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Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church

by Robert A. Harris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 08, 2014)

The book provides guidance and coaching for pastors both new and more experienced in the ministry as they seek to enter and lead a new congregation in an harmonious and effective fashion.


The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present

by John W. O'Malley Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In The Jesuits acclaimed historian John W. O’Malley, SJ, provides essential historical background from the founder Ignatius of Loyola through Pope Francis and the present. Concise and compelling, this brief...


Yoked: Stories of a Clergy Couple in Marriage, Family, and Ministry

by Andrew Kort & Mihee Kim-Kort Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 08, 2014)

Yoked is a candid look at the ins and outs, the joys and struggles of a clergy couple navigating a family, two separate callings, and their marriage. With vulnerability, courage, hope, and faith Mihee Kim-Kort...


Leading into the World

by Paul Galbreath Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 24, 2014)

An exploration of ways to connect worship practices with the call of Christian disciples to care for the earth. Discussion of earth stewardship is largely absent from modern Sunday services, and this re-examination...


Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations

by David Brubaker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 28, 2009)

Congregations cannot exist without finances, priorities, leadership, worship, and decision making, yet these five aspects breed the most conflict between church members and clergy. These conflicts unfortunately...


Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry

by Roger S. Nicholson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 1998)

Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minster and congregation. Lay leaders of congregations preparing for such a transition will value the expert guidance provided by...


Feeding the Flock: Restaurants and Churches You'd Stand in Line for

by Russell Chandler Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 1998)

Comparing running a church as to running a restaurant.


Connecting to God: Nurturing Spirituality through Small Groups

by Corinne Ware Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 01, 1997)

Although spiritual growth occurs within an individual, Ware explains that it is the calling of the congregation to be a community of support and encouragement. Indeed, it is amidst the support of a group that...


Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony

by Lillian Daniel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 30, 2005)

Lillian Daniel shares how her congregation re-appropriated the practice of testimony one Lenten season, a practice that would eventually revitalize their worship and transform their congregational culture.


How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems

by Peter L. Steinke Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 20, 2006)

Drawing on the work of Bowen and Friedman, and on his own many years of counseling experience, Peter Steinke shows how to recognize and deal with the emotional roots of such issues as church conflict, leadership...


Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message

by Nancy DeMott, Tim Shapiro & Brent Bill Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 19, 2007)

Building communicate. Stained glass windows, high altars, multi-purpose worship/gymnasium spaces, Plexiglas pulpits, padded pews--these and all other architectural elements say something about a congregation's...


At Ease: Discussing Money & Values in Small Groups

by John Ronsvalle, Sylvia Ronsvalle & U. Milo Kaufmann Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 01, 1998)

Text is written as a study guide for helping small groups grow in their understanding of the role of money in their lives.


With All Thy Mind: Worship That Honors the Way God Made Us

by Robert P. Glick Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2006)

The worship terrain has changed, but a consensus has yet to emerge even about what worship is, let alone how we should worship. Increasingly, however, people are hungry not just to know about God, but to experience...


Worship Frames: How We Shape and Interpret Our Experience of God

by Deborah J. Kapp Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2008)

Worship is a congregation's most important practice. In worship we encounter God's gracious presence and come face to face with the frailty, goodness, and potential of our humanity. We are comforted, corrected,...


Rekindling the Mainline: New Life Through New Churches

by Stephen C. Compton Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2003)

Not only do new church starts in significant numbers bring systemic change and renewal to mainline denominations, but new church development brings similar change to individual aging congregations in their vicinity....


So You're on the Search Committee

by Bunty Ketcham & Celia Allison Hahn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2005)

So You're on the Search Committee focuses on the experience of pastoral search committees and the unique role that laity in most denominations play in this crucial process. Because a change of pastors is, as...


Music in Churches: Nourishing Your Congregation's Musical Life

by Linda J. Clark Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1994)

Clergy, worship or music committees, organists, and choir or music directors will find this a practical and invaluable guide to the role and power of music to express and form faith. Clark researched twenty-four...


Discover Your Spiritual Type

by Corinne Ware Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 01, 1995)

From Urban T. Holmes's spiritual typology and her own experience as a spiritual director and pastoral counselor, Ware provides a framework for people to name and understand their spiritual experience-in much...


Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers

by Kent Ira Groff Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1993)

A practical guidebook for the inquiring layperson seeking a holistic, intelligent look at the spiritual life, and for the pastor or religious professional seeking a systematic framework and spiritual practices...


New Beginnings: A Pastorate Start Up Workbook

by Roy M. Oswald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 01, 1989)

Roy Oswald, who ministers to pastors with great compassion, perceptiveness, and skill, now brings eight more years of field experience to an updated edition of "New Beginnings." Important new material includes:...


Inside the Small Church

by Anthony G. Pappas Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 2001)

Even as so-called megachurches capture the attention of many church watchers, small congregations continue to dominate America's religious landscape in both rural and urban settings. Although sometimes obscured...


More Than Numbers: The Ways Churches Grow

by Loren B. Mead Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 1993)

Mead explores what church growth and evangelism really mean in a time when it is mathematically impossible for every congregation to achieve significant numerical growth. He argues provocatively that spiritual,...


Redeveloping the Congregation: A How to for Lasting Change

by Mary Sellon, Dan Smith & Gail Grossman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 01, 2002)

What makes it possible for a church to reverse course from decline or stagnation into longlasting vitality? How can a church immigrate from a congealing present into a compelling future? What can a congregation...


Welcome!: Tools and Techniques for New Member Ministry

by Andrew D. Weeks Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 1992)

This toolkit of intentional and compassionate strategies takes an encouraging, incremental approach to help even small groups get started quickly. Study the separate chapters on: imaginative marketing; the ministry...


Transforming Church Boards into Communities

by Charles M. Olsen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 01, 1995)

Discover inspiring, practical ways your board can make its meetings become opportunities for deepening faith, developing leadership, and church renewal. Research included interviews with lay leaders; clergy;...


Reflecting with God: Connecting Faith and Daily Life in Small Groups

by Abigail Johnson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 01, 2004)

Untangling the day-to-day issues in our multifaceted lives can seem daunting. Time to sit quietly and reflect is rare. If we are fortunate, we have good friends or close family members with whom to talk things...


Silver Screen, Sacred Story: Using Multimedia in Worship

by Michael G. Bausch Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 2002)

Our culture has undergone a major shift: younger generations have less and less interest in the printed word as they become predominantly image oriented. In response, as congregations increasingly learn to be...


When Better Isn't Enough: Evaluation Tools for the 21st-Century Church

by Jill M. Hudson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 01, 2004)

Many sociologists and a growing number of church scholars have noted that we live in a time of transition-from the modern era to the postmodern. Whenever a shift of this magnitude occurs, it leaves all of life,...


Spiritual Awakening: A Guide to Spiritual Life in Congregations

by John Ackerman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 01, 1994)

Ackerman, parish pastor, spiritual director, and consultant on spiritual formation, provides an excellent guide for clergy desiring a congregation-wide approach to developing spirituality rooted in the life...


One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship

by C. Michael Hawn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2003)

As a troubadour for global music and an instigator of cross-cultural worship for more than 15 years in a variety of denominational settings, including congregational, national, and international venues, Michael...


Saying Goodbye: A Time of Growth for Congregations and Pastors

by Edward A. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 01, 1990)

Leaving a pastorate is hard on both congregation and pastor. Learn how to make this transition a growth experience for all. Written for congregations and pastors, Saying Goodbye skillfully weaves accounts from...


Public Offerings: Stories from the Front Lines of Community Ministry

by Linda-Marie Delloff Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 01, 2002)

A compelling and extensive resource with ways for all congregations to reach beyond themselves to better serve. Spiritually vibrant congregations of all faiths thrive on the call to be leaven in today's world....


Small Groups in the Church: A Handbook for Creating Community

by Thomas G. Kirkpatrick Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1995)

This planning and leader training handbook offers a distinctive broad-based, small-group approach to building community. From the Jewish havurot to Christian koinonia, you will gain a thorough understanding...


Practicing Right Relationship: Skills For Deepening Purpose, Finding Fulfillment, And Increasing Effectiveness In Your Congregation

by Mary Sellon & Dan Smith Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 17, 2004)

In this profound yet practical book, Mary Sellon and Daniel Smith make the case that the health of churches and synagogues depends on congregations learning how to live out love in "right relationships." The...


Projects That Matter: Successful Planning and Evaluation for Religious Organizations

by Kathleen A. Cahalan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 01, 2003)

Projects That Matter introduces project leaders and teams to the five basic elements of project design and describes in detail a six-step process for designing and implementing a project evaluation and disseminating...


Getting the Word Out: The Alban Guide to Church Communications

by Frederick H. Gonnerman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 22, 2003)

High quality publications and public relations will enhance a congregation's overall ministry by promoting strong stewardship, effective evangelism, and exciting parish education. Getting the Word Out provides...


Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry

by Roy M. Oswald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 01, 1991)

Nationally known for his work and teaching on clergy development, Oswald integrates research and experience into a liberating perspective on the pastoral calling. Discover how imbalances in your physical, emotional,...


Making Your Church More Inviting: A Step-by-Step Guide for In-Church Training

by Roy M. Oswald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1992)

If you've read the book or viewed the course, now lead your church in study with this workbook approach to Alban's Inviting Church materials. Its fifteen sessions are designed to help clergy or lay leaders guide...


Next Steps in Community Ministry: Hands-on Leadership

by Carl S. Dudley Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1996)

Dudley and a research team go back to 24 ministries still in existence five years after the Church and Community Project's completion. They discovered how the myths and expectations of funding, lay/clergy leadership,...


Single in the Church: New Ways to Minister with 52% of God's People

by Kay Collier-Stone Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 31, 1992)

Explore the concerns, needs, and fears of single adults and how your church may be ignoring them. Discover practical ways churches have opened their ministries, worship, and congregational life to include singles....


Completing the Circle: Reviewing Ministries in the Congregation

by David R. McMahill Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 01, 2003)

On his second day as association minister for the United Church of Christ, David McMahill received three phone calls from lay leaders who were looking for resources on "how to evaluate our minister." He knew...


The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era

by Jim Kitchens Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 2003)

"Many of us who are pastors of local mainline churches have long felt that something is amiss in the life of our congregations. It's hard for us to name exactly what is wrong, but occasionally we are aware of...


Raising the Roof: The Pastoral-to-Program Size Transition

by Alice Mann Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 01, 2001)

This resource, designed specifically for a congregational learning team, addresses the difficulties of pastoral-to-program size transition.


Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Communities

by Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 06, 2005)

Nadiv Lev. "Offerings of the Heart." This phrase sets the tone for the Jewish spiritual perspective that money is a tool for actualizing God's presence in the world. Building on this core value and setting aside...


Healthy Churches, Faithful Pastors: Covenant Expectations for Thriving Together

by David A. Keck Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 18, 2014)

This book provides concrete steps to aid congregants and pastors in communicating their mutual expectations. Keck presents fifty “expectation statements”—examples of what pastors and congregations can...


When Leadership and Spiritual Direction Meet: Stories and Reflections for Congregational Life

by Gil W. Stafford & Ph. D Sample Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 11, 2014)

This book challenges church leaders to foster sacred safe space, holy listening, silence, and wisdom storytelling in order to create a discerning church community. These techniques of spiritual direction can...


Questions for Christians: The Surprising Truths behind Basic Beliefs

by John Morreall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 17, 2014)

From the gender of God to what happens when we die, Questions for Christians digs into some of the thorniest questions of the Christian faith—questions that many people would rather ignore. Drawing on sources...


In God's Presence: Encountering, Experiencing, and Embracing the Holy in Worship

by N. Graham Standish Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 05, 2010)

Vibrant worship services, argues creative and provocative author Graham Standish, are those in which the congregation obviously asks questions such as: Does our worship help people experience God? Does our worship...


Ministry and Mission In Uncertain Times

by Various Authors Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 01, 2008)

This kindle, "Ministry and Mission in Uncertain Times," gathers 15 articles previously published by the Alban Institute on a range of topics.


Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis Is Changing the Church and the World

by Robert Blair Kaiser Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 23, 2014)

Journalist Robert Blair Kaiser takes readers inside the Jesuits' head-and-heart take on the faith, showing how a Jesuit's training to make bold moves for the greater good plays out in the first Jesuit pope—a...