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Leading the church—facing broad challenges and opportunities. What are your greatest challenges as a church leader? How do you better leverage your gifts of leadership and ministry to turn these challenges into opportunities for proclaiming God’s Word, provide for the care of congregations, and transform lives in Jesus’ name? Are you just starting out and seeking direction, or are you a seasoned leader searching for inspiration and new approaches? Cokesbury has curated a collection of innovative, yet practical resources to support your ongoing development at almost any stage of ministry and in any situation. We invite you to explore this substantial collection of books and resources at affordable prices, organized for your convenience in the following categories: • Leadership • Worship • Stewardship • Church Growth • Pastoral Care • Discipleship • Christian Education • Church & Culture • Preaching • Wesleyan Resources • Study & Theology

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Sacred Resistance A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent Ginger Gaines-Cirelli In these troubled times, offers ways for pastors and leaders to respond and lead that are deeply rooted in a well-developed theological understanding. $14.99; $9.99

Unafraid Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times Adam Hamilton Offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions for anyone struggling with fear, worry, or anxiety, or who wants to live as a peacemaker in our troubled times. Hardcover. $24.00; $11.99

The Book of Mistakes 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future Skip Prichard In this self-help/fiction tale, Prichard draws on a lifetime of studying success to share the 9 mistakes wildly accomplished people know not to make, so you can avoid them too. Hardcover. $25.00; $15.99

The Gospel at Work How the Gospel Gives New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs (Updated and Expanded) Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert What does God think about our employment? This book reminds us that whom we work for is more important than what we do. $17.99; $12.99

Top Ten Ways to Be a Great Leader Hans Finzel In this eminently practical book, new leaders in business, education, ministry, and the church will discover how to lead with passion and humility, communicate effectively, and love what they do. $16.99; $12.49

The Fun Formula How Curiosity, Risk-Taking, and Serendipity Can Revolutionize How You Work Joel Comm Demonstrates that the best path to success—in work and in life—is to focus on our passions, curiosity, and the things that bring us great pleasure. Hardcover. $22.99; $16.79



Unstuck Breaking Free from Barriers to Your Productivity Matt Perman Do you want to learn to be more effective? This book introduces 8 flexible and adaptable core principles at the heart of becoming an effective person for the glory of God. Hardcover. $15.99; $11.79

Further Faster Leadership 40 Practices to Accelerate Leaders and Build Better Teams Andy Stanley Distills important lessons about leadership into 40 “bottom lines.” With questions and exercises for personal and group use. Hardcover. $19.99; $14.49

Leading from Your Gut How You Can Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Your Values, Feelings, and Intuition John Townsend Explores the role of a leader’s emotions, intuition, creativity, values, self-awareness, and spiritual life and how they can translate into success. $16.99; $12.49

The Power of Your Potential How to Break Through Your Limits John C. Maxwell Do you believe your abilities are limited? Learn to maximize your potential in minimal time with this compact how-to book that examines the 17 key capacities each of us possess. Hardcover. $10.00; $7.49

50 Business Classics Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Innovation, Management and Strategy Tom Butler-Bowdon Summarizes key ideas from classic texts and contemporary business tactics seen in the rise of tech giants. Plus, revealing biographies of business luminaries. $19.95; $14.49

Stay the Path Navigating the Challenges and Wonder of Life, Love, and Leadership Bobbie Houston Sharing personal stories and advice, and drawing on her 40 years of ministry, Houston helps women to discover their specific purpose and divine calling. $14.99; $10.79



Perseverance The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined Tim Hague Despite misfortune—a rough childhood and early-onset Parkinson’s—Hague persevered and went on to win The Amazing Race Canada. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.79

The Burden Is Light Liberating Your Life from the Tyranny of Performance and Success Jon Tyson Free yourself from meritbased living. Find your most meaningful and purposeful life— one not measured by success, comparison, or accolades. $15.99; $11.79

The Courage Way Leading and Living with Integrity Shelly L. Francis and Center for Courage & Renewal Based on the work of best-selling author Parker Palmer, shows how to become a better leader by seeking courage, wholeness, and integrity. Hardcover. $24.95; $17.99

Lead Like a Shepherd The Secret to Leading Well Larry Osborne Pastor, author, and leadership consultant unpacks instruction for church leaders found in 1 Peter 5:1-4 where they are exhorted to shepherd the flock among them. $16.99; $11.49

The Purpose Revolution How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen Shows leaders and companies how to transform their corporate culture so they can succeed while helping to create a better world. $19.95; $14.49

Pastor [Revised Edition] The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry William H. Willimon Explores central questions about the vocation of ordained ministry, drawing on great teachers of the Christian tradition to demonstrate that, despite changes in ministry, its core concerns remain the same. $29.99; $19.99



Lead Like Wesley Help for Today’s Ministry Servants Mark L. Gorveatte Gorveatte devotedly unpacks the heart of each of Wesley’s Twelve Rules for Helpers, famously composed two centuries ago, revealing their timeless truths for this day and age. $14.99; $4.99

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority Clay Scroggins With practical wisdom and humor, helps you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization. Hardcover. $21.99; $13.49

The Loyalist Team How Trust, Candor, and Authenticity Create Great Organizations various authors Four management experts show how to build an extraordinary team using their field-tested assessment that identifies weaknesses. Hardcover. $27.00; $18.49

Coaching for Performance The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership John Whitmore An international bestseller, featuring the influential GROW model, this book is the founding text of the coaching profession, as this extensively revised and extended edition demonstrates. $26.95; $18.49

Blue Ocean Shift Beyond Competing—Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne This essential follow-up to the classic bestseller Blue Ocean Strategy draws on more than a decade of new work. Hardcover. $28.00; $17.79

The Anatomy of Peace Resolving the Heart of Conflict The Arbinger Institute Revised and updated. Through stories of once-bitter enemies who’ve learned how to transform personal, professional, and global conflicts, this international bestseller instills hope and inspires reconciliation. $17.95; $9.99



Strategic Thinking How to Sustain Effective Ministry Thomas G. Bandy Strategic thinking involves risk... going outside comfort zones, implementing new ideas, learning from mistakes. The challenge is to focus on a purpose and pursue it single-mindedly. $21.99; $14.79

Weak Enough to Lead What the Bible Tells Us about Powerful Leadership James C. Howell We often think about leadership characteristics in terms of the business world. This look at the spiritual nature of Old Testament leaders shows us a new way to approach leadership. $18.99; $12.79

Trust by Design The Beautiful Behaviors of an Effective Church Culture Amy Valdez Barker Discover a process of selfexamination into what it takes to build trust, as well as what leads to a break in trust, so you can step boldly into ministry. $14.99; $9.99

The Church Guide for Making Decisions Together Terence Corkin and Julia Kuhn Wallace A hopeful, inspiring, and practical step-by-step guide on creating a new way of working together that uses tried and tested processes and advocates for consensus-building. $22.99; $15.49

The Vile Practices of Church Leadership Finance and Administration Nate Berneking Many pastors struggle with budgeting, accounting, staff management, employee benefits, tax, and basic legal matters. Berneking offers expert counsel and practical advice. $18.99; $12.79

Leadership Directions from Moses On the Way to a Promised Land Olu Brown Shares principles from Moses’ story to illustrate how leaders can help others depart from the church gracefully without upending the church, and how to find opportunities in the challenge. $14.99; $9.99



Synergy A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers Ann A. Michel Using the concept of “synergy,” Michel presents a practical, inclusive, and collaborative understanding of ministry, affirming the gifts and calling of both clergy and lay servants. $14.99; $9.99

Gear Up! Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church Kay Kotan It is not enough to decide, “We are going to refocus in this direction.” You must intentionally design a process. Outlines nine specific areas for growing competent congregations. $14.99; $9.99

Small on Purpose Life in a Significant Church Lewis A. Parks This refreshing look at the characteristics of small churches shows what a significant role they play in their communities. Includes instructions on how leaders can build upon their church’s strengths. $15.99; $10.79

AdMinistry The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration Thomas F. Tumblin Learn facts and skills about doing church business using the included templates and samples of growth plans, review forms, tracking logs, and inventory and procedure worksheets. $16.99; $11.49

Switch Off The Clergy Guide to Preserving Energy and Passion for Ministry Heather Bradley and Miriam Grogan The pressures of ministry can take a toll. Discover tools you can use to switch off, including self-evaluation and steps for improvement. $14.99; $9.99

Thriving in the Second Chair Ten Practices for Robust Ministry (When You’re Not in Charge) Mike Bonem Learn ten key factors to help you do more than just survive in the second chair. Learn to thrive in a life and ministry that are fulfilling, vital, and sustainable. $18.99; $12.79



Execute Your Vision The Practical Art of Ministry Leadership Bill Easum and Scott Musselman The ability to take action is a critical and overlooked aspect of leadership many pastors have trouble with. Bring your ideas to fruition with these practical steps and essential principles. $13.99; $9.49

Spiritual Leadership Why Leaders Lead and Who Seekers Follow Thomas G. Bandy Through evaluations and easyto-digest charts and illustrations, learn how to be the “type� of leader that can best provide for the spiritual needs of your congregation and community. $19.99; $13.49

Flood Gates Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church Sue Nilson Kibbey Learn how to tap leadership strengths, make the case for change, effectively grow leaders, and mobilize a congregation to reach and change your community and the world. $18.99; $12.79

She Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry Karoline M. Lewis A comprehensive resource to help you negotiate the unique challenges you face as a woman in ministry. Gives you the tools you need to thrive in your calling every day. $19.99; $13.49

re:MIX Transitioning Your Church to Living Color Mark DeYmaz and Bob Whitesel A practical guide for pastors, denominational leaders, and lay leaders who are seeking to transition their monoethnic congregations into healthy multiethnic churches. $15.99; $10.79

The Changeover Zone Successful Pastoral Transitions Jim Ozier and Jim Griffith Offers practical, clear, and proven instructions and guidance for both clergy and congregations about the process of handing the baton of pastoral leadership from one person to the next. $15.99; $10.79



Stepping Aside, Moving Ahead Spiritual and Practical Wisdom for Clergy Retirement Steve Harper Popular author Steve Harper writes letters to clergy to help them work through challenges unique to their retirement, whether planning for retirement or already moving ahead into it. $16.99; $11.49

The Necessary Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently Bob Farr and Kay Kotan Most pastors can become more effective. This book shares nine simple axioms for effective pastoral and lay leadership that are straightforward and easy to put to use every day. $14.99; $9.99

At the Crossroads Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life Clayton Smith and Dave Wilson This 6-week Bible-based study offers comprehensive, practical help for Christians who are approaching, entering, or already in retirement. $10.99; $7.49

What Are We Fighting For? Coming Together Around What Matters Most Thomas J. Bickerton Offers a way for United Methodists to move beyond discord to a hope-filled future of renewal and revival by coming together around our core purpose to serve Jesus Christ. $14.99; $9.99

Servants and Fools A Biblical Theology of Leadership Arthur Boers Secular leadership emphasizes power and hierarchies. This book explores how Christian leadership in the biblical narrative is pretty much the reverse: Jesus practiced service and sacrifice. $19.99; $13.49

The New Adapters Shaping Ideas to Fit Your Congregation Jacob Armstrong with Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter Discover how classic principles can help transform ideas and practices into action—no matter your church size or denomination. $15.99; $10.79



Lovin’ on Jesus A Concise History of Contemporary Worship Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth Groundbreaking and scholarly, this work methodically traces the origins and development of contemporary Christian worship. The research includes interviews and early recordings. $29.99; $19.99

Worship in a Flash for Special Days Everything You Need for Inviting and Inspiring Worship Everything you need for all the special days of worship: prayers, music, projection images, suggestions for dramatic readings, sermon briefs, litanies... everything. USB Flash Drive. $34.99; $27.99

Altars for Everyone Worship Designs on Any Budget Nancy C. Townley and Stephanie Davis This helpful and practical book offers examples and instructions for altar designs at small membership or mid-size churches to make worship more enriching and transforming. $21.99; $14.79

Creating Holy Spaces Worship Visuals for the Revised Common Lectionary Delia Halverson and Karen Appleby Create a multisensory worship experience. Contains suggestions for worship visuals tied to each Sunday of all three years of the Revised Common Lectionary. $24.99; $16.79

Worship in the Garden Services for Outdoor Worship J. Wayne Pratt From Easter sunrise services to church retreats, the special worship experiences described in this book can enhance individual and shared faith experiences as a congregation worships together outdoors. $14.99; $9.99

Worship Together in Your Church as in Heaven Josh Davis and Nikki Lerner In this foundational book, the authors lay out the case for a shift to multicultural worship for virtually every church, giving hands-on, practical, and doable examples of how to begin making changes in your church. $22.99; $15.49



Enough [Revised Edition] Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity Adam Hamilton An invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. This book could change your life by changing your relationship with money and giving. $14.99; $9.99

Doing Good with Other People’s Money The Insider’s Guide to Winning Grants and Contracts Rick Steiner An invaluable and practical reference for not-for-profit organizations and grant writers, providing key information, guidance, and secrets. $15.95; $11.49

Earn All You Can Getting Rich for Good Donald R. House Is the wealth gap the fault of the rich? Introduces several economic principles along with foundational Christian ideas about wealth and success rooted in Jewish teaching, papal letters, and John Wesley’s sermons. $16.99; $11.49

Putting Wealth to Work Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow? Joel L. Fleishman Provides expert analysis of contemporary philanthropy, offering invaluable insight for those engaging with and affected by charitable foundations. Hardcover. $28.00; $17.99

Defying Gravity Break Free from the Culture of More Tom Berlin Help your congregation become a church of generosity. Shows us how too much stuff affects our ability to serve and thrive, and then helps us explore what is required to sustain a vibrant life. $14.99; $9.99

The E-Giving Guide for Every Church Using Digital Tools to Grow Ministry Richard Rogers Takes away the confusion and fear involved in using electronic media to raise money for the church by providing a strong framework that focuses on key topics. $12.99; $8.79



Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes Rosario Picardo This book is for any pastor, church planter, or lay leader struggling to do ministry with a lack of financial resources but hungry to reach the lost with the Good News of Jesus Christ. $16.99; $11.49

Generosity Rising Lead a Stewardship Revolution in Your Church Scott McKenzie Practical guidelines for training a dedicated team of “generosity revolutionaries” who embrace, live, and lead others on a journey of gratitude, prayer, and faith. Includes daily devotionals. $15.99; $10.79

Propel Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity Clayton L. Smith Create a culture of generosity beyond tithing and you’ll find the financial resources your church needs. Offers solutions for increased giving and models for effective stewardship. $14.99; $9.99

Earn. Save. Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money James A. Harnish This 21st century translation of Wesley’s money management philosophy will give everyone in your congregation a new way to think about money that will stick with them the rest of their lives. $13.99; $9.49

The Gratitude Path Leading Your Church to Generosity Kent Millard In contrast to outdated, budgetcentric stewardship models, this is a fresh alternative: a Christ-centered approach that promotes spiritual health for both donors and the church. $14.99; $9.99

Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate A New Vision for Financial Stewardship J. Clif Christopher Shows how to demonstrate the impact of financial gifts to donors, and offers realistic guidance on asking individuals to increase their giving. $15.99; $10.79



Grounded in Creed Jim Cowart, Matthew Hartsfield, Jennifer Cowart, and Jorge Acevedo This six-week study for small groups and community groups is based on the Apostles’ Creed, which has served the church for nearly 1,500 years as a basic summary of core Christian beliefs. $12.99; $8.79

Fresh Expressions A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not In Church Kenneth H. Carter Jr. and Audrey Warren Outlines new forms of church for congregations and church leaders who seek to reach the unchurched or dechurched. $14.99; $9.99

Divergent Church The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities Tim Shapiro with Kara Faris Reveals how creative new faith communities across the U.S. are, despite their unconventionality, engaged in time-honored Christian practices which will shape the church to come. $16.99; $11.49

The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships Jake McGlothin Partnering your church family with a public school can be rewarding. Offers practical steps congregations can take: basic organization, recruiting, training, safety, planning, and more. $16.99; $11.49

Go The Church’s Main Purpose George G. Hunter III “Is that all there is to church?” This question indicates that many churches don’t have a consistent reason for being. This description of the missional church will help your church recover a clear and consistent sense of purpose. $21.99; $14.79

A New Day in the City Urban Church Revival Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens Many prominent urban churches are in decline, but thousands have learned to thrive again by letting go of nostalgic dreams and tired habits. The authors share the lessons they’ve learned. $18.99; $12.79



The Passionate Church Ignite Your Church and Change the World Mike Slaughter with Karen Perry Smith Learn how Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in the rustbelt town of Tipp City, Ohio has been doing exciting and creative ministry for nearly four decades. $16.99; $11.49

The Misfit Mission How to Change the World with Surprises, Interruptions, and All the Wrong People Scott Chrostek Feel constrained by old methods and attitudes? Learn about leaders who took risks, created opportunities, and rewrote their communities’ definition of church. $19.99; $13.49

Meet the Goodpeople Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith Roger Ross Stuck in a fruitless way of doing church? Discover John Wesley’s seven methods for reaching the unchurched that ignited a revival, recast for the 21st century, and help unleash a new wave of the Spirit in our day. $14.99; $9.99

The Sky Is Falling, the Church Is Dying, and Other False Alarms Ted A. Campbell Is Christianity really in decline or are we on the precipice of new opportunities? Campbell believes our traditions hold the keys and offers practices to help churches build on their strengths. $13.99; $9.49

10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church Bob Farr and Kay Kotan The authors share their expertise from working with churches across the country, detailing the most common concerns and obstacles, and offering prescriptions for what to change, and how, for positive results. $15.99; $10.79

Get Their Name Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships Bob Farr, Doug Anderson, and Kay Kotan Reveals how churches unwittingly misdirect their reach into the community and shows how to make invitation natural, constant, systemic, genuine, and easy. $14.99; $9.99



Becoming a Welcoming Church Thom S. Rainer A game plan for churches to become more hospitable, this book guides readers toward a practical framework for making a difference for those who visit their church. Great for individuals or group study. Hardcover. $12.99; $9.49

We Want You Here Thom S. Rainer A welcoming book to give away to church guests and one that introduces them to the ministry of the local church in a nonintrusive manner. A great tool for helping churches become more hospitable. Hardcover. $12.99; $9.49

Who Broke My Church? 7 Proven Strategies For Renewal And Revival Kent R. Hunter Christians must learn it’s not about what you do, but who you are and who you will become. Practical direction for Christians to experience the impact every church could make on society. $16.99; $11.49

A New Church and A New Seminary Theological Education Is the Solution David McAllister-Wilson “Mule churches” are strong for a generation but unable to produce offspring. A new kind of seminary is needed to shape churches that are mission-driven and relevant. $19.99; $13.49

Christian Social Innovation Renewing Wesleyan Witness L. Gregory Jones What can faith communities learn from entrepreneurship? Takes a look at the growing interest in starting new churches and establishing church plants as a way to renew, re-establish trust, and cultivate sustainability. $16.99; $11.49

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations Revised and Updated Robert Schnase Over the last decade, the church has changed: new concerns, new types of congregations, and more experimentation and diversity. Gives leaders a “next step” look at the original practices. $18.99; $12.79



Faithful and Fractured Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell and Jason Byassee Clergy suffer from certain health issues at a rate higher than the general population. Why are pastors in such poor health? And what can be done to help them? $19.99; $14.49

Now That I’m Called A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry Kristen Padilla Offers biblical understanding of ministerial calling and a robust view of women in gospel ministry, as well as practical tools to help women pursue vocational minstry. $16.99; $12.49

Divine Time Management The Joy of Trusting God’s Loving Plans for You Elizabeth Grace Saunders A time management expert shows how aligning your life with God’s best for you will inform how you set priorities and navigate major decisions. Proven time-saving methods. $14.99; $9.99

Moral Injury Restoring Wounded Souls Larry Kent Graham How can you help people deal with feelings of guilt, shame, and responsibility when many don’t believe in sin? Reclaim the pastoral tasks of soul care and moral guidance without giving in to the temptation of moralizing. $19.99; $13.49

Five Faces of Ministry Pastor, Parson, Healer, Prophet, Pilgrim Patricia Farris There’s more to being a pastor than being a pastor. Learn to understand your roles as a pastor and change feelings of frustration, exhaustion, and isolation into inspiration, satisfaction, and joy. $14.99; $9.99

Pastoral Care Telling the Stories of Our Lives Karen D. Scheib Pastoral caregivers are cocreators and companions who help others revise and construct their life stories reshaped by God’s grace. This book focuses on listening and “restorying” practices in the context of congregations. $35.99; $23.99



Stride Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church Mike Schreiner and Ken Willard The authors share the highly successful discipleship principles they developed at Morning Star Church and show you how to plot a course to fruitful discipleship in your church. $13.99; $9.49

Discipled by Jesus Your Ongoing Invitation to Follow Christ Robert Gelinas Do you ever wish you were a disciple—one of Jesus’ first followers, who heard him teach and watched him heal? Jesus is still ready, willing, and able to do for you what he did for the twelve. $15.99; $11.79

Eschatological Discipleship Leading Christians to Understand Their Historical and Cultural Context Trevin Wax Demonstrates the importance of the worldview question “What time is it?” for missiology by examing current rival eschatologies in North America. $29.99; $21.79

Becoming a Disciple A Lifelong Venture Adolf Hansen and colleagues Each of the disciples were very different people. Can discipleship mean something unique to each of us? Eight United Methodist clergy discuss discipleship and help us pursue the adventure of a lifetime. $14.99; $9.99

Christ’s Discipleship Deal Richard Christenson Comprehensive discipleship training is lacking in many churches. This book helps church leaders identify and correct errors in their presentation of the gospel, spiritual formation of their members, and proactive missional training. $10.99; $7.99

Gladhearted Disciples Equipping Your Congregation with Generous and Enduring Faith Chris Folmsbee Outlines small, tangible things we can do to integrate faith into a 30-day set of practices that will make us authentic witnesses in the world. Great for small groups. $14.99; $9.99



Practicing Christian Education An Introduction for Ministry Mark A. Maddix and James Riley Estep Jr. Two leading experts offer an introduction to the broad scope of Christian education and focus on how it embodies all aspects of the local church: worship, mission, sacraments, and teaching. $22.99; $16.79

Teaching Outside the Box Five Approaches to Opening the Bible With Youth Andrew Zirschky A new take on forming youth in the faith! Offers new angles on the instructional approach and introduces four new approaches: community of faith, interpretive, liberation, and contemplative. $16.99; $11.49

Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders Jen Bradbury Gives guidance and practical tips from the author’s own experience as a youth leader on how to help young leaders transition into leadership positions in the broader church. $16.99; $11.49

Smaller Church Youth Ministry No Staff, No Money, No Problem! Brad Fiscus with Stephanie Caro Your church may be small, but you can have a big impact on young people. Provides practical activities and tools for starting, building, and leading an effective disciple-making youth ministry. $16.99; $11.49

Teaching Biblical Faith Leading Small Group Bible Studies Jack L. Seymour Biblical faith is a lens for viewing life. Provides a manageable way to inspire conversation about the many ways the Bible can be taught and how biblical wisdom shapes decision-making. $15.99; $10.79

I Wonder Engaging a Child’s Curiosity about the Bible Elizabeth Caldwell Helps you talk to your child about the Bible, providing expert advice about translations, age-appropriate passages and stories, and methods to help them learn. $19.99; $13.49



The Fight for Marriage Church Conflicts and Courtroom Contests Phillip F. Cramer and William L. Harbison Presents unique perspectives from the Christian attorneys on the front lines of the U.S. Supreme Court battle for marriage equality. $14.99; $9.99

Our Strangely Warmed Hearts Coming Out into God’s Call Karen P. Oliveto Through poignant stories and well-reasoned principles, Karen Oliveto discloses why and how spiritual renewal and a personal call to ministry emerge in the strangely warmed hearts of lesbian and gay Christians. $17.99; $11.99

Resist and Persist Faith and the Fight for Equality Erin Wathen Reframes the challenges to women’s equality in light of our current culture and political climate, providing a new language of resistance that can free women and men from the pernicious power of patriarchy. $16.00; $11.79

Holding Up Your Corner Talking about Race in Your Community F. Willis Johnson This valuable resource encourages Christians to acknowledge, affirm, and act in the face of the racism. Learn what role your church can play in your community. $15.99; $10.79

Fear of the Other No Fear in Love William H. Willimon Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be “other”may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do. $14.99; $9.99

Designed for More Unleashing Christ’s Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World Lucas Ramirez with Mike DeVito Disunity among Christians holds us back. Taking lessons from nature and the phenomenon known as murmuration, this book explores ways to achieve collective movement. Hardcover. $22.00; $15.99



The Sacred Secular How God Is Using the World to Shape the Church Dottie Escobedo-Frank and Rob Rynders The sacred can be experienced anywhere, not just in church. An examination of surprisingly sacred places with inspiring lessons about what church can look like. $16.99; $11.49

A World of Three Zeros The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions Muhammad Yunus The Nobel Peace Prize winner argues that capitalism is broken. We need a new economic model that unleashes altruism and social consciousness. Hardcover. $28.00; $19.99

The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World Deanna A. Thompson When you think about it, the body of Christ has always been a virtual body. There are lessons all churches can learn about healing the lives of the most vulnerable among us through the use of technology. $19.99; $13.49

Massacre at Sand Creek How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy Gary L. Roberts Coming to grips with what happened at Sand Creek involves hard questions and unsatisfactory answers not only about what happened but also about what led to it and why. $19.99; $13.49

Celebrating God’s Love Living Into Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships Donald E. Messer Can God’s love span the chasm of our differences? This collection of essays is a wonderful resource that represents a rich diversity of voices calling us to focus on that which binds us in unity. $14.99; $9.99

A Christian Justice for the Common Good Tex Sample For Christians, the concept of justice must extend beyond mere “fairness” to include forms of liberation, compassion, mercy, and peace that are even more radical than the best of twenty-first-century justice. $17.99; $11.99



Preaching God’s Word Video Lectures A Hands-On Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering the Sermon Terry G. Carter, J. Scott Duvall, and J. Daniel Hays This companion to Preaching God’s Word has 15 lessons on preaching effective sermons. 2-DVD Set. $39.99; $28.79

Preaching Jesus Christ Today Six Questions for Moving from Scripture to Sermon Annette Brownlee Explores six questions to help preachers listen to Scripture, focus on what God does in the event of the sermon, and move from interpretation to text as they prepare weekly sermons. $22.99; $16.79

Big Idea Sermons 52 Sermon Guides for Busy Pastors and Bible Teachers Paul Cannings A helpful guidebook that provides everything a pastor or lay teacher needs to write an effective, moving, and biblically sound sermon for each of the fifty-two weeks in the year. $16.99; $12.49

How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon Frank A. Thomas This book equips and empowers preachers to transcend their basic skills and techniques, so that their proclamation of the Word causes actual turnaround in the hearts and lives of their hearers, and in their communities. $17.99; $11.99

Exodus Preaching Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope Kenyatta R. Gilbert Demonstrates how the distinctive features of the African American prophetic rhetorical traditions can help you shape effective sermons for today. Includes practical suggestions and exercises. $21.99; $14.79

Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource Will Willimon Fuel for your imagination! These resources provide suggestions for selected readings, themes, and introductions to the lectionary passage for every Sunday in the year. Part of a 6-volume set. Year B Part 2 and Year C Part 1. Each, $24.99; $16.79



Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism Will WIllimon Uses the true story of a 1947 sermon in response to the last lynching in Greenville, SC, to help pastors preach on race and violence in America, inviting and challenging the church to respond. $17.99; $11.99

That’ll Preach! 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever Charley Reeb The five-step plan covers prep, sermon structure, storytelling, and “preaching with presence,” using lectionary and topical preaching models. Includes outlines and full sermon texts. $12.99; $8.79

Preaching and the Human Condition Loving God, Self, & Others O. Wesley Allen Jr. Many sermons avoid the “bad news” of the world. But Jesus didn’t skirt around real life. This book offers practical approaches to preaching the human condition, plus a sample sermon. $24.99; $16.79

Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching Frank A. Thomas Gives insight into the history of African American preaching tradition, from an almost exclusively oral tradition to an oral/written tradition then to a relationship between homiletics and rhetoric in Western preaching. $34.99; $23.49

The Sermon without End A Conversational Approach to Preaching Ronald J. Allen and O. Wesley Allen, Jr. A dynamic new preaching model based on sermons as conversations that take place in multiple directions between Scripture and traditions and the world today. $29.99; $19.99

Speaking Well Essential Skills for Speakers, Leaders, and Preachers Adam Hamilton The thought of speaking in public strikes fear in the hearts of many. Speaking Well offers nineteen powerful tips and tactics that lead to excellent speaking in any setting. Hardcover. $14.99; $9.99


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Connections A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship Luke A Powery, Cynthia L. Rigby, Joel B. Green, and Thomas G. Long, general editors Connections is perfect for those who use and love Feasting on the Word. Readers will discover relevant, in-depth, imaginative reflections on the lectionary by some of our generation’s leading biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians, and other scholars. Connections provides new resources to help preachers achieve the goal of connecting congregations to Scripture. This nine-volume series offers creative commentary on each reading in the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. It does so first by viewing that reading through the lens of its connections to the rest of Scripture; and then seeing the reading through the lenses of culture, film, fiction, ethics, science, and other aspects of contemporary life. Included as well are commentaries on the Psalm readings that connect them both to the other readings for the day and to the congregation’s experience of worship.




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Pre-publication subscription offer ends August 31, 2018. GENERAL EDITORS Rev. Dr. Joel B. Green is Provost, Dean of the School of Theology, and Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written and edited numerous books, including The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, Neuroscience and Christianity Anthropology, and Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts (co-authored). He is also a General Editor of the Wesley Study Bible and the Common English Bible. He is ordained clergy in The United Methodist Church.

Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler Theological School, Emory University. He is a world-renowned preacher and was named by Time magazine as one of the most effective preachers in the English language. He has authored more than twenty books, including The Good Funeral, Accompany Them with Singing, Matthew in the Interpretations series, and Preaching from Memory to Hope, all published by Westminster John Knox Press. He is ordained clergy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching, Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope, and Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals; and co-author of Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place. He is ordained clergy in the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Rigby is the W. C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Rigby is the author of more than thirty articles and book chapters. She is the coeditor (with Beverly Gaventa) of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology. She is ordained clergy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).



Triune Love John Wesley’s Theology K. Steve McCormick With a Trinitarian approach, this book maps John Wesley’s understanding of the connections and trajectories of God’s Triune love as it illuminates what is unique about each of Wesley’s doctrines of the Christian life. $49.99; $33.49

The Journal Letters and Related Biographical Items of the Reverend Charles Wesley, M.A. Frank Baker, Richard P. Heitzenrater, and Randy L. Maddox, editors Crucial to understanding the beginnings of Wesleyanism and an indispensable interpretive companion to John Wesley’s journal, diaries, and letters. $74.99; $50.49

The Works of John Wesley Volume 32 Medical Writings James G. Donat and Randy L. Maddox, editors Provides a window into Wesley’s concern for “health of body” by collecting all of his writings related to health and wellness. Hardcover. $59.99; $39.99

Five Means of Grace Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way Elaine A. Heath Based on The Wesley Covenant for Renewal, shows how to reorder your life through prayer, searching Scripture, Communion, fasting, and conferencing (worshiping together). Hardcover. $9.99; $6.79

One Faithful Promise The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal Magrey R. deVega Crucial to Wesleyan identity, Wesley’s covenant renewal liturgy culminates in the affirmation and faithful promise to love God and neighbor faithfully. Hardcover. $9.99; $6.79

The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement Scott J. Jones This book discusses specific obstacles that are currently preventing the church from achieving its potential and closes with a hopeful vision of what a renewed United Methodism might look like. $17.99; $11.99



Revelation as Civil Disobedience Witnesses Not Warriors in John’s Apocalypse Thomas B. Slater Does the book of Revelation justify war? Slater describes it as a form of civil disobedience— defeating evil through the faithful witness of our lives. $29.99; $19.99

Jesus Darkly Remembering Jesus with the New Testament Rafael Rodriguez The Bible is one story from beginning to end, and the best way to know Jesus fully is to know what came before…to know the New Testament writers’ Old Testament memories. $29.99; $19.99

The Holy Spirit in the New Testament John T. Carroll In an area of study that is sometimes neglected and often debated, this book offers readers fresh insight into the different ways the New Testament writings present and interpret the Spirit of God. $29.99; $19.99

Ecclesiology in the New Testament E. Elizabeth Johnson Compares New Testament texts from the standpoint of the metaphors the various authors use to describe community... family, assembly, nation, priesthood...and how we should live together amongst neighbors. $29.99; $19.99

Wisdom Literature Samuel E. Balentine Being wise means living ethically; and to live ethically, one must be in a constant intellectual pursuit of meaning. This book details the structure, themes, and contribution to both ancient and modern society of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. $29.99; $19.99

Jesus vs. Caesar For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God Joerg Rieger Jesus and Caesar were both powerful, respected, and looked up to. Learn the differences between true Christianity that loosens “the bonds of injustice” and self-serving religion. $19.99; $13.49



Visual Theology Study Guide Seeing and Understanding the Truth about God Tim Challies and Josh Byers with Zach Dietrich Designed to help individuals and small groups grow in godliness by practicing what is learned. Includes key terms, discussion questions, and exercises. $10.99; $6.79

The God Who Gives How The Trinity Shapes The Christian Story Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger A compelling vision of Christian faith and life that calls readers to discover our story is founded upon the Triune God’s self-giving and our belonging to God. $22.99; $16.49

Fatal Discord Erasmus, Luther, and the Rupture of Europe Michael Massing A fascinating dual biography that examines two of the greatest minds of European history whose rivalry gave rise to two often-colliding philosophical and religious traditions. Hardcover. $40.00; $32.49

Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 14th Edition Roger E. Olson, Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, and Craig D. Atwood This easy-to-use reference work outlines the 200 most significant Christian traditions and denominations in the U.S. as of this decade. Hardcover. $29.99; $19.99

World Christianity A Historical and Theological Introduction Lalsangkima Pachuau As this thoughtful analysis of world Christianity’s demographics and trends shows, Christianity is vibrant and growing in the nonwestern world—and is changing as a result. $34.99; $23.49

Crucible of Faith The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World Philip Jenkins One of America’s foremost religious scholars examines the tumultuous era (250–50 BCE) that gave birth to the modern JudeoChristian tradition. Hardcover. $30.00; $17.99



Holding Faith A Practical Introduction to Christian Doctrine Cynthia L. Rigby Looks at basic Christian doctrines using current events, sociology, fiction, and movies in addition to Scripture and theological literature to show that theology matters to our lives. $39.99; $26.79

Creation The Apple of God’s Eye Justo L. González; William H. Willimon, general editor Part of the Belief Matters series, Creation helps us gain new understanding of how the doctrine of Creation can help us address our very human and timeless questions. $13.99; $9.49

Right Here Right Now The Practice of Christian Mindfulness Amy G. Oden This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. $14.99; $9.99

Luther vs. Pope Leo A Conversation in Purgatory Paul R. Hinlicky This imaginary reconciliation in heaven between Martin Luther and Pope Leo X is a fascinating thought experiment that discusses the key issues that divided Catholics and Protestants and birthed the Reformation. $19.99; $13.49

An Exact Likeness The Portraits of John Wesley Richard P. Heitzenrater This unique art history book, with 50 full-color images and commentary from the top Wesley scholar in the world, describes Wesley’s legacy through the many portraits and sculptures made of him. Hardcover. $39.99; $26.79

Counterfeit Christianity The Persistence of Errors in the Church Roger E. Olson Many errors and myths of old circulate through churches today. Learn how to deal with these artificial truths and counterfeit teachings that dangerously distort faithful living. $19.99; $13.49


Cokesbury Leadership and Theology 2018 Catalog  

Cokesbury, Leadership, Worship, Stewardship, Church Growth, Pastoral Care, Discipleship, Christian Education, Church & Culture, Preaching, W...

Cokesbury Leadership and Theology 2018 Catalog  

Cokesbury, Leadership, Worship, Stewardship, Church Growth, Pastoral Care, Discipleship, Christian Education, Church & Culture, Preaching, W...