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  • Evangelical Theological Method


    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

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    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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  • Come Let Us Eat Together


    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)
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index

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    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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  • Transcending Mission : The Eclipse Of A Modern Tradition


    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
    Works Cited

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    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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  • Launch Revised And Expanded (Reprinted)


    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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  • Tactful Advice For Calling Your Next Pastor


    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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  • Vulnerable Pastor : How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry


    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

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    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


    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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  • Go Build A Church


    SKU (ISBN): 9781629526539ISBN10: 1629526533James MillerBinding: Trade PaperPublished: April 2014Publisher: Xulon Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Effective Staffing For Vital Churches (Reprinted)


    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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  • Church Planting For Reproduction


    The task of church planting requires the wisdom of a practitioner and the logic of a strategist. With his years of experience planting churches, and his extensive research on the subject, the author displays these two requisites on every page of his fruitful study.

    “As a missionary and missiologist,” writes J. Ronald Blue of Dallas Theological Seminary, “the author gives a new perspective to church planting that extends beyond the immediate and sometimes shallow goal of a newly installed fellowship of believers. This book will be an invaluable aid to church planters and missionaries. This is a church planting guide that puts it all together.”

    The author emphasizes that the primary goal of missions constitutes planting churches, which in turn are able to reproduce themselves. By using the proven management method Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), the author outlines each step needed to accomplish that goal. Over sixty charts illustrate his principles and directives.

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  • Church Administration And Management


    * 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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  • Crucified Church : Leading Your Church Through Death & Rebirth


    Warning: The Church is Dying…and She Should! The Church is losing ground in America. In The Crucified Church: Leading Your Church through Death & Rebirth, seasoned pastor and church planting expert, Joel Rissinger insightfully and candidly shows that revival or renewal of an impotent, biblically deprived church are simply not enough. With great love for the Bride of Christ, Rissinger shows why the death of a church is often its biblical pathway to life. In The Crucified Church! you will be equipped to: * Explore the biblical foundation for church death and rebirth * Crucify unbiblical doctrine, to ensure our gospel is everything Jesus is, was, taught, lived, did, and will do in the future. * Crucify church structure, to ensure our churches are led more as a theocracy than a democracy. * Crucify church vision, to ensure it is based on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. * Crucify missions, to ensure they center on church planting and multiplication. And much more!

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  • Many Parts One Body


    Property issues will be major topic of debate at 2009 Episcopal General Convention

    Clear, concise information on the legal structure and governance of the Episcopal Church

    Debunks misinformation about Episcopal governance promulgated on conservative blogs and publications

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  • Fly In The Ointment


    An ecumenical resource that helps churches and church leaders begin to think about how to transform themselves into vital, flourishing organizations-transformation that requires deep, systemic change on the part of the bodies that are meant to help congregations live into their mission in the world.

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  • Reverse Mentoring : How Young Leaders Can Transform The Church And Why We S


    Earl Creps is known for his work in connecting the younger generation of postmoderns with their Boomer predecessors. The author of Off-Road Disciplines, Creps, in this new book, takes up the topic of how older church leaders can learn from younger leaders who are more conversant with culture, technology, and social context. In addition to making the benefits of what he calls “reverse mentoring” apparent, he also makes it accessible by offering practical steps to implement this discipline at both personal and organizational levels, particularly in communication, evangelism, and leadership.
    Creps’ new book is a topic of interest both inside and outside the church as older leaders realize that they’re not “getting it” when it comes to technologies (iPod, IM, blogging) or cultural issues such as the fact that younger people see the world in an entirely different way. Creps has been personally involved in reverse mentoring for several years and has spoken and written on the subject extensively. He has pastored three churches (one Boomer, one Builder, on X’er) and is currently a church planter in Berkeley, California. He has also served as a consultant and and a seminary professor and administrator, holding a PhD in Communication Studies and a D.Min. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

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  • Communicating For A Change


    Speakers and preachers—follow this instructive parable to keep your message alive and your audience alert! By knowing your destination before you leave (identifying the major premise you want to communicate), using your turn signals (transition ahead!), and employing five other practical points, you’ll be on the road to success—and drive your message home!

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  • Ministry Staff Member


    This comprehensive resource provides counsel and direction for associate staff members. It can be used to train new staff members, for orientation with seminary interns, for in-service training in church staff meetings, or as a reference tool to consult if facing staff tensions and challenges. Topics covered include knowing your job, embracing your role as a servant leader, serving responsibly, getting along with others, living a balanced life, and avoiding things that get in the way.

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  • Basic Business Principles For Growing Churches


    Pastors are schooled in theology and ministry, but few receive training in the fine points of church administration. Learning how to handle a congregation’s finances “on the job” can be a harrowing experience. Yet efficiently managing your church’s business affairs is a key element in keeping current members satisfied with their pastoral leadership — and in attracting the new members you need for your church to grow in size and influence.

    In Basic Business Principles For Growing Churches, Arnold Cirtin shares expertise gained from more than four decades of corporate and academic experience. He provides a clear and helpful primer for pastors with limited training in business administration on such practical topics as accounting, fiscal management, and marketing.

    This is an indispensable book for pastors of small- and medium-sized churches (who typically are also their congregations’ principal financial officers), as well as for church treasurers, trustees, and other financial board members. When you follow the guidelines in Basic Business Principles For Growing Churches, your church will be fiscally responsible, managed efficiently, and able to maximize its growing stewardship of God’s resources.

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  • Churchmarketing 101 : Preparing Your Church For Greater Growth (Reprinted)


    Seeks to demystify questions about why some churches grow and some do not, while helping churches to recognize and remove roadblocks they set for visitors.

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  • Great Giveaway : Reclaiming The Mission Of The Church (Reprinted)


    Has the North American church relinquished her God-given mission to parachurch organizations, psychotherapy, and consumer capitalism? Warning that postmodern evangelicals are increasingly modeling their ministries after secular sciences and “farming out” church functions in the name of efficiency, Fitch challenges believers to reclaim the lost practices of evangelism, physical healing, and spiritual formation.

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  • How To Hit The Ground Running


    Neal O. Michell The quick-start program described in this book is designed for the new rector or pastor who wants to “hit the ground running.” It is also designed for principal lay leaders who will be instrumental in the transition to new leadership. The program takes the new pastor, vestry, or other leadership bodies from one month prior to the new leader’s arrival through the first eighteen months afterward. Organized in a user-friendly workbook format, this guide gives step-by-step suggestions on how the sometimes stalled and directionless period of transition in a faith community can be made dynamic and purposefula time of true congregational development.

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  • Healthy Small Church


    Like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, a healthy church balances the well-being of its individual members with that of the entire church. If a church is afflicted with unhealthy issues, such as feelings of unimportance, a lack of vision, exclusivity, limited resources, or unbalanced leadership, then its health is threatened and it may eventually die. But an unhealthy church can get well and experience vital physical and spiritual growth.

    In The Healthy Church, Dennis Bickers diagnoses those things that can threaten the life of your church and prescribes practical remedies for treatment. He emphasizes that maintaining a healthy church means preventing problems from developing by first recognizing their symptoms and then acting accordingly.

    Become a healthy church that:
    *Has a positive self-image
    *Shares a common vision that creates a sense of purpose and unity
    *Maintains community while still warmly welcoming new visitors
    *Practices the importance of faithful stewardship and financial support
    *Understands ministry to be the responsibility of all the members of the church
    *Encourages everyone to serve according to his or her spiritual gifts-not by seniority or guilt.

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  • Evaluating The Church Growth Movement


    “The church growth movement (CGM) has stirred debate ever since it was first introduced by Donald McGavran in the 1960s. By the 1980s it attracted enough attention to merit the publication of around 580 church growth books. Many churches experienced significant growth applying these principles. But during the 1990s critics questioned the movement and its theological underpinnings. Nevertheless, interest in the movement continues in the 21st century. It’s a movement that can’t be ignored. This Counterpoints Church Life book presents five viewpoints on the CGM from national church leaders from a diverse denominational, theological, and geographical representation. The five perspectives include: * Effective evangelism view: Church growth effectively confronts the culture (Elmer Towns) * Gospel in our culture view: Church growth does not effectively engage the culture (Craig Van Gelder) * Centrist view: Church growth has been culturally insightful but theologically superficial (Charles Van Engen) * Reformist view: Church growth has not developed a balanced intertwining of theological reflection, cultural analysis, historical perspective, and practical strategy (Gailyn Van Rheenan) * Renewal view: Church growth must come from the inside out being a community of faith focusing on kingdom issues (Howard Snyder) Not only do the five main contributors respond to each other’s positions, but another chapter gives the responses and views of three nationally known pastors for whom church growth is not an academic discipline but a matter of hands-on daily involvement. The book intends to make a valuable contribution to the church by bringing together conflicting views so all perspectives are heard and readers can make their own informed conclusions. The book’s introduction by Gary McIntosh shows why this is a movement that can’t be ignored. He gives a helpful brief overview of the history of this movement that celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2005. Each chapter includes discussion questions enabling readers to use this book in small group and classroom settings.”

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  • Who Runs The Church


    “Many Protestants, individually and denominationally, are divided by differences regarding the form of church government. While these differences are not necessarily as divisive as theological and doctrinal issues, they are significant to churches and church leaders and affect the way Christians do God’s work. This book in the highly acclaimed Counterpoints series offers insights and contrasts into four kinds of church government: (1) episcopalianism (hierarchical, with priests, bishops, and archbishops), (2) presbyterianism (a representative form at multiple levels-church, classis/presbytery, synod/general assembly), (3) single-elder congregationalism (pastor-led local autonomy), and (4) plural-elder congregationalism (another form of local autonomy). Each form of government is explored through (1) description, (2) historical development, (3) hermeneutical assumptions, (4) biblical and theological foundations, (5) an understanding of the nature, number, and relationship of church officers, (6) the practical implications. The contributors are Peter Toon of the Anglican Church (episcopalianism), L. Roy Taylor of the Presbyterian Church in America (presbyterianism), Paige Patterson of the Southern Baptist Convention (single-elder congregationalism), and Samuel E. Waldron of the Reformed Baptist Church (plural-elder congregationalism).” EDITOR: Cowan, Steven B.

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  • Faithful Over A Few Things Study Guide (Student/Study Guide)


    SKU (ISBN): 9780965226240ISBN10: 0965226247George McCalepBinding: Trade PaperPublished: March 2004Publisher: Orman Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Choosing Church


    Widely known theological educator and sociologist Carol Lytch presents this well-researched study of what attracts teenagers to the church and what keeps them there. The cogent research includes interviews of a number of teenagers and their parents from mainline Protestant, evangelical, and Roman Catholic congregations. Groundbreaking and fascinating, Choosing Church ultimately serves as a highly useful description of the most effective ways that congregations and parents can foster faith in early teenagers that will help them value the church as a place to obtain identity, belonging, and growth.

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  • Pastors Guide To Growing A Christlike Church


    In The pastor’s Guide To Growing A Christlike Church, you’ll discover the keys to creating a vibrant, biblical, spiritually healthy church. William Willimon, Kennon Callahan, George Hunter III, and other well-known church leaders will teach you how to:
    *Develop servant leaders among the laity
    *Get laity involved in serving the community
    *Nurture healthy spirituality in the church
    *Develop authentic Christian community and fellowship
    *Plan worship services that bind church members together
    *Cast a vision for the future of the church
    *And much more!

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  • Starting A Non Profit At Your Church


    A large and growing number of congregations are setting up church-based nonprofit organizations in order to operate community development or educational programs. Once formed, the nonprofit structure allows for new opportunities for accessing additional funding and drawing new collaborative partners and volunteers into the ministry. Joy Skjegstad outlines the step-by-step procedures for setting up a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization connected to a congregation using simple, easy-to-understand terminology and plenty of examples from churches that have already taken on this task.

    In addition to accessible and specific information on the legal aspects of a church-based nonprofit, topics include:

    Why set up a nonprofit?
    Advantages and disadvantages to setting up a nonprofit
    Assessing readiness for the challenge
    Defining the nonprofit’s mission and niche
    Accountability and control
    Establishing a board structure and defining board roles
    Maintaining a positive relationship with the congregation
    Personnel issues
    Developing a fundraising plan
    Ongoing evaluation
    Whether a congregation is setting up new program or has an established nonprofit that needs to be restructured or redefined, congregations will find helpful guidance in this practical, experience-based book. Foreword by Mary Nelson, President, Bethel New Life, Inc., Chicago.

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  • Pastors Guide To Effective Ministry


    12 Chapters

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    Systematic theology. . . Philosophy of religion. . . Old Testament exegesis. Just about every seminary-trained pastor is educated in these areas. But how about nurturing the congregation? Don’t forget administration of the church and pastoral counseling. And on a more personal note, they must keep their family life in shape, care for their own physical and emotional health, manage their finances, and maintain a pure life and witness.

    Larry Burkett, Dallas Willard, William Willimon, and Dale Galloway, along with other well-known church leaders, provide solid advice for the personal and professional development of pastors. This book will be a desktop companion for pastors who are in the trenches and facing the day-to-day challenges of ministry.

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  • Jesus Ejecutivo – (Spanish)


    Many have written about Jesus as a preacher, teacher and other important aspects from his personality. Not to many have discover that he is a Jesus management, administrative leader that new how to recruit, inspire, motivate and guide a team of twelve men that base on his influence and according to his plans they conquer the world for his cause.

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  • Ideal Seminary


    Samuel Calian hopes to create a shared vision of ownership of theological education. Addressing those who have a stake in theological schools and education, he encourages them to think both theologically and organizationally about the aim of theological schools in order to enhance the role and influence of these schools among their churches and communities. Calian ends each chapter with an issue for discussion intended to encourage conversation and action among all people interested in theological education.

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  • Searching For A Pastor The Presbyterian Way


    1. What Lies Ahead?
    2. “Decently And In Order”: Calling Pastoral Leadership The Presbyterian Way
    3. Getting Organized
    4. Remebering Your Story
    5. Going Fishing: Net-Working For Candidates
    6. It’s Time To Talk: Insights On Interviewing
    7. The Big Decision
    8. Closure

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    When a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation searches for a new pastor or associate pastor, there are many official guidelines to follow. This step-by-step guide for nominating committees not only makes these procedures clear and understandable, but it goes behind the rules and regulations to the deeper theological and practical concerns. Foose explains how to get organized, how to compose the Congregational Information materials, how to compile a list of good candidates, what kinds of questions to ask in an interview, and other essential tips and tactics to call a suitable pastor. Drawing upon years of experience working with pastors, candidates, and congregations, Foose tells the “inside story” on how to find just the right pastor and how to allow the search process to be a time of spiritual discernment and growth in faith.

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  • Women In Ministry


    May women teach or exercise authority over men? Should they be ordained? Questions like these rage in the debate over women in ministry. Four committed evangelicals, Robert Culver, Susan Foh, Alvera Mickelsen, and Walter Liefeld, explain their positions and respond to the others, making for a lively exchange of ideas.

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  • Making Your Church More Inviting


    If you’ve read the book or viewed the course, now lead your church in study with this workbook approach to Alban’s Inviting Church materials. Its fifteen sessions are designed to help clergy or lay leaders guide committees or study groups through a dynamic exploration of their congregation’s IQ (invitation quotient). Discover how well you invite, welcome, and incorporate new members. As participants uncover the inviting elements of your church, they develop a personal witness style that emerges comfortably from their individual gifts.

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  • Nailing Down A Board


    Based on his many years of experience serving on boards of churches, ministries, and charities, noted theologian Charles Ryrie offers practical advice applicable to a wide variety of organizations and ministries. Learn how to secure board members, train others to serve effectively, and make the most of meeting times

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  • Clergy Killers : Guidance For Pastors And Congregation Under Attack


    In a startling survey by Leadership, it was discovered that 23 percent of Protestant clergy have been fired at least once, and, even more significantly, 41 percent of congregations have fired at least two pastors. Rediger offers conflict management tactics for these “abusive” congregations.

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  • Good Time To Be The Church


    “A good time to be the church is right now,” declares Bishop H. George Anderson. Rather than lamenting the lost influence of the church or dreaming of some golden age, Christians can see the spiritual hunger of our time as a special opportunity to speak and act boldly. Solidly grounded in the Bible and Christian history, and keenly aware of contemporary issues, the Lutheran bishop identifies Christian truths that are especially needed in our time. He recalls his own spiritual journey and encourages readers to tell their faith stories. In an engaging question-and- answer format, Anderson helps readers clarify their own beliefs and discover ways to share the Christian faith with others. With questions for reflection and discussion, along with suggested prayers and hymns, this book is a stimulating study guide for congregations, church councils, evangelism committees, and other Christian groups.

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  • Ministry And The American Legal System


    In today’s litigious society, pastors, trustees, lay leaders, and committee members need a basic understanding of America’s legal system. Couser—an attorney and member of the Christian Legal Society—offers an overview of the U.S. Constitution; reviews specifics of law, including torts, contracts, copyrights, and more; and addresses “risk management” for churches, clergy, and congregations.

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  • Church Leadership : Following The Example Of Christ


    As the body of Christ, the church is basically an organism, not an organization. This fact is full of implications for the way the church organizes itself and the way leadership functions in the church. No book on church leadership has become as controversial as this one. Nor is there a book that spells out so clearly the scriptural implications of the present rule of Christ in the church and the calling of church leaders to be, first of all, servants. This is must reading for pastors, elders, church staff members, and students preparing for ministry in the church.

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  • Foundations For Purposeful Church Administration


    Highly acclaimed and widely used, this text shows what church tasks must be undertaken, why they are important, and the guiding theological principles required to achieve them.

    Alvin J. Lindgren clarifies the present confusion about what church administration is and what its place in the church should be. He provides a concept of church administration for the student of theology, and a new, more effective overview for the working pastor frustrated by current demands and procedures.

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