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Preventing Ministry Failure
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Preventing Ministry Failure

A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers

by Michael Todd Wilson and Brad Hoffmann

Brad Hoffman and Michael Todd Wilson present this workbook designed to be used by people in vocational ministry, alongside their peers, to safeguard them from burnout, moral failure and spiritual exhaustion.

Radiant Church
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Radiant Church

Restoring the Credibility of Our Witness

by Tara Beth Leach

In an era where the church has lost much of its credibility, pastor Tara Beth Leach casts a vision for Christians to rediscover a robust, attractive witness and form the radiant communities God intends. Challenging idolatrous false images of God and calling out toxic patterns, she shows how we can recover a winsome picture of a kingdom of abundance and goodness.

Reciprocal Church
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Reciprocal Church

Becoming a Community Where Faith Flourishes Beyond High School

by Sharon Galgay Ketcham

The church faces an unprecedented loss of rising generations. Young adults who were active and engaged in the local church are leaving the community behind after high school. What can we do? Sharon Galgay Ketcham reflects theologically on the church community and its role in forming faith, offering values and practices that can shape a community into a place where faith will flourish in those both young and old.

Rediscipling the White Church
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Rediscipling the White Church

From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity

by David W. Swanson
Foreword by Brenda Salter McNeil

Before white churches can pursue diversity, we must first address the faulty discipleship that has led to our segregation in the first place. Pastor David Swanson proposes that we rethink our churches' habits, or liturgies, and imagine together holistic, communal discipleship practices that can reform us as members of Christ's diverse body.

Resilient Ministry
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Resilient Ministry

What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving

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

Why does one well-equipped, well-founded ministry succeed while another fails? Bob Burns, Tasha Chapman and Donald Guthrie undertook a five-year intensive research project on the frontlines of pastoral ministry to answer that question. What they found was nothing less than the DNA of thriving ministry today.

Seeing Jesus in East Harlem
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Seeing Jesus in East Harlem

What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put

by José Humphreys

Church leaders need to show up, stay put, and see what God is doing in their midst. Pastor José Humphreys recognizes how deeply our faith is tied to our particular stories in our particular places. Combining spiritual formation with activism, vivid narrative with exhortation, and realism with hopefulness, Humphreys offers pastors and church planters a thoughtful look at discipleship in a complex world.

Seven Practices for the Church on Mission
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Seven Practices for the Church on Mission

by David E. Fitch

Jesus gave his followers seven key practices. When we practice these disciplines, God becomes faithfully present to us, and we in turn become God's faithful presence to the world. Pastor and professor David Fitch shows how these seven practices can revolutionize the church's presence in our neighborhoods, transform our way of life in the world, and advance the kingdom.

Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults
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Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults

Life-Giving Rhythms for Spiritual Transformation

by Richard R. Dunn and Jana L. Sundene

In this book veteran disciplemakers Rick Dunn and Jana Sundene offer concrete guidance for those who shepherd and care for emerging adults, emphasizing relational rhythms of discernment, intentionality and reflection to meet emerging adults where they are at and then to walk with them further into the Christlife.

Slow Church
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Slow Church

Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison
Foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

In today's fast-food world, Christianity can seem outdated or archaic. The temptation becomes to pick up the pace and play the game. But Chris Smith and John Pattison invites us to leave franchise faith behind and enter the kingdom of God, where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loves the church.

Sustainable Children's Ministry
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Sustainable Children's Ministry

From Last-Minute Scrambling to Long-Term Solutions

by Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom

Are you a children's ministry leader on the edge of burnout? Sustainable Children’s Ministry shows you how to recruit volunteers, partner with parents, navigate politics, and care for your own soul instead of frantically scrambling to do it all yourself. This practical resource will help you build a ministry foundation that will still be standing long after you are gone.


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