Church Issues

title: Millennials in Ministry:

author: Jolene Erlacher

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: ErJ2837412

word count: 125

Content

Statistics indicate that young people -- members of the Millennial Generation -- are leaving the church in staggering numbers and failing to return as they begin their own families. Many Millennials are uninterested in church and religion, yet some still choose to pursue ministry as their vocation. While cultural and generational trends affect the views of their peers, how do young people serving as leaders in church and ministry settings navigate their roles when existing church values and visions collide with those of their generation? In {ITL}Millennials in Ministry{NRM}, the focus is on young adults serving in local churches and those involved in global outreach, regarding their experiences. Their stories provide broader understanding and strategies for educators, ministry leaders, pastors and mentors working with young adults in ministry that can allow for effective engagement and empowerment of the next generation of church leaders.

About the Author
Jolene Erlacher has an Ed.D. in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Her doctoral dissertation researched Millennials in ministry. She has almost a decade of experience training and teaching in higher education, working with Millennials studying to go into ministry roles. She is currently a trainer and consultant with Sync Leadership Development, working with churches, mission organizations and non-profits to maximize intergenerational team dynamics. Her experience and work provides many related connections to promote her material.

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title: Reflecting His Glory

author: Robert W. Lever

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: LeRNonUS12

word count: 160

Content

No matter which generation you speak with, many people express concern that ‘church’ is not meeting their expectations; can the integrity of the gospel be maintained if we embrace some of the changes that are being thrust upon us in the 21st century? Jesus says. “I am the same yesterday, today and for eternity.” Does that mean that ‘church’ should remain the same forever? Our culture is evolving as our demographic mix changes―inevitably, communication styles and expectations are changing too: Traditionalists try to maintain the status-quo. Boomers use ‘proven’ marketing methods to help the ailing church. Generation X’ers prefer the Internet to the Scriptures as their reference source―consequently, a competitive, ‘consumer church’ model is becoming the norm. Generation Y’ers are leaving the institutionalised church, opting rather to express their need for spiritual fulfillment by developing ‘community’ with the help of electronic media. Considering challenges the Church is facing in the 21st century we might ask, “What would bring the Church back to a sense of unity, even in diversity, if diligently applied?” This writer believes that integrity, when understood and applied through the various windows of both local and ‘foreign’ cultures, can help us to understand why the Lord Jesus says, “I am the same yesterday, today and for eternity.”

About the Author
Originally from a background in business management and sales in England, when he moved to Canada, Bob's heart for God led him into missions. Cross-cultural experience, both in French and in English, led Bob to believe that without understanding cultural differences, ministry, home or abroad,would most likely fail. Bob earned a masters degree in Intercultural Studies and over a period of 34 years served in various intercultural ministries with Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada.

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title: What Account Will We Give Him?

author: Nasser S. Farag

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: FaN3460112

word count: 250

Content

This is an insider's hard look at personal and spiritual characteristics of Christian leaders who fall short of their master's example and teaching. Scriptures concerning their future accountability at the judgment seat of Christ are emphasized. The author, after 45 years of Christian service in multiple geographical and cultural settings, shares examples (from his own and other ministers' experiences) demonstrating some key inter-personal dynamics and defense mechanisms that mar leaders' relationships with God and man. Professional and lay ministers on all levels are invited for self-examination of their lives today before that day comes when all men will give an account to God for the stewardship of their spiritual lives and their effect on others and on the spread of his kingdom.

About the Author
The author is a cross-cultural Christian minister with graduate degrees from Europe and the U.S.A. He has served alongside church leaders on four continents where he also trained pastors and missionaries. He authored the apologetic book, {ITL}God Almighty! His WORD for Christians, Jews, and Moslems{NRM}, published in 8 languages, and the translator/contributor of {ITL}The Virgin Mary in the Light of the Word of God{NRM}, published in English, Spanish, and Arabic (all publishers' names available on request). The author is open to waive royalty in exchange for print copies.

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title: Lego Church

author: Kyle Hinson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: HiK1961012

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As young Christians work with emerging forms of church, older Christians attempt to bring renewal to the various manifestations of church. And all the while, non-Christians continue to fail to see the relevance of the local church. {ITL}Lego Church{NRM} gives ecclesiastical explorers a fresh overview of the book of Acts, providing practical answers and hands-on tools needed to understand biblical principles for the body of Christ. It also provides the launching point to find faithful reinventions of the church.

About the Author
Pastor Kyle Hinson is a full-time associate pastor of preaching and discipleship at Spring Valley Church of God in Reading, PA. He holds an MDiv from Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. He also serves as the chairman of the Pennsylvania state youth board for the Church of God. Spring Valley is a church of 1,200 weekly attendees, and has over twenty nationalities. Having been brought on staff only seven years ago as a twenty-six year old seminary graduate, Kyle speaks from the crossroads of being an emerging leader in a multi-cultural setting. This unique seeks to be relevant to unchurched people, while remaining faithful to its Pentecostal roots. Working with the youth of the state of Pennsylvania has also honed Kyle's ability to communicate to an audience that questions the traditional reasons why church is structured the way that it is, and is hungry for authentic biblical community that can transcend denominational boundaries.

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title: The Worship Leader's Handbook

author: Cris McFall

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: McC4614212

word count: 141

Content

Church worship leaders are more than just musicians. Worship leaders must plan, budget, organize, develop people and stay abreast of technology changes. This book gives the church worship leader practical tips for mastering the elements of the worship leader role beyond the musicianship. Chapters include: The Purpose of Worship, Planning the Rehearsal, Conducting the Rehearsal, Recruiting and Developing Talent, A/V Team, and Stewardship.

About the Author
Frank Jones has been a successful worship team leader for over 20 years. He owned a small music instrument retail store and knows the music industry well. Cris has written four manuscripts that were previously listed in the Writer's Edge. Two are presently available as digital downloads from Amazon.

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title: What Laymen Wish Their Pastors Knew About Church

author: Bill McConnell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: McB9711

word count: 400

Content

Despite the numerous books written each year on or about the church, most pastors and church leaders are generally clueless about what makes church work. And most church members have no idea how difficult the job of pastor really is. This book details how evangelical churches really work, how and why many pastors struggle and fail in the ministry and offers a realistic guide on how to view the ministry.

About the Author
The writer works for TNET International, a mission organization that trains pastors in 24 countries and where he is continent director for South America. He has written two book length courses for that ministry and four sets of Bible study materials used by over 3000 churches worldwide. His degree is from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon.

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title: Flawed Institution - Flawless Church

author: Paul Ungar

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: UnPNonUS11

word count: 210

Content

Jesus prayed in John 17:21-23, that his disciples would be one, as he is one with the Father, so that the world may believe. In our time exactly the contrary is occurring: disciples are not one, the world does not believe, and religious apathy is spreading. Could Christians reverse this trend? The book focuses on new theological and apologetic ways of evangelizing the skeptical and religiously indifferent postmodern world. Finally, the book answers how to restore the church's biblical credibility in times of its fragmentation into more than 20,000 Christian denominations. This multidisciplinary book is written from a progressive Catholic perspective for Christian intellectuals. It discusses a problem of universal importance, the relationship between the institutional Church and the biblical Church.

About the Author
Paul Ungar is an published theologian, ordained to permanent Deaconate in the Catholic Church, who also holds MD and PhD degrees. He presents at conferences and holds a teaching position. His affiliation with the Church will facilitate the promotion of this book.

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title: Is There a Doctor in the House?

author: Robert D. Stuart

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: StR8090811

word count: 217

Content

Subtitled: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Disease of Failed Leadership in the Church. Statistics reveal that 80% of North American churches are stagnant or in decline. Part 1 is a diagnostic manual that lists symptoms pointing to the disease of failed leadership like ill-advised decisions, the guise of uniformity, gossip, sacred cows, fear of change, the bookworm pastor, and lack of vision. In order to help leaders overcome the symptoms, treatments are prescribed, the following of which foster health in leadership and vitality in the congregation. Part 2 offers preventative medicine designed to strengthen the immune system, energizing them to lead boldly and faithfully. Part 3 highlights the ministry of the intentional interim pastor as a doctor who calls upon a hurting congregation to dispense the balm of Gilead and the love of Christ.

About the Author
A former attorney turned pastor; the writer is a professor of practical theology at New Geneva Seminary in Colorado Springs and a dedicated interim pastor who serves churches in conflict. He holds graduate degrees from the College of William & Mary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. Experience has given the author a plethora of examples that highlight both good and bad shepherd leaders. Endorsements available from Dr. Mike Milton, Chancellor of Reformed Seminary.

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title: First Lady:

author: Shauntae Brown White

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: WhS2752911

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Within the African-American church, a pastor's wife, or First Lady, as she is often called, can be highly visible and esteemed, yet misunderstood. Unfairly, she is reduced to a stereotype -- one to which she did not give voice. First Lady seeks to demystify the women who enact this role as they give voice to their own experiences and perspectives. Beyond the role of First Lady are individual women whose experiences are diverse and transcend traditional stereotypes. Through a collection of 24 oral narratives of pastors' wives of different denominations, geographical regions, ages, and approaches to the role, this book will explore how these women define their diverse roles while balancing the expectations of both their husbands and congregations.

About the Author
Shauntae Brown White is an associate professor at North Carolina Central University in the Department of English and Mass Communication. She received her Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. White's research interests include African American communication and culture. She has published articles in The Journal of African American Studies, The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics as well as book chapters in Innovations of African American Rhetoric (2003) and Black Berries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities (2010). White now resides in North Carolina with her husband the Rev. Dr. Harry L. White, Jr. who pastors the Watts Chapel Baptist Church in Raleigh, where the church membership is just over 1,000.

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title: Generous Church:

author: John Richardson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: RiJ3905611

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The writer says, "As a small church struggling through a bad economy, we asked God, 'What do we need to do at this time to become more like You?' That is when God prompted us to give away all of our tithes and offerings for the next year. That simple question, and God's radical answer, initiated a momentous change within our church as well as our local community. It taught us that at the core of his character, God is radically generous. And in order for our church to thrive as the physical extension of Christ in Clinton, Mississippi, we too had to learn to live as generous servants." Generous Church documents the joys and struggles of radical generosity. It is intended to encourage financial generosity and missional thinking in the Body of Christ. It was written to help churches understand how to approach church finances in faith and how to connect to the unchurched communities around them. It was written to encourage congregations and individuals to become like Christ. . . . to become generous, as he is generous.

About the Author
John is a church planter who has led missional churches for the last decade. He is one of a handful of pastors in the nation to serve a church that gave away all of its offerings for an entire year. John's grandfather served as the President of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and his father currently serves in that position - influencing over 2100 Mississippi churches. John is also connected to over 600 pastors on Twitter.

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title: The Casual Christian: The Demise of the Church

author: Craig Olson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 9.30.2010 • author id: OlC6018710

word count: 250

Content

The writer summarizes, "The Casual Christian is the product of the struggle of a former missionary to grasp the reasons why the church he so faithfully served for over 40 years would abandon him in his hour of greatest need. It explores the lack of Christian community, the cavalier attitude towards the scriptures, the obsession with size and polished performances, and the lack of commitment and self sacrificing service. He concludes that church practices are patterned after the American business model rather than the principles the Apostle Paul laid down in his epistles. Such recent developments as the breakdown of Christian community, the rise of populist preachers and mega-churches, the employment of super sized church staffs, and the alienation of both believers and non-believers from the institutional church are at least in part the result of the abandonment of apostolic practices. The church as a professional organization has become uprooted from its heritage and lost its relevance to a needy world."

About the Author
"Today, Christianity is more of a 'go it alone' proposition. Sermons focus on the relationship of individual believers to their Lord and rarely on their relationships with one another. They deal with attitudes more than actions. Messages on the wrath of God against sin have gone the way of preaching about hell. Christians won't pick up their cross when they sign up for service to Christ. Consequently, they have become more cavalier in their attitudes towards God's word. They pick and choose what parts to obey. Love of God has cooled, prayer has become passe, and expectation for the return of Christ has waned. Worship has morphed into performance as music and drama have become more professional in order to appeal to a clientele immersed in entertainment. Sinners are allowed to go free while their victims are urged to absolve them of their misdeeds. Christian authors tell us how to get the most from our spiritual experience. But all to what end?"

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title: The Pickled Priest and the Perishing Parish

author: Hal West

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: WeH2943110

word count: 155

Content

The subject here is the unique challenges and opportunities that Baby Boomer pastors have in impacting the church toward restoration and renewal. Baby Boomer generation pastors comprise the largest percentage of senior pastors in the church today. Using humor and anecdote, the writer reflects on how pastors have been ingrained ("pickeled") in the church culture of the last half century.

About the Author
Hal West has served as pastor of local churches for 32 years, twenty of which as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner, SC. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Fuller Seminary (D. Min.). He has authored two previous books.

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title: No Rock Stars in the Kingdom

author: Patrick Schwenk

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: ScP4356010

word count: 125

Content

The writer summarizes: "This is a book for faithful servants of the gospel who, like me, are running the race and fighting the fight in the age of dying churches, mega-churches, home churches, emerging churches, and dissatisfied Christians leaving churches." The emphasis is on faithfulness over fame.

About the Author
The writer is a 1999 graduate of Moody Bible Institute who is now working on an M.Div. degree from Moody Theological Seminary. He is teaching pastor of NorthPoint Church near Toledo, Ohio.

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title: For Such a Time As This:

author: Sells, Steve Tenery, Robert, and

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 1.26.2010 • author id: TeS2702810

word count: 225

Content

Following a report by the Barna Group that the majority of American Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit or Satan exists, the writers, Tenery and Sells, saw this as a debilitating problem in evangelical and mainline churches across America that must be addressed. A nationally known religious leader has said: "I believe that it will be unique in the field of church growth literature. Written by two men who have many years of experience, we need such a book in a day when many seem not to realize, 'All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down.' Read the book with profit." Another religious leader has said this book is "a manual for training church leaders." The five chapters deal with definite steps that a Church and its leaders can take in order to experience the workings of the Holy Spirit in their lives and their church.

About the Author
Robert Tenery, a 40-year veteran Southern Baptist pastor, is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary and a former editor of The Southern Baptist Advocate. Well-connected to numerous constituencies in that denomination, he conceives of this book as relevant to conservatives in all church bodies. The writers note: "We believe this book will appeal to those church people who are anxious about the malaise that is gripping so many churches among Evangelicals and Mainline Christians who have a deep yearning for the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit in their Church Life." Steve Sells, a pastor for 35 years, is a graduate of Southeastern Seminary and has served on SBC boards and as a trustee for New Orleans Baptist Seminary.

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title: Thoughts on Restoring the Church

author: Prof. L E Labuschagne

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 1.20.2010 • author id: LaPNonUS10

word count: 269

Content

About the Author

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title: Is Church Necessary?

author: Roger Kruger

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 9.24.2009 • author id: KrR6815409

word count: 230

Content

Recent surveys of religion in America reveal not only a decline in religious interest but also a significant gap between those who claim faith in God and those who participate in a faith community. The pursuit of individual spirituality is replacing religion, and congregations contribute to this problem due to lack of clarity about their purpose. This book argues for a relational theology and revisions of the purpose of congregations as intentional communities. In a world where increased incivility and superficial media-enhanced connectedness increase the need for genuine experience of community, covenantal communities offer hope for the future. Three contemporary examples of covenantal communities are examined: a residential Christian community, a dispersed monastic community, and a megachurch's networked missional communities.

About the Author
Roger Kruger, D.Min., AAPC, LMHP, served as a pastor of congregations in Arkansas and Colorado before becoming a pastoral counselor and assuming his current position as director of Partners in Caring, a program that provides support for pastors and congregations. He provides counseling for pastors and their families, teaches pastoral care classes, and serves as a church consultant. He is the author of In Jars of Cla/7y: Reflections on the Art of Pastoring. Numerous books level criticism at organized religion and explore alternative ways of doing church, but often without addressing the issue of the theological foundations of church as community or challenging the trends toward individual expressions of spirituality. Roger Kruger is well known, especially in Lutheran circles, as a resource for pastors and congregations. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, has served on a national committee for Clergy Health, and has written articles for Congregations a publication of the Alban Institute. He writes a monthly e-newsletter for clergy.

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title: The Original Gospel Message

author: John M. Muir

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 9.24.2009 • author id: MuJ9827409

word count: 360

Content

"My book is a plea for Church unity and a united push for evangelism by all conservative, born again Christians. I believe the Church has gotten off course by denominationalism and creedalism," the writer states. "I have used a historical approach to demonstrate how we got to this point and where we went wrong, and proposed a course of action for correction."

About the Author
The writer describes his background: "I have earned a bachelors degree in theology from Multnomah Bible College, and a MA in theology from George Fox University. My wife of forty one years and I have been active church members since our teens. I have been active in evangelism for most of that time; working with Billy Graham and Louis Palau campaigns and doing door to door evangelism. In 1994 I went to Ukraine with Campus Crusade for Christ, and in 2003 I went to Honduras with our local church for a short term mission."

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title: Drink Me!

author: David Warnick

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: WaD8381509

word count: 60

Content

This manuscript is an appeal for church leaders to look for something more in our practice of the Lord's Supper. It builds a case from a variety of angles that our practice of the Lord's Supper is so different from the early church that we need to change our approach. In the course of doing this, the manuscript covers basic questions about the history and theology of the Lord's Supper.

About the Author
The writer was press secretary for Newt Gingrich's first winning Congressional campaign, and then was Gingrich's second chief-of-staff and an Asst. Director for a presidential commission under Ronald Reagan. He left the political world for an extensive pastoral career with Che Ahn, Lou Engle, Mike Bickle and Floyd McClung. Warnick has a graduate degree from the University of Edinburgh seminary and is a monthly columnist for Good News Northwest. He now serves as Executive Pastor of a medium-sized church in north Idaho.

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title: How to Help and How Not to Help:

author: Ann Fisher

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 6.18.2009 • author id: FiA4361209

word count: 80

Content

Serious needs abound, both inside and outside of the church. As Christians, we often seek to help meet the needs of the chronically ill, the unemployed, and others in crisis. But often, we don't know how. Unintentionally, we make false assumptions. We say things that sound spiritual to us, but are judgmental and hurtful to those who are already suffering. This practical handbook urges the reader to find out the real needs and then gives specific ideas on how to really help. It relates what is not helpful. Complete with biblical examples and advice, it covers such topics as how to help with food, housework and finances. With 20 years of experience in living with a chronic illness, occasional bouts of unemployment and other difficult experiences, the author relates actual experiences in this practical training manual. Sometimes blunt, but always honest, she gives clear advice on how individuals and the church can really help.

About the Author
The writer has been living with multiple sclerosis for nearly 20 years. During these years, she has been a pastor's wife (The Missionary Church), missionary, and a freelance writer. A former teacher, she is also the author of more than 60 published books and educational products. Other items have appeared in Sunday school papers, Child Evangelism Fellowship's magazines, and Dayspring greeting cards.

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title: All God's Children (Vol. 1):

author: Kieth Mitchell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 9.21.2008 • author id: MiK3314608

word count: 154

Content

This book presents a dynamic model of a bilingual, multicultural, multigenerational ministry which can be duplicated anywhere. The writer describes it as "The Holy Spirit inspired birth of a new congregation, simply 'Christians in Miami.' Jesus' Gethsemane prayer for unity among all true believers broke hearts, transforming spiritual lives of believers from diverse national, cultural and religious backgrounds. . . .The divided church sins twice. (1) She fails to pursue our Lord's ministry of reconciliation with passion! (2) She contributes to faith's decline in the world." In three years, this ministry developed from a simple “house church” to a congregation with three pastors and scores of dedicated believers who focus their energies on “being the church” and “doing church" rather than just “attending church” or “supporting the church.”

About the Author
Kieth Mitchell (B.S., M.S., M.Div., S.T.M., D.Min.) believes his relationship with Jesus is his credential for writing. For fifty years, he's been missionary, church planter, and pastor. He founded International Mission in New York's World Trade Center; his team shared Christ with thousands, planting ethnic congregations. His early ministry was with the separatist "Churches of Christ." He serves as one of the pastors with Jesus Community Center in Miami. He models spiritual transformation as process, never a finished product.

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title: Coming Home:

author: Annette M. Howe

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: HoA1530108

word count: 200

Content

Coming Home calls individuals and congregations to center their individual and corporate lives in Jesus. The difficulties congregations are facing today result from the fact that Jesus Christ is not at the center of congregational life. Once again his own people have not truly turned to him to be present in their lives. Instead, his own people, without realizing it, have turned either to despair and/or worldly values and ways. Coming Home challenges readers to consider the church's meaning and the importance of their own choices in congregational life.

About the Author
Rev. Dr. Annette Howe has sixteen years of experience as an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with a DMin with a specialization in congregational discernment. She has support in the denomination for the marketing of this book.

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title: Vol. 2 - All God's Children

author: Kieth A. Mitchell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: MiK3314608

word count: 136

Content

Two house churches in Miami formed one Communidad de Jesus Community Center, multilingual, multicultural, and multigenerational. A small Pentecostal church shared use of their chapel. A former Catholic priest shared his private school for an outreach center. Twelve denominations joined to share Christ where nearly 800 came to the Lord over Easter weekend 2006. The writer sees "an inclusive, reconciling church is the Lord's double blessing, it adds sweet music to the message of salvation "by grace through faith as the gift of God" and models unity of the Spirit . . . Jesus insisted the world would only believe through a loving united fellowship that can share his continuing presence to touch and heal the broken. This dynamic model of a bilingual ministry can be duplicated anywhere."

About the Author
Kieth Mitchell (BS, MS, MDiv, STM, DMin) believes his relationship with Jesus is his credential for writing. For fifty years, he's been missionary, evangelist and pastor. He founded International Mission in New York's World Trade Center; his team shared Christ with thousands, planting ethnic congregations. His early ministry was with the separatist Churches of Christ. He serves as one of the pastors with Jesus Community Center in Miami.

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title: Bound By Love:

author: Horst H. Bandle

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: BaH1523608

word count: 150

Content

The work addresses the problem of decline in many mainline congregations and urges churches to go forward as the body of Christ, secure in the roots of Christian community. Mainline churches that struggle often shift their focus from Jesus Christ and his model of Christian community to secular direction. This book inspires congregations to remain centered as the author traces the development of the early Christian communities and other communities that followed. In spite of persecution they survived as communities of unity and love. Also included are practical suggestions for contemporary congregations. It asserts that churches will thrive as they remain true to the roots of love, peace and equality that are found in Christian community.

About the Author
The author has been a pastor and spiritual director for thirty-six years. He has a BS degree from Northeastern University in Boston and a master of divinity from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. In addition to parish ministry he is a spiritual director and lecturer who has founded spiritual covenant groups in New England and Pennsylvania. Presently he is the director of the PA group that includes pastors and laypeople who retreat twice a year. In addition to marketing this book locally, he has direct contact with churches in New England, Minneapolis St. Paul and the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast.

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title: Political Religion

author: Wayne Brouwer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: BrW4942408

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One cannot read the Gospel of Matthew without quickly running into the "Kingdom of Heaven." We who live in democratic societies twenty centuries after Jesus' life in Palestine read the words "Kingdom of Heaven" and hear sermons about Jesus' teachings, but we typically theologize them until we de-politicize their meaning. So we think that our "separation of church and state" means religion has little to do with politics. At most it may be something which informs the consciences of people who then might lobby to enact certain forms of legislation that salve our uneasy consciences about our social obligations. But religion as such is or ought to be apolitical. We need to clean out our ears and take the pious cataracts off our eyes in order to hear and see again the very essential political character of the religion of Jesus. Jesus did not assume he could speak to and about the political affairs of his day; he assumed he had a right to declare the true character of politics precisely because he spoke religiously. Any power is religious power. Any kingdom is a reflection of or a challenge to the one real kingdom. Religion is political or it is not religion at all. In this engaging reflection, something of the political religion of Matthew's gospel re-emerges.

About the Author
Wayne Brouwer holds three masters degrees and a Ph.D. in New Testament. He has nearly three decades of pastoral ministry experience, and currently teaches at Hope College and Western Seminary, both in Holland, Michigan. He preaches and teaches in a variety of churches nearly every weekend, leads church development seminars, writes articles in dozens of journals and magazines, and has published thirteen books, all requested by various publishers, and none of which is self-published.

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title: The Beggar

author: Ralph E. Lewis, Jr.

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: LeR6310808

word count: 252

Content

The Beggar deals with the ethical and practical issues involved in raising money for charity. Last year Americans gave over $250 billion to charity with the church and church supported missions receiving the largest share. In order to help people understand this work, the author has endeavored to put a human face on the people who spend their lives raising the money to keep the outreach ministries of the church going. This is not a technical book but a window into the world of charitable giving. It is written for both the lifelong donor and the person who wonders why they keep getting solicitations in the mail.

About the Author
The author has been in fundraising for fifteen years. For twelve of those years he was the Development Director of a broad range social service agency helping inner city poor. He was a member of AFP (the Association of Fundraising Professionals) and has his CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certificate.

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title: Certainty, A Place to Stand

author: Grant C. Richison

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 5.24.2008 • author id: RiG3477108

word count: 240

Content

This is an aggressive critique of postconservative, postmodernism (postevangelism). It addresses the issue of whether evangelicals can be certain of what they believe. the writer builds a case against accommodating the Gospel to the culture through capitulation and conciliation, and rejecting certainty. He argues the correlation between truth and certainty, and discusses the source of that certainty.

About the Author
Dr. Richison was a pastor of Baptist churches from 1965 to 1992. During the period of his pastorates, Dr. Richardson was also a lecturer at Detroit Bible College and Winnipeg Theological Seminary. Richison is a pastor, and lecturer. He has a diploma from Detroit Bible Institute, a bachelor's degree from William Tyndale College, a Master's in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in ministries from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida. He has taught at Providence Theological Seminary Winnipeg MB, Briercrest Graduate School, Briercrest SK, and ACTS Consortium of Seminaries, Langley, BC. and pastored the largest Baptist Church in Canada.

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title: Called to Awaken the Laity

author: Joe Son

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 5.16.2013 • author id: SoJ6019313

word count: -

Content

Called to Awaken the Laity is the main work of Rev. John Oak, Pastor Emeritus of SaRang Community Church in Seoul, South Korea. Originally printed in 2007, the book is about how a discipleship training rooted in reformed theology can transform and bring life into twenty-first-century churches that have been losing their ability to impact their communities and raise up dedicated believers within. These days many people look to parachurch organizations or ‘emerging church’ structures as the answer to this problem, but this book presents discipleship training as a powerful and relevant option for traditional or “conservative” churches that hold a reformed theological view.

The book includes a foreword by Rick Warren.

About the Author

Rev. John Oak was the Pastor Emeritus of SaRang Community Church in Seoul, South Korea. He started the church in 1978 with a handful of people, and it is now one of the largest Presbyterian churches in the world. He was also the founder of Disciple-making Ministries International (DMI), an organization dedicated to building healthy churches worldwide. Dr. Oak held degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary, Michigan (Th.M.) and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia (D.Min., honorary D.D).  

Rev. Oak passed away in 2010, and DMI Publishing is now seeking to republish his work. Foreign rights manager Joe Son serves as the contact person.

 

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title: Christ Held Hostage: The Hijacking of Christianity by the Status Quo

author: S J Munson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 6.23.2013 • author id: MuS2711413

word count: 57,000

Content

 

Today in America, many younger Christians feel disillusioned as they watch the faith they hold dear being used to further a worldly political agenda. It is as if our religion has been taken hostage: forcibly wedded to a particular political ideology or economic system, or stripped down to a couple of hot-button issues, like abortion and same-sex marriage, as though to oppose these were the sum of our faith. Ironically, in our efforts to “take back America,” we have ourselves been taken captive by the prevailing culture and politics of imperialism, greed, racism, and xenophobia that surround us. And so the struggle for the soul of a nation has also become a struggle for the soul of the church. How can we regain a political voice that is neither power-hungry nor passive, neither conservative nor liberal, but simply Christ-like in its concern for justice and the poor? Evangelical pastor and author S. J. Munson explores these issues from the perspective of both the Bible and history. What these have to say will both surprise and challenge us.

 

About the Author

 

The Rev. S.J. Munson has been a Vineyard pastor and writer for the past 25 years. He is the author of plays, theological articles (Concordia Theological Quarterly, 2012), and fiction (The Treasure of Israel [Revival Nation, 2009]). He is an active blogger with a deep concern for issues of poverty and justice.

 

 

 

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title: We’ve Lost. What Now? The Book of Daniel and Its Relevance for Today

author: wayne baxter

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 7.30.2013 • author id: baw013

word count: 45000

Content

Is the Church of the twenty-first century supposed to regain its former glory? Does God want to re-establish Christians as the Church Triumphant? Or is it too late? Are the people of God in exile yet again? Have we lost our cultural footing and now desperately need to find a new way for the present millennium?

Daniel was born into a nation of God-fearers, into a country that largely embraced the Scriptures and biblical values. But with the Babylonian Exile that all changed. Daniel lived out the rest of his life as an exile. His God, his values, and his faith, once pillars to his country, had now become irrelevant and even despised in his society.

Daniel’s story has become our story, and that is why his book holds special relevance for today!

Wayne Baxter offers a clear, concise, and insightful exposition of the book of Daniel, chock full of personal application for Christians in order to empower them to minister more effectively from the social and cultural margins of exile the Church now inhabits.

About the Author

Dr. Wayne Baxter is Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, ON. He holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON and has published numerous articles in academic journals, as well as his doctoral dissertation, Israel’s Only Shepherd, in the Library of New Testament Studies series (T & T Clark, 2012). He is ordained with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, and has served at churches in Windsor, Ottawa, and Toronto. Dr. Baxter speaks at many churches and conferences where his book could be sold. Furthermore, Heritage would regularly place bulk orders from the publisher to use in promoting and recruiting for the College and Seminary.

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title: Soul to Sole Choreography: Practical Steps to Prayer in Motion for Christian Dance Ministry

author: Mary Bawden

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 9.30.2013 • author id: BaM9237313

word count: 51,864 words not including app

Content

Why don’t Christian dancers use their artistic gifts in church and ministry settings? There are hundreds of unidentified Christian dancers throughout every city in the United States. Dance studios [and churches] are everywhere. So is the national interest in movement. Artistic dance events permeate television, the internet, and daily life. In the twenty-first century, dance is big because the culture uses visual conversation to communicate. If the strength of dance is visual communication and if we live in a culture that communicates in that language, why aren’t Christian dancers being mobilized as a visual tool for gospel communication?

This book features dance leadership and biblical foundation, a six-step choreography process that communicates biblical truth, a practical tool called “genesis,” a rehearsal structure, and the specific criteria needed for ministerial accountability. The last chapter is written specifically for pastors and ministry leaders without dance understanding. It includes the four main essentials to start a dance ministry and includes perspectives from a worship pastor who has worked with Mary in church dance ministry for more than ten years. Each practical chapter presents the art form of dance as the powerful, visual communication tool that God designed it to be.

About the Author

Mary's background: CA secondary teaching credential, BA in dance, MA in worship as well as 15+ years as an inductive Bible study leader.

Market: This book is written for Christians interested in dance as a tool to communicate the gospel:

Dancers in churches who want to set up a dance ministry.

Dance leaders and choreographers who want to improve rehearsal and choreography creation.

     Pastors and ministry leaders who want dance ministry but don’t know how to evaluate it.

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title: The Paradox of Pope Francis--A Protestant Appraisal

author: Niels Nielsen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 2.17.2015 • author id: NiN7703015

word count: 120,000

Content

What are the interfaith issues of Pope Francis Reign?  Details to be supplied 

About the Author

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University, Protestant, PhD Yale  Listed in Who'sWho

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title: Secularized Worship: A Plea for Evangelicals to Do Much Better

author: Mark McKim

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 3.20.2015 • author id: McMS4X4P15

word count: 52,000

Content

I am an evangelical. This book is a lover’s quarrel with much of what happens in corporate worship among evangelicals. It is a plea for us to “do” worship better. Much of what happens in many evangelical churches on Sunday morning has become deeply secularized. The focus has shifted, often unwittingly, from God to ourselves: our needs, desires, and problems. God is mentioned frequently, but is often not really the centre of attention. A good deal of weekly evangelical worship represents our being shaped and molded by our culture, rather than our being the deeply countercultural vanguard of the Kingdom of God. That this is happening in the midst of an increasingly secular western society where God is marginalized, in the public square and the day-to-day lives of most citizens, is deeply troubling. We are in danger of becoming chaplains to the culture – and something must and can be done.

About the Author

Dr. Mark G. McKim was educated at the University of New Brunswick, Acadia University, and Boston University. Over twenty-five years he has combined scholarship with pastoring, serving churches in three different Canadian provinces, while also writing, and teaching theology and church history in Canada, the United States, and Asia. His most recent book, Christian Theology for a Secular Society, is a one-volume systematic theology. McKim is senior minister of First Baptist Church, Regina, Saskatchewan.

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title: Oppression Shall Cease: Land, Justice and a Vision for the Church to Become the Beloved Community of Jubilee

author: Jason Butler

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 7.24.2015 • author id: BuJ5321015

word count: 70,000

Content

From the "nones" to the "dones" it is clear that the American evagelical church is dying, and our recovery is not to be found in more church growth strategies or more relevant music but instead by embracing our revolutionary voice for Jubilee justice, human flourishing and an evangelical understanding of liberation in order to be the “Beloved Community of Jubilee.” Two of the most prominent themes in the Bible are “land” and “Jubilee,” yet we hear so little about the significance of these upon the church’s mission or our individual lives in today's Christian culture. Through deep thelogical reflection and pastoral inspiration this book lays out the importance of Jubilee for our future mininstry and missiology to inform and inspire leaders, students and lay people who are yearning for their faith to impact the world and transform lives of the poor and marganalized. This book is a call to the church to embrace our prophetic call and recover the soul of the American evangelical church--the call to human flourishing.

About the Author

Jason Butler is the lead pastor of Transformation City Church, a urban evangelical church of 500 in the one of the poorest cities in America, Milwaukee, WI. He is also the co-founder of Inhabit: Live into Community and the founder and President of Exploit No More, whose mission is to provide residential aftercare and advocacy for underage victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. He is the author of Dangerous Presence: Following Jesus into the City, published by Wesleyan Publishing House. Butler holds a Master’s Degree in Missiology from Asbury Theological Seminary, which, combined with his experience as a pastor in an urban church, gives him a distinct perspective on the American church from a pastoral, missiological, and urban point of view.

Marketing networks: The Wesleyan Church, Christian Community Development Association, International Justice Mission, InterVarsity, well known in Milwaukee through Exploit No More

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title: Pistol in the Pulpit

author: Tim Rupp

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 1.29.2016 • author id: RuT8340415

word count: 40,000

Content

Should a church have an armed team prepared to respond to an active shooter? Is there biblical justification for such a team? Where does one start? Who should be on the team? What training is needed? What are the liabilities?

As a pastor I looked for a book that would answer the question: How does a church respond to an active shooter? I didn’t find the book. The church safety and security books I found deal with how to protect children from abuse, the church from lawsuits, and the building from burglary. The resource book I was looking for didn’t exist—Pistol in the Pulpit is that book.


As a retired police officer and one who taught police firearms and tactics, I was looking for a book that would give church leaders and parishioners a better understanding of the dynamics and tactics of facing an active shooter—Pistol in the Pulpit is that book. Pistol in the Pulpit is a one-book resource for those considering an armed security response team (referred to as an armed Safety Response Team) in their house of worship.

About the Author

Drawing from his background as a police officer and pastor, Tim Rupp, is uniquely qualified to address the subject of armed security teams in church. As a twenty-four year police veteran, his duties included homicide detective, internal affairs investigator, and firearms/tactics supervisor. He has trained, investigated, and was personally involved in a police shooting. Pastor Rupp holds advanced degrees in Criminal Justice and Ministry. He currently serves as pastor of River of Life Church in Idaho Falls and teaches online courses for Crown College in theology and criminal justice.

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title: A Christian Demonology for the Thoughtful Evangelical

author: Shandon Guthrie

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 8.24.2016 • author id: GuS8913116

word count: 60,000 - 80,000

Content

In this book, I intend to present and argue for a particular model of Christian demonology that is accessible to and useable by both laypersons and professionals in theology and philosophy.  Unlike most works on demonology currently on the market, this will not be strictly based on biblical theology.  Rather, I shall incorporate the tools of philosophy (my area of expertise) in order to explicate a complete model that addresses not only the theology of Christian demonology but also its metaphysics.  Accordingly, I will develop and defend what it means for demons to be “spirits” and their ability to exercise powers of “lying signs and wonders.”  The Church has historically assumed that demons can directly interact with the physical world.  I shall argue against this idea and defend a model that sees demonic activity as something that obtains in this world exclusively through the minds of human beings.  I am convinced that this model is more consistent with the biblical narrative and is the simplest explanation of the data that thoughtful evangelical Christians can embrace.  Along the way, I shall address successful and unsuccessful philosophical reasons to believe in the existence of Satan and the demons.
         I will also go beyond addressing the metaphysics of demons in order to address some auxiliary points often raised in current demonologies – an approach that will be philosophically informed.  Some of these auxiliaries include demon possession, hauntings, Ufology, and general paranormal activity.  All too often when Christians inquire about the nature and powers of the demons, they also wonder how such a perspective applies to these other areas without recourse to popular misconceptions.  I would venture to say that this book will de-mythologize much of the unnecessary baggage that is often attached to popular demonologies.  I argue that there are some things we can conclude about demonic activity and some things we are not entitled to conclude about it.  Accordingly, I attempt to engage these matters for further reflection that do not haphazardly appeal to sensationalism, common tradition, and/or misinformation.
         To round out this book’s discussion, I will offer up some perspectives on the practice of the Christian life as it pertains to our appropriate behavior and reaction to the demonic.  The practice of appropriate Christian behavior vis-à-vis the demonic is often classified as “spiritual warfare” in more popular circles.  Thanks to Christian story-telling, Christian believers imagine our struggles in the faith to be by and large precipitated by calculated assaults on us by malevolent spirits.  Not surprisingly, then, talk of spiritual warfare conjures up the images associated with human warfare, particularly that of ancient Rome (the oppressive regime that warred against Jesus and the early church and was thought to be ground zero for demonic activity).  Such imagery is no doubt due to Paul’s linking of demonology to the fortification of the Christian conscience in Ephesians 6.11-20.  Christians are explicitly instructed to be aware of the devil’s schemes (6.11) and to resist the devil himself (James 4.7) as if formulating a way to parry the attacks of an enemy hell-bent on our destruction (John 10.10) and deception (I Timothy 4.1).  Given the import of spiritual warfare, along with understanding what that means, I will provide some thoughts on this subject that Christians can implement in their day-to-day lives – both to the glory of God and to the protection of our souls in Christ.
          I intend for this work to begin, not end, a conversation amongst thoughtful Christians.  I have no unrealistic ambitions that this book will finalize the issue nor resolve every intellectual problem one might have in pondering the demonic.  But I do mean to expand it beyond what has been written.  My hope is that readers – thoughtful Christian readers – will begin to systematize an intelligible portrait of the nature and powers of the demons by using this book as one way to think about such issues.  Perhaps by developing an intelligent (philosophical) demonology the Christian will be emboldened to respond to the antipathies of anti-Christian cynics over such matters; that a Christian demonology does have a rational place not only for the Christian academic but also for the rank and file.

About the Author

The subject matter to be covered in the completed manuscript is in part based on my doctoral work, which has been vetted by Dr. Charles Taliaferro, Dr. Christopher Partridge, and Dr. Lloyd Strickland.

Education:
? Ph.D. in Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England (2015)

? Studied Philosophy at the University of Wales – Trinity Saint David, Wales, England  (2011) 

? Studied Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (1999) 

? B.A. in Philosophy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1998) 

? A.A.S. in Electronics Engineering, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada (1997) 

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title: Maximizing the Midsize Church

author: David Peter

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Church Issues • date submitted: 11.12.2016 • author id: PeD6312216

word count: 75,000

Content

Pastors and congregational officers frequently struggle to lead midsize churches, which compose almost one-fourth of all congregations in the United States.  These leaders flounder because they are not familiar with the sociological dynamics unique to this size category.  Leading a medium church (which averages 150 to 400 worshippers per week) is different from leading a small or large one, requiring a distinctive approach.  This book equips leaders to guide midsize churches so that they achieve the highest level of effectiveness possible.  It is a comprehensive resource to maximize the fruitful mission and ministry of such congregations.  Pastors, priests, professional staff workers, congregational officers, church council and board members will gain insights and best practices for more fruitful leadership of medium-sized churches.

About the Author

Credentials:

I am an Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Chairman of the Department of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.  I teach courses on congregational dynamics and pastoral leadership, and I specialize in the study of size distinctions among churches.  I have a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  I have served as a parish pastor in small, midsize, and large congregations, and so have direct experience with the realities of pastoral ministry while also researching congregational dynamics.  Regularly I have led courses and workshops for pastors and lay officers of midsize churches and have gained many insights from them about the realities of leading this size of congregation.

Marketing Features:

The last time a comprehensive resource for medium churches was produced was in 1985 with Lyle Schaller’s The Middle Sized Church: Problems and Prescriptions (Abingdon Press), so there is great need for an updated resource.  Many books have been written recently to aid leaders of small and large congregations, but none for midsize churches.  Thus there is a lacuna which this book fills.  The need exists for a singular and comprehensive resource which focuses on the distinctive challenges and opportunities facing midsize congregations.

As a professor at a large seminary I regularly teach courses to students who are preparing for pastoral ministry and those who are already serving as pastors.  In several of these courses I address size dynamics in congregations.  I would use this book in these courses.  I would also recommend it to my colleagues at my seminary and at other educational institutions with whom I have contact.

I often speak to pastors and lay leaders at conferences, seminars, and workshops.  In these venues I would promote the book.  Every summer I lead a seminar called “Help for the Midsize Church,” in preparation for which I would require the participants to read this book.  I also do presentations on leading midsize churches in two “Best Practices” conferences each year.

Concordia Seminary promotes books which are written by its faculty on its websites and the symposia and conferences which it sponsors.

Should the book be published I would develop and manage a website for the purpose of networking and resourcing leaders of midsize congregations.  Currently no such website exists, although there are online sites for small and large churches.  The book would be promoted on this website.

I am a member of the Academy of Religious Leadership and the Evangelical Theological Society.  I can promote the book at the annual conferences of these organizations.

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title: City on a Hill: The Light of Christ in the Life of his Church

author: Kyle Schwahn

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 7.16.2018 • author id: ScK9920818

word count: 35000

Content

Us or them? Maybe your church spends energy inwardly, seeking to build people up in maturity. Others labor to make Christ known to the outside world. What if these two passion didn't have to be divided? What if God meant for one to serve and help accomplish the other?

Jesus called his disciples to love one another so that the world would know they're his. When we faithfully live as the body of Christ, we neither undermine nor neglect our evangelistic task. Instead, we empower it. The world will always watch the church. And, by God's grace, they'll see an extraordinary love. But as they see it, they'll also hear of God's profound love in the gospel of the crucified, risen Lord. 

When the gospel permeates the life of a local church, it awakens a kind of love which serves as a light to the watching world. The light of Christ in the life of his church. That's a city on a hill. 

About the Author

Kyle Schwahn is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Western Seminary. He has served as preaching pastor at  Indian Trail Church in Spokane, Washington since 2008. Kyle helps direct the Inland Northwest chapter of The Gospel Coalition, and The Spurgeon Fellowship-Spokane. Hosting multiple conferences each year, these ministries seek to equip pastors and lay people and encourage gospel-centered ministry throughout the Northwest. 

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title: Discipleship in the Hard Places of Life

author: Christopher Marchand

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 5.1.2018 • author id: MaCR0A1E18

word count: 35000

Content

Samantha wants to follow Jesus, but instead of joy, depression is her constant companion. Eric is eager to grow in faith, but the loss of his dad to cancer continues to gnaw at his soul, stealing his love for prayer. Rasha recently immigrated from a war-torn country. She’s a follower of Jesus, but now fear controls her life. Jimar has been a youth worker for three years. He felt God leading him to minister to some of the kids in his neighbourhood, but the stories of violence and pain have left him exhausted and questioning his faith.   

 

This is a book for youth workers about discipleship in the hard places of life. It will remind you that your purpose in youth ministry--even when there’s pain--is to help teenagers follow Jesus. It will help you understand that there is a personal cost to disciple-making: Fatigue. Anger. Sorrow. The greater your ability to connect, the greater the risk to your soul. Discipleship in the Hard Places of Life will help you learn to make disciples, even when life gets messy.    

 

About the Author

Dr. Christopher Marchand is executive director for Red Rock Bible Camp and has over thirty years of ministry experience. He is an adjunct professor for youth ministry with specialization in discipleship & adolescent crisis issues. This book is a text for youth ministry training. Christopher holds the Master of Divinity in youth and pastoral care and the Doctor of Ministry. He has been published in the Journal of Youth Ministry and several Christian magazines.

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title: Counting the Cost of Church Social Media: Why a One-Sized Strategy Never Quite Fits

author: Peggy Kendall

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 8.29.2018 • author id: KeP5511218

word count: 38000

Content

Churches have been using social media as marketing and ministry tools for a number of years now, and some have even gotten good at it. The problem is, social media come at a price. Counting the Cost of Church Social Media: Why A One-Sized Strategy Never Really Fits addresses the challenges of using digital tools that promote a very different set of values than those promoted by the church. It is a book that helps churches move beyond simple questions like “How do I tweet?” to bigger questions like “How will social media shape our church?”

About the Author

Dr. Peggy Kendall is an author, speaker, researcher, and teacher. She has been on the Communication Studies faculty at Bethel University in MN for over 20 years. She has written 3 previous books on technology and faith, has chapters in a number of edited books, and has numerous articles in leading Christian magazines. Garrett Gearhardt is a pastor, creative director, and content developer, serving as the Director of Emerging Generations & Creative Communication at Placentia Presbyterian Church in California. He has an MA in Communication and is the founder of “Third Millennium Church”, a non-profit online resource center offering consultation and content design to help churches use social media more effectively. He currently boasts over 10,000 followers on his website (www.3millennium.church) and other social media platforms. We would use this website, workshops, and short articles to promote the book and address timely issues related to social media and the church.  

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title: A Ministry Leader's Guide to Behavioral Science: How understanding people can advance your mission

author: Susan Mettes

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 12.3.2018 • author id: MeS2018918

word count: 80000

Content

Books about positive psychology and human flourishing have been filling shelves and making the news for the last several years. I was part of this movement, and I consider it to be a good thing.

However, ministry leaders have not connected to this good thing in a meaningful way. A Ministry Leader’s Guide to Behavioral Science will help bridge this gap. The book will show ministry leaders the applications of behavioral science to discipleship and ministry partnerships. This book will address some of U.S. churches’ main areas of ministry, laying out proven ways to deal more effectively with people and busting some old myths. Specifically, A Ministry Leader’s Guide to Behavioral Science will apply behavioral science findings to worship, teaching, discipleship, building community, and becoming a good ministry partner (employer, funder, employee, and recipient of support).

About the Author

Susan Mettes is a former editor at Christianity Today magazine with a master's degree in public policy and years of experience as an experimenter/behavioral designer/writer at a behavioral science lab and as a researcher and writer for Barna Group. She is also a military spouse.

She has already published articles along the lines of this book proposal in Christianity Today, as well as many other articles on various topics and Barna monographs. 

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title: Seven Ruling Convictions of a Pastor's Heart: Imitating the Apostle Paul in a Post Modern World

author: David Harrell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 12.13.2018 • author id: HaD3714618

word count: 57773

Content

We now live in a postmodern age that poses many unique threats to the evangelical church. Evangelicalism—once defined by its commitment to doctrines and practices of the Protestant Reformation—has now become an amorphous spiritual movement with little connection to historic Christian faith. In its attempt to make the church attractive and relevant to a post-modern world, it has not only greatly diminished the gospel’s impact on the culture, it has also left pastors and church leaders confused and disheartened.

 

Worse yet, many struggle under the weight of pastoral ministry, targets of the diabolical schemes of the enemy, who seeks to deceive, distract, divide, discourage, and destroy pastors and churches.

 

So what is the answer? We must recapture the essence of the New Testament church whose spiritual authenticity can be seen most clearly in the Protestant church of the Reformation.  How do we do this practically? We must imitate the life and ministry of the apostle Paul. Through his example we discover seven ruling convictions that informed his decisions, calmed his fears, and soothed his sorrows; principles that can bring clarity and comfort to every pastor and church leader.

About the Author

Dr. Harrell is the pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Joelton, Tennessee, where he has served since 1997. He is also a former Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at the Master’s University, and the author of Out of the Depths (Bethany House). He is the president of Shepherd’s Fire, a non-profit ministry that will purchase large volumes of this book. He also speaks in conferences around the world and will soon have a 30-minute radio program on the Bott Radio Network.

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title: Halved or Whole? Why Gender Theology Is the #1 Issue Facing the Church

author: Polly Beer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 8.10.2019 • author id: BeP4673119

word count: 83000

Content

Why don’t preachers ever talk about the degrading treatment of women in the Old Testament? Why would God have a different definition of adultery for a man than for a woman? If the virgin birth is a core tenet of the Christian faith, why was Christ's ancestry traced through Joseph rather than Mary in the Gospels? Did Jesus come to raise the status of women on one hand, but keep them in their place with the other? These and many other questions are posed by the author as she traces her journey to find dignity in light of God’s apparent tolerance for female degradation.

After years of questioning divine justice and searching for answers, she presents a comprehensive look at a male-centered social system that has shaped history, Bible translations and Christian theology – ultimately leading to a prophetic challenge to the church to address a pivotal issue: what do we do with our patriarchal legacy? By asking hard questions and confronting sensitive topics with grace and candor, the author maintains that Christians are not equipped to handle the sexual and spiritual crisis facing the church today without addressing the roots and consequences of gender inequity.

About the Author

Polly Beer holds a B.S. in Christian social work from Fort Wayne Bible College and currently works as a licensed massage therapist. She wrote and self-published a biography of her grandparents in 2000, which sold several hundred copies. She has been a supporting member of Christians for Biblical Equality for the past six years. Her deep faith, along with an inquiring mind, life experiences and insights into human nature have equipped her with the wisdom to write this book.

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title: Scattering Church

author: Matthew Clarke

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 6.14.2019 • author id: ClM232319

word count: 72000

Content

What might church look like if, rather than being a controlled, institutional garden, it was a radically decentralized weed? This book describes why the traditional church structure built on the metaphor of gathering is no longer effective, and describes seven core features of a church that takes seriously the biblical metaphor of scattering.

In a world that is socially mobile, digital, postmodern, and increasingly post-institutional, we cannot expect that maintaining the traditional model of the gathered church will continue to be an effective strategy for building God’s kingdom. Nevertheless, people on the margins of the traditional church are hungry for an authentic way to express their faith, as the interest in numerous forms of “emerging church” makes clear. Instead of merely attending a church, people want to be the church. How can that be achieved in a way that is both biblically sound and culturally relevant?

Through biblical reflection, social analysis, and personal anecdotes, Scattering Church paints an enticing picture of an effective church in the modern Western world. A scattering church does not rely on a massive denominational bureaucracy, nor centrally-controlled doctrine, nor paid priests, nor purpose-made buildings. It is fundamentally decentralized and subversive, deliberately scattering its influence and divesting power to the margins.

About the Author

Matthew C. Clarke is an international speaker and writer who has left the traditional, institutional church for something better: to work with Jesus to help build the Kingdom of God. He has lived in intentional Christian community, pioneered the biblical analysis of technology, and participated in grassroots peacemaking. He and his wife, Annabella, facilitate The Escape Goats group, which provides a safe space for people who have been damaged by the church. They live near Sydney, Australia, where they run a sustainable social enterprise selling coffee to raise funds for international-development projects.

This book makes a valuable contribution to the current discussion about the relevance of Christianity to modern sociery, and about the new and varied expressions of faith outside the traditional church.

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title: Untapped Church

author: Derek Sanford

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 12.18.2019 • author id: SaD1650619

word count: 30000

Content

Over the past 8 years I have given away the leadership of important ministries to unpaid volunteers at an alarming rate. It’s because I discovered that the greatest untapped resource in today’s church is high capacity volunteer leaders. They attend our churches faithfully and yet; their potential is largely untapped which means available but not used.

Sooner or later most Pastors come to the realization that there is more ministry to do than staff to accomplish it. It is a universal problem. What if the answer is right in front of us? What if the greatest resource in every church is its people? Many church members have enormous ministry capacity, but we are afraid to ask them to attempt big things. We settle for letting them hand out bulletins or change diapers. But they will do more…. much more.  

In 2011, Grace Church began implementing a process that allowed high capacity leaders in the congregation to become staff members without pay. We gave them job descriptions, business cards, problems to solve, and people to lead. We gave them responsibility that matched their capacity - and our church has taken on a whole new identity. This book will explain how.

About the Author

Pastor Derek Sanford has served as a Pastor at Grace Church since 1995. Grace is a church of 1900 people in weekend attendance in northwest PA. Grace’s growth has been slow and steady nearly tripling in size over the past 15 years. Since being featured on Dan Reiland’s blog The Pastor’s Coach, Derek began receiving inquiries from pastors all over the country about Grace’s high capacity volunteer culture. As a result, he has privately coached many churches as well as spoken at the Converge Worldwide UNLEASH National Conference on the subject. Derek has over 7,600 followers on social media and is well connected with other pastors though Converge, the LCBC Large Church network, and the Global Leadership Network. Derek has undergraduate degrees in Biblical Literature and Philosophy from Taylor University and has his Masters of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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title: A.I.M. for High Ground: True Stories of Leadership in Crisis and in Joy

author: Randall Childress

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 1.31.2020 • author id: ChR2346219

word count: 63137

Content

A.I.M. FOR HIGH GROUND is a collection of short stories based on unique, real-life experiences from my forty-eight years of ministry. These experiences are more about church members and ministry opportunities than they are about me, and they are presented in a narrative format, making them easy to read, remember, and relate to. Among them are the conversion of a Satanist, the unlikely formation of one woman’s ministry of caring for outcast elderly women, and the identification of demonism versus mental illness. At the close of each chapter are a list of “Lessons Learned” and “Leadership Application” questions for further study.

About the Author

I have served in four churches over forty-eight years of full-time ministry. I recently retired after thirty years as senior minister at Kempsville Christian Church in Virginia Beach, VA. During my ministry, I received "Outstanding Young Men in America" recognition, opened the General Assembly of Virginia with prayer, led four tours to Israel, traveled to Greece and Egypt, serviced five building programs and performed over one hundred weddings. My wife, Sandra, and I live in Virginia Beach and still participate n Kempsville Christian Church, where our son is now the senior minister. 

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title: Pastor's Survival Guide

author: James Osterhaus

category: nonfiction • subcategory: church issues • date submitted: 2.5.2020 • author id: OsJ2015220

word count: 90000

Content

Ministers graduate from seminary with few of the practical tools necessary for a successful ministry. As a result, ministers struggle to fulfill their required tasks, become frustrated with the demands of the local church, and leave the ministry. 

The purpose of this book is to equip ministers with the most valuable and strategic practical tools they will need for ministry success – how to handle conflict, how to establish and maintain a healthy church culture, how to lead effectively, along with many other key tools.

About the Author

Dr. James P. Osterhaus is a Senior Consultant with Leighton Ford Ministries. He is a clinical psychologist and executive coach, coaching dozens of ministers from many denominations. He is currently developing and delivering a masters degree program in ministry leadership for Belhaven University (Jackson, MS). He has been Minister of Counseling at two large churches on the East and West Coast, engaging in all phases of pastoral ministry during his tenures. He also is an engaging public speaker with extensive experience in helping individuals and organizations move through change, conflict and reorganization. He has spent most of his time coaching senior leaders in the public, private, and church sectors. He holds a PhD. in Counseling Psychology from American University. He leads, along with a professor from the War College, tours to the Gettysburg battlefield. This program provides established leadership teams multiple insights about principles of leadership through the eyes of military generals. Dr. Osterhaus has taught organizational leadership and relational systems at the graduate level on four continents and seven institutions in the United States, including four seminaries. He has written or co-written fourteen published books on the subject of leadership and organizational understanding. 

 

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title: Seven Pillars of a Biblical Church: The vital truths and essential practices for us to re-embrace God's design

author: John Carpenter

category: nonfiction • subcategory: churchissues • date submitted: 3.27.2020 • author id: CaJ2737920

word count: 32000

Content

This book features seven lessons, based on Scripture, on beliefs and practices that are often neglected by the church today but are key in making a church truly biblical. Dr. Carpenter, drawing on his background as a scholar of Puritanism and years of planting and pastoring a church, establishes each pillar on the Bible and shows with Scripture and practical examples how they work. Beginning with the tale of how an eyewitness account of the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center shows us the perils of only seeing part of God's revelation, we see: why we must listen to what God says about Himself; why we must understand that the gospel is not a self-help plan; why salvation is so simple it can be reduced to a bumper sticker ("Jesus saves") but it is still so often misunderstood, leading to unconverted people leading churches; and why believers aren't called just to go to church but to be covenanted members of a specific church where they can be corrected by their pastors and where worship is centered on God, not on personalities, putting on a show, or attracting crowds.

About the Author
I am the founding pastor of Covenant Reformed Baptist Church and have a Ph.D. in Puritanism.  Education: - Ph.D. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Church History, 2001 - Th.M in Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1997 - Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1990 - B.A. in English & Religion, Samford University, 1987 I've had more than 20 academic articles published in journals, and various other popular-level articles published. For example: "A New Definition of Puritanism, A Cross-Disciplinary Approach," The Evangelical Journal (Vol. 36, 1, Spring 2019); "Answering Eastern Orthodox Apologists Regarding Icons," Themelios (December 2018); “A secular Jew makes a surprising discovery about Christians and American slavery,” Acton Commentary, April 17, 2019; “Rise of the Social Justice Contras,” The Christian Post, March 12, 1019; "Scholar responds to Eastern Orthodox apologists," The Christian Post, December 9, 2018; “The Social Justice Statement and the Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience,” The Christian Post, October 6, 2018; “An Unexpected Apologist,” Touchstone, July/August, 2014. I also won the 2000 Acton Essay contest. Second place was Kevin DeYoung.

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