THE VULNERABLE PASTOR HOW HUMAN LIMITATIONS EMPOWER OUR MINISTRY

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The Vulnerable Pastor

Author : Mandy Smith
ISBN : 9780830898879
Genre : Religion
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Missio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2015 Hearts & Minds Bookstore's Best Books of 2015, For Church Leaders ProdigalThought.net's Top Reads of 2015 Englewood Review of Books Best Books of 2015, Praxis Leadership Journal's Best Ministry Books of the Year Often as pastors we feel like we need to project strength and competency in order to minister effectively. That's why we go to conferences and emulate the latest superstars. But we know we can never live up to those images. Deep down, we know our own limitations, our weaknesses, our faults. We fear that if people knew who we really are, we'd be disqualified from ministry. Not so. Mandy Smith unpacks the biblical paradox that God's strength is revealed through our human weakness. Transparently describing her pastoral journey, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout. We don't have to have it all together. Recognizing our weakness makes us rely on God, so our weakness can become a ministry resource. God has called you to lead not as a demigod, but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for humans like them.
Category: Religion

Making A Mess And Meeting God

Author : Mandy Smith
ISBN : 9780784723920
Genre : Religion
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Get ready to make a mess . . . and meet God along the way. Through playful experimentation and a dogged determination to meet God in every moment, Making a Mess and Meeting God provides new ways to grasp ancient truths. With these creative ideas for prayer, praise, and practice: • learn to slow down and enjoy the process. • rediscover your connection to God and others. • maybe even have a little fun.
Category: Religion

Love Big Be Well

Author : Winn Collier
ISBN : 9781467448345
Genre : Religion
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Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor—not a manager, coach, or CEO. When Granby's pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them—something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation. Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas's letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the people of Granby, the community of the church, and Jonas's own unfolding story. Readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.
Category: Religion

Sensing Jesus

Author : Zack Eswine
ISBN : 9781433520990
Genre : Religion
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This is a book about the behind-the-scenes reality of a life in ministry. It tells you what Zack Eswine wishes somebody else would’ve told him. With over 20 years of experience in ministry, Zack shares with incredible honesty about his own failures, burnout, and pain, all the while addressing the complexities of leadership decisions, church discipline, family dynamics, and so on. Presenting sound pastoral theology couched in autobiographical musings and powerful prose, this book offers a fresh and biblically faithful approach to the care of souls, including your own.
Category: Religion

Church Conflict

Author : Norma Cook Everist
ISBN : 9781426788123
Genre : Religion
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You love your work. You love the people--most of the time. They respect you, most of the time. You work together with colleagues, staff, and laity, with energy and enthusiasm, most of the time. But then something goes wrong: a word spoken in anger, a misunderstanding, and things turn sour. What do you do? How do you deal with conflict, whether it be long or short-term, low or high intensity? Conflict is a part of the human predicament, yet it need not define or control your ministry. This book is designed to help the reader ask certain key questions about the nature and scope of the conflict they are experiencing and, based on the answers to those questions, move beyond conflict. The author lays out the variety of responses to conflict, running the gamut from avoidance to accommodation to compromise to collaboration. Written with the real needs of congregations in mind, this book will serve as a reliable guide to all who wish to move through conflict into a more effective and authentic fulfillment of their calling.
Category: Religion

Love Big Be Well

Author : Winn Collier
ISBN : 9781467448345
Genre : Religion
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Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor—not a manager, coach, or CEO. When Granby's pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them—something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation. Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas's letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the people of Granby, the community of the church, and Jonas's own unfolding story. Readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.
Category: Religion

Text Messages

Author : John Tucker
ISBN : 9781532630231
Genre : Religion
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Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. We live in a rapidly changing world, a world that seems to be increasingly inhospitable toward preaching. In the face of digital technology, social media, cultural pluralism, and pastoral burnout, how can Christian preachers proclaim the gospel faithfully and effectively? This book answers that question by bringing together a selection of important voices from across North America, Asia, and the Pacific. It argues that Spirit-empowered preaching is characterized by five attributes: it opens the Scriptures, engages the culture, addresses the listener, dissects the preacher, and elevates the Savior. With contributions from authors like William Willimon, Darrell Johnson, Lynne Baab, Robert Smith Jr., and Paul Windsor, this is an excellent resource for ordained ministers, lay preachers, theological students, and anyone wrestling with the challenge of preaching God’s word in a smartphone world.
Category: Religion

Slow Church

Author : C. Christopher Smith
ISBN : 9780830841141
Genre : Religion
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Suggests that modern religion is too fast paced and that a slower approach should be used so that parishioners get a more fulfilling experience.
Category: Religion

In The House Of The Lord

Author : Henri J. M. Nouwen
ISBN : 023251707X
Genre : Christian life
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Nouwen relates the themes of intimacy, fecundity and ecstasy to the movement from the 'house of fear.
Category: Christian life

The Politics Of Selfishness

Author : Paul L. Nevins
ISBN : 9780313393518
Genre : Philosophy
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In this thought-provoking book, the author argues that a preoccupation with the self and its solitary concerns—a mindset that is Locke's legacy—is at the root of America's present political and economic problems. * Over 100 primary sources are examined * Chronological presentation within the book's first four parts or "books" * Extensive bibliography includes primary and secondary books, as well as citations to newsprint, magazine, and journal article sources
Category: Philosophy