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A Big Gospel in Small Places

Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters

by Stephen Witmer
Foreword by Raymond C Ortlund, Jr.

Christian ministries increasingly prioritize urban areas—big cities and suburbs are considered more strategic, more influential, and more desirable places to live and work. As a ministry strategy, focusing on big places makes sense. But the gospel of Jesus is often unstrategic. Filled with helpful stories and practical advice, pastor Stephen Witmer lays out an integrated theological vision for small-place ministry today.

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A Little Handbook for Preachers

Ten Practical Ways to a Better Sermon by Sunday

by Mary S. Hulst
Foreword by Mark Labberton

No function of the pastor is as visible and stress inducing as preaching. But few pastors feel adequately prepared for this high-stakes responsibility when they begin their ministries. Forged by her experiences as a pastor, preaching professor and college chaplain, Mary Hulst provides practical tips for all pastors, whether ministry newcomers or seasoned professionals.

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Becoming a Just Church

Cultivating Communities of God's Shalom

by Adam L. Gustine
Foreword by Dennis Edwards

How should the local church think about justice? Adam Gustine provides a theological vision for the church's identity as a just people, where God's character and the pursuit of shalom infuses every aspect of our congregational DNA. In this renewed vision, the church becomes a prophetic alternative to the broken systems of the world and a parable of God's intentions for human flourishing and societal transformation.

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Building Your Volunteer Team

A 30-Day Change Project for Youth Ministry

by Mark DeVries and Nate Stratman

Do you find yourself wondering how to get new volunteers onboard for your ministry? Youth leaders Mark DeVries and Nate Stratman have heard all the reasons why leaders fail to get and keep volunteers. That's why they have developed this 30-day on-ramp to creating a volunteer team, with all of the needed tools included and a money-back guarantee.

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Canoeing the Mountains

Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory

by Tod Bolsinger

Do you ever feel that you are leading in uncharted territory? Pastor and consultant Tod Bolsinger draws on decades of expertise guiding churches and organizations in this expanded practical leadership resource, offering illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective church leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.

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Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus

by David M. Csinos and Ivy Beckwith
Foreword by John H. Westerhoff III

Attract kids to church, the logic often goes, and you get parents in the pews. All that's left is to get the kids out of the way. Here children's ministers David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith draw on research in human development and spiritual formation to show how children become disciples and churches become centers of lifelong discipleship.

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Church for the Fatherless

A Ministry Model for Society's Most Pressing Problem

by Mark E. Strong

Mark Strong urges the American church to embrace its pivotal role as a place of refuge and growth for our nation's fatherless. From mentoring programs for dads to special ministry efforts for children, Strong gives practical ways that churches can be conformed to the image of our loving Father.

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Creative Church Handbook

Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation

by J. Scott McElroy

Now is the time for the church to reclaim its role as a center of creativity. Among your members are artists and musicians whose gifts can enhance your worship, inform your theology and impact your community. Christian arts advocate J. Scott McElroy gives a comprehensive vision and manual for unleashing creativity in your congregation.

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Faithful Presence

Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission

by David E. Fitch

How can the church engage the world, not by judgment nor accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture? Offering seven distinct spiritual practices, David Fitch helps you re-envision church, what you do in the name of church, and the way you lead a church. Reimagine the church as the living embodiment of Christ, reflecting God's faithful presence to a desperate world.

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Kingdom Collaborators

Eight Signature Practices of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down

by Reggie McNeal

Will you collaborate on God's kingdom work in your community? If you're ready to see God move in all areas—business, education, media, arts, healthcare, spiritual growth, and more—this is the book for you. Leadership expert Reggie McNeal offers eight signature practices for leaders who want to partner with God and others for kingdom growth.