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  • Lead Like It Matters

    $28.99

    Discover the secret to igniting a life-giving, soul-transforming, people-inspiring movement in your organization, church, or ministry.

    New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative multisite church known around the world and an organization that Glassdoor has named a #1 U.S. Best Place to Work. But it didn’t happen by accident. In 1996, a handful of congregants worshipped together in a two-car garage. Today, the church welcomes tens of thousands of attendees in multiple states across the country and globally at Life.Church Online.

    Lead Like It Matters presents Groeschel’s transformative insights on how to effectively build a thriving, enduring ministry and organization. Using his skills as a top leader, he combines straight-talk and wry honesty with biblical and leadership principles to equip you with the tools to:

    *Recognize when your organization or ministry has the indefinable but tangible it that leads to success

    *Identify and implement seven leadership principles for a church that lasts

    *Ignite a fire in your team to leave behind what we’ve always done for the meaningful ministry you know is possible

    *Discover the three areas every leader must master for success

    Lead Like It Matters reveals the secret for building ministry momentum and then keeping it going.

    *This is a completely revised and updated version of the book previously published as It.

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  • Lead Like It Matters Workbook

    $19.99

    It has been rightly said that Jesus is the hope of the world. While we can never argue against the importance of the power of the risen Son of God, it is also true that the local church is the hope of the world. After all, the church is the body of Christ. Jesus manifested himself through the church. And we, as the church, are chosen and called by God to be light in the darkness and give hope to the hopeless.

    For this reason, it is critical for the body of Christ–both pastors and laypeople alike–to learn how to lead like it matters. In this study guide, which accompanies the book of the same name, pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel shares what he has learned in more than twenty-six years of leading LifeChurch. The church began in a borrowed two-car garage, with ratty furnishings and faulty audiovisual equipment, but people were drawn there because they sensed a powerful, life-changing force that Craig calls it. While exactly what it is can be difficult to define, Craig reveals seven factors that contribute to it (or at least don’t kill it):

    Sessions include:

    1. Vision
    2. Divine Focus
    3. Unmistakable Camaraderie
    4. Innovative Minds
    5. Willingness to Fall Short
    6. Hearts Focused Outward
    7. Kingdom-Mindedness

    Craig also unpacks three important realms that every leader must master: (1) prioritizing mindset over model, (2) creating systems that empower it, and (3) finding a balanced way to lead to stay centered around it. While adopting these seven factors and realms will not guarantee a church will have that it factor, it will certainly lead that church toward it. It will help all of us lead like it matters.

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  • Unwavering Pastor : Leading The Church With Grace In Divisive Times

    $16.99

    Leadership is hard. Pastoring through divisive times is even harder. How do we lead well when criticized? How do we keep loving the church when hurt by her? What does it look like to remain committed to the gospel in cultural division?

    Seasoned pastor Jonathan Dodson comes alongside struggling pastors and ministry leaders to guide them into the comfort of Christ. But he doesn’t stop there. Full of wisdom drawn from 2 Timothy, this book will equip you to lead the church with grace, charity and spiritual power through divisive times.

    Great for pastors and ministry leaders who need encouragement and insight, or are wrestling with their calling. Makes a thoughtful gift.

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  • You Are Sent Study Guide With Leaders Notes

    $16.99

    As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you these were the parting instructions Jesus left his followers. Our life-changing relationship with Christ comes with a new, life-changing “sent” identity. Learn how the Spirit that sends us fills us with God’s heart to share the gospel with those near and far. In this nine-week study, discover God’s passion for local and global mission and be empowered to make Jesus known everywhere you go. Meet with others and learn about God’s glorious redemption plan for you and all peoples of the earth, his deep love for the nations, and your place in expanding the kingdom of God. Being on mission is not a just one facet of following Jesus it’s part of our gospel DNA. Published in partnership with Serge, You Are Sent is adaptable and flexible for each church’s need and accessible for every member. The study includes detailed leader’s notes and an easy-to-use format suitable for a classroom, small group, or in one-on-one discipleship. Also included is a QR code for accessing slides and visuals to use in a teaching format.

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  • Ezra And Nehemiah Study Guide With Leaders Notes

    $16.99

    The story of Ezra and Nehemiah plays out against a backdrop of ruins. There’s a ruined city, a ruined house of worship, ruined homes–ruined life with God. As is often the case in our own lives, the wreckage was largely their own fault. Their path to rebuilding, at its core, was a journey back to God. As you study Ezra and Nehemiah with Iain Duguid, you too will be encouraged to return to the God who is always faithful.

    Duguid dives into lamenting sin, facing opposition, faithfully worship, and battling discouragement. This study will renew your joy in the Lord and encourage you to turn away from your own way and toward God, ultimately discovering Jesus is the one who rebuilds and brings new life where there is ruin and decay.

    This small group guide with leader’s notes includes ten in-depth lessons that include discussion questions, a short article to read, and a practical application section that can be used for one-to-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings.

    Ezra and Nehemiah: Rebuilding What’s Ruined is part of The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series published in partnership with Serge. Each book in the series examines how the gospel story is revealed throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

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  • 1 Peter Study Guide With Leaders Notes

    $16.99

    Displaced–that’s what it feels like to be a Christian in an increasingly post-Christian world. You speak the language and understand the culture, yet don’t quite feel at home. How do you live as a Christian in a world that doesn’t share your convictions? Can you still hold firmly to biblical truth even as you love others? Robert Thune unpacks how the apostle Peter spoke to these issues in the first of his letters to first-century Christians.

    Thune’s study examines living a gospel-shaped life in a contrary culture. You will be encouraged by the generous grace of God and how he has called Christians to a living hope and a deep joy that can be found even in the midst of trials and opposition.

    This small group guide with leader’s notes includes ten in-depth lessons that include discussion questions, a short article to read, and a practical application section that can be used for one-to-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings.

    1 Peter: Life as an Outsider is part of The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series published in partnership with Serge. Each book in the series examines how the gospel story is revealed throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

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  • Isaiah Study Guide With Leaders Notes

    $16.99

    Did you know that the prophet Isaiah preached the gospel? The central message of Isaiah is a simple message–God saves sinners. Through a study of Isaiah, Jonathan Gibson guides participants in savoring the basics of the gospel that we need to remember daily: we need saving. We need God every day. Isaiah reminds us again and again that our hope is not in ourselves–it’s in turning from our own way and turning to God in faith.

    Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering will challenge you to reorient your life to truly love what is good and just and merciful, experiencing an inward change of purpose, turning away from sin and toward godliness and dependency on Christ.

    This small group guide with leader’s notes includes ten in-depth lessons that include discussion questions, a short article to read, and a practical application section that can be used for one-to-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings.

    Isaiah: Good News for the Wayward and Wandering is part of The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series published in partnership with Serge. Each book in the series examines how the gospel story is revealed throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

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  • Do I Need Counseling

    $5.99

    Are your personal or relational problems overwhelming you, negatively impacting your daily life or relationships? While all of us face the common pressures of living in a broken world, sometimes those challenges become too much to handle alone, and they hinder us from effectively functioning the way God designed. It could be that your normal avenues of informal one-another care from your church seem insufficient, and you need a trained counselor to help you. These are all times when you could benefit from focused help.

    Counselor and pastor Robert D. Jones helps you evaluate what type of assistance you may need as you face a variety of challenges and guides you in better understanding what biblical counseling is and what key priorities biblical counselors pursue. He then guides you in where to look for biblical counseling and answers some common questions about the counseling process so that you can get the most benefit from it.

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  • Saving Your Church From Itself

    $16.99

    As a coach and mentor to hundreds of pastors, Chris Sonksen has had a front-row seat to the unfortunate outcomes when a team member begins to drift from the vision of the church and the leader they serve. But the good news is, these situations never come out of left field. There are always warning signs that, if heeded, allow church leaders to rise to the challenge of keeping their team healthy, unified, and moving forward together.

    In this powerfully practical book, Sonksen unpacks six subtle behaviors that undermine team unity and lead to problems that can derail your ministry and even split your church, including:

    – pride
    – artificial harmony
    – isolation
    – a critical spirit
    – divisiveness
    – disrespect

    Beyond merely identifying the problems, this book offers you a blueprint for what to do when you see or feel evidence of these behaviors creeping into team dynamics.

    Alignment of vision and purpose doesn’t happen by accident, and it isn’t maintained without careful attention and proactive strategies. But with Chris Sonksen’s help, you can save your church from itself.

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  • When Narcissism Comes To Church

    $18.00

    Why does narcissism seem to thrive in our churches? We’ve seen the news stories and heard the rumors. Maybe we ourselves have been hurt by a narcissistic church leader. It’s easy to throw the term around and diagnose others from afar. But what is narcissism, really? And how does it infiltrate the church? Chuck DeGroat has been counseling pastors with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as those wounded by narcissistic leaders and systems, for over twenty years. He knows firsthand the devastation narcissism leaves in its wake and how insidious and painful it is. In When Narcissism Comes to Church, DeGroat takes a close look at narcissism, not only in ministry leaders but also in church systems. He offers compassion and hope for those affected by its destructive power and imparts wise counsel for churches looking to heal from its systemic effects. DeGroat also offers hope for narcissists themselves–not by any shortcut, but by the long, slow road of genuine recovery, possible only through repentance and trust in the humble gospel of Jesus.

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  • Associate Pastors : Ministry From The Middle

    $20.99

    Rather than simply leading or following, why not consider stewarding?

    Associate pastors of all kinds–whether assigned to children, youth, worship, adult, or outreach–are often caught in the middle of complicated relationships in their congregations. It’s an emotionally taxing and organizationally confusing position. In Associate Pastors, Michael Matthew Mauriello demonstrates how associate pastors can harness the ambiguity that accompanies their role in ways that can mutually benefit church members and other pastoral staff.

    The heart of Associate Pastors comes from personal interviews with twenty-five associate pastors in small-to-medium-sized churches who have served in pastoral ministry positions for more than ten years. Their shared experiences demonstrate the unique social and spiritual dynamics of the associate pastor role and suggest great promise for those willing to approach their calling with creativity and care. Specifically, when associate pastors facilitate learning within their congregations, they confer benefits on church leadership and laypeople alike.

    Given that most pastoral students have limited preparation for the responsibilities associate pastors shoulder, Associate Pastors is an ideal textbook for Bible colleges and seminaries. Those studying for the pastorate and those already serving in associate pastor roles will find encouragement and a new vision for blessing the church.

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  • Youth Ministry As Mission

    $20.99

    Equipping youth ministers with the tools of a crosscultural missionary

    The parallels between ministry within youth culture and global missions have long been touted by youth ministry experts, yet few resources exist to help youth workers benefit apply the insights of missiologists. In Youth Ministry as Mission, Brian Hull and Patrick Mays fill this gap with an introduction to missiology, missions practice, and missionary witness tailored especially for a youth ministry context.

    Youth ministers will discover missiological language that not only describes realities they face regularly, but also provides practical cross-cultural activities that translate well to youth ministries. Hull and Mays address issues such as these:

    *Avoiding ethical relativism while understanding historical and methodological changes in missions

    *Translating stories and practicing storytelling as preparation for witnessing

    *Training for witness in a multi-religious context

    Youth Ministry as Mission will be a valuable guide for college and seminary students but will also be a breath of fresh air to those already working as youth directors and youth ministers.

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  • Nehemiah For You

    $18.00

    The book of Nehemiah chronicles a key moment in the history of God’s people: the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem after the return from exile.

    Understanding this book doesn’t just mean knowing about a rebuilt wall. Nehemiah helps us think through any type of rebuilding we might do for God–from our homes and families to our local church, our communities and our world. It teaches us, ultimately, about Jesus and his mission.

    A pastor with decades of experience in cities, Dr. Eric Mason unpacks this rich book verse by verse. He explains the context, gives plenty of application for our lives today, and shows us what it looks like to get involved in God’s work to build his kingdom.

    This expository guide can be read as a book; used as a devotional; and utilized in teaching and preaching.

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  • Doing Church As A Team

    $17.99

    When a Church Works Together, God Can Do Amazing Things

    “To be a successful leader, and if you plan to have a successful ministry, you must develop not only your gifts, but more so, the gifts of those around you.” -Wayne Cordeiro

    Everyone is a great fit . . . somewhere, and God has strategically called and gifted each individual for a specific role and purpose. The twenty-first-century church must be a battleship, not a cruise ship, but that can only happen when everyone finds their place in ministry.

    In Doing Church as a Team, Dr. Wayne Cordeiro shows you how to identify the hidden callings of the members in your church so that together you can accomplish anything God is asking you to do.

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  • Standard Lesson Commentary NIV 2022-2023

    $22.99

    For over twenty years, Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) has been the most popular and trusted annual Bible commentary in the world. This nondenominational series provides 52 weeks of verse-by-verse commentary of Scripture, drawing you closer every day to God and His Word. With timely themes for your life, Standard Lesson Commentary 2022-2023 will help you study the Bible like never before.

    Key features include:
    *Printed Scripture
    *Detailed lesson context
    *Expert verse-by-verse commentary of the Bible text
    *Pronunciation guide for difficult words
    *Thoughtful discussion starters
    *A review quiz for each quarter

    Available in the King James Version ( KJV) and New International Version(R) ( NIV) Bible translations, the SLC is based on the popular Uniform Series. This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

    The four main themes of the 2022-2023 study are:

    *God’s Exceptional Choice–Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Judges, 1 Samuel, Ephesians

    *From Darkness to Light–2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Joel, Luke, 1 Corinthians, 2 Timothy, James, 1 Peter

    *Jesus Calls Us–Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts

    *The Righteous Reign of God–Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Matthew, Romans, Galatians, 1 Corinthians

    The SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday School class, for personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC.

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  • Standard Lesson Commentary KJV 2022-2023

    $22.99

    For over twenty years, Standard Lesson Commentary (SLC) has been the most popular and trusted annual Bible commentary in the world. This nondenominational series provides 52 weeks of verse-by-verse commentary of Scripture, drawing you closer every day to God and His Word. With timely themes for your life, Standard Lesson Commentary 2022-2023 will help you study the Bible like never before.

    Key features include:
    *Printed Scripture
    *Detailed lesson context
    *Expert verse-by-verse commentary of the Bible text
    *Pronunciation guide for difficult words
    *Thoughtful discussion starters
    *A review quiz for each quarter

    Available in the King James Version ( KJV) and New International Version(R) ( NIV) Bible translations, the SLC is based on the popular Uniform Series. This series, developed by scholars from numerous church fellowships, outlines an in-depth study of the Bible over a six-year period.

    The four main themes of the 2022-2023 study are:

    *God’s Exceptional Choice–Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Judges, 1 Samuel, Ephesians

    *From Darkness to Light–2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Joel, Luke, 1 Corinthians, 2 Timothy, James, 1 Peter

    *Jesus Calls Us–Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts

    *The Righteous Reign of God–Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Matthew, Romans, Galatians, 1 Corinthians

    The SLC is perfect as the primary resource for an adult Sunday School class, for personal study, or as a supplemental resource for any curriculum that follows the ISSL/Uniform Series. Nearly two dozen ministers, teachers, and Christian education specialists contribute their expertise to SLC.

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  • Overcoming When You Feel Overwhelmed Study Guide

    $14.99

    In Overcoming When You Feel Overwhelmed, Jentezen Franklin offers five life-giving keys–look within, look to him, look ahead, look out, and look up, to enable you to get up, get out, and get free. He pulls back the curtain on the enemy’s tactics attempting to hinder your spiritual growth, distract your attention, and keep you from living to your fullest potential during this critical season of prophetic history, and guides you to walk into the destiny God has prepared for you.

    If you find that every battle you’re fighting has gotten more difficult to conquer–if you are paralyzed and don’t know which way to go–remember God doesn’t call you just a survivor. He calls you an overcomer.

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  • Pastoral Ethics : Moral Formation As Life In The Trinity

    $29.99

    Ethics is freedom in Christ to pursue the good, true, and beautiful.

    Pastors regularly face concrete ethical questions. And they, too, pursue a moral life. In the busyness of ministry, it can be tempting to think pragmatically or derive one’s ethics from the latest cultural concerns. But standard approaches to ethics, whether deontological, utilitarian, or virtue–ethical, all fall short of being distinctly Christian. Ethics ought to be grounded in the gospel and in our triune God.

    In Pastoral Ethics, W. Ross Hastings provides pastors an evangelical and trinitarian framework for moral formation and ethical discernment. For Hastings, ethics must be reclaimed as theological. Theology without ethics becomes gnosticism. Ethics without theology leads to legalism and death. Christian ethics participates in God’s life and God’s work. This communion with God leads to obedience to his commands as summed up in the Decalogue, and over several chapters Hastings provides a rich exposition for pastoral formation. Pastors find their identity in God, and this inspires right thinking and acting with regard to authority, life and death, sexuality, work and rest, speech, and desires.

    An approach to ethics that prompts faith, hope, and love, Pastoral Ethics is an essential guide for Christians in all ministry contexts.

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  • Equipping Biblical Counselors

    $19.99

    Behind every spiritually fit church are leaders in the constant process of preparing other members to become counselors, caregivers, elders, and mentors. But the success of this mission can be undermined when there isn’t a practical, results-driven process for training the next generation to serve.

    In Equipping Biblical Counselors, pastor and counselor Bob Kellemen shares his plan for envisioning, enlisting, equipping, and empowering new Christian counselors–a practical, four-step process he has spent decades refining. With this book, Dr. Kellemen humbly comes alongside church leaders to help them:

    *assess their congregation’s strengths and weaknesses,
    *shepherd new leaders with confidence and wisdom, and
    *encourage the consistent spiritual growth God longs for in His followers

    Invest where it matters the most! Equipping Biblical Counselors reveals the steps needed to fulfill the calling in Ephesians 4:11-16 to embolden the body of Christ to continue changing lives with Christ’s unchanging truth.

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  • Illustrating Well : Preaching Sermons That Connect

    $19.99

    Communicate well by illustrating well

    Preachers face all kinds of obstacles on Sunday mornings. A sermon that employs interesting and appropriate illustrations can help break through barriers and convey truth in a fresh way. In Illustrating Well, Jim L. Wilson provides pastors with the tools to effectively use sermon illustrations to help them communicate the Bible’s teachings. To reach the hearts and minds of their congregations, preachers must do more than explain the truth; they must demonstrate how the truth relates to real life. Every sermon should be theologically rich and thoroughly biblical, but a good illustration can take what might be an abstract concept and turn it into a concrete reality for the listener.

    In Illustrating Well, preachers will discover what makes for a compelling illustration as well as the benefits and potential pitfalls of particular types of illustrations.

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  • My Body Is Not A Prayer Request

    $19.99

    The church has forgotten that we worship a disabled God whose wounds survived resurrection, says Amy Kenny. It is time for the church to start treating disabled people as full members of the body of Christ who have much more to offer than a miraculous cure narrative and to learn from their embodied experiences.

    Written by a disabled Christian, this book shows that the church is missing out on the prophetic witness and blessing of disability. Kenny reflects on her experiences inside the church to expose unintentional ableism and cast a new vision for Christian communities to engage disability justice. She shows that until we cultivate church spaces where people with disabilities can fully belong, flourish, and lead, we are not valuing the diverse members of the body of Christ.

    Offering a unique blend of personal storytelling, fresh and compelling writing, biblical exegesis, and practical application, this book invites readers to participate in disability justice and create a more inclusive community in church and parachurch spaces. Engaging content such as reflection questions and top-ten lists are included.

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  • Speaking By The Numbers

    $23.99

    It’s not just what you say, but how you say it.

    Good communicators know this, but it’s often easier said than done. Teachers, leaders, and speakers are often left bewildered, wondering why the content that was so carefully planned and delivered seems to fall flat with the audience. The art of communication requires more than the transfer of information; it both connects with and engages the hearer. To communicate well, speakers must understand both their audience and themselves. Speaking by the Numbers offers a strategy that combines communication principles with Enneagram wisdom to help leaders, pastors, and teachers understand how to convey content in ways that both inspire and connect with their audiences. Using the Enneagram wisdom of triads and stances, communicators can learn insight into the ways that various Enneagram numbers receive and process information. Sean Palmer draws from his extensive experience as a public speaker to develop communication strategies that lead to connection, transformation, and mobilization of audiences. Providing real examples of speeches and messages he has given, Palmer shows how he uses the Enneagram to craft a message that connects with his audience. A healthy marriage of Enneagram wisdom and communication skill can help us speak with clarity into the heart of where people live, love, and experience life.

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  • Agents Of Flourishing

    $25.99

    God calls Christians to participate in his redemptive mission in every sphere of life.

    Every corner, every square inch of society can flourish as God intends, and Christians of any vocation can become agents of that flourishing. Amy Sherman offers a multifaceted, biblically grounded framework for enacting God’s call to seek the shalom of our communities in six arenas of civilizational life (The Good, The True, The Beautiful, The Just, The Prosperous, and The Sustainable). Because we believe in what is good and true, we strengthen social ethics and contribute to human knowledge and learning. Because we value beauty, we invest in creative arts. Because we are committed to a just society, we work toward restorative justice and a well-ordered civic life. And our desire to see society prosper sustainably means that our business practices seek the economic good of the community while protecting the physical health of our environment. This comprehensive volume showcases historical and contemporary models of faithful and transformational cultural engagement, with case studies of all kinds of churches advancing human flourishing. It provides a roadmap for leaders wanting to participate in Christ’s mission of holistic renewal. Discover how being God’s agents of flourishing can change our communities for the better and offer a winsome witness to a watching world.

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  • Anxiety Field Guide

    $16.99

    Anxiety is one of the most pressing mental health issues of our day.

    Millions of people in our society suffer from anxiety, often unbeknownst to those around them. The pressures of modern life seem specially designed to cause anxiety, and anxiety is on the rise in recent years. The good news is that anxiety is very treatable. Pastor Jason Cusick tells the story of his own history with anxiety and offers expertise, practical guidance, and empathy. The book is intentionally designed for the reader to be an easy entry point with short, easily digestible chapters and simple step-by-step instructions for developing healthy habits for long-term progress. Cusick presents clinical data alongside pastoral wisdom and care, addressing both the psychological and spiritual aspects of anxiety. Filled with practical advice and the hope of Christ, The Anxiety Field Guide is a rich resource for both those who suffer from anxiety and those in a position to help them.

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  • Preaching Life Changing Sermons

    $16.99

    A how-to guide for preparing and delivering Spiritfilled, biblical messages that make an impact

    Being called to preach is a tremendous commission. In Preaching Life-Changing Sermons, Jesse L. Nelson shares a simple process for effective expository sermon preparation and delivery, flavored with insights from his life in ministry and academic work. Those with teaching and preaching responsibilities with little to no seminary training will learn practical steps they can use today in their ministry.

    Nelson outlines the six foundations of life-changing preaching and shows how each looks in the everyday life of a pastor:
    *Seek the Spirit
    *Select the Scripture
    *Study the Scripture
    *Structure the Sermon
    *Speak in the Spirit
    *Share the Savior

    Handling God’s Word rightly through prayer, sermon preparation, and sermon delivery sets the stage for people to absorb the message. When the Spirit moves as Scripture speaks, souls are changed–and the call to preach becomes an exciting, transformative adventure.

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  • Gift Of Disillusionment

    $16.97

    Around the world, discouragement erodes the vitality of transformational organizations. Visionary leaders succumb to cynicism. Zealous advocates give up. Seasoned ministers coast as their passion for the cause grows cold.

    Grounded in ?stories from the field, research, and biblical insight, this book is an invitation for followers of Jesus to sustain hope in long-term service. ItYs about moving past false idealism and cynicism into a realistic, resilient, and enduring expectancy that looks upward to God and outward to others.

    You will gain encouragement through the study in Jeremiah woven throughout and how the Lord prophetically met and sustained him during his lifetime of service in adverse circumstances. Glean further inspiration by reading the stories of Christian leaders from around the world–Zimbabwe, Haiti, Guatemala, Poland, Palestine, the Philippines, India, Zambia, Lebanon. This is a moment when we need the global Church’s perspective. Amid reports of leaders who have crashed and burned, this book highlights unsung heroes and will help to restore hope as you endure in service to God and others.

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  • Speaking Across Generations

    $18.00

    Different generations communicate differently.

    If you are speaking across generations, you need to understand how different generations hear. Pastor Darrell Hall (a millennial) harnesses the insights of generational science to explore how generations are distinct people groups with their own cultures and languages. With fresh research from the Barna Group on how generations communicate, Hall sheds light on how each generation receives verbal messages, from boomers and Xers to millennials and Gen Z and those not yet named. Discover how generational science can equip you to communicate effectively. Bridge the communication gap between speaker and listener so people of all generations can hear clearly.

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  • Keeping Your Childrens Ministry On Mission

    $19.99

    Practical Strategies for Gospel-Centered Children’s Ministry

    When building a children’s ministry at a church, there is so much to consider: Which curriculum should we use? How many volunteers do we need? How do we keep parents in the loop? And that’s before we run into stalled check-in computers, missing activity sheets, and floors that need to be vacuumed. While all of the tasks of children’s ministry are important, leaders can get easily distracted with the everyday work of doing ministry and lose sight of the main focus–the gospel.

    Writing from personal ministry experience, Jared Kennedy shares a four-fold approach for gospel-centered, missional children’s ministry: hospitality, teaching, discipleship, and mission. This practical resource covers a variety of topics ranging from creating child protection policies to putting together lesson plans to catechism, helpful for children’s ministers and volunteers alike as they disciple children with the powerful message of the gospel.

    Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition.

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  • Acrostic Of Jesus

    $16.99

    “Let’s read the acrostic of Jesus together
    To help you to love him, so he is your treasure.
    We’ll read it, rap it, or sing it-it’s fun!
    Till Jesus comes back and his kingdom has come.
    He’s the Alpha and Omega, from A to Z;
    We pray you see from this book, ‘Jesus came for me!'”

    Catechism can be fun! The Acrostic of Jesus is a joy to read over and over again, and a brilliant tool to help kids gain a greater understanding of Christ. Young readers will learn “Christology”-the study of Jesus. The more we learn about Jesus, the more reasons we have to love him!

    By giving children an alphabetical list of the names and attributes of Jesus written with a rhyming beat, Jonathan Gibson and Timothy Brindle make The Acrostic of Jesus fun to read and simple to memorize. Each characteristic, A to Z, weaves together a beautiful picture of who Jesus is and why he came to earth.

    Using the alphabet to teach about God has a rich history in the Bible, especially in the Psalms and Lamentations. Several of the psalms-notably Psalm 119-begin with letters of the Hebrew alphabet, forming an acrostic that spells out the entire alphabet.

    The authors make learning Christology easy and enjoyable. Their book shows Jesus as he is, not “just to know about him more in our brains, but to know him as the God of glory who reigns.”

    Illustrated by C. S. Fritz, The Acrostic of Jesus is the second in the series, An Acrostic Theology for Kids, introducing children ages five to eleven to systematic theology uniquely on their age level.

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  • Who Moved My Neighborhood

    $17.99

    Neighborhoods are moving.

    While neighborhood changes can mean exciting and fresh opportunities for some, the experience can be vastly different for long-time residents. The rapid movement of people means changes in employment, economics, landscape, demographics, and the feel of a community. Churches often experience the painful impact of these shifts. Depending on how a church navigates through these changes determines if it will either live, die, or be reduced to a tragic existence on life support. Mark Strong knows the obstacles connected with gentrification and the challenges it brings. As a pastor, he led his church through its own moved neighborhood in Portland. Strong shares the frustrations, surprises, and joys that his church experienced as their neighborhood shifted, and he provides the roadmap that his own church used to navigate the change. Who Moved My Neighborhood? gives insight to churches that need to heal from the wounds of gentrification and economic change, and revamp their mission amidst an uncertain future. Using the discussion guide included in the book, churches can discuss their own moved neighborhood and explore the unique next steps that God has for their community. There is hope and a future for congregations that face a moved neighborhood.

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  • Powerful Leaders : When Church Leadership Goes Wrong And How To Prevent It

    $13.99

    As understanding and awareness of abuse has grown, many revelations of church leaders abusing their power have come to light. How did the church get here? Is there a way we can address both individual and institutional failings to counter the misuse of power and, more importantly, prevent it in first place?

    Powerful Leaders? exposes and explores how leaders are tempted away from a biblical model of leadership into illegitimate – and in the worst cases abusive – use of authority and power. Director of Living Leadership, a charity that focuses on healthy leadership and church culture, Marcus Honeysett traces how leaders move along a spectrum of healthy to unhealthy uses of power and position and offers practical wisdom for countering and preventing harmful leadership.

    Drawing on his years of experience in the local church and working with leaders and congregations, Honeysett unpacks how to spot danger signs of abuse in the church and provides advice on what to do if you see or are under unhealthy leadership. He also explores why people don’t blow the whistle and encourages critical self-examination in existing leaders to ensure they maintain a healthy use of power – and offers guidance to help leaders improve their skills and move back towards healthy, biblically-based leadership.

    For anyone concerned about improving safeguarding in the church, Powerful Leaders? will prove a valuable resource. It challenges and equips both those in leadership and those in a position to hold leaders accountable, and will empower them to take the necessary steps forward to create healthier church cultures in which everyone can thrive.

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  • Garden The Curtain And The Cross Sunday School Lessons

    $14.99

    This six-session Sunday School curriculum is based on the bestselling storybook The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross and takes kids on a journey through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, thrilling them with God’s loving determination for his people to enjoy life with him.

    Featuring age-differentiated lesson plans for 2-4s, 5-8s, and 9-12s, this flexible resource will work for any size of kids’ group and is easy to use for any leader.

    Includes activity, craft, game and music ideas, along with an exclusive link and password for free downloadable resources.

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  • God And The Transgender Debate

    $16.99

    In the West, more and more Christians are coming across the topic of gender identity in their everyday lives. Legislative changes are impacting more and more areas of life, including education, employment and state funding, with consequences for religious liberty, free speech and freedom of conscience that affect everyone. So it’s a crucial moment to consider how to engage lovingly, thoughtfully and biblically with one of the most explosive cultural discussions of our day.

    This warm, faithful and compassionate book that helps Christians understand what the Bible says about gender identity has been updated and expanded throughout, and now includes a section on pronoun usage and a new chapter challenging some of the claims of the transgender activist movement.

    Andrew T. Walker also answers questions such as: What is transgender and gender fluidity? How should churches respond? What does God’s word actually say about these issues?

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  • Contemporary Hanbook For Weddings And Funerals And Other Occasions

    $22.99

    Guidance, advice, and ready-to-use sermons and services for the busy pastor

    Weddings and funerals are some of the most meaningful events in people’s lives, and also some of the most challenging for the pastor to perform. Written with the needs of the busy pastor in mind, this popular and newly updated handbook includes everything necessary to conduct a variety of weddings and funerals, along with other common events such as Communion, baptisms, dedications, and ordinations.

    Helpful aids for weddings include services, vow renewals, messages, prayers, guidelines for vows, information on marriage laws, and, new in this edition, a service and message for second marriages. Guidance for funerals covers orders of service, quotations and reflections, and eulogies for a variety of circumstances, incorporating those with evangelistic appeal, untimely deaths, and suicide. New to this edition are funerals for service members, victims of violence, accidental deaths, cancer, and community tragedies.

    Additional new resources include blessing services for a home or special event and guidance for speaking at fraternal organizations.

    Pastors of all denominations will benefit from the services, advice, and resources in this sought-after handbook.

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  • Called To Preach

    $18.99

    In every generation, the church stands in dire need of God-called people to preach the Word with precision and power. Preachers who will not replace sound theology with culturally palatable soundbites. Preachers who will clearly and faithfully share the gospel and inspire those in their churches to live godly lives.

    Through in-depth biblical analysis and inspiring examples from church history, Steven J. Lawson paints a picture of God’s glory magnified through faithful preaching, reclaiming the high ground of biblical preaching for the next generation. With helpful advice and practical guidance gleaned from 50 years in ministry, Lawson helps aspiring preachers know if they are called to preach; understand the qualifications for ministry; and develop, improve, and deliver strong expository sermons that illuminate the Word of God in a dark world.

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  • Resilient Pastor : Leading Your Church In A Rapidly Changing World

    $18.97

    How can pastors become resilient in a rapidly changing world? Is it possible to love well and lead faithfully? In the wake of crises that have exposed and accelerated massive cultural shifts, we see more clearly the seismic shifts of post-Christendom, the surging storms of a new paganism and pluralism, and the scattered debris of the cultural aftermath.

    Drawing on new research from the Barna Group, Scripture, and church history, pastor, theologian, and researcher Glenn Packiam addresses some of the most pressing questions for today’s leaders, including:
    – What is a pastor’s calling and vocation?
    – How do church leaders regain credibility in a disillusioned world?
    – How do church leaders cultivate a deeper life with God?
    – How do pastors develop meaningful relationships?
    – Why does the church gather in worship? Does it still matter if we do?
    – How do we actually make disciples in this new landscape?
    – How can we face the challenges to unity presented by nationalism and racism?
    – What is the church’s mission in the world?
    – How do we welcome the presence and power of God in our churches?

    This book is for all who are burdened by the challenges facing the church as well as the turbulence of our times. With infographics, enlightening data, and insights from other ministry leaders, this book is the perfect resource for church leaders who want to cultivate resilience in their ministry today.

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  • Church Revitalization Checklist

    $16.99

    Your church has the opportunity of a lifetime. The world has shifted, and a new, brighter tomorrow awaits. The Church Revitalization Checklist is a tool to help you start fresh, leverage your strengths, and discover hidden opportunities for church growth.

    God has placed you exactly where He wants you. But let’s be honest, if you’re leading a church, it isn’t easy. Maybe your church has been in the doldrums for years. Maybe you’re hearing a lot of complaints, and you’re simply tired or disheartened. Maybe you’ve been hurt. But you are not alone. Many church leaders have sore backs from carrying a heavy load. This book will lighten that load.

    The Church Revitalization Checklist provides a step-by-step path to a hope-filled future for both you and your church. Popular church expert Sam Rainer will walk you and your leadership team through a seven-point checklist-everything from reconsidering your priorities to evaluating your location and facilities. It is an extremely practical tool to unleash your congregation and help them step into God’s unique purpose for them.Your brighter future starts now.

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  • There Is Hope

    $17.00

    250,000 people die in the UK each year, and almost half will have a Christian funeral service. Preaching at a funeral is a vital part of pastoral ministry, but too often funeral sermons consist of generalities and platitudes used for multiple services rather than illuminating the hope gifted to us by the resurrection.

    In There is Hope veteran pastor Paul Beasley-Murray offers practical advice to help Christian leaders craft meaningful, biblically driven sermons and preach with confidence and compassion at funeral services.

    Drawing on his years of experience, he offers a sensitive, pastorally rich exposition of twenty key Bible passages, exploring how preachers can draw on them to show the hope beyond death that the Gospel offers. Alongside are funeral sermon examples that he has preached himself, as well as ideas, outlines and guidance for writing your own.

    There is Hope is the perfect book for ordinands and preachers who are new to giving funeral sermons, as well as for experienced preachers and pastors wanting to improve and grow in their pastoral ministry and are looking for new ideas for funeral sermons.

    Full of biblical depth, this guide will equip priests and pastors with all the tools they need to deliver comforting funeral sermons that truly deliver the message that even in death, in the Gospel there is hope.?

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  • Flourishing Pastor : Recovering The Lost Art Of Shepherd Leadership

    $17.99

    Pastoral leadership is in crisis.

    It’s not just that many pastors feel overwhelmed and stressed out; many have lost their way. With the risk of burnout at an all-time high, what pastors need is not just a new leadership strategy, but a new framework for ministry–one that will help them move from survival to flourishing. In these pages, Tom Nelson looks to the biblical image of the shepherd leader in response to the contemporary context. If pastors are to lead congregations, then they must first learn what it means to be led by the Good Shepherd. Pulling from his years of experience as a lead pastor and president of a nonprofit, Nelson offers pastors and ministry leaders a timely vision for leadership that incorporates in-depth biblical teaching and whole-life discipleship. His wisdom and insight provide a roadmap for ministry resilience and longevity.

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  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Expanded Edition Workbook Plus Streaming V

    $19.99

    Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.

    In the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Workbook Expanded Edition (DVD/digital downloads sold separately), Peter outlines a roadmap for discipleship with Jesus that is powerfully transformative. He unveils what’s wrong with our current definition of “spiritual growth” and offers not only a model of spirituality that actually works, but seven steps to change that will help you experience authentic faith and hunger for God. Though Peter was an experienced pastor of a growing church, his life and faith remained emotionally unhealthy. Like so many in the church, he routinely:

    *avoided healthy conflict in the name of keeping the peace
    *ignored and suppressed emotions
    *used work for God as an excuse to run from God
    *lived without limits

    In this updated and expanded workbook, Peter helps you unpack core biblical principles to guide you into an experience of lasting, beneath-the-surface transformation in your relationship with Christ. The workbook includes session introductions, group discussion questions, application, and between-sessions personal study.

    This workbook is Part One of the Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Course that also includes the bestselling books, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day. Join us for a powerful journey that will walk you through a door that will change forever the way you love God, others, and yourself.

    Designed for use with the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Video Expanded Edition (sold separately).

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  • Loneliness Epidemic : Why So Many Of Us Feel Alone–and How Leaders Can Res

    $22.99

    What makes people lonely? And how can Christian communities better minister to the lonely? In The Loneliness Epidemic, behavioral scientist and researcher Susan Mettes explores those questions and more.

    Guided by current research from Barna Group, Mettes illustrates the profound physical, emotional, and social toll of loneliness in our country. Surprisingly, her research shows that it is not the oldest Americans but the youngest adults who are loneliest, and that social media can actually play a positive role in alleviating loneliness. Mettes highlights the role that belonging, friendship, closeness, and expectations play in preventing it. She also offers meaningful ways the church can minister to lonely people, going far beyond simplistic solutions–like helping them meet new people–to addressing their inner lives and the God who understands them.

    With practical and highly applicable tips, this book is an invaluable tool for anyone–ministry leaders, parents, friends–trying to help someone who feels alone. Readers will emerge better able to deal with their own loneliness and to help alleviate the loneliness of others. Foreword by Barna Group president David Kinnaman.

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  • Dont Blow Up Your Ministry

    $17.99

    There’s a ticking time bomb in your ministry. Is it you?

    The pressures of pastoring are endless, leading many to burnout and depression, sexual misconduct, or substance abuse. But moral failures can be averted and shipwrecked ministries can be repaired. Counselor Michael MacKenzie, a longtime expert in helping pastors at risk, deals with the issues beneath the issues, such as shame, fear, and pain. If we don’t address our own weakness and brokenness, we will hurt ourselves and those around us. With vivid pictures of both self-destructive patterns and reconstructive grace, MacKenzie shows how to lay the groundwork for restored identity and service. God can use those exact areas of vulnerability as a catalyst to you becoming the pastor and person he intends you to be. Defuse the bomb before it goes off. Find hope for healing and recovery.

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  • Local Church : What It Is And Why It Matters For Every Christian

    $16.99

    How God Ministers to His People and the World through the Local Church

    The church is more than coffee with friends-it’s a meaningful gathering of Christians that involves fellowship and growing in biblical truth. Given the rise of the internet and the availability of streaming church services, many ministry leaders and church members are asking questions about the purpose and mission of the local church: What is the church? Why does the church exist? How does the church function? What is the connection between the Christian and the church?

    Pastor and trusted scholar Edward Klink III addresses these questions and more with a thoughtful assessment of what the Bible has to say about God’s intention for the local church body. Klink stresses its importance as God’s way of revealing his presence, displaying his power, fulfilling his purposes, and manifesting his activity in the world. In today’s hyperindividualized culture, this book not only demonstrates why it’s vital for individuals to connect to a local church, but also reveals why it’s vital to God’s work in the world.

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  • Every Age Every Stage

    $17.99

    Brought to you from the thought leaders in next generation, kids, and student ministries, Levels of Biblical Learning(c) has been the framework of a wise discipleship plan for babies through preteen Bible study resources taught at workshops, colleges, seminaries, and through the resources produced by LifeWay Christian Resources. Now, this tool has been expanded to include spiritual concepts and milestones for middle and high school students.

    Based on the principle that kids and teens learn and comprehend concepts differently as they grow in maturity, Levels of Biblical Learning outlines how to best understand different biblical concepts at various age levels. These concepts are categorized by ten concept areas: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Bible, Salvation, Creation, Church, People, Family, and Community and World. The book will equip ministry leaders and teachers as they prepare a vision for their ministries and teach biblical concepts in the classroom. It will also serve to equip parents to be their children’s primary Bible teachers, putting children and teens on the right path to a life of growth in biblical knowledge.

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  • Biblical Counseling Process

    $15.99

    What makes counseling biblical? What does the biblical counseling process entail? What is the focus of each stage of the process? Lauren Whitman, an experienced CCEF counselor, addresses these questions and more in A Biblical Counseling Process, sharing a process from start to finish that will help guide counselors in reaching the hearts of their counselees and connecting them to Jesus, who brings hope and change.

    Although there is not a one-size-fits-all formula for biblical counseling, Whitman captures the scope of a counseling process and identifies two major tasks for the beginning, middle, and the end. Each of the chapters works together to explain, describe, support, and illustrate these tasks. The author also provides a case study that continues throughout the book, providing readers with an example of how to implement the process.

    As part of CCEF’s Helping the Helper series, A Biblical Counseling Process will equip counselors, pastors, and lay leaders to approach their counseling ministry intentionally so that their work faithfully points people to the Lord, considers who he is, his heart, and what he calls us to. Useful for new and seasoned counselors alike, this resource will equip helpers with a vision for what a progression of counseling looks like.

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  • Church As A Culture Of Care

    $17.99

    We all know people in our world are struggling–eating disorders, addictions, depression, sexual issues, marital problems–the list goes on and on. Can the church help or is that an outdated concept that no longer fits modern problems? In The Church as a Culture of Care, biblical counselor Dale Johnson explains that the church is still the primary place where those who struggle can receive lasting hope and healing.

    Pastors and lay leaders in the church often feel inadequate to address certain needs and are unsure of how to help. This book is designed to help erase the stigma of “mental health issues” in the church and to present the church as the primary haven for answers to deep-seated human problems. Readers will learn that God has designed every function of the church to be an integral part of soul care. God has provided the church with the necessary resources for us to care well for one another. Prayer, the Word, the work of the Holy Spirit, and Christian community are God’s provisions to lead all of us to Christ–even those with the deepest struggles.

    Counselors, ministers, and lay leaders will be empowered to have confidence in God’s purpose for the church, the power of his Spirit, and the sufficiency of his Word for soul care.

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  • Making Sense Of Forgiveness

    $15.99

    Cliches, glib answers, and quick solutions are shared all too often with those who are struggling to forgive. We know Jesus calls us to forgive, but it can be hard to know what that looks like in complicated, messy relationships. Pastor and counselor Brad Hambrick helps readers to understand that forgiveness is the start of a journey that doesn’t erase the past, but honestly confronts hurt and clears the way for a hope-filled discussion on how to move toward healing.

    Too often forgiveness is viewed as the culmination of a journey, but when someone says, “I forgive you,” they are not saying, “Things are all better now.” They are saying, “I have decided to relate to your offense towards me differently.” Hambrick helps readers make sense of forgiveness biblically and relationally by addressing a variety of common questions that arise when we have been hurt: Does forgiveness mean restoration of trust? Am I supposed to “forgive and forget”? What is the role of biblical wisdom and boundaries on the road to forgiveness?

    Making Sense of Forgiveness speaks to those who are struggling by acknowledging the seriousness of their pain, explaining the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation, and helping readers understand the relationship between forgiveness and emotional freedom. The author explores the characteristics of God’s forgiveness toward us and how that shapes our own forgiveness.

    Includes a foreword from lawyer, activist, and former gymnast Rachael Denhollander.

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  • Build On Jesus

    $19.99

    Anyone who has tried it, even for a day, knows that children’s ministry is challenging. Pastors Deepak Reju and Marty Machowski have been in your shoes and they want to help. Drawing on decades of family ministry experience, they have a passion to help children’s ministry directors, pastors, and volunteers remember the “why” of children’s ministry and gain a fresh vision for the “how” of effective discipleship and proactive nurturing of the next generation.

    As you recruit volunteers, organize materials, set up safety policies, and manage the many needs that come your way, you may feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and wonder if your ministry is even effective. Reju and Machowski have a passion to help those involved in children’s ministry remember that it’s more than just providing safe childcare so that parents can attend worship services; it’s about raising up faithful believers who love the Lord, stand firm in the gospel, treasure Scripture, and have a heart for others. These goals can only be met if the whole church is committed to prioritizing time and energy into disciple-making and sets proactive policies for children’s safety.

    Readers will learn about highlighting Bible-based content, recruiting church members, planning for emergencies, and partnering with parents. Build On Jesus equips ministry leaders with the right priorities, people, and practicalities needed for fruitful nurturing and care of the youngest disciples in the church.

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  • When Home Hurts

    $16.99

    A pastoral guide to dealing wisely with domestic abuse in the local church.

    This book is intended to equip pastors, church leaders and church members to respond with the heart of God to situations of domestic abuse that occur in their local church. Prioritising the safety of the victim at all times, Jeremy Pierre and Greg Wilson seek to help you be the kind of church leader, church member, friend, parent, sibling, or neighbor who responds wisely. We want the church to be a new normal for those grown accustomed to abuse. A home that doesn’t hurt those inside, but instead welcomes them into the tender care of the Lord.

    Split into three sections, When Home Hurts begins with an overview to provide a framework for understanding abuse and the people caught up in it, before moving on to advice on how to help in the short and long terms.

    This very practical, pastoral book acknowledges the reality and the horror of domestic abuse, but also the reality and power of God to heal. It will be a helpful guide to anyone who suspects abuse within their church family but is unsure how to help without making things worse.

    The five appendices at the end of the book offer helpful answers to difficult questions as well as additional resources.

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  • Stewardship : For The Care Of Souls

    $19.99

    Stewardship isn’t just managing resources–it’s soul care.

    Stewardship of time, talents, and treasure isn’t just about sustaining the material of the church. It’s about guiding those resources in service of the church’s primary mission: proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Stewarding the lambs of Christ that make up your congregation encompasses all aspects of their lives–material and spiritual.

    Nathan Meador and Heath R. Curtis present a practical theology of stewardship focused on ministry in service of the gospel. Guiding pastors away from the pitfalls of idolatry around money, they instead call stewards to embrace their identity in Christ and encourage their congregations to do the same. This fresh approach to stewardship reorients both individuals and congregations toward their true purpose as stewards who have been baptized into Christ.

    Stewardship will help pastors to teach and preach stewardship as a call to repentance and new life.

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  • Acrostic Of God

    $15.99

    “Let’s read the Acrostic of God together
    to help you to make him your awesome treasure.
    We’ll read it, rap it, or sing it–it’s fun!
    Till Jesus comes back and his kingdom has come. . .
    He’s the Alpha and Omega, from A to Z;
    his beauty and his glory we were made to see.”

    The Acrostic of God is a joy to read and reread, and a wonderful tool to help kids absorb eternal truth about God.

    By giving children an alphabetical list of the titles and attributes of God written with a rhyming beat, Jonathan Gibson and Timothy Brindle make The Acrostic of God fun to read and easy to memorize. Each characteristic, A to Z, weaves together a beautiful picture of God.

    Using the alphabet to teach about God has a rich history in the Bible, especially in the Psalms and Lamentations. Several of the psalms–notably Psalm 119–begin with letters of the Hebrew alphabet, forming an acrostic that spells out the entire alphabet.

    The authors make learning theology fun and effortless. Their book shows God as he is, not “just to know about him more in our brains, but to know him as the God of glory who reigns.”

    Illustrated by C. S. Fritz, The Acrostic of God is the first in the Acrostic Theology for Kids series that introduces children ages five to eleven to systematic theology uniquely on their age level.

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  • Together In Ministry

    $22.00

    Women and men are designed to work together in fulfilling God’s mission on earth.

    Yet God’s original intent for equal partnership has been so distorted that churches and organizations continually struggle to foster healthy mixed-gender ministry collaboration. Is it even possible to return to the Genesis ideal of co-laborers in today’s contexts? Longtime ministry leader Rob Dixon knows it’s possible–though it takes intentionality, courage, and wisdom. Based on qualitative field research among ministry practitioners, Together in Ministry offers a prophetic roadmap for individuals and communities as they seek to develop flourishing ministry partnerships for women and men. Organized around the key domains of inner life, community culture, and intentional practices, this model identifies ten key attributes of partnerships that are both personally satisfying and missionally effective. For each attribute Dixon presents research findings and biblical examples, along with benefits, barriers, and practical next steps. With plenty of real-life stories from ministry leaders and reflection questions in each chapter, Together in Ministry casts a compelling–and encouraging–vision for flourishing partnerships and equips teams and individuals with next steps for making that vision a reality.

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  • Pastoral Leadership : For The Care Of Souls

    $17.99

    Christ’s sheep need shepherding. That’s where you come in.

    With more than 60 years of ministry between them, Harold Senkbeil and Lucas Woodford have come to understand that everything in ministry–even administration, leadership, and planning–revolves around the ancient tradition of the care of souls. Pastors are entrusted with the care of a flock by the Good Shepherd and are called to be faithful to this task. But pastoring seems to be getting more and more difficult.

    Based on a sound theological framework, Senkbeil and Woodford present a set of practical tools for church leadership and strategy. Calling on their vast experience, they encourage pastors to protect, guide, and feed their flock as Jesus would, bridging the eternal wisdom of the word of God with the everyday practicality of hands-on leadership. Originally published as Church Leadership & Strategy, this revision includes a new chapter and litany.

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  • Funerals : For The Care Of Souls

    $17.99

    Death will strike your congregation. Are you ready? Are they?

    Death has become a four-letter word. Whereas in previous generations, the practice of memento mori (“remember death”) was embedded in family life, people today have found ways to distance themselves from death. As Western culture becomes increasingly more secular, the Christian understanding of death and the funeral appear more and more strange.

    Fear of death affects us all, and so pastors have significant hurdles to overcome. What Christians need today is a renewed vision of the traditional Christian funeral liturgy. In Funerals, Tim Perry recovers the rich theology inherent to the Christian funeral: communion with the saints in death, peace in forgiveness, hope in the resurrection, and joy in life eternal. Perry guides pastors through the practice of funerals, from planning the service to preaching the eulogy, and offers wisdom for the hard cases.

    Perry’s Funerals will help pastors disciple their people to see through the valley of the shadow of death and into the hope beyond.

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  • Consider Your Counsel

    $15.99

    Biblical counseling is not an easy calling. How do you effectively communicate the gospel to hurting people? Theological training and learning from other counselors are both key to growing in the wisdom, love, and skill needed to apply Scripture to yourself and others. Preparation is key, but sometimes the most effective training comes after you’ve jumped into the ring-when a coach puts his arm around your shoulder and helps you take a look at what you’ve done well and where you can grow.

    In Consider Your Counsel, Bob Kellemen comes alongside counselors and shares where he and others have missed the mark. Drawing on more than three decades of counseling supervision experience, he unpacks ten of the most common missteps that he has noticed in his own counseling, as well as those he has mentored.

    From teaching before listening to targeting sin but not suffering, Kellemen helps counselors of all ages see where they may need to reassess their methods and continue to grow. Each chapter briefly discusses a typical counseling mistake, then delves into a discussion of alternative approaches and practical suggestions for maturing as biblical counselor. This uniquely helpful book will help readers do an honest assessment of their counseling and encourage them to grow as counselors and friends.

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  • Lead Them To Jesus

    $17.99

    Do you feel overwhelmed with the logistics of starting or keeping a youth ministry going? What about the tricky theological questions that keep you and your fellow youth workers on your toes? It’s a lot for what is usually an “all-volunteer army.” Help is here! Veteran youth pastor Mike McGarry offers a practical, comprehensive tool to jumpstart your youth ministry and help youth workers with biblical answers to the tough questions students ask. In a two-part approach, he tackles both the practical skills and biblical depth needed for effective gospel-centered ministry to today’s youth. He leads readers through twenty theological truths they should be equipped to discuss with students and offers twenty practical skills every youth worker should cultivate.

    Lead Them to Jesus offers insight into the religious worldview of Gen Z and illustrates how to connect the gospel to their questions and core desires. Not only are young people ready to discuss hard issues such as suicide, suffering, and navigating difficult relationships, they are looking for authentic leaders who are committed to speaking truth and investing into their lives.

    McGarry prepares both youth pastors and ministry volunteers to go deep with students about what they believe and why. He also helps them think through the strategic role of fun and games and shares how to navigate conflict and cliques. Lead Them to Jesus shows youth workers how the gospel shapes every part of how they do youth ministry and will get your whole team on the same biblical and logistical page.

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  • 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager

    $16.97

    Today’s teenagers are the most anxious, creative, and diverse generation in history–which can make it hard for us to relate. And while every teenager is a walking bundle of questions, three rise above the rest:
    – Who am I?
    – Where do I fit?
    – What difference can I make?

    Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.

    In this book, which is based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and combines in-depth interviews with data from 1,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.

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  • Peace After Combat

    $17.99

    It could be your neighbor, your coworker, your son, or the woman sitting next to you in church. When combat veterans return from war, they’re often confused. They struggle to reconnect with their families; the cheering crowds and smothering hugs make them want to jump out of their skin. Sometimes they even long to return to the hell of deployment.

    What they’ve experienced can radically change how they view themselves, others, and the world at large. They may have never seen so much hurt, suffering, death, and destruction. It leaves them asking “Where is God?”

    In Peace after Combat: Healing the Spiritual and Psychological Wounds of War, a veteran officer and board certified clinical psychologist, who has been in countless sessions with soldiers and their loved ones, shares personal first-hand accounts, proven exercises, and Biblical truth to help combat veterans and those who care to heal both emotionally and spiritually.

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  • Transforming Preaching : Reflecting On 50 Years Of Word Ministry

    $14.99

    In Transforming Preaching, David Jackman, reflecting on over fifty years of Word-ministry offers real encouragement and help with some of the ongoing challenges and pitfalls facing the preacher.

    Each chapter addresses a different theme that will shape and sharpen the reader in their thinking about what it means to be a faithful expositor and servant of the Word.

    Chapter Headings include:

    1. Preaching with the Right Goal in View
    2. Preaching that Grows People
    3. Preaching in line with God’s Agenda
    4. Preaching the transformational Intention
    5. Preaching to Cultivate a Robust Faith in a Shifting World
    6. Preaching the Whole Truth
    7. Preaching: Colossians a Test Case
    8. Preaching to Renew Minds
    9. Preaching That is Balanced and Well Crafted
    10. Preaching Law and Liberty Rightly
    11. Preaching that Recognises God’s Work and Ours
    12. Preaching that Expands the Mind

    David Jackman is the ideal person to write a book like this. David has been preaching and training preachers longer than many of us have been alive. He is a terrific encourager of preachers and his insights, observations and exhortations will provide great stimulus for your own thinking.

    After graduating from Cambridge university, David Jackman worked for six years with the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, followed by theological studies at Trinity College, Bristol and fifteen years of ministry at Above Bar Church, Southampton. In 1991 he became the founder-director of the Cornhill Training Course in London, a ministry of the Proclamation Trust, with whom he served for eighteen years, latterly as its President. His active “retirement” sees him involved in preaching, training and writing ministries and enjoying family time with his wife, Heather, and their four grandchildren.

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  • Transforming Worship : Planning And Leading Sunday Services As If Spiritual

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    Spiritual formation is the key to the survival of our faith.

    Stigmatized by scandal, the church in North America and throughout Europe has been branded as useless and irrelevant. To stem the tide of nominal Christianity, we need to get serious about making disciples who can make other disciples. There is an urgent need today for church services that are substantive and purposeful. Rory Noland is a worship leader who has led in contexts ranging from megachurches to small retreat settings such as the Transforming Center. Combining discipleship and worship–what Noland calls “Transforming Worship”–he offers a vision for worship as spiritual formation. We need to reclaim our worship services as a formative space, and through that we will become the light of Christ in a dark world.

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