As a church leader, you need both vision and expertise—both theory and practice—to effectively minister to others. Books from IVP Praxis offer sound biblical and theological foundations for ministry in the real world. These books are meant to strengthen your leadership, starting with your inner spiritual life and growing outward into your day-to-day pastoral work. If you are called to ministry, let IVP Praxis books serve as your companions as you equip God's people for life in the kingdom.
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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.
If you feel caught between the traditional church and the emerging church, Jim Belcher's Deep Church forges a third way. He explores and evaluates the proposals of emerging church leaders and paints a picture of what an alternate, deep church looks like--a missional church committed to both tradition and culture, valuing innovation in worship, arts and community, but also creeds and confessions.
Pastor Lamar Hardwick was thirty-six years old when he found out he was on the autism spectrum. This revelation prompted him to reconsider the church's responsibilities to the disabled community. Insisting that the good news of Jesus affirms God's image in all people, Hardwick offers practical steps and strategies to build stronger, truly inclusive communities of faith.
Is your church prepared to respond if natural disaster or human tragedy strikes your community? Jamie Aten and David Boan, codirectors of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provide this practical guide for disaster preparedness, filled with resources for emergency planning and crisis management plus best practices for local congregations.
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.
God can use your unique gifts, passions and personality to help you become a better leader. While personality inventories can help you understand your temperament, Olson's model is designed to form fruitful Christian leadership. Coupled with a free online assessment, this book helps pastors and Christian leaders harness gifts and balance weaknesses.
The biblical model for church leadership is found not only in pastors but also in teams of elders who oversee, shepherd, teach, equip and guide the community into God's mission. In this practical guide, J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt unpack the role, character and posture of a mission-oriented elder.
The emerging generation is opting out of the church in large numbers. They're embarrassed at how the church is portrayed and dismayed at their options for participation. What's the point of the church anyway? With practical, actionable steps, Tim Soerens offers a vision of the church grounded in a grassroots movement of ordinary people living out the church in their everyday lives.
What do we do when we've failed? J.R. Briggs, founder of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, explores the landscape of failure, how it devastates us and how it transforms us. Without offering pat answers or quick fixes, he challenges our expectations of success and gives us permission to grieve our losses and receive the grace of healing and restoration.
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.