Pastoral/Parish Ministry

Brimming with God

Brimming with God
$21.00
The yearning to be a theologian is widespread. Pastors, students, supervisors, and mentors all wish to think theologically about their ministries but often feel inadequately prepared. This book seeks to respond by showcasing a variety of approaches to theological reflection brought to bear upon actual situations in ministry. It is written by theological field educators. We define theological reflection as reflection upon lived, embodied experiences in ministry that seeks to make sense of practice and form reflectors in habits for competent ministry. An introductory chapter defines theological reflection as practiced within field education and points readers toward a diversity of approaches. Eleven subsequent chapters present two reflections upon the same case, each reflection written by a different author and representing a different reflection method. The book's significance is as a resource for teaching theological reflection in a range of settings. It not only offers a definition of and rationale for theological reflection but models various approaches to it. Its use of cases furthermore models the use of case studies in theological education and pastoral practice more widely. ""Theological reflection is foundational to ministry formation and thus to field education. However, it can be a complex, diverse, and multifaceted discipline. Brimming with God addresses those complexities and provides a wonderful guide to the diversity of theological reflection. It offers clear explanations and examples of how to do theological reflection effectively. This is a resource no field educator should be without."" --Lee Beach, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry, McMaster Divinity College ""This book is brimming with wise insight. . . . Theology practiced is the theme that runs through the essays in this useful book by some of our most astute teachers of practical theology. Anyone who cares about the practice of Christian theology will profit from this book."" --Will Willimon, author, United Methodist bishop, retired, and Professor of the Practice of Theology, Duke Divinity School ""In an age of answers, Brimming with God cultivates knowledge. The weaving together of personal authenticity and faithfulness; diverse experiences; communal peril and potential; and conversations that are hospitable yet charged--all instill wisdom."" --Jaco J. Hamman, Director of the Program in Theology and Practice, Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, Vanderbilt Divinity School ""Here is a book that shows you how theological reflection works. Using a variety of approaches, expert practitioners demonstrate how to theologically think about concrete, particular ministry situations. This is practical thinking that matters for the church. Every theological educator can benefit from this group of master practitioners."" --Kathleen A. Cahalan, Professor, St John's University School of Theology and Seminary Barbara J. Blodgett is the Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor of Pastoral Leadership at Lexington Theological Seminary. She served as Director of Supervised Ministries at Yale Divinity School from 1998 to 2009. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, she has served in parish ministry as well as the national setting of the UCC in addition to field education. She has published three books, including Becoming the Pastor You Hope to Be. Matthew Floding is Director of Ministerial Formation and Field Education at Duke Divinity School. An ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, he has served as pastor, college chaplain, and Director of Field Education at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Floding is a past chair of the Steering Committee of The Association for Theological Field Education. He is the general editor of and a contributor to Welcome to Theological Field Education!
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9781625649966
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2015-08-13
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Building King's Beloved Community: Foundations for Pastoral Care and Counseling With the Oppressed

Building King's Beloved Community: Foundations for Pastoral Care and Counseling With the Oppressed
$13.00
Using Martin Luther King Jr.'s understanding of the nature of oppression, Chinula constructs a plan for providing pastoral care and counseling to forgotten and oppressed individuals, and to communities that suffer widespread oppression. Pastoral care thus becomes not only a means of helping individuals in pain, but a means of fulfilling King's dream.
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9780829812022
Publication Date: 
2008-02-05
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Building Together: Developing Your Blueprint for Congregational Youth Ministry

Building Together: Developing Your Blueprint for Congregational Youth Ministry
$16.25
Book by Duerksen, Carol
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9780836191899
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2001-07-01
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Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires

Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires
$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: 
2010-05-18
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Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation Throughout Life's Seasons

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$20.00
A uniquely comprehensive discussion of vocation from infancy to old age

Do infants have a vocation? Do Alzheimer's patients? In popular culture, vocation is often reduced to adult work or church ministry. Rarely do we consider childhood or old age as crucial times for commencing or culminating a life of faith in response to God's calling.

This book addresses that gap by showing how vocation emerges and evolves over the course of an entire lifetime. The authors cover six of life's distinct seasons, weaving together personal narrative, developmental theory, case studies, and spiritual practices. Calling All Years Good grounds the discussion of vocation in concrete realities and builds a cohesive framework for understanding calling throughout all of life.
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9780802874245
Publication Date: 
2017-07-05
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CANON & PROCLAMATION: SERMONS FOR OUR TI MES

CANON & PROCLAMATION: SERMONS FOR OUR TI MES
$18.00
What role does the sermon play in the life of the church? How does one preach on the basis of Scripture as canon? What aspects of preaching are crucial for a renaissance of proclamation in the community of faith today? This volume answers, by way of example, these and other questions central to the task of Christian preaching.

Building on Brevard Childs's theological perspective on canon, Paul McGlasson's highly original book addresses the relation of Scripture and contemporary proclamation through the week-to-week experience of preaching in a local church. The sermons included in this collection are not only gems in their own right but also illustrate a new theology of proclamation for other preachers seeking practical help in formulating sermons that bring Scripture to bear on the challenges of modern life.

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9780802847317
Publication Date: 
2000-08-01
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Capital Punishment Student: A Faith-Based Study (Student Guide)

Capital Punishment Student: A Faith-Based Study (Student Guide)
$6.50
This short-term study comes at a time when there is considerable national debate and commentary on the administration of the death penalty. This study combines Bible study with compelling stories from persons who have been directly affected by capital crimes to help adults form and/or reform their thinking on capital punishment. It looks at various denominational views and nations' policies related to the issue, as well as providing several suggested plans for actions.

Chapters include:
-- What is the death penalty?
-- What does the Bible say?

What do we learn from the history of Christianity?

What guidance do our theological and ethical traditions provide?

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9780687053063
Publication Date: 
2002-09-01
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CARE OF MEN

CARE OF MEN
$22.00
Men in our culture are experiencing various crises to which pastors and pastoral caregivers are called to respond. These crises include changing role definitions and gender expectations, as well as diminishing economic opportunities. In light of these crises, men need new foundations for self-esteem and identity and new support for changing. With their different experiences and specialties, the contributors to The Care of Men examine some crises and provide helpful ideas for caregivers in diverse situations with diverse populations of men.
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9780687014514
Publication Date: 
1997-03-01
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Care of the Psyche: A History of Psychological Healing

Care of the Psyche: A History of Psychological Healing
$80.00
In this book, a distinguished historian of medicine surveys the basic elements that have constituted psychological healing over the centuries. Dr. Stanley W. Jackson shows that healing practices, whether they come from the worlds of medicine, religion, or philosophy, share certain elements that transcend space and time.

Drawing on medical writings from classical Greece and Rome to the present, as well as on philosophical and religious writings, Dr. Jackson shows that the basic ingredients of psychological healing--which have survived changes of name, the fall of their theoretical contexts, and the waning of social support in different historical eras--are essential factors in our modern psychotherapies and in healing contexts in general.

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9780300076714
Publication Date: 
1999-05-11
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CAREGIVER'S TALE: LOSS & RENEWAL IN MEMOIRS OF FAMILY LIFE

CAREGIVER'S TALE: LOSS & RENEWAL IN MEMOIRS OF FAMILY LIFE
$22.50
Ann Burack-Weiss explores a rich variety of published memoirs by authors who cared for ill or disabled family members. Contrary to the common belief that caregiving is nothing more than a stressful situation to be endured, memoirs describe a life transforming experience-self-discovery, a reordering of one's priorities, and a changed view of the world. The Caregiver's Tale offers insight and comfort to individuals caring for a loved one and is a valuable resource for all health care professionals.

Identifying common themes, Burack-Weiss describes how the illness career and social meaning of cancer, dementia, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and chemical dependence affect the caregiving experience. She applies the same method to an examination of family roles: parents caring for ailing children, couples and siblings caring for one another, and adult children caring for aging parents.

Jamaica Kincaid, Sue Miller, Paul Monette, Kenzaburo Oë, and Philip Roth are among the many authors who share their caregiving stories. Burack-Weiss provides an annotated bibliography of the more than one hundred memoirs and an accompanying chart to help readers locate those of greatest interest to them.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780231121590
Publication Date: 
2006-03-14
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CARING & COPING WHEN YOUR LOVE

CARING & COPING WHEN YOUR LOVE
$10.00
When someone you care about develops a serious illness, your own world is often turned upside down as well. In his gentle, straightforward style, Earl Grollman shows how you can best support the person who is ill-and handle your own emotions, too. A completely updated resource section lists organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
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9780807027134
Publication Date: 
1995-06-30
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Caring Cultures: How Congregations Respond to the Sick

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$30.00

Skilled pastoral caregiving, Susan Dunlap argues, requires an understanding of the culture of the local congregation where it is practiced. An engaging example par excellence, Caring Cultures looks closely at three very different congregations' responses to the body in times of illness: an African American congregation in the Apostolic Holiness tradition; a Euro-American mainstream Protestant church; and the Latino members in a Roman Catholic parish.

With vivid examples drawn from the author's interviews and observations, this beautifully written book shows how each congregation has developed divergent ways of thinking about the body, habits of responding to it, and understandings of God's response to the body's pain or peril. The author offers unusually rich descriptions of care-giving as it is displayed in these three congregations, integrating both well-explained theory and moving personal stories.

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9781932792874
Publication Date: 
2009-08-01
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Caring for God's People: Counseling and Christian Wholeness

Caring for God's People: Counseling and Christian Wholeness
$30.00
Culbertson has built his text around the ideal of Christian wholeness and maturity-a healthy interconnectedness of self-within-community. The heart of the book lies in its presentation of the three schools of counseling theory that Culbertson finds most helpful: family systems theory, narrative counseling theory, and object relations theory. Each of these is explained in detail, and then applied to the most common and challenging of counseling situations: pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce counseling, counseling gay men and women, and grief counseling. Culbertson brings new sensitivities to the counseling scene-a more nuanced grasp of gender, a new sense of families, issues of sexual orientation, a strong sense of the relationship of emotions to spirituality, an empathetic attitude, a pragmatic but professional mix of ancillary theories, and a sense of the relevance of the counselor's own self-understanding.
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9780800631871
Publication Date: 
2000-01-01
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Caring Ministry: A Conteplative Approach

Caring Ministry: A Conteplative Approach
$26.00
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9780826429346
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2007-07-01
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Caring Through the Funeral: A Pastor's Guide

Caring Through the Funeral: A Pastor's Guide
$20.00
While many resources on funerals are available to pastors, Gene Fowler offers a perspective of pastoral ministry, a guidebook for ministering and caring throughout the funeral -- from pre-funeral, to the funeral, to post-funeral. He explores what pastors go through at each stage of the funeral process, from when the pastor first learns of the death, to the weeks following the funeral.
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9780827204935
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2004-03-01
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CASE FOR EXCELLENCE: CASE STUDIES IN CON GREGATIONAL MINISTRY

CASE FOR EXCELLENCE: CASE STUDIES IN CON GREGATIONAL MINISTRY
$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: 
1998-01-01
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Celebration and Experience in Preaching

Celebration and Experience in Preaching
$20.00
Henry H. Mitchell's great contribution to the study of preaching has been his insistence that the homiletical practices of the Black church are gifts to the whole church. Nowhere has he made this point more forcefully than in Celebration and Experience in Preaching. In this classic text he advocates a way of preaching that genuinely engages all aspects of the congregation's attention, especially the ability to both understand and to feel the sermon's message. In this revised edition Mitchell builds on this groundbreaking work by examining in greater depth the multiple ways in which we experience the preached word, by defining the different kinds of claim on the behavior of the hearer that biblical texts express, and by exploring various genres of sermon to discover the concrete manifestations of celebration and experience.
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9780687649198
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2008-09-01
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Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities

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$30.00

A provocative and inspiring case for a more humanistic economics

Economists often act as if their methods explain all human behavior. But in Cents and Sensibility, an eminent literary critic and a leading economist make the case that the humanities, especially the study of literature, offer economists ways to make their models more realistic, their predictions more accurate, and their policies more effective and just.

Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro trace the connection between Adam Smith's great classic, The Wealth of Nations, and his less celebrated book on The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and contend that a few decades later Jane Austen invented her groundbreaking method of novelistic narration in order to give life to the empathy that Smith believed essential to humanity.

Morson and Schapiro argue that Smith's heirs include Austen, Anton Chekhov, and Leo Tolstoy as well as John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman. Economists need a richer appreciation of behavior, ethics, culture, and narrative--all of which the great writers teach better than anyone.

Cents and Sensibility demonstrates the benefits of a freewheeling dialogue between economics and the humanities by addressing a wide range of problems drawn from the economics of higher education, the economics of the family, and the development of poor nations. It offers new insights about everything from the manipulation of college rankings to why some countries grow faster than others. At the same time, the book shows how looking at real-world problems can revitalize the study of literature itself.

Original, provocative, and inspiring, Cents and Sensibility brings economics back to its place in the human conversation.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780691176680
Publication Date: 
2017-05-30
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CHASING DOWN A RUMOR: THE DEATH OF MAINLINE DENOMINATIONS

CHASING DOWN A RUMOR: THE DEATH OF MAINLINE DENOMINATIONS
$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: 
2005-03-01
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CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE

CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE
$6.99
In this touching story, a grandfather talks to his granddaughter about life and death.
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9780806628431
Publication Date: 
1996-06-12
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CHILDHOOD & SOCIETY

CHILDHOOD & SOCIETY
$9.95
Combining the insights of clinical psychoanalysis with a new approach to cultural anthropology, Childhood and Society deals with the relationships between childhood training and cultural accomplishment, analyzing the infantile and the mature, the modern and the archaic elements in human motivation. It was hailed upon its first publication as "a rare and living combination of European and American thought in the human sciences" (Margaret Mead, The American Scholar). Translated into numerous foreign languages, it has gone on to become a classic in the study of the social significance of childhood.
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9780393310689
Publication Date: 
1993-09-17
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Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being

Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being
$20.00
Why does divorce cause so much strain and long-term distress for children of all ages? Andrew Root, a recognized authority on youth ministry and a child of divorce himself, explains that divorce causes children to question their core identity. Since a child is the product of the union of a mother and father, when that union ends, he or she experiences a baffling sense of loss of self--a loss of his or her very sense of being. Root redirects efforts for assisting children of divorce to first address this fundamental experience.

This unique book examines the impact of divorce not only from a theological and spiritual perspective but also from a young person's perspective. It will benefit those who have experienced divorce and those who minister to children of divorce.

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9780801039140
Publication Date: 
2010-08-01
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Children's Sermons for the Revised Common Lectionary Year C: Using the 5 Senses to Tell God's Story

Children's Sermons for the Revised Common Lectionary Year C: Using the 5 Senses to Tell God's Story
$11.00
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary, the three volumes in this series of children's sermons use a multi-sensory approach to sermon preparation and delivery to help pastors and worship leaders better communicate with children. - The exercises highlight sensory sermons and give speakers a new method of connecting the children with the message - Sermon/worship preparation is made easier - Children are introduced to lectionary texts through language and activities they can easily understand - A sermon for each Sunday in the lectionary year
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9780687055777
Publication Date: 
1997-08-01
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Children, Divorce, and the Church

Children, Divorce, and the Church
$11.00
"The motive in writing this book is the hope of sharing a perspective of divorce that is all too often overlooked or ignored. It is difficult to realize that divorce leaves victims other than the ex-spouse. The children of divorce are also victims. They are victims of change where they had no choices; victims where the important players in their lives are torn from the careful scripting of the American idea of family." --from the Introduction Both a parish minister and a child of divorced parents, Adams contributes a pastoral care book to help ministers understand the necessity and benefits of counseling the child or adolescent of a divorcing family.
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9780687064809
Publication Date: 
1992-08-01
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CHILDS SONG

CHILDS SONG
$19.95

Theological ideas and biblical injunctions have frequently been employed to legitimate the physical abuse of children. Some theological ideas are inherently abusive because they create fear in a child's mind, causing a child to feel alone, odd, and of little worth. Donald Capps exposes the abuses that theology and the Bible have inflicted on vast numbers of children. In particular, he is concerned with the hidden abuses of children by well-intentioned adults and the role that religion plays in the legitimation of these abuses.

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9780664255541
Publication Date: 
1995-01-01
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