Unafraid And Unashamed

Author: Wil Cantrell
Publisher:
ISBN: 0998754609
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With the approaching General Conference in 2019, concern that issues related to sexual orientation could cause schism within the United Methodist Church. Wil Cantrell examines various viewpoints in an effort to bring better understanding to members of the church.

Fresh Expressions

Author: Audrey Warren
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781501849213
Size: 15.99 MB
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A wave of new Christian churches are emerging to reach unchurched and dechurched people who live in a culture that is increasingly non-religious and multi-religious. These new forms of church gather and network with people who typically have never been to church. The new faith communities listen to people and go where they are on the journey toward Jesus. They are deeply ecumenical but do not lose their distinctiveness because they learn fresh ways to communicate their identity through discipleship. Fresh Expressions began in the United Kingdom where it ignited over 3000 new faith communities. In the United States the movement is putting down roots in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Ken Carter and Audrey Warren offer this book as a group study for church leaders and congregations who are in the grip of Holy Spirit motivation to renew their tradition by reaching people who are dechurched or not yet in a discipleship relationship with Jesus. Each chapter includes two Bible study experiences for group conversation.

Meet The Goodpeople

Author: Roger Ross
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781630885731
Size: 20.88 MB
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Meet the Goodpeople helps church leaders—clergy, staff, and laity—to reach the growing number of ‘nones’ in their communities. Ross offers seven practical strategies that church leaders can immediately grasp and implement. These strategies are shown to work, equipping congregants to share their faith and their church life with others in ways that are authentic and faithful. Ross derives these strategies from John Wesley’s own teaching and life. I was inspired! This is a terrific read that my leadership team will be reading together. --Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection … helpful to pastors and laity alike! --Scott Jones, Bishop, Great Plains Conference (UMC) … Roger shares the spiritual core that leads and sustains vital, life changing ministry. -Mike Slaughter, Senior Pastor Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church …A beautifully written book… --Bill Easum, Author, Consultant, and Founder, 21st Century Strategies, Inc. … seven practices worthy of conversation, contemplation and promulgation. --Jonathan D. Keaton, Bishop, Illinois Great Rivers Conference (UMC) …helpful to Christians across the denominational landscape. Study it in groups - It will deepen your faith and help you move far beyond church walls. --Martha Grace Reese, Author of Unbinding the Gospel …Roger invites us to see, love and relate to the neighbors all around us with a new heart and new eyes. --Gregory Vaughn Palmer, Bishop, West Ohio Conference (UMC) … Roger shares how pastors and church leaders can shape the culture of their church to reach people. --Jim Griffith, Griffith Coaching

That Ll Preach

Author: Charley Reeb
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781501835483
Size: 16.20 MB
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Experienced preacher, teacher and author, Charley Reeb, gives readers a 5-step plan for writing and delivering a sermon that can transform lives for Christ. He covers preparation, sermon structure, storytelling, and how to ‘preach with presence’. He examines lectionary and topical preaching models, and shows the reader how to determine which model to use; he further instructs the reader to use the 5-step plan for each model. Finally, That’ll Preach! offers sermon outlines and full sermons, as examples to illustrate the book’s teaching. The entire book stems from the author’s view that sermons must be engaging in order to be effective. This laser focus results in a book that is powerful and immediately useful, concise and purposeful. It is a book for every preacher.

Leadership Directions From Moses

Author: Olu Brown
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781501832543
Size: 14.47 MB
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Author Olu Brown shares principles from the story of Moses, to guide leaders through some of the most gut-wrenching situations they will face. Leadership Directions from Moses answers the question, ‘How can I remain effective in answering my own call, when people around me—some of whom are trusted friends and colleagues—will not (or cannot) stay on the journey we’ve set out to complete? How can I keep moving forward, when the path suddenly becomes so difficult?’ The book covers topics like how to help others leave gracefully, how not to be upended when others choose to leave, how to have difficult conversations, and how to find unexpected opportunity in the challenge of new vacancies. It is full of practical help, including examples from pastors and churches across the US. It is also filled with compassion and wisdom—a pastoral book for pastors facing this difficult, nuanced, and often-emotional topic.

Tired Of Apologizing For A Church I Don T Belong To

Author: Lillian Daniel
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 9781455595907
Size: 17.43 MB
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WHEN LILLIAN DANIEL APOLOGIZED to a total stranger for every bad thing that had ever been said or done in the name of Christianity, he was surprised that she was responsible for all that. "The Inquisition? Don't even raise it, I'm way ahead of you. I was mad about it before you even heard of it, that's how open-minded I am. Salem witch trials? I know! So embarrassing. Can I hang out with you anyway? You're too kind." "Religion is responsible for all the wars in history," they would say, and I'd respond, "You're so right. Don't forget imperialism, capitalism, and racism. Religion invented those problems too. You can tell that because religious people can be found at all their meetings." In this book, Daniel argues that it's time for Christians to stop apologizing and realize that how we talk about Christian community matters. With disarming candor laced with just the right amount of humor, Daniel urges open-minded Christians to explore ways to talk about their faith journeys that are reasonable, rigorous, and real. AFTER THE PUBLICATION of the much talked about When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church, Lillian Daniel heard from many SBNRs as well as practicing Christians. It was the Christians who scolded her for her forthright, unapologetic stand as one who believes that religious community matters. The Christians ranted that Christians, by definition, tend to be judgmental, condemning hypocrites, which is why people hate them. By saying religion matters, she was judging those who disagree, they said, proving the stereotype of Christians. Better to acknowledge all that's wrong with Christianity and its history, then apologize. In this book, Daniel shows why it matters how we talk about Christian community while urging open-minded Christians to learn better ways to talk about their faith.

A Grace Full Life

Author: Wes Olds
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781501832826
Size: 14.85 MB
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Grace is God's all-reaching, never-ending, game-changing love for you and me. In this series, Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds examine God's Word and discover how grace works in our lives and in our world. A Grace-Full Life seeks to answer the questions: In what ways is God an ever-present God?, Why does God want to have a personal relationship with me?, How can I fully experience and respond to God's grace?, How can I die well surrounded by God's grace?. Themes include: Prevenient grace: God's wooing or drawing grace Justifying grace: God's saving grace Sanctifying grace: God's grace that makes us more like Jesus Glorifying grace: God's grace that welcomes us to eternity Additional components for a four-week study include a comprehensive leader guide and a DVD featuring authors and pastors Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds.