their local congregations. Seeing the present “crisis of the church” more truly as a crisis of faith that compels too many pastors to major in the minors, this volume confidently reaffirms the Christian gospel as the trustworthy and dynamic basis for the church’s mission and ministry. Short, insightful writings by respected leaders of local congregations urge church renewal through scripturally grounded preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and church administration.

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  • Uncovering Your Churchs Hidden Spirit

    $19.00

    Parishioners today look to their congregations to feed their spiritual hunger. But many members and clergy are not sure how the words “congregation” and “spirituality” fit together. Author Celia Hahn interviewed 30 lay people and clergy from five Episcopal congregations to discover their stories of congregational spirituality and to help them identify the congregation’s gifts for spiritual development. Hahn becomes a spiritual companion and resource for the searching congregation, guiding the church as it begins to discover its gifts. How is God at work in our congregation? How do members empowered by the transforming Spirit minister in their workplaces, neighborhoods, and families? How do members move into a deeper relationship with one another and with God? Foreword by Tilden Edwards, executive director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction.

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  • Listening Ministry : Rethinking Pastoral Leadership

    $17.00

    Listening Ministry is a timely and practical work that invites church leaders (professional and non-professional) to look at leadership in the church in a completely different way. It is also a valuable scholarly work that calls forth new learning through the reflection questions provided at the end of each chapter. The book helps readers rethink the dynamics of ministry from the perspective of listening, focusing on both its individual and communal dimensions. Hedahl’s work presents a unique blend of theological reflection on listening, new and tested research on listening as it relates to church leadership, and suggested forms of listening as education and skills assessment in a continual effort to locate and understand listening as the heart of effective and faithful ministry.

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  • Mission Based Management

    $47.00

    This practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-use workbook provides key tools to help managers of nonprofits ensure that their organization pursues its mission, meets the changing needs of the community-and has enough money to make ends meet-while also satisfying the demands of funders, clientele, boards, staff, and bankers. Designed to equip nonprofit managers and other nonprofit workers with the guidance they need to do their jobs and run their organizations more effectively and efficiently, this workbook is also a hands-on tool to help implement the ideas in the author’s highly regarded Mission-Based Management. Filled with indispensable checklists, worksheets, forms, displays, and hands-on suggestions, and including a companion CD-ROM, the Workbook will show you how to smoothly and successfully:
    * Hone your organization’s core competencies
    * Focus your resources
    * Improve overall mission capability
    * Get the most out of group discussions
    * Utilize self-assessment tools

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  • Leading And Managing A Growing Church

    $22.99

    Not all pastors are natural-born managers—but they can learn! In this practical volume, Hunter gathers insights from the best leadership and management experts, then shows pastors how to apply proven-effective principles to the service of the church. Learn to be a dynamic supervisor, a skilled steward of church resources, and more!

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  • Power Surge : Six Marks Of Discipleship For A Changing Church

    $23.99

    Drawing on his experience at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Foss makes the case for transforming congregations from a membership model to a discipleship model of church affiliation. The book begins with a careful analysis of recent patterns in church membership/demographics which argue for this paradigm shift. Subsequent chapters detail the unique leadership and organizational needs of a discipleship model; explore the building and maintaining of fundamental trust–in God and in His people–as the cornerstone of the model; and provide practical helps for assessing the present and strategies for moving into the future.

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  • Beside Still Waters

    $18.00

    Succinct and highly practical, Beside Still Waters is devoted to solutions to the common obstacles of a successful and authentic pastoral ministry. The contributors use the 23rd Psalm to provide the context for discussion of a variety of the most critical pressure points that can disable a healthy ministry.

    The book culminates in a final chapter, which addresses the task of preaching as pastoral care, which is most genuine when it emerges out of a keen awareness of good boundaries that protect the spiritual life of both pastor and parish. An annotated list of further readings is given for each area of discussion.

    The authors have among themselves more than two hundred years of pastoral experience and have been on the front lines of the Pastoral Institute’s national ministry to clergy in crisis. They include Greek Orthodox, Methodist, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist ministers and pastoral counselors. They draw on both pastoral and clinical experiences to address the common and frequently overlooked areas of difficulty in ministry.

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  • Leading Congregational Change Workbook

    $20.00

    A Leadership Network Publication
    With this much-needed handbook, the authors brilliantly combine their experience guiding dozens of churches through the change process with both the study of Christian disciplines and the sophisticated understanding of such important business thinkers as John Kotter on leading change and Peter Senge on learning organizations. In this eminently readable book the authors have distilled their insights and practices into simple but powerful concepts for leading congregations, whether long established or recently formed, through profound change.

    Leaders using this guide will also be interested in the companion Leading Congregational Change Workbook, which offers assessment questions, planning worksheets, activities, and case examples for each stage of the process.

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  • Move Your Church To Action

    $25.99

    What’s preventing your church from blossoming with purpose and a sense of mission? In order to pinpoint the problem, you must first know what questions to ask. Hunter, radio host of The Church Doctor, offers clear, practical guidance for diagnosing common congregational difficulties and putting your flock back on the road to recovery.

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  • Magnetic Music Ministry

    $20.99

    SKU (ISBN): 9780687007318Bill Owens | Editor: Herb MillerBinding: Trade PaperEffective ChurchPublisher: Abingdon Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Companion To The Constitution

    $22.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780664501464Editor: Frank BeattieBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2000Publisher: Geneva Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Creating Congregations Of Generous People

    $16.00

    Asking parishioners for money is very different from creating congregations of generous people. In this provocative book, stewardship consultant Michael Durall argues convincingly that annual pledge drives inadvertently perpetuate low-level and same-level giving in congregations. Written with the voice of experience, this book will help clergy and lay leaders initiate and sustain effective stewardship programs. Durall believes that asking for money eventually becomes routine, even tedious-but creating a congregation of generous people becomes ever more meaningful with passing time.

    “A practical voice in a conversation that is desperately needed.”-Paul G. Schervish

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  • Attending Parishioners Spiritual Growth

    $19.00

    In this clarion call to tend to spiritual growth, Williamsen provides a much-needed resource for clergy. Discover how to assist parishioners in their prayer and spiritual life. Learn how individual spiritual growth can flow back into the congregation’s growth as a community. Explore new ideas and practical approaches to using Christian education, worship, retreats, devotional guides, and church meetings as tools to achieve spiritual growth. Learn about spirituality gender differences; the importance of your own spiritual life; spiritually grounding lay leaders; encouraging spiritual friendships and study groups. For clergy interested in developing spirituality at the individual level; seminary professors who want to help their students explore this aspect of parish ministry; and judicatory executives who wish to encourage their clergy in this area.

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  • Understanding Your Congregation As A System

    $27.00

    Parsons and Leas have created an important tool for congregational leaders in this application of systems theory to evaluating a congregation’s life and readiness for change. Church leaders can explore the forces at work and examine the systemic implications in seven key areas: strategy, process, pastoral and lay leadership, authority, relatedness, and learning. The Manual provides an overview of systems theory, complete instructions for administering and scoring the Congregational Systems Inventory (CSI), and guidance for interpreting and explaining the inventory results using sample scores. Be sure to order some packs of the CSI along with this valuable resource

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  • Equipping Pastor : A Systems Approach To Congregational Leadership

    $22.00

    The authors draw on their combined experience to create an exciting model of congregational leadership that understands congregations as relational systems. Learn how relational processes can liberate members for ministry and mission in the world and release pastors for appropriate leadership.

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  • Spiritual Wholeness For Clergy

    $20.00

    The authors combine clinical psychology and spiritual direction to create a practical model of spirituality that integrates theology, psychology, and an understanding of individual frailties in a new way. Draws on counseling experience with more than 400 clergy and pinpoints the human problems, traps, and temptations awaiting those who choose the clergy role. For clergy, their advisors and counselors. Clergy will learn to develop and maintain a psychologically healthy spirituality in relationships with others. Judicatory executives and therapists working with clergy will gain insight into addiction problems and how to help clergy move toward greater emotional and spiritual health.

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