After traveling the world for many years and speaking at hundreds of churches of all kinds, Paul David Tripp is concerned about the state of pastoral culture. He is not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but with the very people who train him, call him, relate to him, and restore him if necessary. Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy--an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body. Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the war that rages not only in the m ... more
This 26-session Bible overview--designed to equip lay leaders to serve as elders, Sunday school teachers, small group facilitators, and in other positions of service in the church--can be completed as a group study or a self-study. Both volumes have revised graphics and have been updated to reflect the best understanding of the Bible and educational methodology.
The church depends on volunteer workers to staff educational ministries. Sunday school teachers and small group leaders may have a heart to teach the Bible, but how have they been academically prepared? Over the course of a century, "Training for Service" has equipped over one million volunteers with this basic course and certification for Bible te ... more
Designed to help clergymen "know what to say and how to say it," The Pastor's Handbook will meet the ongoing needs of the Christian minister for planning and executing the ministries of the church. Scripture readings, forms, ceremonies and instructions for special occasions all provide for the needs of Christian ministers in a concise and compact volume.
Ask yourself this question: What type of character qualifies the people God chooses to use? The question itself assumes an atypical answer, simply because it leaves out so much. To ask only about one's character seems inadequate when defining a leader. We surely need to ask about character, but also about personality, communication skills, IQ, education, previous experience, and more...don't we? Crawford Loritts disagrees. He answers the question with four simple words: Brokenness, Communion, Servanthood, Obedience. These four traits form the framework for "Leadership as an Identity," By examining each trait, Loritts undermines many pervasive assumptions about leadership that are unbiblical. According ... more
Ministry is a challenging vocation, even in the best of times. While the pastor or youth minister is the public face of his church, there is someone else who plays a vital supporting role behind the scenes - a role that can be central to its success or struggles. Being the wife of a pastor or youth minister can be tremendously rewarding, but it is also a commitment of time, personal investment, and patience. Jeana Floyd provides a clear, concise, and honest view of this life. With 'interactive testimonies' included from various pastors' wives at the end of each chapter, the book shares poignant and powerful insights any woman or wife can appreciate.
Countless preachers have turned to the Zondervan Pastor's Annual to save them time in sermon and service preparation. This tried-and-true resource makes your demanding job as a pastor a lot easier. Use its content as is, or tailor it to fit your unique approach.The Zondervan 2012 Pastor's Annual supplies you with: *Morning and evening services for every Sunday of the year*Fully indexed sermon topics and texts *Definitive and usable sermon outlines*Devotionals and Bible studies for midweek services*Fresh and applicable illustrations*Appropriate hymn selections*Special-day services for church and civil calendars*Meditations on Lord's Supper observance*Wedding ceremonies and themes*Funeral messages and Scriptures*Basic past ... more
Meetings can sap our energy, rupture community and thoroughly demoralize us. They can go on forever with no resolution. Or they can rush along without consensus just to "get through the agenda." What if there was another way? Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on models adapted from the business world. Ruth Haley Barton, president of the Transforming Center, helps teams transition to a much more suitable model--the spiritual community that discerns God's will together. In these pages you will discover personal and group practices that will lead you into a new way of experiencing community and listening to God together.
The book you hold resonates with this conviction: that leaders such as you have the potential to be the most influential forces on planet Earth. Yours is the staggering responsibility and the matchless privilege of rallying believers and mobilizing their spiritual gifts in order to help people who are far from God become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life transformation and the eternal destinies of real people depend on the redemptive message entrusted to the local church. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lead your church effectively so God's message of hope can change the world? Then this book is for you.Courageous Leadership is Bill Hybels' magnum opus, a book far too important to be written before its t ... more
This book is for those who have struggled to retain their faith amidst a dying church experience. It gives not only theological answers but real-life stories of how the best parts of the ancient habits of the church can re-emerge in today's culture. It will synthesize the deep seated theological and practical issues facing the church without all the technical lingo and help alienated Christians and their leaders finally understand the biblical idea of community and how it holds the key to evangelism, spiritual formation and enjoyment of life.
Revised and updated edition of the classic work on spiritual leadership
In "A Work of Heart, " bestselling author and missional expert Reggie McNeal helps leaders reflect on the ways in which God is shaping them by letting us see God at work in the lives of four quintessential biblical leaders: Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. McNeal identifies the formative influences upon these leaders, which he sees as God's ways of working in their lives: the same influences at work today forming leaders for ministry in our times. He explores the shaping influence of culture, call, community, conflict, and the commonplace.Offers guidance for church leaders to let God shape their hearts from the inside outReggie McNeal is the author o ... more