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Everyday Ministry—the Routines, the Challenges, the Rewards Some ministry duties may seem routine and boring—such as budget, administration, and personnel matters—but they’re all a necessary part of ministry. Other aspects of ministry—such as helping people in difficult circumstances—can require long hours, leaving you less time to devote to your family or your own well being, and the added stress can sometimes leave you emotionally drained. This is precisely when you need to lean on God’s promises. Books can help too! Stories written by those who have experienced similar challenges, balanced by the joys and highlights of ministry, can inform your own story and inspire you to lead with renewed purpose and vigor. We have compiled a selection of the most essential and relevant resources (from new titles to classics) and have organized these products in accessible and easy-to-navigate categories, so that we can assist you in quickly locating and purchasing books and materials that will equip you to face the challenges of service in today’s church. We want to provide you with timely access to the tools you need, when you need them the most. You will find a substantial collection of books and resources at affordable prices organized for your convenience in the following categories: • Leadership • Youth Leadership • Preaching • Worship • Stewardship • Church Growth • Pastoral Care • Discipleship • Church & Culture • Wesleyan Resources • Study & Theology

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The Success Intersection What Happens When Your Talent Meets Your Passion Pat Williams with Jim Denney Readers will discover how to maximize their natural gifts, focus their enthusiasm, and leverage their talent and passion into a lifetime of success with a greater impact on the world. Hardcover. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.49

Strategic Thinking How to Sustain Effective Ministry Thomas G. Bandy Demographic research and lifestyle sensitivity are necessary to be effective and relevant to the changing community. Churches must risk going beyond members’ comfort zones. $21.99; Cokesbury Price $14.79

Weak Enough to Lead What the Bible Tells Us about Powerful Leadership James C. Howell Both businesses and churches seem to revere ability, strategic hutzpah, and managerial savvy in a leader. The Bible’s version of leadership points to a different set of characteristics. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Trust by Design The Beautiful Behaviors of an Effective Church Culture Amy Valdez Barker Trust is a form of equity, a bankable asset that fuels transformation in faith communities. With anecdotes and stories, this practical guide can help you build trust as an asset. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

The Church Guide for Making Decisions Together Terence Corkin and Julia Kuhn Wallace Is your church collaborative, respectful, encouraging, engaging, and empowering? Follow this step-by-step guide and learn the tried and true consensus-building approach. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $15.49

The Vile Practices of Church Leadership Finance and Administration Nate Berneking Many pastors struggle with finances and administration. Berneking, an attorney and M.Div., offers expert advice in these areas to equip pastors and other leaders to better lead. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79



Leadership Directions from Moses On the Way to a Promised Land Olu Brown Using principles from the story of Moses, this book helps leaders and churches avoid turmoil and find unexpected opportunities when someone chooses to depart from the church. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Synergy A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers Ann A. Michel Offers a more inclusive understanding of church ministry than that of just the clergy and paid staff. Offers practical skills for engaging others, building teams, and managing effectively. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Gear Up! Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church Kay Kotan It is not enough to decide to go in a new direction. Leaders must decide how and what steps they will take. Who will do what, and when? This concise and exceedingly practical new book can help. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Small on Purpose Life in a Significant Church Lewis A. Parks Learn the value of your small church’s story within God’s larger story. Learn how to face the future by making plans; looking to the past for wisdom, not nostalgia; and projecting continuity, not disaster. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

AdMinistry The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration Thomas F. Tumblin The ministry comes with a heavy dose of administrative duties. AdMinistry offers templates and samples of growth plans, review forms, tracking logs, and inventory and procedure worksheets. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Switch Off The Clergy Guide to Preserving Energy and Passion for Ministry Heather Bradley and Miriam Grogan Are you constantly “on”— fulfilling a role for the benefit of others? Preserve your passion and energy for ministry by learning to use your off switch! $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99



Thriving in the Second Chair Ten Practices for Robust Ministry (When You’re Not in Charge) Mike Bonem Being in the second chair can lead to frustration. Learn ten key factors that will help you thrive in a life and ministry that are fulfilling, vital, and sustainable. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Execute Your Vision The Practical Art of Ministry Leadership Bill Easum and Scott Musselman Having ideas is different than making them happen. The practical information and essential principles in this easyto-read book will equip you to bring your ideas to fruition. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

Spiritual Leadership Why Leaders Lead and Who Seekers Follow Thomas G. Bandy With easy evaluations and charts, Bandy helps you identify your leadership “type” so you’ll be able to understand who is attracted to your leadership style and better meet their needs. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Flood Gates Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church Sue Nilson Kibbey Learn how to tap leadership strength, make the case for change, effectively grow leaders, and mobilize a congregation to create a spiritual force that moves through communities. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

She Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry Karoline M. Lewis Women in ministry negotiate unique challenges every day. This comprehensive resource gives you the tools you need to thrive in your calling. Study resources available. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Pastor: Revised Edition The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry William H. Willimon Christianity has changed, but the core concerns of ordained ministry are intact. Drawing on great teachers of the Christian tradition, this book explores the vocation. Reader edition available. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $19.99



Re:MIX Transitioning Your Church to Living Color Mark DeYmaz and Bob Whitesel A practical guide for pastors, denominational leaders, and lay leaders who seek to transition their monoethnic congregations into healthy multiethnic churches of Christ-centered faith. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

The Changeover Zone Successful Pastoral Transitions Jim Ozier and Jim Griffith Offers practical, clear guidance for both clergy and congregations when navigating the tricky transition from one pastor to the next. Packed with real-church examples, helpful tips, and successful tactics. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Stepping Aside, Moving Ahead Spiritual and Practical Wisdom for Clergy Retirement Steve Harper In the form of letters to a fictitious “every-pastor,� Stepping Aside, Moving Ahead offers wise and practical guidance for any clergyperson within a decade of retirement. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

The Necessary Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently Bob Farr and Kay Kotan This book shares nine simple axioms for effective pastoral and lay leadership that are straightforward, easy to put to use every day, and can help you reach your potential. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

What Are We Fighting For? Coming Together Around What Matters Most Thomas J. Bickerton Offers United Methodists a way to move beyond discord to a hope-filled future by exploring how we can come together around what matters most. Study resources available. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Counterfeit Christianity The Persistence of Errors in the Church Roger E. Olson Though the major heresies originated ages ago, many still circulate today. Olson helps church leaders know how to deal with these artificial truths. Study resources available. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49



Five Faces of Ministry Pastor, Parson, Healer, Prophet, Pilgrim Patricia Farris With honesty, wisdom, and humor, Farris provides gentle guidance, encouragement, and compassion to help you learn how to strengthen the effectiveness of your ministry. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Servants and Fools A Biblical Theology of Leadership Arthur Boers; foreword by Eugene Peterson Jesus’ leadership style was practically the opposite of secular leadership standards: he practiced service and sacrifice, was cautious about power and hierarchies, and prioritized the vulnerable. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

The New Adapters Shaping Ideas to Fit Your Congregation Jacob Armstrong with Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter A road map demonstrating how classic leadership principles can be adapted for twenty-first century ministry in churches of any size or denomination. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Have You Faith in Christ? A Bishop’s Insight into the Historic Questions Asked of Those Seeking Admission into Full Connection in The United Methodist Church Ernest S. Lyght Questions to consider before ordination in The United Methodist Church. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Time Management for the Christian Leader Or How to Squeeze Blood from a Turnip Ken Willard An author and coach challenges leaders to evaluate goals, reveals ways we inadvertently waste time, and offers step-by-step techniques for improvement. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Gladhearted Disciples Equipping Your Congregation with Generous and Enduring Faith Chris Folmsbee A 30-day set of practices for pastors and leaders to share with congregants about how living like a disciple is a more authentic witness than sounding like one. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99



Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry Robert Schnase Do you inadvertently squelch creative people from using their God-given gifts to serve and lead? Do you restrain, control, and diminish ministry? Learn tips on how to be more innovative. Study resources available. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Seven Levers Missional Strategies for Conferences Robert Schnase Learn to identify and change practices that no longer work for your mission and discover concrete and useful strategies that foster more relevant and effective connectionalism. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Walking with Nehemiah Your Community Is Your Congregation Joseph W. Daniels Jr. Too often churches ignore their neighborhoods. This study of Nehemiah gives congregations inspiration and practical tools for engaging with their communities, helping both to become whole. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Bigger, Faster Leadership Lessons from the Builders of the Panama Canal Samuel R. Chand A renowned leadership consultant details the account of the construction of the Panama Canal, drawing parallels between it and successful leadership methodology. Hardcover. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99

Called to Create A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk Jordan Raynor In this energizing book, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author Raynor helps artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and other creatives reimagine our work as service to God and others. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

Love Leads The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity Steve Greene From real-life examples, learn how love and leadership are not mutually exclusive and that you need love to be an effective leader. Hardcover. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.99



Building a StoryBrand Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen Donald Miller Uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve how they connect with people and create effective messages. Hardcover. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99

Developing the Leader Within You John C. Maxwell In this thoroughly revised and updated 25th-anniversary edition of his now-classic work, Maxwell reveals how to develop the vision, value, influence, and motivation required of successful leaders. Hardcover. $25.99; Cokesbury Price $18.79

From Weakness to Strength 8 Vulnerabilities That Can Bring Out the Best in Your Leadership Scott Sauls Sauls exposes the real struggles that pastors and Christian leaders regularly face, sharing his own stories and those of other leaders from Scripture and throughout history. Hardcover. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $16.79

Portraits of a Pastor The 9 Essential Roles of a Church Leader Jason K. Allen, general editor Features contributions from evangelical leaders like Jason Allen, Jared Wilson, Daniel Akin, and Owen Strachan on the essential roles and aspects of pastoral ministry. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Sending Well A Field Guide to Great Church Planter Coaching Dino Senesi Great coaches are made not born. Sending Well provides a practical 3-step approach for creating a system that delivers great coaching to church planters. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.49

The Book of Mistakes 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future Skip Prichard Skip 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. $24.00



Teaching Outside the Box Five Approaches To Opening the Bible With Youth Andrew Zirschky Explores five distinct approaches to forming youth in the faith, starting with a new take on the instructional approach, and then introducing four approaches that are likely new to readers. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders Jen Bradbury Practical tips from the author’s own experience as a youth worker will inspire and equip rookie and veteran youth leaders alike, developing within them a more mature faith. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Smaller Church Youth Ministry No Staff, No Money, No Problem! Brad Fiscus with Stephanie Caro With proven helps, the authors show how to start, build, and lead an effective disciple-making youth ministry in a small church without much money or even a dedicated youth minister. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Beyond the Screen Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation Andrew Zirschky Using the latest research along with theological reflection and interviews with teens, explores why teens are perpetually connected via social media. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Hollow Faith How Andy Griffith, Facebook, and the American Dream Diluted the Gospel Stephen Ingram Separates the values of the gospel from the cultural norms of moralism, deism, meism, consumerism, and more that have domesticated them. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Practicing Christian Education An Introduction for Ministry Mark A. Maddix and James Riley Estep Jr. In this accessible introduction, two leading experts explore Christian education not only as a field of study but as a vital congregational ministry. With questions and exercises. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $16.79



Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource: Year B Part 1 Will WIllimon For each Sunday of the Christian Year, provides what you need to begin the journey toward a sermon. Stokes your imagination while allowing room for your distinctive voice. Part of a 6-vol. set. Year B Part 2 available. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $16.79

Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism Will Willimon This book uses the true story of a 1947 sermon in response to the last lynching in Greenville, SC, to help pastors of white, mainline Protestant churches preach on race more effectively and challenge the church to respond. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $11.99

That’ll Preach! 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever Charley Reeb Good pastors are not always good preachers. This 5-step plan for writing/delivering great sermons covers prep, structure, storytelling, and more. Uses the lectionary and topical preaching models. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $8.79

The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2018 Planning Sermons and Services for Fifty-Two Sundays Scott Hoezee, editor Essays, worship helps, complete sermons. Full of pithy nuggets of thought, idea jump-starters, or questions designed to spur the preacher’s imagination. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $16.79

Preaching and the Human Condition Loving God, Self, & Others O. Wesley Allen Jr. Sermons often skirt the human condition, ignoring “bad news” and offering self-help instead. Learn to better address real-life needs by aligning sermons with Jesus’ greatest commandment. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $16.79

Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching Frank A. Thomas This groundbreaking book acknowledges African American preaching as an academic discipline that has gradually moved from an almost exclusively oral tradition to an oral/written tradition. $34.99; Cokesbury Price $23.49



The Sermon without End A Conversational Approach to Preaching Ronald J. Allen and O. Wesley Allen, Jr. A dynamic, new conversational preaching model to reach people in meaningful and significant ways. With practical, real-pulpit implementation guidance. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $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. This pocket guide provides 19 powerful tips and tactics that lead to excellent speaking in any setting. Hardcover. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Preaching in Pictures Using Images for Sermons That Connect Peter Jonker Movies, songs, and commercials use compelling images to communicate. Learn exercises to incorporate dominant images in your sermons that unify and deliver your central thought. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Actuality Real Life Stories for Sermons That Matter Scott Hoezee Replenish your stock of anecdotes with honest, true, real-life stories you can use to illustrate your sermon points. Learn how to spot material in what you see and read every day. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Preaching as Poetry Beauty, Goodness, and Truth in Every Sermon Paul Scott Wilson Turn boring, fact-filled sermons into the art of poetry. Bring God to a newer, younger audience by combining Scripture with the classical virtues of beauty, goodness, and truth. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching Nancy Lammers Gross Many women preachers and worship leaders have trouble speaking. Gross presents techniques and a theologically empowering paradigm shift to help women fully embody their God-given preaching vocations. $20.00; Cokesbury Price $14.49



Preaching God’s Word, Second Edition A Hands-On Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering the Sermon Terry G. Carter, J. Scott Duvall, and J. Daniel Hays This user-friendly, practical, proven textbook walks you through the 5 steps of preaching. Hardcover. $37.99; Cokesbury Price $27.49

Preaching the Women of the Old Testament Who They Were and Why They Matter Lynn Japinga An in-depth look at over 20 fierce, faithful, and strong Old Testament women that offers sermon ideas connecting contemporary issues to each story. $20.00; Cokesbury Price $14.49

TED Talks The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking Chris Anderson This invaluable guide explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. A must-read for those ready to create impact with their ideas. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $11.79

Preaching with Cultural Intelligence Understanding the People Who Hear Our Sermons Matthew D. Kim A step-by-step template for preaching effectively to listeners from various denominations, ethnicities, genders, locations, religious backgrounds, and more. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $16.79

Preaching the Luminous Word Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays Ellen F. Davis with Austin McIver Dennis A collection of 51 sermons from all parts of the Christian Bible and five related essays from one of the most distinctive and eloquent scholar-preachers of our time. $33.00; Cokesbury Price $23.79

Preaching Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism Timothy Keller In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way. $16.00; Cokesbury Price $11.79



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Pulpit Resource Will Willimon For over three decades Pulpit Resource has helped preachers prepare to preach. Now, in partnership with Abingdon Press and, this homiletical resource will be available with fresh and timely accessibility to a new generation of preachers. Pulpit Resource doesn’t claim to be the sole resource needed for engaging, faithful, biblical preaching, but it does give you, the pastor who preaches, accessible, easy-to-use help on your way to a sermon. No sermon is a solo production. Every preacher relies on inherited models, mentors in the preacher’s past, commentaries on biblical texts by people who have given their lives to such study, comments received from members of the congregation, last week’s news headlines, and all the other ways that a sermon is communal.

The Abingdon Preaching Annual Planning Sermons and Services for Fifty-Two Sundays Scott Hoezee, editor The Abingdon Preaching Annual has been redesigned to provide more of what busy preachers need each week to prepare sermons and worship services. This Annual offers a primary preaching theme based on one of the lectionary texts for each week. A brief essay describes the theme and gives ideas for how to use it. One or more secondary preaching themes are also offered. Included are entries for special days such as Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.

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Lovin’ On Jesus A Concise History of Contemporary Worship Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth This is the first scholarly book on the origin and evolution of “contemporary worship” in North American Protestant churches. Based on original source material including personal interviews. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $19.99

Worship in a Flash for Special Days Everything You Need for Inviting and Inspiring Worship Plan worship for special days— prayers, calls to worship, sermons, benedictions, litanies, music, projection images, more. Versions for Advent & Christmas, Lent & Easter available. USB flash drive. $34.99; Cokesbury Price $27.99

Altars for Everyone Worship Designs on Any Budget Nancy C. Townley and Stephanie Davis Simple and inexpensive ideas for any church to make its altar a more integral part of the worship experience with visual elements that fit in with Sunday’s Scriptures, hymns, prayers, and sermons. $21.99; Cokesbury Price $14.79

Creating Holy Spaces Worship Visuals for the Revised Common Lectionary Delia Halverson and Karen Appleby Suggestions for making worship an exciting and meaningful visual experience. Visuals are tied to each Sunday of all three years of the Revised Common Lectionary. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $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 Worship in the Garden can enhance one’s experience of God as a congregation worships together outdoors. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Worship Ways For the People Within Your Reach Thomas G. Bandy with Lucinda S. Holmes In Worship Ways you’ll learn how to use lifestyle information to design services that truly reach and meet the needs of the people in your unique community. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $15.49



Worship Together in Your Church As in Heaven Josh Davis and Nikki Lerner Communities are becoming more diverse. This empathetic, step-by-step approach provides ideas and strategies to successfully introduce inclusive, multicultural worship in any setting. Spiral bound. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $15.49

The Abingdon Worship Annual 2018 Worship Planning Resources for Every Sunday of the Year Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, editors For all who plan and implement weekly worship. Uses a theme based on the lectionary readings (from the Common English Bible). $25.99; Cokesbury Price $17.49

The United Methodist Music & Worship Planner 2017–2018 CEB Edition David L. Bone and Mary J. Scifres All-in-one, lectionary-based. Helps music directors and pastors plan worship services for Sundays and holy days. UM hymn suggestions. NRSV version available. Spiral bound. $23.99

Prepare! 2017–2018 CEB Edition An Ecumenical Music & Worship Planner David L. Bone and Mary J. Scifres All-in-one, lectionary-based. Helps pastors and music directors plan worship services for Sundays and holy days. Hymn suggestions from 7 denominations. NRSV version available. Spiral bound. $23.99

The United Methodist Calendar & Workbook 2018 An enhanced appointment calendar for clergy, choir directors, church school workers, and staff. View appointments for the entire week in one spread. Extra space on Sunday. UM-specific worship planning. Personal Planner looseleaf edition available. Spiral bound. $16.99

Calendar & Workbook for Church Leaders 2018 An enhanced appointment calendar for all church leaders. Appointments for the entire week in one spread. Extra space on Sunday to record worship services details like attendance and offerings, a Lectionary readings chart, and more. Spiral bound. $16.99



The United Methodist Worship Planning Calendar 2018 This unique tool can help pastors, music directors, and planners create and capture worship service details for each Sunday: sermon topic, hymns, anthems, acolytes, lay readers, and special services such as communion or baptisms. $9.99

From Survival to Success Practical Insights for Worship Ministry Leadership Daniel Morris Written in three distinctive sections, this book takes the reader on a progressive journey to help you discover God’s definition and design for success in your ministry. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $11.79

Worship in the Way of the Cross Leading Worship for the Sake of Others John Frederick With a mix of biblical exposition and practical insights, Frederick explores the cruciform theology of worship, where leaders act as servants not as lords. $18.00; Cokesbury Price $12.99

Christ-Centered Worship Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice Bryan Chapell Accessible and engaging, this book provides practical Christcentered worship planning resources to help the church transcend the traditional/ contemporary worship debate. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99

Essential Worship A Handbook for Leaders Greg Scheer A concise, easy-to-read primer on the basics of worship theology and practice. Each concept is introduced clearly and concisely with accompanying diagrams, charts, and bulleted lists, plus reflection questions. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $14.49

The Worship Pastor A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams Zac Hicks Every worship leader is really a pastor. This book is a practical introduction to this essential role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories, it addresses questions of theory and practice. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.99



Defying Gravity Break Free from the Culture of More Tom Berlin Possessions can create an unbearable weight on our lives and affect our ability to serve and thrive. Explores how to become a church of generosity. Study resources available. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $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 your ministry and mission. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $8.79

Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes Rosario Picardo Innovation and entrepreneurial thinking for pastors with few resources who feel the stress of managing finances, debt reduction, fundraising, and building maintenance. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Generosity Rising Lead a Stewardship Revolution in Your Church Scott McKenzie Why do churches continue to struggle with financial giving? The answer is in the church’s leadership. Helps pastors recruit and train a dedicated team of “generosity revolutionaries.” $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Propel Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity Clayton L. Smith; foreword by Adam Hamilton Find the financial resources your church needs to propel its ministry forward. Offers tangible models for creating a culture of generosity beyond tithing. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Earn. Save. Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money James A. Harnish Wesley’s money management philosophy translated into 21st century terms. Learn new ways to think about money, not just during a stewardship program. Study resources available. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49



The Gratitude Path Leading Your Church to Generosity Kent Millard Stewardship plans don’t have to be complex and confusing. This no-nonsense 5-session approach for local church giving is accessible, achievable, and effective. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $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 and gives guidance on how to ask for increased giving. Completely revised with new material. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Bounty Ten Ways To Increase Giving At Your Church Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie Explores the critical spiritual component of stewardship development. In ten do-able and transformative steps, instructs pastors how to grow generosity. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Beyond the Offering Plate A Holistic Approach to Stewardship Adam J. Copeland, editor Explores the profound concept of stewardship in its many dimensions, including stewardship of time, work, body, mind, spirit, community, technology, and more. $20.00; Cokesbury Price $14.49

Fearless Major Gifts Inspiring Meaning-Making Charles LaFond Clergy and lay leaders are terrified of asking for major and planned gifts. Clergy are not taught in seminary how to do this essential work of ministry. LaFond, in his various roles, is filling that educational gap. $26.00; Cokesbury Price $18.79

The Treasure Principle Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving Randy Alcorn Jesus said to store our treasures in heaven not on earth. We can’t take it with us but we can send it on ahead. Learn how to live generously every day. Study resources available. Hardcover. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49



Fresh Expressions A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not In Church Kenneth H. Carter Jr. and Audrey Warren A group study for church leaders and congregations motivated to renew their tradition by reaching people who are dechurched. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Divergent Church The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities Tim Shapiro and Kara Brinkerhoff Reveals what the church can learn from innovative Christians who are engaging in timehonored practices and creating new types of communities. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships Jake McGlothin Offers effective, practical steps congregations can take to make a difference with the children in their community by partnering their church family with a public school. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Go The Church’s Main Purpose George G. Hunter III Many ask “Is that all there is to church?” It’s an indication that our churches don’t have a consistent reason for being. Hunter returns to the missional church to help us recover a clear and consistent sense of purpose. $21.99; Cokesbury Price $14.79

A New Day in the City Urban Church Revival Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens Many urban churches struggle to survive while others manage to grow. This book shares the lessons and fresh perspectives that those churches that thrive have learned. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Grounded in Prayer Participant and Leader Book Jim Cowart, Matthew Hartsfield, Jennifer Cowart, and Jorge Acevedo Feel isolated trying to sustain a prayer life alone? Learn how prayer groups build connections and hold members accountable in this study. Study DVD available. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $8.79



Hand Me Downs Participant and Leader Book Leaving a Legacy Jim and Jennifer Cowart Leave a legacy of spiritual and mental integrity. This 6-session small group study shows us how to replace self-destructive, addictive behaviors with new, healthy habits. Study DVD available. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Living the Five Participant and Leader Book Jim and Jennifer Cowart The Cowarts share their five, successful principles for church expansion through community groups—an alternative type of small group that reaches smaller settings. Study DVD available. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $8.79

Grab, Gather, Grow Multiply Community Groups in Your Church Jim and Jennifer Cowart Transform your congregation by launching community groups. Learn the Cowart’s five-part strategy using adaptive systems, digital tools, and flexible overhead. Study DVD available. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $8.79

The Passionate Church Ignite Your Church and Change the World Mike Slaughter with Karen Perry Smith Do ministry passionately by focusing on four areas of ministry to develop principled Christian leaders and create new and renewed congregations. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

The Misfit Mission How to Change the World with Surprises, Interruptions, and All the Wrong People Scott Chrostek How one church’s appetite for risk-taking opened up its community of faithful to becoming the people God created them to be. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Meet the Goodpeople Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith Roger Ross The alienation people feel toward the organized church today is not so disimilar to that of Wesley’s time. Learn to retool Wesley’s practices to connect to the non-churched in our time. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99



The Sky Is Falling, the Church Is Dying, and Other False Alarms Ted A. Campbell Is the predicted decline of mainline Christianity inevitable— or are we on the precipice of new opportunities? This book helps churches build up the larger Christian community while reaching out to new individuals. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church Bob Farr and Kay Kotan The authors share their expertise about the top 10 concerns and obstacles they’ve seen while consulting with churches, offering practical strategies, proven success stories, inspiration, and hope. Workbook available. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Get Their Name Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships Bob Farr, Doug Anderson, and Kay Kotan Shows your church how to change its habits. Equips people to share faith in a way that is effective, biblical, and transformational. Study resources available. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Four Views on the Church’s Mission Jason S. Sexton, general editor In the helpful Counterpoints series format, four contributors articulate various evangelical views regarding the church’s mission, providing a healthy, vigorous, and gracious debate on this controversial topic. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.49

The New Copernicans Understanding the Millennial Contribution to the Church John Seel Millennials are both the church’s greatest challenge and its most exciting new opportunity. Seel suggests survival strategies— communication on-ramps for real connection with them. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.49

Fusion Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully Engaged Members of Your Church Nelson Searcy with Jennifer Dykes Henson Offers a step-by-step, biblically grounded, and proven plan that prompts newcomers to become fully developing church members. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49



Multichurch Exploring the Future of Multisite Gregg Allison Explores the various forms of the multisite movement, identifies areas of concern, and concludes that it is a biblically sound model that provides a compelling solution for the church today. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.99

How to Become a Multicultural Church Douglas J. Brouwer Many churches aspire to be more culturally diverse, but they have no idea how to approach that goal practically. This book addresses that problem with ten ways churches can truly engage and welcome other cultures. $20.00; Cokesbury Price $14.49

When Your Church Feels Stuck 7 Unavoidable Questions Every Leader Must Answer Chris Sonksen Before church leaders can chart a unique path to growth for their churches, they must first discover the real reasons their churches are stuck—and what steps to take to facilitate real growth. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $11.79

Revitalize Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again Andrew M. Davis Declining membership is often a symptom of a church in crisis. Davis offers readers the lessons he’s learned in his own journey of leading church transformation. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $11.79

Deep & Wide Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend Andy Stanley Provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people love to attend. Includes a study guide. $21.99; Cokesbury Price $15.99

Going Deep & Wide A Companion Guide for Churches and Leaders Andy Stanley Offers practical steps to help church leaders create irresistible environments, define ministry goals, and communicate more effectively with unbelievers. Includes discussion materials. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $8.49



At the Crossroads Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life Clayton L. Smith and Dave Wilson A 6-week study for individuals or groups offering comprehensive, practical help for Christians who are approaching, entering, or already in retirement. $10.99; Cokesbury Price $7.49

Growing Love in Christian Marriage Third Edition An ideal resource for prewedding counseling sessions. Pastor’s Manual. Jane P. and S. Clifton Ives. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99 Couple’s Manual. Joan and Richard Hunt. Pkg. of 2. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $11.99

Pastor as Counselor Wise Presence, Sacred Conversation John Patton This book provides a helpful, step-by-step template for pastoral counseling sessions and clear guidelines for understanding when to defer and how to refer. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Pastoral Care Telling the Stories of Our Lives Karen D. Scheib Using insights from narrative psychological theory, this book presents a practical model of pastoral care as companionship. Pastoral caregivers are called to walk with others who are growing in love of God, self, and others. $35.99; Cokesbury Price $23.99

A Crazy, Holy Grace The Healing Power of Pain and Memory Frederick Buech ner Here are the best of Buechner’s writings on pain and loss, covering such topics as the power of hidden secrets, loss of a beloved, letting go, peace, and listening for the quiet voice of God. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.99

The Alphabet of Grief Words to Help in Times of Sorrow Andrea Raynor A chaplain and spiritual counselor uses the letters of the alphabet as starting points for reflections on loss and hope. Each chapter concludes with a meditation and an affirmation. Hardcover. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.99



Stride Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church Mike Schreiner and Ken Willard John Wesley once said, “The way to keep a Methodist alive is to keep him moving.” Learn the process of developing a discipleship pathway that meets people where they are. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

Right Here Right Now The Practice of Christian Mindfulness Amy G. Oden This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and stepby-step practices of Christian mindfulness that can deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

A Guide to Christian Spiritual Formation How Scripture, Spirit, Community, and Mission Shape Our Souls Evan B. Howard A holistic, accessible, and informed introduction to Christian spiritual formation written from a broadly evangelical perspective. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99

I Wonder Engaging a Child’s Curiosity about the Bible Elizabeth Caldwell A resource for adults who want to explore ways to help children read, engage, wrestle, and grow into deeper understanding of the Bible. It will also help address timeless questions and issues. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Becoming a Disciple A Lifelong Venture Adolf Hansen and Colleagues Might discipleship, within Christ’s directive, mean something unique to each of us? Meet eight United Methodist clergy and hear them discuss the definition of discipleship as they help us to become followers of Jesus. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Teaching Biblical Faith Leading Small Group Bible Studies Jack L. Seymour Explores useful strategies for leading group Bible studies, the purposes and outcomes of each, and how biblical wisdom shapes personal/corporate decisionmaking. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79



Holding Up Your Corner Talking about Race in Your Community F. Willis Johnson What role does your church play on behalf of racial justice? Offers a self-directed process of testimony, proclamation, guided group conversations, and more. Study resources available. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79

Fear of the Other No Fear in Love William H. Willimon Invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those outside the mainstream Christian culture may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do. Study resources available. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

Christian Social Innovation Renewing Wesleyan Witness L. Gregory Jones Looks at how our need to develop “fresh expressions” for gatherings of community and our desire to cultivate a renewed sense of mission are the basis for the growing interest in starting new churches and church plants. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

The Sacred Secular How God Is Using the World to Shape the Church Dottie Escobedo-Frank and Rob Rynders Is being spiritual better than being “religious”? Is the church still important? If we believe it is, how do we show, tell, and embody that today? $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49

Moral Injury Restoring Wounded Souls Larry Kent Graham How can pastors help people deal with their feelings of guilt, shame, and responsibility when most people don’t believe in sin and have a limited or “flexible” moral framework? Reclaim pastoral soul care without moralizing. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Earn All You Can Getting Rich for Good Donald R. House Economic theory, Jewish oral traditions, the letters of Pope Pius IX and John Paul II, and the sermons of John Wesley provide a context for understanding frequently cited Scripture passages on wealth and poverty. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.49



Massacre at Sand Creek How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy Gary L. Roberts Comes to grips with Methodist involvement in a 150-yearold tragedy: more than 200 Cheyennes and Arapahos slain while under U.S. government protection. Hardcover available. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Me and We God’s New Social Gospel Leonard Sweet Inward facing churches measure success by how many people they can get to come to church. Outward facing churches (missional churches) measure success by sending capacity, not seating capacity. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $11.99

Celebrating God’s Love Living Into Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships Donald E. Messer, editor This collection of essays from writers around the world offers a framework for reflection and study for United Methodist laity, clergy, and seminarians seeking to build bridges of unity. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

A Christian Justice for the Common Good Tex Sample While human rights and due process are necessary for a just world, the Christian understanding of the common good is much richer and calls us to radical forms of liberation, compassion, mercy, and peace. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $11.99

Cryptomnesia How a Forgotten Memory Could Save the Church Christine A. Chakoian The world is changing. The impact of technology on our lives is growing. Can we find a way forward by looking back to another time of globalization... when the early church emerged? $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.79

Capital Gaines The Smart Things I’ve Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff Chip Gaines with Mark Dagostino The TV star, serial entrepreneur, renovation expert, and bestselling author relives some of his craziest antics and the life lessons learned along the way. Hardcover. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99



The Hollywood Commandments A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success Devon Franklin with Tim Vandehey The Hollywood producer, preacher, motivational speaker, and New York Times best-selling author of The Wait shares the spiritual lessons he learned about success in Hollywood. Hardcover. $25.99; Cokesbury Price $19.49

Barna Trends 2018 What’s New and What’s Next at the Intersection of Faith and Culture Presenting a year’s worth of major research findings, this volume provides essential information by consolidating and interpreting raw data behind cultural, religious, and political shifts. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $18.99

Public Faith in Action How to Think Carefully, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz This nonpartisan handbook offers Christians practical guidance for thinking through complicated public issues and faithfully following Jesus as a citizen. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $14.39

God in the Movies A Guide for Exploring Four Decades of Film Catherine M. Barsotti and Robert K. Johnston, editors In this informative guide, foremost experts on faith and film help readers combine their love of movies with their desire to grow closer to God. $21.99; Cokesbury Price $12.99

All Saints The Surprising Story of How Refugees from Burma Brought Life to a Dying Church Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle Tells the true story that inspired the film of a church that risked it all to provide help for refuges and the church community. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

No Innocent Bystanders Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher J. Doucot This book is a start-up guide for spiritual or religious people who are interested in working for social justice but don’t know how or where to begin. $16.00; Cokesbury Price $11.79



Five Means of Grace Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way Elaine A. Heath Guides readers through the five means of grace—a recurring annual process for God’s people to renew their relationships with God and others. Study resources available. Hardcover. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $6.79

Five Marks of a Methodist The Fruit of a Living Faith Steve Harper A gem of a book, it answers in plain language, “How should United Methodists live?” and provides the people called Methodists with a clear and memorable unifying focus. Study resources available. Hardcover. $8.99; Cokesbury Price $5.99

One Faithful Promise The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal Magrey R. deVega Modern congregations can experience a boost in their Christian living as they explore The Wesley Covenant Prayer in this churchwide campaign. Study resources available. Hardcover. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $6.79

The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement Scott J. Jones A viable future for United Methodism relies on recapturing the dynamism associated with a movement. Discusses obstacles that prevent the church from achieving its potential and closes with a hopeful vision of renewal. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $11.99

Top 10 United Methodist Beliefs Don Adams Follow John Wesley’s scriptural pathway to spiritual formation. This book describes the 10 most important United Methodist beliefs that equip us for every good work. Study resources available in September. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $9.99

The Works of John Wesley, Volume 27 Letters III (1756-1765) Ted A. Campbell, editor John Wesley’s correspondence reveals much of him as a man and of the people and events in the early Methodist movement. Additional volumes available. Hardcover. $59.99; Cokesbury Price $39.99



Creation The Apple of God’s Eye Justo L. González; William H. Willimon, general editor While no one book can answer all our questions, Creation can help us begin the conversation and start to address our very human and timeless questions. Part of the Belief Matters series. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

Incarnation The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth William H. Willimon The idea that Christ was both divine and human will always be a mystery. But wouldn’t learning more about this major biblical theme help us think more clearly about our faith? $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

Holy Communion Celebrating God with Us Kenneth M. Loyer; William H. Willimon, general editor Explores how celebrating the presence of God with us through Holy Communion nourishes our souls, refreshes our sense of community, and equips us for mission in Christ’s name. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

Trinity The God We Don’t Know Jason Byassee; William H. Willimon, general editor Uses Scripture, Early Church tradition, and modern theology to argue God can shape our misunderstanding of who God is to allow for faithful living and holy love of God and neighbor. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

Luther vs. Pope Leo A Conversation in Purgatory Paul R. Hinlicky Imaginatively discusses the key issues that divided Catholics and Protestants (and birthed a Reformation 500 years ago) through a fantasy encounter set in heaven where Martin Luther and Pope Leo X reconcile their issues. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World Deanna A. Thompson Is your church connected digitally? Or is technology overwhelming? Learn about the possibilities of healing the lives of the most vulnerable among us through a “virtual experience with Christ” via technology. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49



An Exact Likeness The Portraits of John Wesley Richard P. Heitzenrater A unique pictorial art history book that describes John Wesley’s legacy through the many portraits and sculptures that attempt his exact likeness, in life and in death. Hardcover. $39.99; Cokesbury Price $26.79

The Holy Spirit Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon The work of the Spirit is more than a personal experience. This book challenges those individualistic and subjectivist accounts. Learn what God does as the Trinity and how to prayerfully embrace this gift. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.49

GreenFaith Mobilizing God’s People to Save the Earth Fletcher Harper; foreword by Bill McKibben What can ordinary people do to address climate change? GreenFaith shows it takes belief and practice, science and faith to sustain us and our planet. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.49

Why the Church? Robert W. Wall; Joel B. Green, general editor Some regard the church as an unnecessary institutionalization of faith. Part of the Reframing New Testament Theology series, this book takes the stand that the church is the concrete means to address our theological crisis. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $19.99

Good Arguments Making Your Case in Writing and Public Speaking Richard A. Holland Jr. and Benjamin K. Forrest Great for use in seminaries, this introduction to making effective arguments helps you understand the basics of sound reasoning and how to use it for persuasion. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.99

Mothers of Faith Motherhood in the Christian Tradition Wilfred M. Sumani A Malawi-born Jesuit priest, Sumani approaches motherhood in the Christian faith tradition through personal context and scholarly exegesis on mother figures throughout Christianity. $28.00; Cokesbury Price $19.99



Sanctification Michael Allen; Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain, general editors Provides thoughtful, concise, and readable treatments of major theological topics, expressing the biblical, creedal, and confessional shape of Christian doctrine for a contemporary evangelical audience. $34.99; Cokesbury Price $24.99

Roman But Not Catholic What Remains at Stake 500 Years After the Reformation Kenneth J. Collins and Jerry L. Walls Two leading evangelical historians and philosophers honestly and respectfully summarize the real differences between Protestants and Catholics. $34.99; Cokesbury Price $24.99

Crazy Talk A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms Rolf A. Jacobson, editor Captivating, entertaining, and highly informative, this delightful book helps readers navigate their way through theology that is often confusing and intimidating. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $14.49

Thirsty for God A Brief History of Christian Spirituality Bradley P. Holt This accessible and engaging history provides an excellent primer on the two-millennium quest for union with God, a “thirst” at the center of Christian life and practice. $29.00; Cokesbury Price $20.99

Crucible of Faith The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World Philip Jenkins One of America’s foremost scholars of religion examines the tumultuous era that gave birth to the modern Judeo-Christian tradition. Hardcover. $30.00; Cokesbury Price $19.49

Augustine Conversions to Confessions Robin Lane Fox Magisterial and beautifully written by the celebrated historian Robin Lane Fox, Augustine is the authoritative portrait of this colossal figure at his most thoughtful, vulnerable, and profound. $21.99; Cokesbury Price $12.99


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