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As a pastor, Todd Hunter found himself disillusioned, burned out and needing to drop out of traditional forms of church. He experimented with house churches and other options but was still dissatisfied. Eventually he found himself sneaking off to worship services on Sunday mornings with surprising results. This is his story back to the historic practices of the church, and it might just lead you to give church another chance too.
Need help learning how to love and forgive in community? Gerald Sittser examines the "one another" statements throughout the New Testament, speaking from his own pastoral experience with the best and worst of church life. Learn what the love Jesus commanded actually requires and how to live it out—through struggle, servanthood, compromise and sacrifice.
Modern-day church doctor Jimmy Dorrell leads struggling congregations through a process of self-interrogation and biblical discovery, helping us root out church growth thinking and plant seeds of kingdom growth instead.
The Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) seeks to overcome the bifurcation that has developed between the roles of pastor and theologian. Based on the first CPT conference in 2015, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians to consider how these roles might be reconnected once again.
How can Christians effectively engage today's world while staying true to Scripture? Calling us to listen well to both the Word and the world, John Stott shows how Christianity can preserve its authentic identity and remain relevant to current realities. In this practical book, Stott presents a biblical portrait of the church as a covenant community at the center of God's purposes.
What is it like as a woman in the world of Biblical Studies? For Carmen Imes, author of "Being God's Image" it means being called to teach the Bible but not always embraced within the church. Read about how Scripture's testimony calls for full inclusion of women in gospel ministry.
J. D. Payne explores the biblical, historical and missiological principles of global church planting, and suggests ways that readers can apply international church planting practices to their own contexts.
Has your church lost its sense of gladness? Most Christians resist the idea of pursuing happiness. We're comfortable with finding joy or being blessed, but seeking happiness seems too superficial. Offering a radical call to reclaim happiness, Tim McConnell shares his countercultural vision for radiating a deep sense of joy in a world that desperately needs it.
Churches are struggling to meet the needs of their congregations and to entice people to return to church after pandemic living. But instead of rolling out fancy programs, ministry veteran Carolyn Carney says we can revitalize our churches through the simple yet powerful act of group prayer. Read this article for two practical tips on building prayer in your congregation.
Edmund P. Clowney examines the doctrine of the church and offers insight on worship, mission, church and culture, church and state, church order and discipline, the ministry of women, baptism, the Lord's Supper, tongues and prophecy, signs and wonders. In the Contours of Christian Theology.