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26 Abingdon Worship Annual 2007 [Secure eReader]
by Mary Scifres, BJ Beu
  The Abingdon Worship Annual offers fresh worship planning resources for pastors and worship leaders. The AWA addresses the need worship planners have for ideas for the written and spoken segments of the weekly worship service. At present, Abingdon provides valuables resources for sermon and music planning through The Abingdon Preaching Annual and The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner. However, no ongoing resource exists to provide assistance to pastors and worship planners who must regu... more info>>
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27 Activating the Passive Church: Diagnosis and Treatment [Secure eReader]
by Lyle E. Schaller
  Has your church fallen into a predictable routine? Is it drifting without purpose or resolve? Put an end to that by using Lyle E. Schaller's potent prescription for passive churches. Written for both lay and ordained congregational leaders, this timely book diagnoses the causes of church passivity, and formulates a method for combatting the problem. Dr. Schaller classifies churches according to their internal dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demons... more info>>
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28 Addiction: Pastoral Responses [Secure eReader]
by Bucky Dann
  Chances are, no church is immune to the drug demographics in America. Pointing out that addiction is a pervasive problem in North American society, Lynn Dann provides pastors and other pastoral caregivers with crucial help in understanding the needs of the addicted, their families, and the congregations of which they are a part. He draws on years of experience as a pastor and a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor to offer practical guidance on how to recognize the addicted and minist... more info>> (Published: 2003)
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29 Affirmations of a Dissenter [Secure eReader]
by C. Joseph Sprague
  Like many churchgoers, C. Joseph Sprague finds himself in a quandary: he loves the church but often finds himself at odds with its principles and/or practices. What makes his situation unique is that in addition to his role as worshiper, he is a bishop who is charged with the responsibility of leadership. In Affirmations of a Dissenter, Sprague gives readers a composite of affirmation and dissent, of faith and protest. He writes about his trust in and commitment to God's hospitable, unconditiona... more info>> (Published: 2003)
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30 An Introduction to the Bible: Revised Edition [Secure eReader]
by Donald Musser, Clyde Fant, The Reddish
  "This text provides a comprehensive and definitive introduction to the literature, cultures, and theologies of the early Jewish and Christian traditions. Designed to be read with selected passages from the Bible and the Apocrypha, An Introduction to the Bible offers essential information to students with little or no experience in the academic study of religion. It will help students gain a solid background for future work in biblical studies. The revised edition includes information regarding n... more info>> (Published: 2002)
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31 Assimilating New Members [Secure eReader]
by Lyle E. Schaller
  How do you reach new members and help them adapt to the local church more effectively? In Assimilating New Members by Lyle E. Schaller, a recognized church planner, shows how to reach more people, bring them into the local church family, make them feel at home, and keep them active. Mr. Schaller discusses those things that attract and hold new members. he shows how to evaluate the local church recruitment and assimilation processes, recognize and avoid counter-productive behavior,... more info>>
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32 Bad Hair Days, Rainy Days, and Mondays: Wisdom and Encouragement to Lift a Woman's Spirit [Secure eReader]
by Cynthia Bond Hopson
  This book offers a month's worth of wisdom, advice, and encouragement for women in the form of 31 short daily meditational readings, written by award-winning teacher and author Cynthia Bond Hopson. The life lessons include:, Nothing is worth more than this day, Practice saying no, Do not give in to flattery, Take care of yourself--Pain is information, Listen to the children, There is a lesson in every failure, Remember, age ain't nothing but a number, Three giggles a day will keep the doctor awa... more info>>
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33 Can We Talk?: Sharing Your Faith in a Pre-Christian World [Secure eReader]
by Robert Tuttle
  Those who serve on mission fields in areas where Christian faith is not the dominant religion quickly come to understand a central truth: when one is sharing the gospel, one must have a place to start the conversation. If the person being addressed is unfamiliar with Christian concepts and terms, one must pick up on things with which he or she is familiar, and relate these to the Christian message. Without this middle ground, there can be no effective witness to God's salvation in Christ. Everyo... more info>> (Published: 2002)
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34 Center City Churches: The New Urban Frontier [Secure eReader]
by Lyle E. Schaller
  Since the 1950s, conventional wisdom has insisted that cities are not supportive environments for large, active missionary churches. In this fascinating new book, however, church growth expert Lyle Schaller debunks this myth. In fact, states Schaller, research shows that more than one-half of the largest Protestant congregations in the United States are to be found in the large central cities -- as are more than one-half of the forty fastest growing Protestant churches. Center Cit... more info>>
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35 Christian Chaos: Revolutionizing the Congregation [Secure eReader]
by Thomas G. Bandy
  In his previous books--Kicking Habits, Growing Spiritual Redwoods, and Moving Off the Map--Thomas Bandy has drawn a compelling contrast between two kinds of congregational systems: The thriving church system, whose focus on hands-on ministry and shared core values propels it toward the future into which God's Spirit is leading; and the declining church system, whose focus on control and hierarchical structures leaves it bound to the past. In this eBook, Bandy argues that the organization of a co... more info>> (Published: 2004)
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36 Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide [Secure eReader]
by Robin W. Lovin
  In this excellent outline of Christian ethics, Robin W. Lovin achieves a balance between the questions and issues which form the core of the study of ethics, and the life situations from which those questions arise. Eschewing a sectarian approach which dismisses other understandings of the moral life, Lovin nonetheless lays claim to a specifically, Christian understanding of ethics by beginning with basic Christian convictions about the reality of God and human redemption, and weaving these conv... more info>> (Published: 2004)
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37 Coffee Breaks of Faith: [Secure eReader]
by Marjorie L. Kimbrough
  This small eBook of one-page devotionals will give readers a brief devotional break for anytime of day. Each page contains a suggested scripture, a reflection on that scripture, and a prayer.
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38 Community Organization: Conflict and Reconciliation [Secure eReader]
by Lyle E. Schaller
  This book should be ready by all concerned with the growing controversy over the church's participation in public affairs. It provides a background knowledge of the process of community organization and highlights the paradox of conflict as a basic organization technique and the Christian concept of reconciliation. The purpose of the book is to provide a foundation for consideration of fundamental questions about community organization Mr. Schaller says, "The answers ... to these questions will ... more info>> (Published: 2002)
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39 Counseling Survivors of Traumatic Events: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helping Professionals [Secure eReader]
by Andrew Weaver
  What do you do when the call comes from a distraught parishioner who needs help in dealing with a murder, rape, traffic accident, miscarriage, or the effects of a natural disaster or war? How can students of pastoral care and counseling learn in a seminary setting how to think about and counsel in those situations? An extraordinary number of survivors of such catastrophic events turn to clergy for help to deal with their stress. The effects of such massive stress are typically known as Post-trau... more info>>
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40 Create Your Own Future: Alternatives for the Long-Range Planning Committee [Secure eReader]
by Lyle E. Schaller
  This book is for church leaders, both clergy and lay, who seek to challenge the status quo and implement change in their congregations. Schaller's plan of intervention suggests that the long-range planning committee is the most effective vehicle of change. He systematically addresses the issues this committee faces, such as knowing when to intervene, how to decide which issues to tackle, how to face financial concerns, when to implement the plan, and how to overcome resistance. Key Features: Inv... more info>> (Published: 2002)
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41 Creative Church Administration [Secure eReader]
by Lyle E. Schaller, Charles A. Tidwell
  Enthusiasm, involvement, and know-how are the key words for creative church administration. Nationally known church planners and administrative consultants Lyle E. Schaller and Charles A. Tidwell offer the know-how to make your church, no matter what size or denomination, exciting, well-organized, and up-to-date! Creative Church Administration provides the accumulated experience of thousands of churches -- what they did wrong and what they did right -- to meet the growing need... more info>>
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42 Designing Worship Teams: Discovering and Birthing the Drama of Twenty-First Century Worship [Secure eReader]
by Cathy Townley
  Plug & Chug" is the way churches have planned worship for years. You start with the same order of worship for every service, plug different hymns and readings into their respective slots, and chug right along. It makes the job of worship planner, usually done by the senior pastor, seem much easier. In a church in which the senior pastor or staff member does everything, worship needs to be cranked out lest it cause burnout. The problem with "plug & chug" is that it leads to "bore & snore." Worshi... more info>>
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43 Devotions to Leave You Smiling [Secure eReader]
by Brian Kelley Bauknight
  The pastor preached a very short sermon one Sunday morning. He explained: "My dog got into my office and chewed up some of my notes." At the close of the service, a visitor made this request: "If your dog ever has puppies, please let my pastor have one of them!" God intends for us to smile. Far more muscles are used when we frown than when we smile. So why overwork facial muscles? Laughter is as much a part of the heart of God as are tears. This book is a collection of devotions built around som... more info>> (Published: 2003)
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44 Digital Storytellers: The Art of Communicating the Gospel in Worship [Secure eReader]
by Len Wilson
  [Publisher Note: DVD-ROM not included with eBook] Assists church leaders in moving past a dated multimedia or audio-visual mentality when producing media for worship. The digital culture values story and experience, which means that producers of eWorship in congregations will learn how to represent the Word as image and art in the production of digital eWorship media. New models for worship are offered, and tactics for change are proposed so that timid congregations, as well as small and medium ... more info>> (Published: 2002)
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45 Dinosaur Heart Transplants: Renewing Mainline Congregations [Secure eReader]
by R. Robert Cueni
  Many mainline churches make the mistake of thinking that in order to get off the plateau or reverse the decline they must become something that they are not. Often that change of identity has to do with worship. In a study funded by the Lilly Foundation, Robert Cueni has interviewed pastors and members of dozens of large-membership mainline churches that have turned around long-standing patterns of stagnation or decline. The common denominator he identified is that the leadership of these church... more info>> (Published: 2002)
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46 Direct Hit: Aiming Real Leaders at the Mission Field [Secure eReader]
by Paul D. Borden
  The second Abingdon publication by Paul Borden, whose first book, Hit the Bullseye has sold nearly 10,000 copies. I. Chapter One--Introduction and Overview II. Chapter Two--Essentials for Leaders (It is important to note that this book assumes a pastor is new to a congregation which like many congregations, is on a plateau or in decline. This pastor sees himself or herself as a leader who anticipates a better future for this congregation. However, the congregation sees the role of the new pastor... more info>>
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47 Discontinuity and Hope [Secure eReader]
by Lyle E. Schaller
  Giving examples of large-scale changes that have occurred during the past three decades, Schaller helps church leaders embrace new challenges and opportunities for ministry. (Published: 2002)
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48 Discover Your Windows: Lining Up With God's Vision [Secure eReader]
by Kent R. Hunter
  Unmasks the hidden "worldviews" that stand in the way of congregational vitality and mission: They are problems with which every pastor is familiar: dwindling attendance in Sunday school classes; high levels of gossip and dissatisfaction; widespread apathy; weak financial support; inability to reach out to the unchurched. These and similar difficulties confound congregational leaders every day. Why are they often so difficult to address? Why do the programs put in place to remove these problems ... more info>>
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49 Divinity & Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Plurarlism [Secure eReader]
by Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki
  One of today's foremost theologians presents the case for embracing religious pluralism as integral to the Christian gospel. Religious pluralism is a fact in North American society today. More than at any other time, adherents of different religious traditions live, work, and play side by side. Yet the fact of religious pluralism creates a tension for a large number of Christians. At the same time they have realized that Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and members of many other religious group... more info>> (Published: 2004)
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50 Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly [Secure eReader]
by Lewis Parks, Bruce C. Birch
  Leadership among God's people is not a matter of easy answers or simple solutions. There is no foolproof list of character traits that one can acquire and develop in order to be a successful leader. Authentic leadership is a complex interaction of the leader's gifts and calling, the people's needs and response, the particular situation of the moment, and, above all, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Birch and Parks believe if we wish to understand the intricate and messy character of leadership i... more info>>
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