Baptism Services, Sermons, and Prayers (Just in Time)

Baptism Services, Sermons, and Prayers (Just in Time)
$12.99
Few services are more important in the life of the congregation than the service of baptism. Part of the Just in Time! series, Baptism Services, Sermons, and Prayers provides prayers, litanies, sermon ideas, and other resources designed to render baptism meaningful to the entire congregation. It also includes ideas for special baptismal services, such as those associated with confirmation and youth retreats.
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9780687333837
Publication Date: 
2006-08-01
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Craddock Stories

Craddock Stories
$21.99
One of the things that makes Fred Craddock's sermons so compelling is his masterful use of storytelling, but, until now, few of his stories have ever been published. This collection offers for the first time hundreds of Craddock stories told in his own words and a glimpse of his life.
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9780827204836
Publication Date: 
2001-06-01
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Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation

Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation
$15.00
Teresa L. Fry Brown introduces preachers to the effective use of voice and body in the animation of the word in the preaching moment. Suggestions and exercises for enhancing voice, diction, and nonverbal engagement of the listener are included in each chapter.
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9780800604479
Publication Date: 
2008-10-01
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Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services

Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services
$14.99
No matter how great Sunday's worship service was, there's always another Sunday lurking at the end of the next week that must be planned. Church leaders often fall into ruts, working on automatic pilot just trying to get things together, which does not allow for much creativity or focus on designing services that lead to transformation for those involved in them. Engage is a step-by-step, stress-free guide to planning worship services that allow for and foster true life change. Comprehensive in scope, Engage provides teaching pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to work together to develop and implement a worship planning system that improves communication, enhances creativity, and honors Jesus every week.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780801072178
Publication Date: 
2011-10-01

First Impressions (Revised): Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church (Revised)

First Impressions (Revised): Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church (Revised)
$19.99
Newly updated!

Guests in church often decide whether to return or not before service even starts. It's crucial to create a welcoming environment for guest of your church--to ensure that their first impression is the best impression. Author Mark Waltz gives you practical strategies that have worked in his own church--that you can easily implement in yours.

  • Learn how to make guests feel welcome the moment they pull in to your parking lot.
  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy, strategy, and implementation of a ministry that focuses on welcoming guests.
  • Get practical ideas that take your church "greeting" to a whole new level.


Includes updated information.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780764491078
Publication Date: 
2013-01-15

Go Preach!: A Primer for Beginning Preachers

Go Preach!: A Primer for Beginning Preachers
$14.00
This book offers practical tips for persons who are called on to preach occasionally but who are not formally trained as pastors. Gilbert includes just enough theory to support the practice. A bibliography provides specific suggestions for readers wishing to explore preaching in more detail.
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9780881773842
Publication Date: 
2003-05-01
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How to Wow Your Church Guests: 101 Ways to Make a Meaningful First Impression

How to Wow Your Church Guests: 101 Ways to Make a Meaningful First Impression
$9.99
Have you ever asked the question, "Why aren't visitors coming back to our church?" The truth is: as much as we want new people to visit and stay at our church, we don't always show it. Traditions and routines can get in the way of reaching new people who come through your doors. People who don't yet know they matter to God. People who may be the most important people in the building on any given Sunday.

Inside the pages of How to Wow Your Church Guests, you'll discover 101 simple things that send big messages to your guests. Each one will help you consider your church's welcome quotient. Written in a practical, actionable style, even if you only embrace a few of these ideas you'll immediately improve the quality of guest services in your organization.

Order one for each leader and influencer in your church. By working together, you can put your best foot forward. Who knows…you might even convince Mr. and Mrs. Jones to give up their coveted parking spot under that shady oak tree!
ISBN/SKU: 
9780764469916
Publication Date: 
2011-07-15

More African American Special Days: 15 Complete Worship Services

More African American Special Days: 15 Complete Worship Services
$14.00
By blending the traditional elements of the worship service with African Americanculture, Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan once again provides a practical resource for planningmore of the special Sundays that congregations celebrate throughout theyear.
More African American Special Days contains fifteen services forspecial occasions, including: Pastor 's Day, Men 's Day, Women 's Day, Mother 's Day, Father 's Day, Kwanzaa, M.L. King, Jr. Day, Watch Night, Usher 's Day, Homecoming/Family Reunion, Deacon s/Steward 's Day, Deaconess/Stewardess Day, YouthRite of Passage, Board of Christian Education, and Women 's Missionary SocietyDay.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687343645
Publication Date: 
2005-03-01

More Children's Sermons to Go

More Children's Sermons to Go
$15.99
More Children's Sermons to Go: 52 Take-Home Lessons About God offers a year's worth of children's sermons that feature small, inexpensive gifts or trinkets that help children better understand and remember the lesson of the sermon. Each of the sermon lessons in More Children's Sermons to Go includes a Materials section, a selected Scripture text, and a take-home memento of the sermon lesson. These mementos are quick, inexpensive ideas that require 30 minutes or less of preparation time.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687099627
Publication Date: 
2001-10-01
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Preaching (Anniversary)

Preaching (Anniversary)
$23.99

The standard textbook on the art and craft of preaching, with a new Foreword by Thomas G. Long.

A standard textbook on the art and craft of preaching. Craddock weaves history, theology, and hermeneutics into an exhaustive text on sermon preparation and preaching.

Painstakingly prepared for seminary students and clergy, this book answers the fundamental question: How does one prepare and deliver a sermon? Craddock's approach is practical, but also allows for concentrated study of any particular dimension of the process.

"Filled with practical wisdom. . . . A liberating book."--Richard Lischer, Duke University.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687659944
Publication Date: 
2010-05-01

Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide

Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide
$19.99
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Teachers of Preaching are convinced that use of the lectionary for preaching is an important discipline for the life of the church. This book provides a clear theological case for lectionary use (including the history of its use in the church) and a practical guide for using the lectionary to deepen a congregation's experience with the Bible.

An excerpt from the Circuit Rider review: "For any preacher worn down by current fixations with the charisma of the preacher, banal illustrations, power point oversimplification and so forth, this is a text to read and treasure. It will be a source of renewal and renewed dedication to preaching for those called, ordained, empowered and entrusted to be stewards of the mysteries of God." (Click here to read the entire review.)
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687646241
Publication Date: 
2007-11-01

Preaching: An Essential Guide

Preaching: An Essential Guide
$18.00

Preaching: it sounds like such a easy thing to do. All you have to do is step into the pulpit and talk for 20 minutes, right? Anyone who’s ever stepped into that pulpit knows that preaching is anything but easy. Speaking a word from God that is grounded in the biblical witness, theologically responsible, and true to contemporary experience is one of the most difficult things one can do. Advice on how to do this is as old as preaching itself, and there are as many opinions on preaching as there are preachers. Where do those who have been called to the ministry of proclamation begin? What are the basic understandings and practices that anyone who proposes to preach should know?

In this new addition to the Essential Guides series, Ronald Allen seeks to answer these basic questions about preaching. He does so through the use of an inductive method, which is simply to say that he starts with a sermon itself, and uses that sermon to illustrate the process of moving from the first thoughts about what one will preach to the delivery of an actual sermon itself. Each chapter will raise a question about the sample sermon that leads into a broader discussion of the practical and theoretical issues that this particular aspect of the sermon raises (e.g., What is the good news in this sermon? What is the significance of this news for the congregation? Does the preacher offer a clear and sensible interpretation of the biblical text or the topic?)

Written with the needs of students in both traditional M. Div. classes and non-degree ministry training programs in mind, Preaching: An Essential Guide will be an indispensable companion for all the others who seek to “rightly explain the word of truth.”

Ronald J. Allen is Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687045167
Publication Date: 
2002-12-01

Redesigning Worship: Creating Powerful God Experiences

Redesigning Worship: Creating Powerful God Experiences
$19.99
Planning a worship service is far more than just choosing songs and seasonal images. Helping people to genuinely worship God requires creating an experience through which people can enter into the presence of the divine. Discover strategic insights for creating and integrating powerful God-experiences into your own setting. Discover how a real-life worship team interacts, champions creativity and creates powerful God-experiences, one week at a time. This descriptive book offers practical direction for building and leading teams, empowering creative ideas, and guidance for handling conflict and overcoming serious obstacles.
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9781426700118
Publication Date: 
2009-04-01
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Sermon as Symphony: Preaching the Literary Forms of the New Testament

Sermon as Symphony: Preaching the Literary Forms of the New Testament
$18.00

The Sermon as Symphony examines ten literary forms in the New Testament and illustrates their use in sample sermons from some of today's best-known preachers, among them Eugene Lowry, William Willimon, and Frederick Buechner.

The Sermon as Symphony examines ten literary forms in the New Testament and illustrates their use in sample sermons from some of today's best-known preachers, among them Eugene Lowry, William Willimon, and Frederick Buechner.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780817012571
Publication Date: 
1997-06-01

Sermon Treks: Trailways to Creative Preaching

Sermon Treks: Trailways to Creative Preaching
$29.99
The lectionary is a helpful homiletical tool. But there are times when lectionary preaching does not meet a congregation’s needs. Sermon Treks offers preachers and students an invigorating selection of new sermon-planning trails, for use as sermon series or for single sermons. The options presented here are practical and theologically responsible. Some are rooted in ancient forms of proclamation; others are new. All provide clear but creative guidance for the preacher, and a path that will lead to more effective sermons.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426763861
Publication Date: 
2013-11-19

Shaping the Claim: Moving from Text to Sermon

Shaping the Claim: Moving from Text to Sermon
$15.00
Shaping the Claim helps the preacher discover the core of the message to be preached - the sermonic "claim." In order to be effective, says McMickle, a sermon needs to address the hearers at three distinct levels; the head or the intellect, the heart or passion and conviction, and the hand or an expected and desired response. In order to discover the biblical "claim" that a sermon should make upon a particular congregation at a particular time, McMickle presents a helpful three-step process: (1) What? (2) So What? and (3) Now What? The book is keyed to online sermon samples and other Web-based features such as sermon illustrations and art.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800604295
Publication Date: 
2008-10-01
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Taking Flight with Creativity: Worship Design Teams That Work

Taking Flight with Creativity: Worship Design Teams That Work
$21.99

Pastors and church leaders in many congregations have attempted to form teams for the purpose of planning, or designing, worship. Getting a group of people together in one room is fairly easy. But whether large or small church, staff or volunteer, most discover that it is difficult to form a team that actually works.

Using the metaphor of early flight, this resource analyzes how to be a part of a worship design team that works. Major sections include discovering a strategic approach to worship, tips for team composition, a look at how to overcome a series of obstacles that frequently keep teams from finding success together, and some of the usual "mechanical difficulties" that keep teams grounded.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687657339
Publication Date: 
2009-04-01
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Thriving as an Artist in the Church

Thriving as an Artist in the Church
$16.99

- Great for individual or group use - Includes provocative discussion questions and practical action steps - Features four-color art plates and literary quotes It's not easy being an Artist in the church. But whatever your passion--music, visual art, drama, dance, writing, technical arts--you can not only survive, but thrive. And the rewards far outweigh the pressures of weekly services, artistic differences, and relational conflicts. After all, where else could you consistently make a contribution of eternal significance, experience deep community with other artists, and grow closer to God as a result? Thriving as an Artist in the Church is a practical guide, full of wisdom and pastoral guidance, that will help you surmount the obstacles and flourish in your ministry. It's packed with examples, discussion questions, personal action steps, and mega-doses of encouragement. Most important, it tackles the real-life issues every artist in the church has to deal with: - Sustaining passion - Developing key relational skills - Dealing with rejection and failure - Cultivating confidence - Resolving artistic differences - And much more! Written by an artist for artists, this book will help make your ministry experience sustainable and life-giving so you can fall in love with the church all over again. Rory Noland is director of Heart of the Artist Ministries (www.heartoftheartist.org), an organization dedicated to turning teams of church artists into communities of grace. A composer, songwriter, author, and speaker, Rory is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780310257325
Publication Date: 
2004-10-10
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What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching?: Essays in Honor of Eugene L. Lowry

What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching?: Essays in Honor of Eugene L. Lowry
$24.99
Bringing together some of the finest voices in contemporary homiletics to examine the different forms as well as the status of narrative preaching, What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching? will give readers much to ponder on this impact topic. Teachers of preaching have long recognized that the Bible is told in story form. Yet the responses to the topic of narrative preaching have varied over the years, from singing its praises to outright rejection. The homiletical landscape is always changing, but what many thought might be a fad is still being discussed in the seminaries and practiced in many a pulpit. What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching? asks: What exactly is narrative preaching? What does it mean to be a narrative preacher? Is narrative preaching at odds with exposition? What are the biblical precedents for such an approach? What kinds of theology undergird narrative theory? What is the role of narrative preaching in a time of rampant biblical illiteracy? How does narrative preaching help to shape congregational life? Contributors include: Charles Rice, Ron Allen, Fred Craddock, Frank Thomas, Thomas Long, David Buttrick, Richard Eslinger, Barbara Lundblad, William McClain, Beverly Zink Sawyer, Thomas Troeger, Robin Meyers, David Schlafer, and Mike Graves.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780827242555
Publication Date: 
2008-01-01
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Worship God Is Seeking: An Exploration of Worship and the Kingdom of God

Worship God Is Seeking: An Exploration of Worship and the Kingdom of God
$12.99
True worship can only be understood as it exists in the kingdom of God. David Ruis begins The Worship God Is Seeking by revealing how Jesus Christ is the perfect worshiper. During His time on Earth, He left legacy that would teach us what it means to worship with our live, our hearts and our every thought and action. Through Christ's example, we have been given an invitation to join with Him in the powerful presence of God for all-out Kingdom worship. Find out how to achieve Jesus' perfect worship for yourself as you come with David Ruis on a journey to attain the worship God is seeking.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830767496
Publication Date: 
2013-01-29
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Worship in the Garden: Services for Outdoor Worship

Worship in the Garden: Services for Outdoor Worship
$14.99

As individuals, we often find peace, comfort, and a close connection to God in a garden. Gardens often provide a space for worship in a neutral setting outside the church for people to gather and share a faith experience.

From Easter sunrise services to church retreats, the special worship experiences described in Worship in the Garden can enhance one's experience of God as a congregation worships together outdoors. The beauty of creation enhances these sensitive, meaningful liturgies for Communion, Blessing of the Animals, Healing, Renewal of Wedding Vows, Resurrection/Memorial Services, Graveside, Baptism, Baptismal Reaffirmation, along with other services. Inside you will learn about liturgical gardens and biblical precedents for outdoor worship.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426765940
Publication Date: 
2013-02-01
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