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Sailboat Church

Author : Joan S. Gray
ISBN : 9780664259587
Genre : Religion
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Is your church a rowboat church or a sailboat church? Rowboat churches depend largely on human effort. In a time of often shrinking budgets and membership, rowboat churches frantically row harder against a current, often frustrated and disappointed at their efforts. Sailboat churches, on the other hand, take up the oars, hoist sales, and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide them. Arguing that churches should be “sailboats,” author Joan S. Gray encourages readers to shift concern from the many daily, practical concerns of their local church to consider how new directions might be found by allowing the Holy Spirit to provide fresh ideas. The book includes four days of sailing prayers, quotes from Scripture, brief reflection questions, and an extensive bibliography that is arranged by theme. Perfect for groups to read together, this book will help leaders reframe their church’s mission and practice with the Holy Spirit as their guide.
Category: Religion

Spiritual Leadership For Church Officers

Author : Joan S. Gray
ISBN : 9780664503055
Genre : Religion
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This timely new leadership guide for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is written for church officers who are looking for a deepened relationship with God. Joan Gray challenges elders and deacons to see themselves as spiritual leaders and equips them to lead alongside their pastors. Gray lays out a variety of leadership styles and helps leaders understand when each is appropriate. She also provides resources for dealing with relationships in the church and identifies ways churches can be supportive of the spiritual leadership of elders and deacons.
Category: Religion

Entering Wonderland

Author : Robert A. Harris
ISBN : 9781566997188
Genre : Religion
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The first year or so of a pastor's tenure in a new congregation is precarious; many pastors stay at a new congregation for fewer than five years. This handbook helps coach both experienced and new pastors to enter a new congregation effectively. Drawing from organizational systems leadership material in religious and secular worlds, it offers nearly 50 tips and tools designed to help new pastors analyze their congregation's system and then to lead leaders within the congregation to affect positive change. Using imagery from Alice in Wonderland to clarify various archetypal roles within the church community, Harris provides concrete suggestions for facilitating communication and dealing with difficult behaviors within the congregation. He provides a coaching approach to ministry, in which the pastor reframes issues and asks provocative questions—a powerful strategy to maximize a new pastor’s chances for success. Readers will find tools to help them uncover critical information about their new congregation regarding: congregational norms, particularly regarding the office of pastor, conflict, and holy objects; their history and sense of God's call; the true leaders among the congregation; mutual accountability.
Category: Religion

The Serpent And The Church At Jerrico Springs

Author : Bill Reid
ISBN : 9780595242771
Genre : Fiction
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Joshua, born and raised in the Appalacian mountains finds his first love in a one room school house. Soon after, raw, naked rage goads Joshua into a chilling and bizarre double murder in the church at Jerrico Springs. Joshua must flee his beloved mountains. Thirty years later, Joshua is a brilliant research professor at a renowned University. There he encounters Samanthe, an astonishingly intelligent but twisted doctoral student in his program. Because of a series of inexplicable behaviors, Samanthe is summarily dismissed from her doctoral program. Simultaneously, Joshua and Jennifer, whom he passionately loves, leave for an extended sabbatical in Boulder, Co. From the moment they begin their journey, Samanthe stalks them. After a succession of life-threatening events, including the kidnapping of Jennifer, Joshua must return to the church at Jerrico Springs. There, he confronts his past and yet another murder, as he is forced to face the wrath and fury of a demented Samanthe.
Category: Fiction

Listen More Laugh Often Love Always

Author : Dave Wasserman
ISBN : 9781498202923
Genre : Religion
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David Wasserman served the church in a time that was exciting, challenging, and made progress for the Kingdom. But he also saw church leaders who did not listen, laugh together, or love enough of God's world and people. This reality is bad for the gospel--yet there's hope. It is coming in the form of leaders who are taking the time to listen carefully, staying humble and humorous about themselves, and working harder than ever to embody a bit more of God's love, justice, and peace. Listen More, Laugh Often, Love Always offers advice to future church leaders from the ramblings and reflections of one who saw firsthand the embattlements, wanderings, and unravelings of an institution trying to transform itself for a new time in God's grace.
Category: Religion

Imagining Church

Author : Gary A. Shockley
ISBN : 9781566995542
Genre : Religion
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Imagination is one of the great gifts bestowed on us by our Creator, observe authors Gary and Kim Shockley, and it can be the spark that ignites a fire of change in our lives. Drawing on their more than thirty years of pastoral and church consulting experience, the Shockleys illustrate the power of imagination using personal stories born of their own quest to be faithful in ministry. They also show readers that imagining church is a shared experience among God's people. When we imagine the church--forming a mental image of what we believe the church is and ought to be--we are co-creators with the Master Designer, Chief Architect, and Greatest Creator, and can help others imagine church. They remind leaders, "If you can't see it, neither will anyone else." The Shockleys outline how we in the church are now laborers in a new kind of vineyard--one that requires a new way of thinking and acting in our postmodern world. They invite readers to step into the flow of God's activity and, using the gifts God has given us, cooperate in the work of ministry and mission. Rather than suggesting one model or process for church effectiveness ("do it this way and grow"), Imagining Church helps congregational leaders to think more imaginatively about how God is at work in our present ministry contexts. This will help to open ourselves anew to the Spirit of God--the Divine Artist--who is ready to fuel our desire to be the co-creators we are meant to be for the sake of the church.
Category: Religion

Juniper

Author : Mali Berger
ISBN : 9781465322715
Genre : Fiction
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What is this story about? Its about Kate Flanigans personal tragedy, and how she finds the strength to heal and develop a new lifestyle after the staggering blow on Michigans Grand Traverse Bay. Its about Frannie Sullivan, a poet who frees herself from factory work escaping with her fianc to build a new existence in sparkling Elk Rapids, Michigan. Its about Sally McGee and her high school friends in the desert of Fountain Hills, Arizona. The three females magically merge, hither and yon, during episodes of tragic and joyous happenings. Its also about the wonder of spirit in Dublin, Ireland and how the dynamic of force symbolizes a more beautiful America. A special beauty reigns over Grand Traverse Bay from Traverse City to Kewadin, Michigan. This land of my heart fronts the Bay with views of Lake Michigan as far as the eye can see. Cherry orchards and sunflower fields add magic to the forests of pine and juniper that permeate the area. The people who live here enjoy an unusual amount of creative talent that abounds from the natural environment. Juniper, the book, reveals how this spot in the universe helps heal those who have suffered from tragic events.
Category: Fiction

Becoming A Contagious Church

Author : Mark Mittelberg
ISBN : 9780310852988
Genre : Religion
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Discover a Proven Approach to Raising Your Church’s Evangelistic TemperatureEvangelism. It’s one of the highest values in the church. So why do so few churches put real effort into it? Maybe it’s because we don’t understand the evangelistic potential of the church well enough to get excited about it. Becoming a Contagious Church will change that.Revised and updated, this streamlined edition dispels outdated preconceptions and reveals evangelism as it really can be. What’s more, it walks you through a 6-Stage Process and includes a brand-new 6-Stage Process assessment tool for taking your church beyond mere talk to infections energy, action, and lasting commitment.“This book is not optional! It’s required reading for all who are serious about reaching their communities for Christ. Ignoring this book would be pastoral malpractice!”Lee Strobel, author of The Case for the Real Jesus“You can’t read this book without having your heart stirred to share the gospel. It’s contagious!”Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life“Entire leadership teams and outreach committees should read and discuss this powerful book—and then put its principles into action.”John Maxwell, author of Developing Leaders Around You“I can’t emphasize how important books like this one are for the future of the church. It demythologizes the fear and awkwardness of evangelism into something biblical, tangible, and practical for every person.”Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church“Becoming a Contagious Church is hands-down the most comprehensive work on church evangelism I’ve ever read. Its principles can turn inward-looking church attenders into outward-looking church evangelists.”Craig Groeschel, senior pastor, LifeChurch.tv
Category: Religion

Betrayal The Crisis In The Catholic Church

Author : The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
ISBN : 9780316055697
Genre : Political Science
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service The story behind this groundbreaking book--one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernstein's reporting on Watergate--has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior Church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of "hush money" that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims' silence--deeds that left millions of the faithful in the U.S. and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle, as Catholics confront their Church and call for sweeping change.
Category: Political Science