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Today’s leadership challenges are significant, the rewards are great, and the resources are here to help you succeed. Demands on church leaders are greater than ever. Leaders are expected to renew and revitalize congregations, expand ministries, care for congregants, address divisive issues, and transform lives through effective preaching, transformative worship, and compassionate pastoral care. However, effective church leadership can be extremely rewarding—for both the leaders and to those served. We at Cokesbury are committed to providing innovative, practical resources to support pastors, congregational leaders, and lay leaders as they face these challenges. These essential and relevant resources will help you as you strive in your ministries to lead people to fully know and love God and to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus to your local communities and beyond. We curated this selection of new and classic resources, then organized them into categories that help you quickly locate what you need based on your unique leadership situation and role. You have timely access to relevant resources when you need ISBN #: xxxxxxxxxxxxx ISBN #: xxxxxxxxxxxxx ISBN #: xxxxxxxxxxxxx them most. For your convenience, books and other resources are organized in the following categories: • Leadership • Church Growth • Church & Culture • Stewardship • Discipleship • Christian Education • Worship • Pastoral Resources • Pastoral Care • Preaching • Wesleyan • Study & Theology

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The Leader’s Greatest Return Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders John C. Maxwell

How to Lead When Your Boss Can’t (or Won’t) John C. Maxwell

Bet on Talent How to Create a Remarkable Culture That Wins the Hearts of Customers Dee Ann Turner

Master of One Find and Focus on the Work You Were Created to Do Jordan Raynor

Maxwell shares the most important lessons he’s learned about leadership development, from identifying high-potential leaders to coaching leaders to develop others. Hardcover. $27.99; $19.99

Shares secrets on how to build, sustain, and grow an organizational culture that attracts world-class talent and consistently delights customers, in any industry. Hardcover. $22.99; $17.99

Maxwell often hears from leaders who agree with his teaching but don’t feel they can apply it because they serve under another leader. They may not be in charge, but can they still lead? The answer is a resounding yes! Hardcover. $12.99; $9.49

In a story-driven, gospel-centric style, makes the case that it is through excellent work that we glorify God, love our neighbors as ourselves, and earn the right to be heard by a world thirsty for truth. Hardcover. $24.00; $17.99

Know What You’re FOR A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life Jeff Henderson Your organization will experience unprecedented growth when you close the gap between these two game-changing questions: What are we known for? What do we want to be known for? Hardcover. $22.99; $16.79

The Joy of Missing Out Live More by Doing Less Tonya Dalton

Inspires women to reject the pressure to do more, be more, and achieve more, focusing instead on what’s important to them and using that to help them develop their own unique productivity systems. Hardcover. $24.99; $18.99



Rooting for Rivals How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches Peter Greer and Chris Horst, with Jill Heisey Reveals how your ministry can multiply its impact by cooperating rather than competing. $16.99; $11.79 ISBN #: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

How to Lead in a World of Distraction Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise Clay Scroggins

Learn to recognize what your emotions, your body, and your spirit are saying to you by turning down the white noise threatening to control your life. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.49 ISBN #: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Success from the Inside Out Power to Rise from the Past to a Fulfilling Future Nona Jones

Discover the difference in success that empties and success that fills. An empowering guide to finding healing from the past so you can move with freedom and hope into the future. Hardcover. $22.99; $14.99

Relational Intelligence The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want Dharius Daniels Walks you through how to assess your relationships, define them, discern them, align them, and finally activate your relationships to unlock your greatest potential. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.99

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Uniquely You Transform Your Organization by Becoming the Leader Only You Can Be Ron Kitchens

Equips readers to leverage their unique experiences into their own personal leadership style that is authentic, one-of-a-kind, and effective. Hardcover. $22.99; $14.99 ISBN #: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

The Intention Imperative 3 Essential Changes That Will Make You a Successful Leader Today Mark Sanborn

A leadership expert demystifies the essential elements of great leadership and provides a formula for leaders to achieve breakthrough success. Hardcover. $16.99; $12.29

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Communication IQ A Proven Way to Influence, Lead, and Motivate People Fred Kendall and Anna Kendall

Empowers people to learn how to communicate better with others while also gaining a greater selfawareness of their own strengths and passions. Hardcover. $27.99; $19.99

Embracing the Wideness The Shared Convictions of The United Methodist Church Kenneth H. Carter Jr.

Challenges readers to avoid becoming caught in emotional processes that pit people against one another and to acknowledge the miraculous source of our capacity to be healed of our schisms. $17.99; $12.99

Connecting for a Change How to Engage People, Churches, and Partners to Inspire Hope in Your Community Joseph W. Daniels Jr. and Christie Latona

Women Bishops of The United Methodist Church Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit Sharon Zimmerman Rader and Margaret Ann Crain

The Millennial Narrative Sharing a Good Life with the Next Generation Jaco J. Hamman

Christian Leadership Speaking to God for the People, Speaking to the People for God Maxie Dunnam

Steps for implementing a Mission Strategy: aligning the what, who, how, and when with God’s why. $15.99; $11.49

Drawing on wisdom from the Book of Joel, this book is written for pastoral leaders who want to welcome millennials, both inside and outside their congregation. Study resources available. $19.99; $14.29

Learn what enabled these women to persevere, claim authority, define leadership in their own ways, and rise to the episcopacy. $19.99; $13.49

Leadership as vocation begins with self-leadership, finding how identity and security lie in God— not in success, pleasing others, being seen as a good person, or being loved by those we lead. $17.99; $12.99



Here, Now, With You Six Movements of Compassion for Life and Leadership Gregg Louis Taylor Isolation has been called the greatest public health crisis of our time. This book a perfect starting place for churches who want to learn to see and be seen with compassion. $17.99; $15.99

4D Impact Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church Olu Brown

The founding pastor of the fifth fastest growing United Methodist congregation in the U.S. offers tools to help you reboot your church or guide you through irreversible decline. $16.99; $12.49

Blank Slate Write Your Own Rules for a 22nd-Century Church Movement Lia McIntosh, Jasmine Rose Smothers, and Rodney Thomas Smothers

Ultimate Reliance Breakthrough Prayer Practices for Leaders Sue Nilson Kibbey

Let go of what you think church should be! Here are new tools to change the ministry landscape and engage the next generation. $15.99; $11.49

Breakthrough Prayer is extremely effective for personal spiritual renewal and can significantly impact church leadership teams as well. Study resources available. $17.99; $12.99

Roots & Routes Calling, Ministry, and the Power of Place Randy G. Litchfield

Sideline Church Bridging the Chasm between Churches and Cultures Thomas G. Bandy

Do you feel as if you’ve missed your calling? Learn to develop vocational imagination. This interpretive life-skill helps you see calling as a life-long process of discernment and response. $29.99; $20.29

Some churches are like spectators on the sidelines of a game when it comes to the changing culture all around: they don’t participate; they observe. Bandy shares the key to bridging the gap: empathy. $19.99; $14.99



Now That You’re A Youth Leader How to Handle the Challenging Yet Rewarding First Years of Youth Ministry Jeremy Steele

A Mission That Matters How To Do Short-Term Missions Without Long-Term Harm Jen Bradbury

Unleash Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders Marv Nelson

The basics about how to manage a successful youth ministry‌ everything from counseling a teen to preparing a budget. $17.99; $13.49

A veteran youth worker lays out a philosophy for mission trips that helps youth integrate their mission experiences with their lives back home. $17.99; $13.49

Sacred Resistance A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

The Vile Practices of Church Leadership Finance and Administration Nate Berneking

Leadership Directions from Moses On the Way to a Promised Land Olu Brown

The pastor of a church located adjacent to the White House provides a theologically sound framework for congregations to discern what to do about injustice, and when to do it as well. $14.99; $8.49

Many pastors lack a basic understanding of financial and administrative matters. This book provides theological language to equip them to translate such matters for themselves, so that they can lead more effectively. $18.99; $11.99

Thought-provoking ideas and practical, real-time examples to help us equip and expectantly release our younger church leaders into the future with trust and confidence. $15.99; $11.99

Often a congregation is upended when someone leaves the church. Learn from the story of Moses about how to find opportunities in the challenge. $14.99; $10.99



Leading From Horseback Lost Lessons Every Church Leader Needs Jim Cowart

Strategic Thinking How to Sustain Effective Ministry Thomas G. Bandy

Spiritual Leadership Why Leaders Lead and Who Seekers Follow Thomas G. Bandy

Trust by Design The Beautiful Behaviors of an Effective Church Culture Amy Valdez Barker

The Church Guide for Making Decisions Together Terence Corkin and Julia Kuhn Wallace

Synergy A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers Ann A. Michel

Shows how the same qualities needed to train and enjoy life with a horse—patience, partnership, communication, trust, and preparation—are essential for ministry leaders. $15.99; $11.49

Through a process of selfexamination into what it takes to build trust, as well as what leads to a break in trust, Trust by Design will help you step boldly into ministry… wherever God sends you. $14.99; $6.79

To be relevant to the changing community, churches must accept more risk and go beyond comfort zones. Learn the art of strategic thinking: focus on a purpose, pursue it doggedly, and keep the line straight. $21.99; $16.99

A step-by-step guide on how to create a new way of working together that draws on tried and tested processes, and advocates for a consensus-building approach. Inspiring and practical. $22.99; $20.79

Through evaluations, charts, and illustrations, determine what sort of leadership you might best provide to meet the spiritual needs of your congregation and community. $19.99; $8.99

Using the concept of synergy, provides practical advice on the day-to-day skills of a mutually responsible ministry, showing how to engage others, build teams, and manage effectively. $16.99; $10.49



Gear Up! Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church Kay Kotan

Small on Purpose Life in a Significant Church Lewis A. Parks

Leaders must do more than choose a direction; they must devise steps. This practical book outlines nine areas of ministry where congregations must intentionally design a process. $14.99; $10.99

Clear instructions on how church leaders can streamline ministry to maximize the unique and powerful contributions small churches make in their communities. An inspiring, practical, and refreshing point of view. $15.99; $11.99

AdMinistry The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration Thomas F. Tumblin

Weak Enough to Lead What the Bible Tells Us about Powerful Leadership James C. Howell

Learn how to organize and navigate the often complex business of the church. Includes templates and samples of growth plans, review forms, tracking logs, and inventory and procedure worksheets. $16.99; $11.99

Most leadership models come from the business world. The Bible’s version is different. Using the Prayer of Jehoshaphat as a starting point, this book looks at the spiritual nature of Old Testament leaders. $18.99; $13.99

The Necessary Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently Bob Farr and Kay Kotan

Shares nine simple axioms for effective pastoral and lay leadership that are straightforward, easy to put to use, and that can help you reach your potential for fruitful ministry. $14.99; $10.49

Switch Off The Clergy Guide to Preserving Energy and Passion for Ministry Heather Bradley and Miriam Grogan The pressures of congregational and family commitments can take their toll on clergy. Learn tools to unwind and motivate you. $14.99; $11.49



Execute Your Vision The Practical Art of Ministry Leadership Bill Easum and Scott Musselman

Flood Gates Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church Sue Nilson Kibbey

She Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry Karoline M. Lewis

re:MIX Transitioning Your Church to Living Color Mark DeYmaz and Bob Whitesel

The Changeover Zone Successful Pastoral Transitions Jim Ozier and Jim Griffith

Stepping Aside, Moving Ahead Spiritual and Practical Wisdom for Clergy Retirement Steve Harper

Anyone can have ideas. Learn to bring them to fruition! Packed with information, practical steps, essential principles, and points for deeper reflection in concise, easy-to-read chapters. $13.99; $10.99

Theologically sound and based on field research, this practical guide will help monoethnic congregations that seek to transition into healthy multiethnic churches of Christ-centered faith. $17.99; $14.49

Learn how to tap leadership strength, make the case for change, effectively grow leaders, and mobilize a congregation. Each chapter includes actions and behaviors to implement. $18.99; $14.49

Step-by-step, hands-on application of techniques and principles that bring about successful pastoral transitions. Packed with helpful tips and tactics plus real-church examples. $16.99; $14.49

Helps women in ministry survive by providing tools for thriving. Covers everything from biblical arguments for/against women in the church to what not to wear. Study resources available. $21.99; $15.99

This valuable resource can help clergy prepare for and experience retirement successfully and with greater satisfaction. $17.99; $15.29



A New Church and A New Seminary Theological Education Is the Solution David McAllister-Wilson

Grounded in Creed Jim Cowart, Matthew Hartsfield, Jennifer Cowart, Jorge Acevedo

Our neighborhoods are changing. Our seminaries also need to change to prepare pastors to find ways to relate to who we are today. $19.99; $8.99

“Growing people change” their hearts and lives. This 6-session study expands on that principle and highlights the diversity of beliefs about Christian life. Other study resources available. Participant & Leader Book. $12.99

Divergent Church The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities Tim Shapiro with Kara Faris

Generosity Rising Lead a Stewardship Revolution in Your Church Scott McKenzie

After a year researching alternative faith communities across the country, the authors discovered that, though they create innovative, transformative new communities, most engage in time-honored practices. $16.99; $12.49

Practical guidelines for training a dedicated team of “generosity revolutionaries” who embrace, live, and lead others on a journey of gratitude, prayer, and faith. Daily devotionals to inspire, motivate, and encourage. $17.99; $14.49

Fresh Expressions A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not in Church Kenneth H. Carter Jr. and Audrey Warren This study follows the movement of Christian churches that are pioneering new ways to reach unchurched/dechurched people where they are in their journey. $14.99; $10.99

Go The Church’s Main Purpose George G. Hunter III

A richly descriptive explanation of the missional church which will convince your church leaders and students to recover a clear and consistent sense of purpose. $21.99; $12.79



A New Day in the City Urban Church Revival Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens

The authors challenge clichés, share lessons about leadership and strategic planning, and show what urban church renewal can look like. Each chapter features a set of practical guidelines. $19.99; $14.79

Meet the Goodpeople Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith Roger Ross Discover Wesley’s seven methods of connecting with non-churched people that ignited a revival, recast for the 21st century. Discussion guides included in each chapter. $16.99; $11.49

The Passionate Church Ignite Your Church and Change the World Mike Slaughter with Karen Perry Smith

The Misfit Mission How to Change the World with Surprises, Interruptions, and All the Wrong People Scott Chrostek

The Sky Is Falling, the Church Is Dying, and Other False Alarms Ted A. Campbell

10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church Bob Farr and Kay Kotan

Outlines the exciting, creative, and effective ministries that Ginghamsburg Church has been doing and growing for 35 years. Built-in facilitator guide. $16.99; $4.99

Is decline inevitable for mainline Christianity or is the current sense of malaise only a mirage? The author suggests our traditions hold the keys to faith’s relevance today and offers help for churches. $13.99; $12.79

Inspiring tales from Chrostek’s ministry at The Church of the Resurrection Downtown in Kansas City illustrate new ideas and methods of serving Christ. $21.99; $17.99

The authors share their expertise from working with churches across the country, detailing the most common concerns and obstacles, and then offer strategies to help churches achieve success. Study workbook available. $17.99; $14.49



Culture Catalyst Seven Strategies to Bring Positive Change to Your Organization Samuel R. Chand

The Gospel Driven Church Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace Jared C. Wilson

Christian Social Innovation Renewing Wesleyan Witness L. Gregory Jones

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations Revised and Updated Robert Schnase

Eight Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches Matt Miofsky and Jason Byassee

What Are We Fighting For? Coming Together Around What Matters Most Thomas J. Bickerton

Describes five easily identifiable categories of organizational culture and includes diagnostic tools leaders can use to identify particular strengths and needs of their organization. Hardcover. $24.99; $16.99

Take a new look at the transformative practices of Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. $18.99; $13.99

Attendance and dollars can’t tell us everything about a church’s health. We need a “grace-shift” in our metrics that prioritizes God’s work in people’s lives. With leader strategies. Hardcover. $21.99; $15.99

The authors studied several highly successful church plants and found common practices and characteristics. Learn about their discoveries and how you, too, can tap into a sense of hope about your church. $16.99; $11.99

Just like entrepreneurial business start-ups, establishing church plants and starting new churches cultivates our need to develop “fresh expressions” for gatherings of community and a renewed sense of mission. $16.99; $15.29

Offers a way to move beyond all the discord to a hope-filled future by exploring how we can come together around what matters most. Study resources available. $14.99; $6.79



Black and White Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick

Raising White Kids Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America Jennifer Harvey

First the Jews Combating the World’s LongestRunning Hate Campaign Evan Moffic

A New Reformation From Luther’s World to Ours Rob Fuquay

Celebrating God’s Love Living Into Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships Donald E. Messer

The Fight for Marriage Church Conflicts and Courtroom Contests Phillip F. Cramer and William L. Harbison

Racism can be defeated by forming friendships with people who don’t look like us. Working against racism is part of what it means to call Jesus Lord and Savior. Hardcover. $22.99; $16.49

Helps you take a close look into the life of Martin Luther and teaches you how to embrace reformation in your church and in your life. Perfect for Christians at all stages of their journey. Study resources available. $14.99; $10.99

This bestseller helps parents, teachers, and churches enter into a dialogue about the impact of racism on our children and offers guidance for sharing our commitment to equity and justice. $18.99; $16.99

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. $15.99; $6.79

Helps us recognize anti-Semitism, shares insights from a Jewish perspective, and outlines the role Christians can play in encouraging positive change in interfaith relations. Hardcover. $22.99; $15.99

The story of two lawyers whose work for justice is rooted in their faith and who brought a same-sex marriage case to the Supreme Court which resulted in the 2015 decision to legalize gay marriage. $14.99; $13.49



Our Strangely Warmed Hearts Coming Out into God’s Call Karen P. Oliveto

Holding Up Your Corner Talking about Race in Your Community F. Willis Johnson

Fear of the Other No Fear in Love William H. Willimon

How do you talk about racial prejudice in your church? Learn to use testimony, proclamation, guided group conversations, and more in order to own our calling and responsibility as Christians. Study resources available. $15.99; $6.99

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. Study resources available. $14.99; $10.49

The Sacred Secular How God Is Using the World to Shape the Church Dottie Escobedo-Frank and Rob Rynders

Massacre at Sand Creek How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy Gary L. Roberts

Working Class Rage A Field Guide to White Anger and Pain Tex Sample

Borrowing its title from John Wesley’s description of how he felt when he discovered his spiritual identity, this book traces the history of the church’s struggle with homosexuality. $17.99; $13.79

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; $9.49

Coming to grips with what happened at Sand Creek involves hard questions and unsatisfactory answers not only about the slaughter of innocents but also about what led to it and why. $21.99; $16.29

Digs into the realities of a group of people who feel they’ve been misunderstood, ignored, and denied. Offers a way forward for partnerships that will enhance the lives of all working-class Americans. $17.99; $12.99



Growing Through Disaster Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community Clayton L. Smith and Matt Schoenfeld

The Generosity Challenge 28 Days of Gratitude, Prayer, and Faith Scott McKenzie and Kristine Miller

God vs. Money Winning Strategies in the Combat Zone J. Clif Christopher

Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate A New Vision for Financial Stewardship J. Clif Christopher

Earn All You Can Getting Rich for Good Donald R. House

Defying Gravity Break Free from the Culture of More Tom Berlin

Learn how you can lead your community through the process of spiritually-rooted renewal and revitalization following a disaster. $17.99; $13.49

Shows how to demonstrate the impact of financial gifts to donors, and offers realistic guidance on asking individuals to increase their giving. $15.99; $11.99

This 4-week group study encourages participants to embrace a life-giving journey toward generosity and provides a road map on how to get there. Study resources available. $14.99; $10.99

Is the wealth gap the fault of the rich? Introduces several economic principles along with foundational Christian ideas about wealth and success that are rooted in Jewish teaching, papal letters, and John Wesley’s sermons. $16.99; $7.49

Practical, up-to-date, expert advice on how to deal with money, including chapters on how to preach about giving, the theology of giving, and the importance of budgeting. Study resources available. $16.99; $12.99

Help your congregation become a church of generosity. Too much stuff can affect our ability to serve and thrive. Explore what is required to sustain a vibrant life. Study resources available. $14.99; $7.99



The E-Giving Guide for Every Church Using Digital Tools to Grow Ministry Richard Rogers

Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes Rosario Picardo

The Gratitude Path Leading Your Church to Generosity Kent Millard

Enough Revised Edition Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity Adam Hamilton

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; $8.49

In contrast to outdated, budgetcentric stewardship models, this is a fresh alternative: a Christcentered approach that promotes spiritual health for both donors and the church. $16.99; $13.49

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; $7.49

Rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. Change your life by changing your relationship with money and giving. Study resources available. $14.99; $11.99

Earn. Save. Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money James A. Harnish

This 21st century translation of Wesley’s money management philosophy gives your entire congregation a new way to think about money that will stick with them. Study resources available. $13.99; $10.99

Extravagant Generosity, Program Guide The Heart of Giving Michael Reeves and Jennifer Tyler

Built on Bishop Robert Schnase’s groundbreaking book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, this stewardship program succeeds where others fail. Other study resources available. Book with CD-ROM. $34.99; $20.49



Stride Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church Mike Schreiner and Ken Willard

Learn the successful principles the authors developed at Morning Star Church and find out how to plot a course to fruitful discipleship in your church. Study resources available. $13.99; $8.49

Gladhearted Disciples Equipping Your Congregation with Generous and Enduring Faith Chris Folmsbee

Outlines small, tangible things we can do to integrate faith into a 30day set of practices that will make us authentic witnesses in the world. Great for small groups. $14.99; $5.49

Disciples Making Disciples A Guide for Covenant Discipleship Groups and Class Leaders Steven W. Manskar

Becoming a Disciple A Lifelong Venture Adolf Hansen and colleagues

Provides information needed to organize the ministry, form groups, write a covenant, lead a meeting, and support groups to live out the mission of making disciples. $17.00; $15.49

Weren’t all the disciples different? Can discipleship—within Christ’s directive—mean something unique to each of us? Eight United Methodist clergy discuss discipleship and help us pursue the adventure of a lifetime. $14.99; $12.99

Grab, Gather, Grow Multiply Community Groups in Your Church Jim and Jennifer Cowart

Start This, Stop That Do the Things That Grow Your Church Jim and Jennifer Cowart

Transform your congregation by launching community groups. Learn how the Cowarts used a 5-part strategy of adaptive systems, digital tools, and flexible overhead to expand their church. Study resources available. $14.99; $10.99

Learn why conventional church thinking such as pastoral care, long-term planning, stewardship campaigns, committees, and even staff inhibit church growth. Learn how to do less, and lead more people to Christ. $17.99; $15.99



Teaching Outside the Box Five Approaches to Opening the Bible With Youth Andrew Zirschky

A new take on forming faith in youth. Offers new angles on the instructional approach and introduces four new approaches: community of faith, interpretive, liberation, and contemplative. $16.99; $15.29

Teaching Biblical Faith Leading Small Group Bible Studies Jack L. Seymour

Biblical faith is a lens for viewing life. This book provides a manageable way to inspire conversation about the many ways the Bible can be taught and how biblical wisdom shapes decision-making. $17.99; $14.49

Unleasing 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; $7.49

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, ageappropriate passages and stories, and methods to help them learn. $20.99; $14.99

Smaller Church Youth Ministry No Staff, No Money, No Problem! Brad Fiscus with Stephanie Caro Even small churches can have a big impact with these practical activities and tools for starting, building, and leading an effective disciple-making youth ministry. $16.99; $7.49

The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships Jake McGlothin

Offers practical steps congregations can take to make a difference with the children in their community by partnering with a public school. $16.99; $12.99



Protestant Worship A Multisensory Introduction for Students and Practitioners O. Wesley Allen, Jr. Uses the analogy of physics— with its concepts of the big bang, time, space, matter, energy, and chaos—to explain the actions, reactions, outpourings, and responses of a worship service. $29.99; $17.49

Prepare! 2019-2020 An Ecumenical Music & Worship Planner Mary Scifres and David L. Bone

This lectionary-based resource helps the music director and pastor plan worship services for each Sunday and holy day of the church year. Hymn suggestions, reproducible forms, holiday resources, and more. Spiral. CEB Edition. $25.99; $17.99 NRSV Edition. $25.99; $18.49

Worship Like Jesus A Guide for Every Follower Constance M. Cherry

Helps ministry leaders share the basic meaning and purpose of worship with everyone in their congregation, using Jesus’ model of worship, so they may understand their role and enter into worship in exciting, profound ways. $17.99; $13.49

Calendar & Workbook for Church Leaders 2020

An enhanced appointment calendar for clergy and church staff. Includes extra space on Sunday to record worship service details; a chart of Revised Common Lectionary readings; liturgical days and colors; space for contact information, and more. $18.99; $13.99

The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020 Worship Planning Resources for Every Sunday of the Year Mary Scifres and B.J. Beu, editors Fresh resources for all who plan and implement weekly worship: liturgies, prayers, and more. Based on the lectionary readings from the Common English Bible. $26.99; $19.99

Curating Church Strategies for Innovative Worship Jacob D. Myers

As a church “curator,” learn to combine the best of Christian expression with fresh ways of thinking and being in the world, to help your church better connect with diverse audiences. $29.99; $21.99



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; $20.79

Creating Holy Spaces Worship Visuals for the Revised Common Lectionary Delia Halverson and Karen Appleby

Contains suggestions for worship visuals tied to each Sunday of all three years of the Revised Common Lectionary, indexed by both topic and Scripture reference. $25.99; $23.49

Lovin’ on Jesus A Concise History of Contemporary Worship Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth

Worship in a Flash for Special Days Everything You Need for Inviting and Inspiring Worship

Worship in the Garden Services for Outdoor Worship J. Wayne Pratt

Altars for Everyone Worship Designs on Any Budget Nancy C. Townley and Stephanie Davis

Groundbreaking and scholarly, this work methodically traces the origins and development of contemporary Christian worship. The research includes interviews and early recordings. $29.99; $21.99

Experience God in the midst of Creation with meaningful liturgies for Communion, Blessing of the Animals, Healing, Renewal of Wedding Vows, Resurrection/ Memorial Services, Graveside, Baptism, Baptismal Reaffirmation, and more. Limited quantities available. $14.99; $13.49

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

Dozens of worshipful altar designs for any church, with pictures and detailed instructions on creating the designs as well as where to find simple, inexpensive materials. $21.99; $16.49



7 Challenges Pastors Face Overcome Common Struggles and Thrive in Ministry David Horner Shows how to balance the demands of your calling, sharpen your vision, grow a team, and cultivate humility so you may thrive in the face of the many challenges of ministry. $19.99; $13.99

Together for the City How Collaborative Church Planting Leads to Citywide Movements Neil Powell and John James

The spiritual need and opportunity of our cities is too big for any one church to meet alone. Come discover what God can do in our cities when we work together. $18.00; $13.49

Engage! Tools for Ministry in the Community Dana Horrell

A practical guide to help congregations reach out to their local communities. Drawn from a variety of sources, including congregations, church consultants, researchers, and nonprofits. $14.99; $10.99

Zondervan 2020 Minister’s Tax and Financial Guide For 2019 Tax Returns Dan Busby, Vonna Laue, Michael Martin, and John Van Drunen This easy-to-understand workbook simplifies the tax code and offers dozens of tips to reduce your tax bill. $17.99; $11.49

The Coming Revolution in Church Economics Why Tithes and Offerings Are No Longer Enough, and What You Can Do about It Mark DeYmaz with Harry Li Leverage assets, empower entrepreneurs, and create multiple streams of income to effectively fund your mission. $17.99; $12.99

Zondervan 2020 Church and Nonprofit Tax and Financial Guide For 2019 Tax Returns Dan Busby, Vonna Laue, Michael Martin, and John Van Drunen

This annual guide is offers tax and financial advice to churches and nonprofit organizations. $17.99; $11.49



Ministry with the Forgotten Dementia through a Spiritual Lens Kenneth L. Carder

Caring Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations Denise Massey

The Pastor in a Secular Age Ministry to People Who No Longer Need a God Andrew Root

Ministering in Patronage Cultures Biblical Models and Missional Implications Jayson Georges

Embracing God’s Future without Forgetting the Past A Conversation about Loss, Grief, and Nostalgia in Congregational Life Michael K. Girlinghouse

Moral Injury Restoring Wounded Souls Larry Kent Graham

Confronts the deep personal and theological questions created by loving people with dementia and equips us with practical ways to nurture and incorporate them into the church’s life and ministry. $22.99; $16.49

Helps readers understand patronage—a reciprocal relationship between social unequals—which is a central part of global cultures and the biblical story of God’s mission. $22.00; $15.99

Practical guidance for pastoral conversations, using an easy sixstep process to coach people how to access their own spirituality, invoking both God’s help and the person’s own deep inner wisdom. $18.99; $13.99

Helps congregations come to terms with perceived losses through a healthy process of grief, enabling them to step into the future with strength and courage. $16.99; $13.49

Explains how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people’s experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today. $26.99; $17.79

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; $14.49


PASTORAL CARE Out of the Depths Series

When a member of your congregation comes to you in crisis mode, you respond with compassion, reminding them of God’s promises and praying with them for strength to face the unknown. The Out of the Depths series is a way to give parishioners encouragement and support even after the pastoral conference ends. These inexpensive, 64-page booklets address the most common crisis situations in a factual and honest manner, providing the reader with a sense of grounding and direction. Plus, each booklet includes 30 brief devotions designed to help the reader process trauma both psychologically and theologically. In addition to pastors, Stephen Ministers and congregational care teams rely on the booklets as essential care resources. Each $5.99; $3.99

Your Companion After Divorce Neil Sharpe and Mandy McDow

Your Companion After Pregnancy Or Infant Loss Brandy Mullins and Tiffany Patterson

Your Companion Through Grief Greta Smith

Your Companion Through Addiction James Hightower and Peter Ferguson

Your Companion Through Depression and Anxiety James Hightower and Matthew L. Kelley

Your Companion Through Chronic Illness Nancy L. Long and Elizabeth Shadbolt



Beyond the Tyranny of the Text Preaching in Front of the Bible to Create a New World James Henry Harris

Accidental Preacher A Memoir Will Willimon

Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource Preaching the Psalms Will Willimon

The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2020 Planning Sermons and Services for Fifty-Two Sundays Tanya Linn Bennett, editor

Offers a new theory of scriptural interpretation that stretches from preparation to proclamation. Pastors and students of preaching will find the five-part method to be refreshing and liberating. $24.99; $18.99

A widely acclaimed preacher provides just what you need to begin the journey toward sermons based on the Psalms, with plenty of room to add your own illustrations. $24.99; $17.99

Willimon shows how God constantly had a call on his life with this candid, inspiring, and humorous testimony on his experiences as a seminary professor, rural pastor, globe-trotting preacher, bishop, and popular theologian and writer. Hardcover. $24.99; $18.99

This lectionary-based resource follows the calendar year, offering themes, essays, sermons, and other fresh, intriguing ideas to stir the preacher’s imagination. $26.99; $18.99

Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource Year A Part 1 Will Willimon

All you need to begin the journey toward a sermon for each Sunday of the church year. Fuel your imagination and make connections within your own context and in your distinctive voice. $24.99; $16.99

The Zondervan 2020 Pastor’s Annual An Idea and Resource Book T. T. Crabtree

Offers morning and evening services, sermon topics and outlines, illustrations, hymn selections, services for special days, Communion meditations, prayers, and more. $24.99; $15.99



A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, Volume 2 Thematic Plans for Years A, B, and C

The Preacher’s Bible Handbook O. Wesley Allen, Jr., editor

Sunday Comes Every Week Daily Habits for the Busy Preacher Frank G. Honeycutt

Practicing the Preaching Life David B. Ward

Offers new perspectives and fresh ideas for diving deep into biblical themes for both lectionary and topical preachers. Includes contributors from seven denominations. $40.00; $31.99

Using the days of the week as a framework, Honeycutt describes practical, essential tasks leading up to the writing and delivery of the Sunday sermon—habits that will provide lasting spiritual nourishment for pastors. $19.99; $14.29

Essays on each of the biblical books introduce the most relevant historical, literary, and theological facts about the book, to help preachers understand the context and thus create more effective sermons. $40.00; $31.99

When you hear “holistic” do you think “impractical,” especially when it applies to preaching? Ward shows us that a holistic view of preaching is actually quite practical; preaching requires not only a way of speaking well, but also a way of living well. $29.99; $19.99

In Season and Out Sermons for the Christian Year David A. deSilva

The author’s sermons from throughout the church year, adapted into a thoughtful and inspiring collection of reflections to inform and inspire your understanding of Scripture. $16.99; $12.29

Ingenuity Preaching as an Outsider Lisa L. Thompson

Many preachers feel like outsiders, but if you’re a black female preacher, established academic sources don’t offer you much help. This book helps you bring your own unique voice and experience to your preaching. $29.99; $19.49



Preaching to Teach Inspire People to Think and Act Richard Voelz

Words That Heal Preaching Hope to Wounded Souls Joni S. Sancken

Preaching with Empathy Crafting Sermons in a Callous Culture Lenny Luchetti

Preaching in Pictures Using Images for Sermons That Connect Peter Jonker

Preaching as Poetry Beauty, Goodness, and Truth in Every Sermon Paul Scott Wilson

Actuality Real Life Stories for Sermons That Matter Scott Hoezee

Invites preachers to re-imagine their identities as teachers and tackle tough issues within an ethical framework that presents our world in the shape of the kingdom of God. $19.99; $14.99

A dominant image repeated in a sermon helps unify and communicate the central thought. These exercises help you find strong, compelling images to deliver your message. $19.99; $8.99

Preaching with empathy helps heal as do stories about wounded biblical figures. Showcases worship practices, sermons, and ministries actively engaged in supporting the healing of wounded souls. $18.99; $13.49

Combines Scripture with the classical virtues of beauty, goodness, and truth to help you turn your fact-filled sermons into the art of poetry. $19.99; $7.99

Useful tools—based on the foundations of Scripture, theology, history, and social awareness—that provide a unique way to prepare and write sermons that connect authentically with people. $19.99; $13.99

Learn to illustrate your sermon points with honest, true, reallife stories taken from the art, journalism, and literature you see and read every day. $19.99; $8.99



Say Something! Simple Ways to Make Your Sermons Matter Charley Reeb

The End of Preaching Thomas H. Troeger

Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching Frank A. Thomas

The Sermon without End A Conversational Approach to Preaching Ronald J. Allen and O. Wesley Allen, Jr.

Introduces six critical characteristics of effective sermons in addition to techniques to help you deliver unforgettable messages to your congregation. $15.99; $11.99

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; $31.49

Equal parts instruction and inspiration, this practical help for every preacher and seminarian provides a new way of thinking about preaching. It gives deep insight into the preacher’s approach, the task of preaching, and its impact on the hearers. $15.99; $10.49

A dynamic new preaching model based on sermons as conversations taking place in multiple directions between Scripture, traditions, and the world today. $29.99; $23.99

Preaching Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts William Brosend

Offering a way forward, this book demonstrates how to proclaim honest, faithful, candid sermons, in spite of social and political disagreements. Learn how to preach in a way that allows the church to be its best self. $17.99; $13.49

The Four Pages of the Sermon, Revised and Updated A Guide to Biblical Preaching Paul Scott Wilson

Preaching is a complex task. This book guides readers through the process step-by-step, organizing sermon preparation and content around four different theological and creative components. $34.99; $22.99



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; $9.99

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 as well as their communities. $17.99; $13.49

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 sample sermons. $24.99; $10.99

Exodus Preaching Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope Kenyatta R. Gilbert

Demonstrates how the distinctive features of the African American prophetic rhetorical tradition can help you shape effective sermons for today. Includes practical suggestions and exercises. $21.99; $15.99

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; $4.99



Submitting to Be More Vile The Illustrated Adventures of John & Charles Wesley Charlie Baber

Proclaims the glad tidings of salvation—and the other things that come with church—with comics. Group discussion guides make this perfect for youth groups, adults, and college/seminary students. $19.99; $14.99

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; $32.99

Wesleyan Communities and the World Beyond Christianity Ted A. Campbell, general editor

Includes the plenary papers from the thirteenth Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies which met in 2013 at Christ Church, Oxford to discuss Wesleyan and Methodist interaction with worlds beyond Christianity. $39.99; $30.99

Scripture and the Wesleyan Way A Bible Study on Real Christianity Scott J. Jones and Arthur D. Jones

Uses Wesley’s own words to address questions that many still struggle with in the 21st century. Each chapter explores a key Scripture text and one of Wesley’s sermons about the text. Study resources available. $16.99; $11.99

The Works of John Wesley, Volume 32 Medical and Health 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; $41.49

Five Means of Grace Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way Elaine A. Heath

Recharge. Reboot. Reorder. Based on The Wesley Covenant for Renewal, this 6-week, video-based study will help you reorder your life. Study resources available. Hardcover. $9.99; $7.99



Exclusion and Embrace, Revised and Updated A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation Miroslav Volf

New Testament Conversations A Literary, Historical, and Pluralistic Introduction Suzanne Watts Henderson

The Beginning of Difference Discovering Identity in God’s Diverse World Theodore Hiebert

Holy Imagination A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Whole Bible Judy Fentress-Williams

Activist Theology Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

But What about God’s Wrath? The Compelling Love Story of Divine Anger Kevin Kinghorn with Stephen Travis

Explores the call for Christians to open ourselves to the other, of enfolding him or her in the same embrace with which we‘ve been enfolded by God. $32.99; $24.99

Study the whole Bible through both literary and theological lenses. Readers will learn to see it more as a library than as a single book, and will gain a new understanding of how it can be interpreted in a variety of ways. $29.99; $21.99

Combines historical and literary scholarship on New Testament writings with selected excerpts from non-Christian traditions, presenting theological questions as mutually illuminating, rather than oppositional. $49.99; $36.99

A powerful and provocative callto-action that bridges the gap between academia and activism and brings the wisdom of the streets to the work of scholarship, all for the sake of political liberation and social change for marginalized communities. Hardcover. $21.99; $16.99

Difference can make our lives stronger, fuller, and richer or it can destroy them. Hiebert re-examines the Bible’s stories explaining difference and its beginnings in the book of Genesis. $17.99; $11.99

A way forward for Christians who would like to reconcile divine love with divine wrath—while remaining faithful to the Bible— but can’t figure out how to do so. $18.00; $13.49



Engaging Theology A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Introduction Ben C. Blackwell and R. L. Hatchett

Shows that key elements of Christian theology ground an integrated worldview and are essential for spiritual formation. Hardcover. $34.99; $24.99

The Prophetic Literature Carolyn J. Sharp

This unique introduction to the Prophetic books provides an in-depth examination of one of the most important and perplexing genres of the Hebrew Bible. It examines their nature and purpose and the origins and development of individual books. $29.99; $20.49

Breaking the Code, Revised Edition Understanding the Book of Revelation Bruce M. Metzger; revised and updated by David A. deSilva

The Old Testament Canon, History, and Literature Richard D. Nelson

70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know Matthew Richard Schlimm

Christianity and World Religions, Revised Edition Questions We Ask About Other Faiths Adam Hamilton

One of the most important and trustworthy guides of the Book of Revelation, now with findings from the most current biblical research. Study resources available. $16.99; $11.99

Goes right to the most consequential words in the Scripture in their original language, explaining their sometimes multiple meanings in a way that makes the text easier to grasp. $19.99; $13.99

Provides groundwork for biblical study with a clear and eloquent introduction to the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament using scholarly consensus and current research with numerous examples and a balanced approach. $42.99; $27.49

Compares the beliefs of four major world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism— with those of Christianity. Study resources available. $16.99; $12.99



Holding Faith A Practical Introduction to Christian Doctrine Cynthia L. Rigby

World Christianity A Historical and Theological Introduction Lalsangkima Pachuau

Wisdom Literature Samuel E. Balentine

The Holy Spirit in the New Testament John T. Carroll

Jesus Darkly Remembering Jesus with the New Testament Rafael Rodriguez

Jesus vs. Caesar For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God Joerg Rieger

Looks at basic Christian doctrines using current events, sociology, fiction, movies, Scripture, and theological literature to show how theology matters. $39.99; $25.99

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; $26.99

As this thoughtful analysis of world Christianity’s demographics and trends shows, Christianity is vibrant and growing in the non-western world—and is changing as a result. $34.99; $24.99

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

Being wise means living ethically; and to live ethically, one must be in a constant intellectual pursuit of meaning. Looking at Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, this book details their structure, themes, and contribution to both ancient and modern society. $29.99; $20.99

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; $14.49



Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 14th Ed. Roger E. Olson, Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, and Craig D. Atwood

The Atonement A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of the Cross of Christ David L. Allen

Counterfeit Christianity The Persistence of Errors in the Church Roger E. Olson

Considers the subject of the atonement, beginning with the key terms and concepts in the Old and New Testaments. $34.99; $24.99

Old errors and myths still circulate through churches today. Learn how to deal with these artificial truths and counterfeit teachings that dangerously distort faithful living. Study resources available. $19.99; $16.99

Right Here Right Now The Practice of Christian Mindfulness Amy G. Oden

Why the Church? Robert W. Wall; Joel B. Green, editor

Luther vs. Pope Leo A Conversation in Purgatory Paul R. Hinlicky

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; $20.49

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; $10.99

The church is often regarded as an afterthought or an unnecessary institutionalization of genuine faith. This book takes the stand that it is, instead, the concrete means by which we can address this theological crisis. $32.99; $10.99

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; $8.99


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Cokesbury Leadership & Theoloogy Fall 2019 Catalog  

Cokesbury, Fall, 2019, Leadership, Theology, Church Growth, Church & Culture, Stewardship, Discipleship, Christian Education, Worship, Pasto...

Cokesbury Leadership & Theoloogy Fall 2019 Catalog  

Cokesbury, Fall, 2019, Leadership, Theology, Church Growth, Church & Culture, Stewardship, Discipleship, Christian Education, Worship, Pasto...

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