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In Praise of Congregations: Leadership in the Local Church Today

$14.95
Whenever we enter a new congregation, we must immerse ourselves in its culture and mores just as if it were a foreign country. Bennison opens the insights of congregational studies to clergy, church leaders, and churchgoers of all denominations endeavoring to understand, inspire, and lead the local church.
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9781561011513
Publication Date: 
1999-12-01
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In Search of a Round Table: Gender, Theology and Church Leadership

In Search of a Round Table: Gender, Theology and Church Leadership
$11.50
Book by Kanyoro, Musimbi R A
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9782825412091
Publication Date: 
1997-01-01
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In Times of Crisis and Sorrow - A Minister's Manual Resource Guide

In Times of Crisis and Sorrow - A Minister's Manual Resource Guide
$24.95
In a single volume, In Times of Crisis and Sorrow-- A Minister's Manual Resource Guide offers a practical and professional guide for dealing with grief, sorrow, crises, and other difficult situations in the life of a congregation. In addition to containing a wealth of new material, the book also draws from the best of The Minister's Manual, which has served as a well-thumbed resource and a source of inspiration for more than seventy-five years, In Times of Crisis and Sorrow-- A Minister's Manual Resource Guide is a much-needed desk reference that takes an ecumenical approach and includes a wealth of illustrative examples and valuable material such as scripture readings, prayers, eulogies, sermons, and testimonials
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9780787954208
Publication Date: 
2001-09-11
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Is It I, Lord?: Discerning God's Call to Be a Pastor

Is It I, Lord?: Discerning God's Call to Be a Pastor
$10.95

This book offers an excellent introduction to the mystery of God's call into ministry. Anyone who is struggling with a call, who doubts the call they have recieved, or are considering ministry as a vocation will benefit and be inspired by James Chatham's Is It I, Lord?.

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9780664226725
Publication Date: 
2003-01-31
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Jesus Enterprise: Engaging Culture to Reach the Unchurched

Jesus Enterprise: Engaging Culture to Reach the Unchurched
$18.00

Those Christians who work in missionary settings among non-Christian groups learned an important lesson long ago about communicating the gospel. You can build the church, ring the bell, and hope that folks will find their way to your doorstep. Or, you can immerse yourself in the culture, build relationships, and minister to people where they are. Needless to say, it is the latter route that bears the greatest fruit--and the greatest similarity to Jesus' own practice of proclaiming the gospel.

As churches in North America seek to grow and minister more effectively, they would do well to remember that they, too, live in an increasingly non-Christian culture. The churches that will succeed in reaching out to the unchurched in this society are those who have learned how to encounter such people on their own territory. Hence, one congregation brings visitors into their building, not through something foreign-sounding like a "narthex," but through a coffee and espresso bar.

In this and dozens of other ways, innovative congregations are reaching out to the unchurched. Kent Hunter names such forms of ministry the Jesus Enterprise. In this helpful book he tells the stories of churches where this kind of outreach has become the norm. More important, he also provides other churches the tools they need to identify the particular opportunities their context presents and ways to take advantage of those opportunities to present the gospel to those most in need of it.

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9780687006472
Publication Date: 
2004-05-01
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Joy of Ministry

Joy of Ministry
$16.95

Clergy burnout still abounds. Now comes an antidote: a collection of reflections centering on a lost note today--joy in ministry. The Joy of Ministry contains eight theological reflections on ministry to help pastors recognize their identities and the joy in the midst of their ministry of sharing the gospel. Rooted in the writings of Karl Barth and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Thomas Currie III reminds readers of the basis for the church's ministry, namely, what God has done in Jesus Christ, and the ways in which the gospel joy is expressed in the ministry of the church.

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9780664231095
Publication Date: 
2008-01-21
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Keep the Call: Leading the Congregation Without Losing Your Soul

Keep the Call: Leading the Congregation Without Losing Your Soul
$14.00

Pastors often feel that their ministry has a split personality. Torn between biblical models of preaching and pastoral care on the one hand, and secular models of administration and leadership on the other, they often feel as though they're living separate lives. The result is confusion, ineffectiveness, and burnout.

It doesn't have to be this way, says Jill Crainshaw. Congregational leaders can learn to develop better visions of what their ministry is about. They can draw on the best of biblical tradition and contemporary theory to become more effective and faithful in all aspects of their calling. They can partner with their congregations, bringing their personal sense of vocation and the congregation's sense of its particular mission into agreement and harmony. Focusing on the ministries of proclamation, formation, and leadership, Crainshaw provides the reader with ways to develop more integrated, holistic, and hence healthy ways of serving God and leading God's people.

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9780687641451
Publication Date: 
2007-02-01
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Kicking Habits: Upgarde Edtion

Kicking Habits: Upgarde Edtion
$20.00

An upgrade to the ground-breaking book that has shown thousands of congregations how to overcome the destructive attitudes and systems that prevent them from focusing on their true mission: making disciples of Jesus Christ.

In this upgraded edition, Bandy continues to explore the meaning of walking with Jesus in the 21st century. Drawing on the stories of exciting new congregations that have arisen within the last few years, he sharpens his portrayal of the thriving church system, demonstrating its essential concern for savvy awareness of the larger culture and fidelity to the core of the gospel.

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9780687049349
Publication Date: 
2001-05-01
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Knowledge, Attitude and Experience

Knowledge, Attitude and Experience
$13.95
This anthology highlights three key ingredients for ministry in today's pluralistic church--knowledge, attitude, and experience
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9780687270415
Publication Date: 
1992-09-01
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Leadership for a Changing Church: Charting the Shape of the River

Leadership for a Changing Church: Charting the Shape of the River
$14.95
Drawing on a metaphor from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Robert Dale claims that religious leaders must know, as never before, the shape of the river of religious and social change. Change, he argues, is the primary context in which Christian ministry now takes place. Pastors and other congregational leaders must embody the timeless values of the Christian message, yet do so in ways that are constantly flexible and open to revision. Fundamental to religious leaders in this new era will be adaptability rooted in character. Leadership for a Changing Church will enable readers to look ahead in anticipation, as they welcome the new challenges presented by ministry in an ever-evolving era.
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9780687014859
Publication Date: 
1998-03-01
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Leadership in Congregations

Leadership in Congregations
$20.00
This new book in Alban's Harvesting the Learnings Series gathers the collected wisdom of over 10 years of Alban research and reflection on what it means to be a leader in a congregation, how our perceptions of leadership are changing, and exciting new directions for leadership in the future. With pieces by such diverse church leaders as Graham Standish, Diana Butler Bass, Jeffrey Jones, Donna Schaper, Gil Rendle, Ann Svennungsen, Mark Lau Branson, and many others, this volume gathers in one place a variety of essays that approach the leadership task and challenge with insight, depth, humor, and imagination. The book also includes the full text of Alban's 2001 special report, "The Leadership Situation Facing American Congregations" by James P. Wind and Gil Rendle. That report examined the evidence for turmoil on the one hand and ferment on the other. The Alban Institute, it declared, stood on the side of ferment. To live into the ferment, we need to see leadership in new ways and learn a new set of adaptive skills that allow them to shape new patterns of congregational life and new leadership roles. Based in research and experience, this volume makes available the best of Alban's learning on how the leaders of congregations can go about this important work.
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9781566993340
Publication Date: 
2006-12-31
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Leading Change

$32.00
The international bestseller--now with a new preface by author John Kotter.

Millions worldwide have read and embraced John Kotter's ideas on change management and leadership.
From the ill-fated dot-com bubble to unprecedented M&A activity to scandal, greed, and ultimately, recession--we've learned that widespread and difficult change is no longer the exception. It's the rule. Now with a new preface, this refreshed edition of the global bestseller Leading Change is more relevant than ever.

John Kotter's now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work. Leading Change is widely recognized as his seminal work and is an important precursor to his newer ideas on acceleration published in Harvard Business Review.

Needed more today than at any time in the past, this bestselling business book serves as both visionary guide and practical toolkit on how to approach the difficult yet crucial work of leading change in any type of organization. Reading this highly personal book is like spending a day with the world's foremost expert on business leadership. You're sure to walk away inspired--and armed with the tools you need to inspire others.

Published by Harvard Business Review Press.

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9781422186435
Publication Date: 
2012-11-06
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Leading God's People: Ethics for the Practice of Ministry

Leading God's People: Ethics for the Practice of Ministry
$12.95
Ethics for the practice of ministry
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9780687212750
Publication Date: 
1989-12-01
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Learning Congregation: A New Vision of Leadership

Learning Congregation: A New Vision of Leadership
$14.00
Congregations today face an adaptive challenge of immense proportions. This important and fresh model of church leadership provides practical strategies for understanding the relationship between leadership, learning, and ministry.
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9780664256999
Publication Date: 
1997-01-01
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LETTERS TO LEE: MENTORING THE NEW MINIST ER

LETTERS TO LEE: MENTORING THE NEW MINIST ER
$14.95
Book by Clayton, Paul C.
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9781566992121
Publication Date: 
1999-06-01
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Listening Ministry: Rethinking Pastoral Leadership

Listening Ministry: Rethinking Pastoral Leadership
$13.99
This book 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 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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9780800631741
Publication Date: 
2001-05-01
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Living with Paradox: Religious Leadership and the Genius of Double Vision

Living with Paradox: Religious Leadership and the Genius of Double Vision
$22.00
The manner in which religious leaders deal with paradox can make or break a ministry. In this perceptive book, psychologist and minister H. Newton Malony outlines the critical skills needed to identify and embrace paradox - a key to effective leadership. He assures readers that living with paradox is a skill that can be learned. And he examines the various paradoxes one might encounter in ministry, showing how to reconcile - rather than fight - eight central paradoxes of religious leadership.
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9780787940577
Publication Date: 
1998-05-08
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Logic of Renewal

Logic of Renewal
$17.00
The Western church is currently awash in a sea of renewal movements -- so much so that she is in danger of drowning. Across the church's many denominations and great theological divisions there is a persistent quest for change, reflected in repeated calls for "revival," "reform," revitalization," and "restoration." We now have so much literature on the topic that one is hard-pressed to keep up with it, let alone evaluate it critically.

In The Logic of Renewal William Abraham helps church leaders and members get their bearings in the renewal debate by analyzing the most salient proposals for church renewal that have surfaced over the last fifty years. In successive chapters he pairs outspoken figures who (in all but one chapter) represent strongly contrasting convictions -- James T. Draper and Dennis Bennett, Lesslie Newbigin and John Shelby Spong, Rosemary Radford Ruether and Cardinal Ratzinger, Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Romero, Alexander Schmemann and Gilbert Bilezikian, Don Cupitt and Edward Norman, C. Peter Wagner and R. R. Reno. Abraham gives special attention to the theological assumptions of each proposal, highlights its overall strengths and weaknesses, and develops his own proposals for church renewal through interaction with those under review.

Articulate, bracing, and constructive, The Logic of Renewal will redefine the way Christians think about church life.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802826565
Publication Date: 
2003-12-08
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Loving the Church You Lead: Pastoring with Acceptance and Grace

Loving the Church You Lead: Pastoring with Acceptance and Grace
$13.99
Love for a congregation can be difficult and fleeting. This respected church leader helps other pastors unleash a love that lasts-through bonding, compassion, sacrifice, and heartfelt affection.
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9780801091766
Publication Date: 
2004-11-01
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Male-Female Church Staff: Celebrating the Gifts : Confronting the Challenges

Male-Female Church Staff: Celebrating the Gifts : Confronting the Challenges
$10.95
Book by Nuechterlein, Anne Marie
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9781566990387
Publication Date: 
1990-12-01
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Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church

Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church
$15.00
The United States is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. By 2050, white Americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, followed by Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious landscape. This shift will be no different. Soong-Chan Rah's book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence," he explores how God's people can become more multiculturally adept. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Without guilt trips or browbeating, the book will spur individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background. Its message is positive; its potential impact, transformative.

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9780802450487
Publication Date: 
2010-09-01
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Mark of Zion: Congregational Life in Black Churches

Mark of Zion: Congregational Life in Black Churches
$16.00
The companion book in "The Shape of Zion. Leadership and Life in Black Chamber is the only Gallip-supported national sample of black relignary. Rasor and Dash propose that the black experiences in America offers a significance presence in the religious landscape of contemporary American Society. In rural, urban, store fronts--as well as mega churches--African American congregations folder in inward journey of spiritual growth and an outward journey of community outreach. The authors believe that churches must claim and/or reclaim this symbiotic journey to foster transformation in cities and towns in America during this century. To illustrate their thesis, the authors provide a penfile of black churches--based on data supported by the Gallup pull--that looks at a profile of black churches, congregants, black congregational identity, liturgy and worship patterns, congregational activities and missires, congregational assets, and resources and leadership in congregations.
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9780829815764
Publication Date: 
2003-11-27
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Marketing for Churches and Ministries

Marketing for Churches and Ministries
$24.95

This comprehensive new book is the first guide to applications in marketing concepts in church and ministry services. Demonstrations of marketing concepts and techniques for effectively meeting the needs of constituents dispel any negative connotations about marketing religious organizations. Straightforward presentations of basic marketing principles emphasize their use in churches or ministries. This invaluable book features two complete marketing plans--one for churches, one for ministries--as examples to use in developing your own marketing plan.Marketing for Churches and Ministries addresses:

  • what marketing is and is not. It describes how marketing can be successfully used as a tool by a church ministry.
  • constituent analysis, showing how analyzing needs is the starting point in planning.
  • the steps involved in marketing planning.
  • program decisions needed to develop an effective program.
  • communications programs and tools and how to use them effectively.
  • how to obtain contributions and services of contributors.An excellent introduction to the marketing of churches and ministries, this volume blends sound theory with practically oriented instruction to facilitate the application of these principles to individual organizations. The definition of marketing in this helpful book is based on a system of voluntary exchanges and will assist you in analyzing the needs of constituents, developing programs to meet these needs, providing programs at the right time and place, communicating effectively with constituents, and attracting the resources needed to underwrite the activities of the organization. Church administrators and pastors will find Marketing for Churches and Ministries a practical tool for applying marketing strategies to their ministries while undergraduate students majoring in church administration will find it useful as an introduction to the marketing of churches and ministries.
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    9781560241775
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    1992-06-17
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    Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict (4th ed.)

    Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict (4th ed.)
    $76.00
    The Fourth Edition of a seminal work in the field of mediation and conflict resolution

    For almost thirty years, conflict resolution practitioners, faculty, and students have depended on The Mediation Process as the all-inclusive guide to the discipline. The most comprehensive book written on mediation, this text is perfect for new and experienced conflict managers working in any area of dispute resolution--family, community, employment, business, environmental, public policy multicultural, or international. This is the expert's guide, and the Fourth Edition has been expanded and revised to keep pace with developments in the field. It includes new resources that will promote excellence in mediation and help disputants reach durable agreements and enhance their working relationships.

  • Includes expanded information on the latest approaches for providing mediation assistance
  • Features comprehensive guidelines for selecting the right strategy for both common and unique problems
  • Utilizes updated, contemporary case studies of all types of disputes
  • Offers expanded coverage of the growing field and practice of intercultural and international mediation
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    9781118304303
    Publication Date: 
    2014-04-21
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    Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Chan

    Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Chan
    $18.00
    A second edition of Memories, Hopes, and Conversations is now available! With helpful updates throughout, the new edition features five new chapters on Appreciative Inquiry applied in real congregations. When First Presbyterian Church in Altadena, California, was asked to provide a mission study report for its pastor nominating committee, the congregation was afraid they would find themselves engaging in busy work and producing a report that would wind up in a file gathering dust. They then asked professor Mark Lau Branson to consult with them on writing this report. He invited them to join in a process of Appreciative Inquiry--a transformational organization change process--which resulted in a major shift in congregational conversations and a new sense of hope. Memories, Hopes, and Conversations recounts the experience of First Presbyterian and outlines a process that any congregation can utilize to harness the energies of the congregation at all levels of its common life. Branson first leads readers through the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry and bracingly explores biblical texts for understanding the practice in a faith context. He then outlines and illustrates a four-step process--Initiate, Inquire, Imagine, Innovate--that creatively employs constructive conversations and questions to evoke storytelling and spur imaginations. Branson persuasively demonstrates how concentrating on needs and problems can mire a congregation in discouragement and distract it from noticing innate strengths. By focusing on memories of the congregation at its best, members are able to construct "provocative proposals" to help shape the church's future. Grounded in solid theory and real-life practice, Memories, Hopes, and Conversations is a groundbreaking work of narrative leadership and the first book to apply the principles of Appreciative Inquiry to the lives of congregations.
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    9781566992886
    Publication Date: 
    2004-06-01
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