Pastoral/Parish Ministry

Don't Know Much about Being a Leader in My Church

Don't Know Much about Being a Leader in My Church
$8.95
Focusing on leadership within church structures, Douglas Johnson contends that growing into a leader is a personal experience that can be aided but never dictated by someone else's experience. He offers directions, proposals, and suggestions from which laypersons can experiment and adapt until they find the patterns that work best for them.
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9780687017065
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1996-04-01
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Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry

Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry
$12.99
Today's faithful pastors are in crisis. Pastoral breakdown, abuse, confusion, and divorce have reached epidemic proportions in many denominations. Drawing on conversations with pastors in the trenches, Robert Thornton Henderson describes a "battle behind the battle". There is a realm of spiritual forces, cosmic antagonisms, principalities and powers that draws congregations toward death.
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9780836190656
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1997-08-01
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Downtown Church: The Heart of the City

Downtown Church: The Heart of the City
$1.00

Many in our day think that it is no longer possible to have big, strong, vital, influential, mission-minded downtown congregations. Those who predict the end of downtown churches will point to the suburbanization of Anglo populations, the erosion of inherited institutional loyalties, the decline of public transportation, the lack of interest by a younger generation in Sunday evening worship, the deterioration of central city public school systems, the fear of crime, the closing of downtown department stores with the rise of shopping malls, and so on.

While much can be learned about the failures of various downtown churches, more can be learned about the successful experiences. Today's downtown church, therefore, must be competitive. Howard Edington has led a church that for a dozen years has excelled in offering an alternative to most of the lures in our society that compete for attention with the church. First Church is reaching new generations of people by being relevant to community needs, by becoming a credible partner with the government and the city, and by offering the good news with a message and program that is of the highest quality.

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9780687054404
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1996-10-01
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Dr. Bob and Bill W. Speak: AA's Cofounders Tell Their Stories (With Audio CD)

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$20.00
Learn about the luminaries behind one of the greatest social movements of our time through the never-before-published recordings, letters, and stories found in this intimate multimedia retrospective.

Learn about the luminaries behind one of the greatest social movements of our time through the never-before-published recordings, letters, and stories found in this intimate multimedia retrospective.This unique book and audio CD draw on letters, journal entries, and speeches from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) conferences, and recorded conversations to tell the personal stories of AA cofounders Dr. Bob and Bill W. The book and CD reveal the cofounders' unique contributions to the creation and development of AA, the Big Book, and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The book explores their lives, starting with their early drinking days, while the audio recordings begin with their first speeches in the 1940s and continue through Bill W.'s last talk given at the Miami International Convention in 1970, just months before he died.AA historian and archivist Michael Fitzpatrick used his research conducted at Stepping Stones (the former home of Bill W.) and Dr. Bob's home, excerpts from the AA Grapevine, and his own private collection to offer this multimedia retrospective.

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9781616494155
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2012-11-06
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Dr. Sehnert's New Guide to Managing Your Stress

Dr. Sehnert's New Guide to Managing Your Stress
$12.99
Keith Sehnert is an internationally-renowned expert on stress management and medical selfcare. With this book, he offers a guide to managing stress in the modern wo rld. '
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9780806635958
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1998-06-09
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Drawn Three Ways: Memoir of a Ministry, a Profession, and a Marriage

Drawn Three Ways: Memoir of a Ministry, a Profession, and a Marriage
$25.00
Moving reflections from an influential Anglican pastor, theologian, and teacher

In this compelling memoir Anthony Harvey traces the three ways he has felt drawn throughout his life -- to a ministry in the Anglican priesthood, to a profession in theological scholarship, and to his marriage and family.

Harvey recounts his training of clergy in Canterbury, his time as canon of Westminster Abbey, his teaching and research at the University of Oxford, and his many exciting travels. He also candidly discusses the challenges presented by his marriage to an artist and writer whose spells of mental illness, along with the premature death of their daughter, placed great strain on both his family life and his public responsibilities.

Throughout the book Harvey authentically narrates his inner tensions and conflicts, his own spiritual questioning, and his propensity toward a Christian stoicism.

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9780802873323
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2016-05-15
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Dream Land: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Dream Land: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
$18.00

Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction

Named on Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (WSJ) Books of the Year--Slate.com's 10 Best Books of 2015--Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed's 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast's Best Big Idea Books of 2015--Seattle Times' Best Books of 2015--Boston Globe's Best Books of 2015--St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Best Books of 2015--The Guardian's The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible's Best Books of 2015--Texas Observer's Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library's Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

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9781620402528
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2016-04-05
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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
$16.00
The New York Times bestseller that gives readers a paradigm-shattering new way to think about motivation from the author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money--the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home--is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation--autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

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9781594484803
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2011-04-05
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Drop the Rock...The Ripple Effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day

Drop the Rock...The Ripple Effect: Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day
$15.00
The recovery community is experiencing a time like no other during the coronavirus pandemic. In times of crisis, Step Ten helps us let go of fear and resentment and take up gratitude--one sure path to serenity.

Drop the Rock--The Ripple Effect provides multiple perspectives from people successfully working a Twelve Step Program, showing Step 10 as a key to a sober life free of fear and resentment and filled with serenity and gratitude.

When Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects was first published in 1999, it quickly became the standard resource for working Steps 6 and 7, two of the most challenging of the Twelve Steps for many people in recovery. Learning what it means to fully surrender character defects frees you to make amends with Steps 8 and 9, realize the Big Book's "Promises," and move on to Step 10.

In this new follow-up resource, Fred H. explores what he calls "the ripple effect" that can be created by using Step 10 to practice Steps 6 and 7 every day and avoid picking up "the rock" again. Drawing on his years of lecturing on the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, he reveals Step 10 as the natural culmination of working the previous Steps.

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9781616496005
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2016-03-29
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Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects, Steps Six and Seven (2nd ed.)

Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects, Steps Six and Seven (2nd ed.)
$15.00
A crisis like the coronavirus pandemic can threaten our recovery; it's unexpected, unfair, and not our fault. We can't control the virus, or other people's behavior, but we get to decide what to carry on our journey, and what to drop.

A practical guide to letting go of the character defects that get in the way of true and joyful recovery.

Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. As Bill P. explains, these are the "rocks" that can sink recovery--or at the least, block further progress. Based on the principles behind Steps Six and Seven, Drop the Rock combines personal stories, practical advice, and powerful insights to help readers move forward in recovery. The second edition features additional stories and a reference section.

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9781592851614
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2005-02-11
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Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly: A Biblical Model of Church Leadership

Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly: A Biblical Model of Church Leadership
$15.00

Leadership among God's people is not a matter of easy answers or simple solutions. There is no foolproof list of character traits that one can acquire and develop in order to be a successful leader. Authentic leadership is a complex interaction of the leader's gifts and calling, the people's needs and response, the particular situation of the moment, and, above all, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Birch and Parks believe if we wish to understand the intricate and messy character of leadership in the church, the obvious place to start is Scripture. The Bible portrays leaders not as heroes placed on a pedestal, but rather as flawed and fallen human beings who nonetheless work with the people around them and with the situation at hand to move toward accomplishing the will of God.

Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly is a penetrating look at church leadership through the stories of Saul, David, and other central Old Testament figures. The authors demonstrate that those who have a clear and honest understanding of the triumphs and flaws of the individuals who lead God's people in Scripture will be better prepared to lead God's people today. In order to provide that understanding, they engage in a dialogue with the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, texts that portray the people of Israel in frequent social and political transition, and hence in need of effective leadership.

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9780687092857
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2004-05-01
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Dynamic Diversity: Bridging Class, Age, Race and Gender in the Church

Dynamic Diversity: Bridging Class, Age, Race and Gender in the Church
$17.00
From the footpaths of our cities to the chatrooms of the Internet, people are connecting today as never before. As the planet shrinks through the multiple forces of immigration, travel, electronic communication and more fluid employment patterns, we will find ourselves increasingly forced into contact with those who are significantly different from ourselves. Sadly however, the stranger is often a threat to be resisted rather than a friend to be embraced. In this context of in-your-face diversity, it is time to revisit the heart of the New Testament, with its claim that in Jesus Christ a new quality of human relationship is possible. In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul claims that Christians are a new kind of people, part of a new community: a 'new humanity' in Christ (Ephesians 2:15). We exist not in isolation, but in relationship. Dynamic Diversity contends that all Christian congregations everywhere are called to be bridging places, centres of reconciliation, where the major diversities separating human beings are overcome through the presence of God's Holy Spirit. Bruce Milne presents a biblical model for today and tomorrow where the diversities of gender, generation, ethnicity, color and socio- economic status present exciting and challenging opportunities to demonstrate practical oneness. When this happens, churches become wonderfully alive. In Christ we can be one people, one new humanity, one life.
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9780830828067
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2007-11-18
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East of Eden: Spiritual Reflections on Repentant Following

East of Eden: Spiritual Reflections on Repentant Following
$15.00
Book by Shaw, Talbert O.
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9780829815658
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2004-07-30
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Educating Congregations: The Future of Christian Education

Educating Congregations: The Future of Christian Education
$1.00
A leading Christian educator offers a practical guide for revisioning a church's educational program. After identifying the weaknesses in current education programs, Charles Foster offers an alternative vision that is more cooperative, more attentive to the whole of the congregation's life, and that helps people critically correlate the Bible and Christian tradition to their own experience.
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9780687002450
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1994-10-01
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Educating In Faith: Maps & Visions

Educating In Faith: Maps & Visions
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Mary Boys offers a new way of thinking about what it means to educate religiously. Utilizing the method of map-making to broaden the context of American religious education, Boys defines a process that incorporates each instructor's own experiences, perspectives, and analytical insights to develop more compelling teaching methods. By placing both Protestant and Catholic religious education in both a historical and conceptual framework, Boys establishes a theological and educational basis for providing answers to central questions: What does it mean to educate in faith? What is the teacher's role? How much emphasis should be given to psychology, anthropology, and sociology? Toward what view of society is a theory of religious education oriented? No one maps out where we've been, where we are and where we're going more clearly than Boys does here. . . . [She] demonstrates how a real master in the field keeps the transforming power of the tradition alive for the sake of a new future. -- Craig Dykstra In the course of dealing with the history, methods, and possibilities of Christian education, [Boys] has actually given us a compendium of the main issues and trends across the whole theological spectrum. Anyone who wants to know how we have gotten to where we are today and -- more important still -- how we move ahead in the life of faith, will find this book essential reading. In its blending of graceful style and copious scholarship it sets a model. -- Robert McAfee Brown Mary Boys's encyclopedic account of religious education in North America will be useful to anyone who educates in faith and seeks to place his or her own work in historical perspective. -- Sharon Parks Mary Boys has emerged as one of the leading religious educators in North America. This comprehensive ?map of the field' will be welcomed by specialists and nonspecialists alike. -- Richard McBrien Contents: Part One: Mapmaking 1.Creating a Guidebook for Exploring 2.Surveying the Territory: Evangelism 3.Surveying the Territory: Religious Education 4.Surveying the Territory: Christian Education 5.Surveying the Territory: Catholic Education--Catechetics 6.Extending the Survey: Contemporary Modifications of Classic Expressions Part Two: Visions 7.Movements on the Horizon 8.Marking Out the Boundaries: A Way of Thinking about Religious Education Mary C. Boys teaches theology and religious education at Boston College. She is the author of Biblical Interpretation in Religious Education and editor of Ministry and Education in Conversation.
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9780788099069
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1989-01-01
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Effective college teaching: The quest for relevance

Effective college teaching: The quest for relevance
$1.00
Book by William H. Morris
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9780826812735
Publication Date: 
1900-01-01
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Effective Organizing for Congregational Renewal

Effective Organizing for Congregational Renewal
$6.00
This short booklet gives a quick analysis of the tools of organizing that can be taught and mastered by the clergy and lay leaders of religious congregations of all faiths and denominations.
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9780879463847
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2011-04-26
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Effectiveness By The Numbers: Counting What Counts in the Church

Effectiveness By The Numbers: Counting What Counts in the Church
$20.00

Accurately counting the right things can profoundly impact ministry effectiveness. Knowing "the story in the stats" can inform decisions and lead to the things that produce the results most pleasing to God. Gathering and studying the right numbers can help a church wisely invest its resources of time, effort, people, money, and facilities. Effectiveness by the Numbers will help ensure that your church is measuring the right things for the right reasons. Counting what counts enables a church to fulfill its mission--making mature followers of Jesus Christ.

Jesus and his disciples counted. They knew how many he fed with the five loaves and fishes. When a crowd gathered they often knew and recorded the number of men, women and children present for the event. The early church counted. They knew that on the day of Pentecost about 3,000 were added to their number. The book of Acts reports that "many believed," "people were added," and "many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized." If Jesus counted and the early church kept track of numbers, it is not unreasonable to expect churches today to use metrics to increase their effectiveness in doing God's work on earth.

Chapter One The Fear of Numbers
Chapter Two If You Could Count Only One Thing
Chapter Three How Many and How Often
Chapter Four How Many Stick?
Chapter Five How Many Serve?
Chapter Six Who's New?
Chapter Seven Growing by Staying Small
Chapter Eight What's More Important than Dollars?
Chapter Nine What Product Are You Producing Anyway?

About the author: William R. Hoyt
During his 38 years of ministry, Dr. Bill Hoyt has served as Pastor, Seminary Professor, Executive Minister of the Southwest Baptist Conference and a consultant to churches, denominations and other not-for-profit corporations. By virtue of his varied background, Dr. Hoyt has been privileged to observe countless churches from many different vantage points.

Dr. Hoyt is the President of NexStep Coaching and Consulting, an organization committed to enhancing the effectiveness of Christian leaders and organizations through executive coaching and consulting for organizational development. Dr. Hoyt is also President of UniReach International, a non-profit organization that engages in humanitarian work in Vietnam.

Dr. Hoyt and his wife Gwyn have been married for 40 years. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, a granddaughter and three grandsons.

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9780687641758
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2007-08-01
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Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory

Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory
$15.00
"The Eight Concepts" is a clear and concise description of the basic concepts of Bowen family system theory. Beginning with the fundamental concept of the nuclear family as the emotional unit, the other concepts -- differentiation of self scale, triangles, cutoff, family projection process, multigenerational transmission process, sibling position, and emotional processes of society -- are explained as they evolve out of the fundamental concept of the emotional unit. The emphasis is clarity of presentation and purity of presentation of theory. Numerous citations to the writings of Dr. Bowen and experts who studied under Dr. Bowen are used to present the theory in as pure a form as possible in a short and easy-to-read book. The special sections in each chapter for parents, coaches and leaders bring each concept home for different roles readers bring to the book. An index is included.
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9780976345510
Publication Date: 
2018-05-07
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Eight Preachers Go to Hell: Reflections on the Place No One Wants to Go

Eight Preachers Go to Hell: Reflections on the Place No One Wants to Go
$8.00
You may think you already know everything about hell that you need to know. The eight preachers who wrote this book thought they did, too. Each one is a pastor of a church where hell is almost never mentioned: churches often called liberal, progressive, or mainline Protestant where "the threat of hell does not seem real."

So, they challenged themselves to investigate further and discover what they really thought. . .

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9780829820287
Publication Date: 
2014-10-03
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Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters

Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters
$20.00
Whatever else one might say about Emergence Christianity, says Phyllis Tickle, one must agree it is shifting and re-configuring itself in such a prodigious way as to defy any final assessments or absolute pronouncements. Yet the insightful and well-read Tickle offers us a dispatch from the field to keep us informed of where Emergence Christianity now stands, where it may be going, and how it is aligning itself with other parts of God's church. Through her careful study and culture-watching, Tickle invites readers to join this investigation and conversation as open-minded explorers rather than fearful opponents.

As readers join Tickle down the winding stream of Emergence Christianity, they will discover fascinating insights into concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions. Anyone involved in an emergence church or a traditional one will find here a thorough and well-written account of where things are--and where they are going.

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9780801013553
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2012-09-01
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Emerging Evangelism

Emerging Evangelism
$13.00
John Finney offers a wide-ranging and often provocative analysis of currrent thinking and practice a bout the future of mission in a society where the influence of churches is in decline.
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9780232524963
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2011-01-31
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Emma Says Goodbye: A Child's Guide to Bereavement

Emma Says Goodbye: A Child's Guide to Bereavement
$4.99
Part of the "Lion Care" series, this title offers the right level of help and explanation for children undergoing the stress of a death in the family. Carolyn Nystrom gives reassurance to every child.
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9780745929248
Publication Date: 
1994-06-01
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Empathy: A Social Psychological Approach

Empathy: A Social Psychological Approach
$41.50
Empathy has long been a topic of interest to psychologists, but it has been studied in a sometimes bewildering number of ways. In this volume, Mark Davis offers a thorough, evenhanded review of contemporary empathy research, especially work that has been carried out by social and personality psychologists.Davis' approach is explicitly multidimensional. He draws careful distinctions between situational and dispositional ?antecedents? of empathy, cognitive and noncognitive ?internal processes, ? affective and nonaffective ?intrapersonal outcomes, ? and the ?interpersonal behavioral outcomes? that follow. Davis presents a novel organizational model to help classify and interpret previous findings. This book will be of value in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on altruism, helping, nad moral developmen
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9780813330013
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1995-01-01
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Empowerment Church: Speaking a New Language for Church Growth

Empowerment Church: Speaking a New Language for Church Growth
$15.00
The purpose of the church is simple: it exists to bring people to salvation in Christ, and to positively and permanently change lives for the good of the community. The way the church fulfills this basic calling is through empowerment: endowing people with the capacity to be recipients and catalysts of positive social and personal change. Too many churches in North American have neglected this basic calling, argues the author. If they are to become thriving centers of personal and social transformation, then they must work to empower the whole person through ministries that work at the same time for spiritual, relational, and communal transformation. Only when they thus empower individuals to be disciples of Jesus Christ in ways that then transform those individuals' personal relations and the communities in which they live will the church have fulfilled its basic calling.
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9780687068500
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2001-05-01
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