The Next Worship
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The Next Worship

Glorifying God in a Diverse World

by Sandra Maria Van Opstal
Foreword by Mark Labberton

What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God? Innovative worship leader Sandra Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God's invitation for all peoples to praise him. When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice for every tribe and tongue.

The Politics of Ministry
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The Politics of Ministry

Navigating Power Dynamics and Negotiating Interests

by Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman, and Donald C. Guthrie
Foreword by Steven Garber

At its most basic level, politics is simply the everyday activity of getting things done with other people. Filled with real-life stories, this book from Bob Burns, Tasha Chapman, and Donald Guthrie combines their long ministry experience with sociological research, setting out wise principles and practices that help us see more clearly the political dynamics at play in our churches and parachurch ministries.

The Self-Aware Leader
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The Self-Aware Leader

Discovering Your Blind Spots to Reach Your Ministry Potential

by Terry Linhart
Foreword by Carey Nieuwhof

You've studied everything you think you need to know before entering a career in ministry. But how well do you know yourself? Serving as a pastor is tough, but it can be fulfilling and rewarding if you take the time to examine both your gifts and vulnerabilities. The church needs leaders who have the clear-eyed courage to pursue the hard journey of self-examination.

To Alter Your World
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To Alter Your World

Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities

by Michael Frost and Christiana Rice

God is altering history, birthing the new creation all around us, and we have been invited to join God in that task. With groundbreaking ideas and practical illustrations from around the globe, missional leaders Michael Frost and Christiana Rice introduce the metaphor of a midwife to depict us as God's birthing attendants, partnering in God's restorative mission.

Together for the City
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Together for the City

How Collaborative Church Planting Leads to Citywide Movements

by Neil Powell and John James
Foreword by Timothy Keller

We need a bigger vision for the city. Pastors Neil Powell and John James contend that to truly transform a city, the gospel compels us to create localized, collaborative church planting movements. The more willing we are to collaborate across denominations and networks, the more effectively we will reach our communities—whatever their size—for Jesus.

Uncommon Church
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Uncommon Church

Community Transformation for the Common Good

by Alvin Sanders
Foreword by Efrem Smith

In urban ministry, Christians too often treat the poor as goodwill projects instead of people. How can the people of God develop healthy, local, urban churches that will seek the common good of their communities? In this essential resource, Alvin Sanders engages hard truths about urban neighborhoods and provides a model for how to do ministry in difficult conditions.

Understanding Sexual Abuse
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Understanding Sexual Abuse

A Guide for Ministry Leaders and Survivors

by Tim Hein
Foreword by Debra Hirsch

What does the path to healing look like for survivors of sexual abuse? And how can ministry leaders, pastors, and counselors best help them as they walk this difficult road? Drawing on both his own experience and his wife's experience as survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Tim Hein presents clinical data and resources as well as practical guidance and empathy—for both ministry leaders and survivors themselves.

What Does It Mean to Be Welcoming?
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What Does It Mean to Be Welcoming?

Navigating LGBT Questions in Your Church

by Travis Collins

Is your church wrestling with LGBT questions? Travis Collins has walked congregations through the complex issues surrounding gay Christians. In this practical resource, readers will hear from gay friends and dig into Scripture with interpreters on both sides, considering the implications of their convictions for life and ministry. Let's examine how we might welcome everyone into the church while calling for all to be transformed.

When Narcissism Comes to Church
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When Narcissism Comes to Church

Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse

by Chuck DeGroat
Foreword by Richard J. Mouw

Chuck DeGroat has been counseling pastors with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as those wounded by narcissistic leaders, for over twenty years. Offering compassion and hope for both narcissists themselves and those affected by its destructive power, DeGroat takes a close look at this insidious issue and imparts wise counsel for churches looking to heal from its systemic effects.

You Found Me
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You Found Me

New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irreligious Are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith

by Rick Richardson
Foreword by Ed Stetzer

New research from the Billy Graham Center Institute shows that unchurched Americans are still remarkably open to faith conversations and the church. Researcher and practitioner Rick Richardson sheds light on the study's findings and shares best practices for how churches are effectively approaching unchurched "nones" and moving them to faith.