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A Big Gospel in Small Places
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A Big Gospel in Small Places

Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters

by Stephen Witmer
Foreword by Raymond C Ortlund, Jr.

Christian ministries increasingly prioritize urban areas—big cities and suburbs are considered more strategic, more influential, and more desirable places to live and work. As a ministry strategy, focusing on big places makes sense. But the gospel of Jesus is often unstrategic. Pastor Stephen Witmer, using helpful stories and practical advice, lays out an integrated theological vision for small-place ministry today.

A Little Handbook for Preachers
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A Little Handbook for Preachers

Ten Practical Ways to a Better Sermon by Sunday

by Mary S. Hulst
Foreword by Mark Labberton

No function of the pastor is as visible and stress inducing as preaching. But few pastors feel adequately prepared for this high-stakes responsibility when they begin their ministries. Forged by her experiences as a pastor, preaching professor and college chaplain, Mary Hulst provides practical tips for all pastors, whether ministry newcomers or seasoned professionals.

Analog Church
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Analog Church

Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age

by Jay Y. Kim
Foreword by Scot McKnight

As our culture begins to reckon with the limits of a digital world, it's time for the church to do the same. In our efforts to stay relevant in our digital age, have we begun to move away from transcendence? Pastor Jay Kim grapples with the ramifications of a digital church, from worship and Christian community to how we engage Scripture.

Apostolic Church Planting
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Apostolic Church Planting

Birthing New Churches from New Believers

by J. D. Payne

Church planting is not just about gathering new communities of people who are already Christians. Planting churches flows naturally out of making disciples. In this concise guide, pastor J. D. Payne explains the process and stages of church planting, with biblical foundations and practical steps for planting teams both domestically and internationally.

Becoming a Just Church
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Becoming a Just Church

Cultivating Communities of God's Shalom

by Adam L. Gustine
Foreword by Dennis Edwards

How should the local church think about justice? Adam Gustine provides a theological vision for the church's identity as a just people, where God's character and the pursuit of shalom infuses every aspect of our congregational DNA. In this renewed vision, the church becomes a prophetic alternative to the broken systems of the world and a parable of God's intentions for human flourishing and societal transformation.

Building Your Volunteer Team
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Building Your Volunteer Team

A 30-Day Change Project for Youth Ministry

by Mark DeVries and Nate Stratman

Do you find yourself wondering how to get new volunteers onboard for your ministry? Youth leaders Mark DeVries and Nate Stratman have heard all the reasons why leaders fail to get and keep volunteers. That's why they have developed this 30-day on-ramp to creating a volunteer team, with all of the needed tools included and a money-back guarantee.

Canoeing the Mountains
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Canoeing the Mountains

Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory

by Tod Bolsinger

Do you ever feel that you are leading in uncharted territory? Pastor and consultant Tod Bolsinger draws on decades of expertise guiding churches and organizations in this expanded practical leadership resource, offering illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective church leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.

Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus
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Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus

by David M. Csinos and Ivy Beckwith
Foreword by John H. Westerhoff III

Attract kids to church, the logic often goes, and you get parents in the pews. All that's left is to get the kids out of the way. Here children's ministers David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith draw on research in human development and spiritual formation to show how children become disciples and churches become centers of lifelong discipleship.

Community Is Messy
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Community Is Messy

The Perils and Promise of Small Group Ministry

by Heather Zempel

Drawing on her background in environmental engineering and her current pastoral role, Heather Zempel assesses the perils and possibilities inherent in small groups and other environments for Christian community. The book helps leaders begin to see the inherent "mess" of such gatherings as raw material for arriving at something beautiful.

Creating a Missional Culture
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Creating a Missional Culture

Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World

Forge Partnership Books

by JR Woodward
Foreword by Alan Hirsch

Missiologist and church planter JR Woodward offers a blueprint for a church in search of a missional culture. Expanding on the biblical principles giving life to the missional movement worldwide, Woodward calls not for small tweaks to the church?s image but for a recasting of the very environment that shapes us.

Creative Church Handbook
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Creative Church Handbook

Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation

by J. Scott McElroy

Now is the time for the church to reclaim its role as a center of creativity. Among your members are artists and musicians whose gifts can enhance your worship, inform your theology and impact your community. Christian arts advocate J. Scott McElroy gives a comprehensive vision and manual for unleashing creativity in your congregation.

Deep Church
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Deep Church

A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional

by Jim Belcher
Foreword by Richard J. Mouw

If you feel caught between the traditional church and the emerging church, Jim Belcher's Deep Church forges a third way. He explores and evaluates the proposals of emerging church leaders and paints a picture of what an alternate, deep church looks like--a missional church committed to both tradition and culture, valuing innovation in worship, arts and community, but also creeds and confessions.

Disability and the Church
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Disability and the Church

A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion

by Lamar Hardwick
Foreword by Bill Gaventa

Pastor Lamar Hardwick was thirty-six years old when he found out he was on the autism spectrum. This revelation prompted him to reconsider the church's responsibilities to the disabled community. Insisting that the good news of Jesus affirms God's image in all people, Hardwick offers practical steps and strategies to build stronger, truly inclusive communities of faith.

Disaster Ministry Handbook
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Disaster Ministry Handbook

by Jamie D. Aten and David M. Boan

Is your church prepared to respond if natural disaster or human tragedy strikes your community? Jamie Aten and David Boan, codirectors of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provide this practical guide for disaster preparedness, filled with resources for emergency planning and crisis management plus best practices for local congregations.

Discovering Church Planting
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Discovering Church Planting

An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting

by J. D. Payne
Foreword by David J. Hesselgrave

J. D. Payne explores the biblical, historical and missiological principles of global church planting, and suggests ways that readers can apply international church planting practices to their own contexts.

Discovering Your Leadership Style
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Discovering Your Leadership Style

The Power of Chemistry, Strategy and Spirituality

by David T. Olson

God can use your unique gifts, passions and personality to help you become a better leader. While personality inventories can help you understand your temperament, Olson's model is designed to form fruitful Christian leadership. Coupled with a free online assessment, this book helps pastors and Christian leaders harness gifts and balance weaknesses.

Don't Blow Up Your Ministry
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Don't Blow Up Your Ministry

Defuse the Underlying Issues That Take Pastors Down

by Michael MacKenzie
Foreword by Marshall Shelley

There's a ticking time bomb in your ministry. Is it you? With vivid pictures of both self-destructive patterns and reconstructive grace, counselor Michael MacKenzie helps pastors avert moral failures and repair shipwrecked ministries. Addressing issues like shame, burnout, sexual misconduct, and more, this resource will help you become both the pastor and the person God intends you to be.

Eldership and the Mission of God
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Eldership and the Mission of God

Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership

by J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt
Foreword by Alan Hirsch

The biblical model for church leadership is found not only in pastors but also in teams of elders who oversee, shepherd, teach, equip and guide the community into God's mission. In this practical guide, J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt unpack the role, character and posture of a mission-oriented elder.

Everywhere You Look
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Everywhere You Look

Discovering the Church Right Where You Are

by Tim Soerens
Foreword by Walter Brueggemann

The emerging generation is opting out of the church in large numbers. They're embarrassed at how the church is portrayed and dismayed at their options for participation. What's the point of the church anyway? With practical, actionable steps, Tim Soerens offers a vision of the church grounded in a grassroots movement of ordinary people living out the church in their everyday lives.

Faithful Presence
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Faithful Presence

Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission

by David E. Fitch

How can the church engage the world, not by judgment nor accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture? Offering seven distinct spiritual practices, David Fitch helps you re-envision church, what you do in the name of church, and the way you lead a church. Reimagine the church as the living embodiment of Christ, reflecting God's faithful presence to a desperate world.

Kingdom Collaborators
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Kingdom Collaborators

Eight Signature Practices of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down

by Reggie McNeal

Will you collaborate on God's kingdom work in your community? If you're ready to see God move in all areas—business, education, media, arts, healthcare, spiritual growth, and more—this is the book for you. Leadership expert Reggie McNeal offers eight signature practices for leaders who want to partner with God and others for kingdom growth.

Mapping Church Missions
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Mapping Church Missions

A Compass for Ministry Strategy

by Sharon R. Hoover
Foreword by Paul Borthwick

Sharon Hoover brings her years of experience in local church missions to bear on thorny questions every church faces. Should we prioritize evangelism or works of service? Local ministries or overseas missions? And what about short-term missions trips? Hoover approaches each question with nuance, helping us plot our church's unique course as we seek to serve Christ's kingdom.

Messy Church
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Messy Church

Fresh Ideas for Building a Christ-Centered Community

Messy Church Series

by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter

We like the idea of community, but where do we start? This complete church resource brings together people of all ages and stages of faith, allowing them to experience a creative and fun-filled Christian community. Using creativity, celebration, and hospitality, this fifteen-session tool helps you create a unique, come-as-you-are church experience.

Number of Studies: 15

Messy Easter
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Messy Easter

Three Complete Sessions and a Treasure Trove of Ideas for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Messy Church Series

by Jane Leadbetter

Chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, and baskets are a lot of fun, but is that really what this season is all about? Messy Easter offers your church a tool to bring together people of all ages and stages of faith for a unique come-as-you-are experience of creativity, celebration, and hospitality. These three once-a-month sessions help us learn more about Lent, Holy Week, and Easter in an excitedly messy way!

Number of Studies: 3

Ministry Mantras
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Ministry Mantras

Language for Cultivating Kingdom Culture

by J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt
Foreword by Leonard Sweet

Pastors J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt share seventy-five short and memorable mantras they use to cast vision, inspire ministry, and create a healthy church culture. These bite-sized ministry insights provide a wealth of practical wisdom for leadership, discipleship, community, and witness, embodying best practices with vivid stories of on-the-ground ministry.


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