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7 Deadly Lawsuits: How Ministers Can Avoid Litigation and Regulation

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$12.95

During the last two decades, American law has undergone some startling developments that will affect all church leaders and religious organizations, regardless of denomination. Reacting to events allegedly occurring in the church counseling office or board room, the American public is suing its religious leaders and organizations at an unprecedented rate.

7 Deadly Lawsuits is about preventing lawsuits against clergy, religious professionals, churches, and religious organizations. The book, however, is not about "how to fight back." Thomas Taylor leaves this to the lawyers, once the alleged damage is done. Instead, this book is about how clergy, religious professionals, and religious organizations can be educated about the kinds of lawsuits that are typically levied against them. Taylor then shows how to avoid such costly legal involvement. The final chapter discusses "responding to lawsuits.""

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9780687008223
Publication Date: 
1996-03-31
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Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers

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$18.75
A practical guidebook for the inquiring layperson seeking a holistic, intelligent look at the spiritual life, and for the pastor or religious professional seeking a systematic framework and spiritual practices to re-ignite the flame of faith. Groff explains what it means to believe and what to do after you say you believe-through a unique integration of spirituality and service, heart and mind, and various faith traditions. Explore five spiritual disciplines: community, solitude, learning, service, and vocation. Great for study groups.
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9781566991179
Publication Date: 
1993-11-30

Activism That Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organization

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$6.95
This classic resource for community organization is aimed primarily at clergy who have accepted the need for active involvement in the social problems of the world in order to fulfill the basic religious mission, but don't know how to do it successfully. In this roadmap to community organization and activism, Pierce points out the major traps and stumbling blocks for congregations to avoid along the way. He encourages an ecumenical approach to community organization and offers concrete stories and experiences as examples to follow.
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9780809126002
Publication Date: 
1983-12-31
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Art of Forgiveness: Theological Reflections on Healing and Reconciliation

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$15.00
This book grows out of the conviction that, as the author says, "it is necessary to think about forgiveness not in spite of Auschwitz but because of Auschwitz." Drawing on the Bible and church history, Geiko M ller-Fahrenholz shows how the idea of forgiveness has been distorted, abused and largely lost, and why it is so important to reclaim this healing art, not only in personal relations but especially in the relations between nations and peoples. He devotes one chapter to a careful analysis of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up after the end of apartheid in South Africa, and its relevance to many other situations of deeply rooted hostility and conflict in the world today.
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9782825412244
Publication Date: 
1996-12-31

Arts of Ministry: Feminist-Womanist Approaches

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$21.99

Feminist and womanist theology has reoriented an entire way of understanding our relationships to one another, to creation, and to God. Feminist social theory has reshaped education, psychotherapy, leadership, decision-making, collaborative work, and family life. Little has been done, however, to bring these fields together to enrich the theory, theology, and practice of ministry. This book brings together the best in feminist and womanist scholarship that deals with the work of ministry in a one-volume format. It offers the most relevant, effective, and transformative approaches to ministry as it develops a feminist and womanist practical theology.

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9780664255930
Publication Date: 
2004-02-29

As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry

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$14.99

This essential work focuses on reclaiming a healthy understanding of authority in the church by reviewing the meaning of clergy authority and examining how this authority has been used and abused. Jackson Carroll asks how a sense of clergy authority might be recovered--one that honors shared ministry among clergy and lay leaders while it appreciates the distinctive tasks of each clergyperson.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664251680
Publication Date: 
1990-12-31

Attentive to God: Thinking Theologically in Ministry

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$16.00

How the pastor reads a situation theologically will define the possibilities for ministry now and for the church's future.
The pastor's theological lens effects every ministry task. This book introduces students to the importance of theological reflection. It tells them why theological reflection is crucial to who they are and what they do, and it shows them how they can acquire and strengthen their capacity for theological attentiveness. Central to Wood and Blue's approach is the conviction that pastoral character and pastoral practice are mutually formative. Also through the practice of ministry the pastor's identity is both continually discovered and continually worked on and worked out. All pastors must integrate who they believe themselves to be and who they believe God is to be effective leaders.

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9780687651627
Publication Date: 
2008-01-31
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Awakened to a Calling: Reflections on the Vocation of Ministry

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$10.00

"For anyone responding to a call to the ministry, this book will be an excellent guide." --Jimmy Carter, Thirty-ninth President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) annually invites our nation's premier preachers to address a group of young adults who are considering a vocation in pastoral ministry. As part of the FTE's honoring of their outgoing president, Dr. James Waits, for his remarkable service, they have collected these superb sermons. These eight sermons on vocation offer an important resource for high school and college students making vocational decisions, for older adults considering vocational changes, and for all who teach and mentor in the area of vocational discernment and who help others sort out a commitment to professional ministry.

The purpose of the Ministry Conference, and the sermons delivered at the event, intersects well with Abingdon's mission to help form pastors who will serve the church faithfully and effectively. The preachers are highly recognizable and respected individuals who will serve as trusted and wise guides for discerning a ministry vocation. They include Fred Craddock, Walter Brueggemann, Tom Long, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Brad Braxton.

The volume includes an annotated bibliography of publications on ministry as a vocation, and a foreword by Dr. James T. Laney, former Ambassador to South Korea, President of Emory University, and Dean of Candler School of Theology. He is currently a faculty member of Emory's Center for Ethics. He chairs the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, is a trustee of the Henry Luce Foundation, and chairs (with Andrew Young) The Faith and The City Program in Atlanta.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687053902
Publication Date: 
2005-01-31
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Becoming a Thinking Christian: If We Want Church Renewal, We Will Have to Renew Thinking in the Church

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$13.00
This book challenges Christians to think. Committed lay Christians, says Cobb, are already theologians; he wants them to realize this and then to become good theologians.

Laypersons are just as capable as professional theologians of intellectual hard work, but they no longer expect the church to ask this of them. Cobb discusses why it is important for Christians to think about their own beliefs and assumptions. He encourages readers to find and become conversation partners. He also suggests steps a Christian's thinking may take; sources the individual can draw on, including how professionals can help; and where this thinking may lead. Cobb asserts that if there is a renewal of thinking in the church, there will be church renewal. The goal is to focus and sharpen one's thinking so that it is one's own, and to apply that thinking to one's being and acting. Each chapter ends with a section "Doing Your Theology" which is a list of questions for reflection and discussion.

Chapter titles include: On Becoming What You Are: A Theologian; Ethics and Theology; Shaping Up; Biblical Authority; Christians and Jews; Professionals: Help and Hindrance; Christian Counterattack; A Critique of Economics; A Critique of the University; An Afterword on Church Theology

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9780687287529
Publication Date: 
1993-09-01
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Being Church, Becoming Community

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$12.00

To John Buchanan, mainline churches have an obligation to be in the world, and their effectiveness requires that they not abandon their traditions. Churches need to steer a course that allows them to maintain a singular way in the world and to creatively respond to questions of meaning, hope, vocation, and values. In this book, Buchanan explores the specific ways the church intersects with community life. He vigorously affirms the Reformed tradition's unique strength and heritage, as well as its ongoing relevance in today's world.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664256692
Publication Date: 
1996-07-01

Being Salt: A Theology of an Ordered Church

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$15.00
ISBN/SKU: 
9781556350917
Publication Date: 
2007-05-01
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Belonging

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$9.95
Christian Living, Christian Literature
ISBN/SKU: 
9780310368915
Publication Date: 
1985-11-30
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Beyond the Mountains: Some Scottish Studies in Prayer and the Church

$8.95
Like a tartan with its intermingling of somber and bright colors, multicolored threads have gone into the weaving of Scotland's rich spiritual heritage. Delightfully descriptive, Martin Reith takes us on an imaginative tour of books and poems that illuminate valuable spiritual lessons to be found in Christianity.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780281036998
Publication Date: 
1979-09-27

Beyond the Scandals: A Guide to Healthy Sexuality for Clergy

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$18.00
Lloyd Rediger is a uniquely qualified national expert on all these questions with a strong message for clergy about their sexuality, spirituality, and behavior. In this timely volume, which incorporates material from his earlier volume Ministry and Sexuality, Rediger brings his extensive research, clinical experience, and theological insights to bear on the topic. He offers a comprehensive, authoritative account of clergy sexuality and sexual ethics with up-to-date legal information; helpful research on ethnic, gender, and denominational factors; a religious and moral framework for understanding clergy sexuality; and analysis of the sexual problems encountered by clergy. This volume could well become the standard pro-fessional resource for clergy in a new era of increased accountability and moral reflection.
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9780800636135
Publication Date: 
2003-08-01

Bible in Pastoral Practice: Readings in the Place and Function of Scripture in the Church

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$27.00
The Bible is at the heart of Christian life and witness. Yet the application of the Bible to the practice of Christian faith -- to spiritual growth, pastoral discussion, and even preaching -- is often too naove and simplistic.

"The Bible in Pastoral Practice" recovers a critical awareness of the ways in which the Bible is -- and might better be -- employed in pastoral practice, whether such practice entails visiting those in the hospital, teaching a church education class, or campaigning against world debt. Experts address a fascinating array of topics -- from pastoral practice before the Bible to Ignatian spirituality -- arranged according to three broad areas of concern: how the Bible has been used by pastors of the past; how contemporary methods of biblical scholarship can be applied to pastoral practice; and how the Bible applies to the Christian life today in such areas as ethics, preaching, and the arts.

This invaluable resource will equip scholars, teachers, students, and those in all areas of pastoral work to creatively appropriate the Bible.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802831156
Publication Date: 
2006-01-31

Body Trumps the Brain

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$5.95
The first in Ed Chambers' "mullings" about the "world-as-it-is," this book addresses what is important for people trying to do "public life."
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9780879463656
Publication Date: 
2008-04-01
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Bound Together: A Theology For Ecumenical Community Ministry

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$23.00
In Bound Together, Bos articulates the theological warrants for ecumenical and interfaith ministry at a local level. He shows how neighboring congregations of various denominations or faiths, simply by virtue of their common relationship to a surrounding community, have a theological connection that can cooperatively undergird joint ministry ventures. Bos explores the biblical, historical, and ecclesiological roots of community ministry to show how congregations or denominations of the same or different faiths can combine their resources and design a common strategy or program in response to needs and assets of their particular community. To demonstrate, he takes a close look at both the African American denominations and the theology of the laity movement--two important theological resources for preserving the covenant theme of civic engagement and responsibility. What results is a unique resource that addresses the intrinsic relationship between social justice issues and local faith and ecumenical community building.
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9780829816280
Publication Date: 
2005-02-28
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Bridging the Gap

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$20.00
Integrating one's spirituality, knowledge, and practice is often a lifetime project. Yet many of us, if we accomplish it at all, do so in a haphazard manner. One might even say that the process of sanctification aims toward a similar goal of wholeness. Giving people theological tools and ways to facilitate such integration is a worthy goal. Helping pastors, who often take the lead in facilitating other people's journeys, makes even more sense. For Charles Scalise integration is the goal: wisdom is the means; and authentic Christian practice of ministry is the result. He acknowledges various models exist to accomplish the task of integration, but each has necessary limits. Theological models of integration currently in use today are the correlational, contextual, narrative, performance, and regulative models. In order to guide the pilgrim toward authentic Christian practices of ministry, Scalise argues for wise eclecticism. The book enables the reader to explore possibilities for his/her own tailor-made approaches to ministry, balancing the strengths and weaknesses of various models, rather than relying solely upon one type or no type.By using a tailor-made approach, the minister is more effective in addressing the ever-changing needs of his or her world. The author's academic contribution lies in the fact that he takes the seminal work of practical theologians Don Browning and Donald Capps, and pastoral theologian Charles Gerkin one step further. Scalise constructs an overview of theological models specifically aimed toward the question of the relationship between the seminary classroom and ministry or toward the connections between constructive and pastoral theology. (Bonnie Miller-McLemore in Reader report).
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9780687045648
Publication Date: 
2003-09-01
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Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires

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$18.00
Pastors are called to be not only leaders with vision, but also managers of congregational systems, says John Wimberly in The Business of the Church. Drawing on his thirty-six years in ordained ministry, Wimberly weaves the realities of congregational dynamics and faith-centered purpose together with practical, proven approaches to business management. A student and friend of Rabbi Edwin Friedman, Wimberly builds on Friedman's systems theory as he helps readers avoid common pitfalls and put into practice effective techniques of congregational management. The book begins with a foundational discussion of how a systems approach helps congregational managers identify areas of dysfunction and effective solutions. Managing the critical 'inputs' of people, facilities, and finances has a direct bearing on the desired 'outputs' of proclamation, pastoral care, and mission. A strategic plan, through which a congregation sets its goals and identifies and prioritizes resources, is an essential management tool for both pastors and lay leaders. The author's conversational writing style and many real-life examples make a seemingly complicated, mysterious topic for some an engaging and easily applicable read.
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9781566994040
Publication Date: 
2010-05-01

CALLING: A SONG FOR THE BAPTIZED

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$15.00
The author begins her exploration of the Christian life with the memory of childhood afternoons spent rocking in green wicker chairs on her grandmother's front porch, listening to the stories of women who came to call. The image of calling as baptismal vocation, the sharing of time and conversation, the vision that informs our choices and actions is vividly described through Westerhoff's stories drawn from her life and work. Narratives of what it means to live as a Christian provide the variations on the baptismal themes of ministry, community, and responsibility in this "song for the baptized."
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9781596280090
Publication Date: 
2004-01-31
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CASE FOR EXCELLENCE: CASE STUDIES IN CON GREGATIONAL MINISTRY

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$15.95
Here are over 50 case studies of real clergy/church crises, problems, and legal issues. Each one provides background, description, analysis, and an evaluation suggesting how it might have been handled differently.
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9780788011825
Publication Date: 
1997-12-31
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CHASING DOWN A RUMOR: THE DEATH OF MAINLINE DENOMINATIONS

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$13.99
Bacher and Inskeep believe that mainline denominations serve as caretakers of the important American expressions of Christianity, and if they are weak or lost, society and the universal church will be the worse for it. They argue that a fundamentally American form of mainline denominationalism can and will endure, despite the rumor of its decline. The authors examine six "rumors" of the decline. Using historical trends and current statistical information, they analyze the current situation and point to vital lessons, potential problems, and key challenges. They also offer helpful strategies and provide examples of what denominations are doing that show potential.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780806651422
Publication Date: 
2005-02-28

Children, Divorce, and the Church

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$11.00
Written from an insider's perspective, this new book describes the need for a mutual support group for the child who is a victim of a traumatic divorce. Adams was a victim of divorce and has been a pastor to scores of other victims. Chapter titles include "Children Don't Get Divorced", "Mistakes Parents Can Make", and "The Divorce Is Never Over".
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687064809
Publication Date: 
2005-11-30
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CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING LEADERS G

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$10.99
This complete leader's guide makes it easy to use Dr. Haugk's practical book to build community and train church members in distinctively Christian caring and relating skills.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780806627045
Publication Date: 
1986-08-01
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Church Administration: Programs, Process, Purpose

$34.00
This comprehensive guide, from two experienced and thoughtful churchmen, treats each aspect of congregational governane as a sacred calling with an overriding religious mission.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800637422
Publication Date: 
2007-04-01
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