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Facilitiation Skills For Ministry
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Preaching The Hard Words Of Jesus (Preachers Toolbox)
Preaching The Four Gospels With Confidence
Echoing The Word
Influential
The Good Worship Guide
Encountering God Together
Look Before You Lead
Go In Peace
Unreached
Creating Community
The Great Evangelical Recession
The Gospel Commission
Women and Men in Scripture and the Church
The Art of Curating Worship
The U-Turn Church
Festivals Together
Gaining Heaven's Perspective
The Measure of Our Success
Dem Dry Bones
Developing in Ministry
Leading Small Groups with Purpose
A Clergy Husband's Survival Guide
Friends In Christ
Stumbling Blocks
Nine lives
101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches
The Art of Mentoring
Paul as Pastor
Dangerous Calling
Get it across loud and clear
Warnings To The Churches
Redeeming Church Conflicts
Simplicity In Preaching
Creative Ideas for Using Scripture in Worship With CD Rom
There’s Hope For Your Church
Encircling the Christian Year
Leading on Empty
Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals
The Beauty of the Word
50 Masses with Children
Pray, Plan, Prepare, Preach
The Holy Ground Around You
Inspirational Preaching
Pastoring the Pastor
Making the Most of the Lectionary
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An Authentic Servant
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Facilitiation Skills For Ministry



by Jo Whitehead, Sally Nash & Simon Sutcliffe


This is a fresh resource, excellently crafted for the sake of others. This book is rightly positioned in the marketplace, to enable a leadership culture that has shifted from hierarchical models to a place of enabling others to grow and flourish.

That's the theory anyhow! The boundaries and values of a context that is created as a safe and productive place are powerfully and plainly constructed here. The vision is painted well.

Though stemming from youth ministry and fresh expression streams of the church, the usefulness and reach of this new SPCK ministry resource deserves a wide readership.

There are endless gems woven throughout this title, most fundamentally rooted in the concept, "People support what they help create!" Every reader will be convinced that when people work together there can be more than just beginnings, more than just progress, indeed success can be discovered.

The supplementary action and reflection questions that follow each chapter are really helpful. I'd forsee a lot of individual use of this volume but believe that this would have even greater usefulness in the context of open-minded teams who want to grow in capacity and effectiveness.

Most ministry courses do not teach facilitation skills and many often are left to flounder in an interpersonal wilderness of hopefulness. The richness of the research, voices and source material that shape this work are a testament to the quality of these three authors.

I particularly enjoyed Jo Whitehead's chapter about culture setting, as this remains one of the biggest churches and organizational enigma's. Hospitablity, space, attitudes and real plans for best seating plans, are well detailed. I would have wished more than just a paragraph on permission giving.

Theology, skills, wisdom and values are substantively served up here for all to engage with. A celebration if somewhat technical of all that is highly participative in our culture! A truly top-class resource.



Review by Johnny Douglas  (23/12/13)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: August 2013
ISBN: 978-0-281-06877-7

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Common Worship Lectionary 2013/2014

- Advent 2013 to the Eve of Advent 2014

by Church of England


This essential handbook presents the authorised Bible readings (references only) for the liturgical year beginning Advent Sunday 2013.

It includes the Principal, second and third service lectionary readings for Sundays and Principal Festivals, plus morning and evening readings for weekdays throughout the year. A must-have reference guide for every vestry and parish office.

This is the standard pocket-book size edition.



Review by x  (06/12/13)
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Publisher: Church House Publishing (CHP) part of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Published: April 2013
ISBN: 978-0-715-12256-3

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Preaching The Hard Words Of Jesus (Preachers Toolbox)



by Steven D Mathewson


This is a book aimed at helping preachers understand, and then explain some of the hard sayings of Jesus. Each of the nine chapters look at a different aspect of Jesus’ teaching such as hell & judgement, sex and marriage, and the end times.

Drawing on his own experience and the wisdom of others, Dr. Mathewson provides a wealth of thoughtful advice. He emphasises the importance of being faithful to the text and the context. He provides not only an explanation of the sayings of Jesus, but also gives examples of how to present that truth in a sermon.

A particular highlight for me was the chapter covering God’s sovereignty and human freedom. He emphasises that we must not allow an Arminian or a Calvanistic view to diminish the plain meaning of words of Jesus that do not sit well with our theology. He urges us to preach the text rather than our theological system.

Overall this is an excellent resource. It will help the serious teacher to communicate God’s Word with honesty and clarity.



Review by Alan Hill  (30/11/13)
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Publisher: Hendrickson from Alban Books
Published: July 2013
ISBN: 978-1-619-70101-4

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Preaching The Four Gospels With Confidence

- (Preachers Toolbox Series)

by Steven D Mathewson


Preaching the four gospels with confidence is written for those who love Jesus and want to proclaim Jesus in this world.

Right from the off, this book gets my attention with a
spirited exploration of the optimum length of a sermon. Mathewson offers something quite unique concerning unity, range and convictions about the person of Christ. There's lots of hermeneutically rich reference material here, solid counsel and pastoral insight. The sections covering conflict, paradox and contrast for me are worth the price of the book.

It will renew your gospel confidence as you read and re-read the gospel through the gift of this book. Steven Matthewson thank you for this helpful teaching.



Review by Johnny Douglas  (15/11/13)
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Published: July 2013
ISBN: 978-1-598-56702-1

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Echoing The Word

- The Bible In The Eucharist

by Paula Gooder & Michael Perham


Here is a book I didn't know I needed to read until I read it.  And now I think more people should read it, not just those that are involved in saying the Eucharist (though I hope most of them have some understanding of what this book addresses, though they might want to have a quick refresh too!) but also those that attend church and hear and participate in the Eucharist. For there within the liturgy of the Eucharist (C of E Common Worship, Order One in particular, but I think much of this book would hold weight for any liturgical Eucharist that follows the same or similar form) is a lot more than you might really expect and it's deeply entrenched in the Bible - not just the passages about the Last Supper, not just the prayers drawn from the Bible, but deeper in the very way it is set out, the pauses and movements and arrangements, that all have a richer biblical significance. This book really helps you see how the Eucharist is not just mere ritual but is in some ways an active embodiment of the word of God.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (09/10/13)
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Published: August 2013
ISBN: 978-0-281-06913-2

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Influential

- Women in Leadership at Church, Work and Beyond

by Jo Saxton


Are you a woman of influence in your workplace, church or local community? And do you sometimes have questions about your leadership role, yet don't know where to turn for answers? If so, Jo's book is for you. It seems to me that you can dip into this book in almost any order, after the introduction. In every chapter there is a Biblical text as a foundation, some practical advice and some reflections by others in leadership. She looks at women in the Old and New Testaments, mentoring, navigating in a man's world, coping with marriage and leadership and lots of other relevant topics.

Jo does not write from a 'know it all' position, but acknowledges that there is always more to learn. I like her final emphasis on wisdom in the chapter 'The art of living skilfully'. I can heartily recommend this book.



Review by Jackie Rowe  (03/09/13)
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Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 978-0-340-99535-8

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The Good Worship Guide

- Leading Liturgy Well

by Robert Atwell

ISBN: 978-1-853-11719-0
Price: £19.99

Published: June 2013
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Encountering God Together

- Biblical patterns for ministry and worship

by David Peterson

ISBN: 978-1-844-74607-1
Price: £9.99

Published: January 2013
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Look Before You Lead

- How to Discern and Shape Your Church Culture

by Aubrey Malphurs

ISBN: 978-0-801-01507-6
Price: £11.99

Published: March 2013
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Go In Peace

- The Art of Hearing Confessions

by Martin L. Smith, Julia Gatta

ISBN: 978-1-848-25196-0
Price: £12.99

Published: March 2013
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Unreached

- Growing churches in working-class and deprived areas

by Tim Chester

ISBN: 978-1-844-74603-3
Price: £9.99

Published: October 2012
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Creating Community

- Ancient ways for modern churches

by Simon Reed

ISBN: 978-0-857-46009-7
Price: £7.99

Published: 19 April 2013
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The Great Evangelical Recession

- 6 Factors That Will Crash the American Church… and How to Prepare

by John S Dickerson

ISBN: 978-0-801-01483-3
Price: £8.99

Published: February 2013
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The Gospel Commission

- Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples

by Michael Horton

ISBN: 978-0-801-01390-4
Price: £10.99

Published: October 2012
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Women and Men in Scripture and the Church

- A Guide to the Key Issues

ed. Steven Croft & Paula Gooder

ISBN: 978-1-848-25510-4
Price: £7.99

Published: March 2013
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The Art of Curating Worship

- Reshaping the Role of the Worship Leader

by Mark Pierson

ISBN: 978-1-848-25194-6
Price: £16.99

Published: May 2012
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The U-Turn Church

- New Direction for Health and Growth

by Bob Bouwer; Kevin G Harney

ISBN: 978-0-801-01488-8
Price: £8.99

Published: October 2012
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Festivals Together

- Creating all-age worship through the year

by Sandra Millar

ISBN: 978-0-281-06631-5
Price: £12.99

Published: June 2012
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Gaining Heaven's Perspective

- A Guide to Hearing and Seeing the Voice of God

by Julian C Adams

ISBN: 978-1-908-39322-7

Published: October 2012
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The Measure of Our Success

- An Impassioned Plea to Pastors

by Shawn Lovejoy

ISBN: 978-0-801-01460-4
Price: £8.99

Published: July 2012
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Dem Dry Bones



by Luke A Powery

ISBN: 978-0-800-69822-5
Price: £12.99

Published: July 2012
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Developing in Ministry

- Handbook for effective Christian learning and training

by Neil Evans

ISBN: 978-0-281-06398-7
Price: £12.99

Published: October 2012
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Leading Small Groups with Purpose

- Everything You Need to Lead a Healthy Group

by Steve M Gladen

ISBN: 978-0-801-01496-3
Price: £8.99

Published: 28 February 2013
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A Clergy Husband's Survival Guide



by Matthew Caminer

ISBN: 978-0-281-06790-9
Price: £8.99

Published: August 2012
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Friends In Christ

- Paths to a New Understanding of Church

by Brother John of Taizé

ISBN: 978-1-626-98000-6
Price: £14.99

Published: August 2012
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Stumbling Blocks

- Conquering the stuff that holds you back

by Gavin and Anne Calver

ISBN: 978-0-857-21200-9
Price: £7.99

Published: July 2012
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Nine lives

- The Enneagram in life stories

by Eric Foggitt

ISBN: 978-1-780-99978-4
Price: £11.99

Published: December 2012
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101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches

- A MODEM Guide

by Various

ISBN: 978-1-848-25045-1
Price: £18.99

Published: September 2011
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The Art of Mentoring

- Embracing the Great Generational Transition

by Darlene Zschech

ISBN: 978-0-764-20935-2
Price: £9.99

Published: 23 August 2012
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Paul as Pastor

- Biblical insights for pastoral ministry

by Patrick Whitworth

ISBN: 978-0-857-46046-2
Price: £7.99

Published: 19 October 2012
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Dangerous Calling

- Confronting the unique challenges of pastoral ministry

by Paul David Tripp

ISBN: 978-1-844-74602-6
Price: £11.99

Published: 16 November 2012
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Get it across loud and clear

- A speaker's practical guide to preparation and delivery

by Ali Martin

ISBN: 978-1-850-78993-2
Price: £7.99

Published: March 2012
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Warnings To The Churches



by J C Ryle

ISBN: 978-0-851-51043-9
Price: £5.50

Published: 2007
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Redeeming Church Conflicts

- Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care

by Tara Klena Barthel & David V.Edling

ISBN: 978-0-801-01428-4
Price: £10.99

Published: 22 June 2012
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Simplicity In Preaching



by J C Ryle

ISBN: 978-1-848-71065-8
Price: £1.50

Published: 2010
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Creative Ideas for Using Scripture in Worship With CD Rom



by Paul S Glass

ISBN: 978-1-848-25163-2
Price: £19.99

Published: 31 May 2012
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There’s Hope For Your Church

- First Steps to Restoring Health and Growth

by Gary L. McIntosh

ISBN: 978-0-801-01406-2
Price: £11.99

Published: June 2012
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Encircling the Christian Year

- Liturgies and Reflections for the Seasons of the Church

by Barbara Mosse

ISBN: 978-0-857-46045-5
Price: £9.99

Published: 06 June 2012
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Leading on Empty

- Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

by Wayne Cordeiro

ISBN: 978-0-764-20759-4
Price: £8.99

Published: 01 April 2010
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Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals

- Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenges of Death - Ministering the Master’s Way

by Brian Croft & Phil A. Newton

ISBN: 978-1-846-25266-2
Price: £5.00

Published: 2011
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The Beauty of the Word

- The Challenge and Wonder of Preaching

by James C. Howell

ISBN: 978-0-664-23695-3

Published: 2011
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50 Masses with Children

- Revised and Updated

by Sr Francesca Kelly

ISBN: 978-1-856-07771-2
Price: £13.50

Published: 30 March 2012
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Pray, Plan, Prepare, Preach

- Establishing and Maintaining Priorities in the Preaching Ministry – Ministering the Master’s Way

by Iain D. Campbell

ISBN: 978-1-846-25149-8
Price: £6.00

Published: 2012
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The Holy Ground Around You

- Reflective Services for Taking the Church Outside

by Susan Sayers

ISBN: 978-1-848-67469-1
Price: £11.99

Published: December 2011
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Inspirational Preaching

- The Preachers Toolbox series

by Ed. Craig Brian Larson

ISBN: 978-1-598-56859-2
Price: £9.99

Published: April 2012
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Pastoring the Pastor

- Emails of a Journey Through Ministry

by Tim Cooper & Kelvin Gardiner

ISBN: 978-1-845-50784-8
Price: £7.99

Published: March 2012
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Making the Most of the Lectionary

- A Users Guide

by Thomas O’Loughlin

ISBN: 978-0-281-06587-5
Price: £12.99

Published: March 2012
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Eucharistic Ministers



by Brian Glannon

ISBN: 978-1-856-07766-8
Price: £5.99

Published: 18 February 2012
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An Authentic Servant

- The Marks of a Spiritual Leader: Didasko Files Series

by Ajith Fernando

ISBN: 978-1-598-56875-2
Price: £2.99

Published: May 2012
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Grow Your Church's Income

- A Guide to Securing Long-term Financial Health

by Maggie Durran

ISBN: 978-1-848-25039-0
Price: £12.99

Published: 31 August 2011
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Creative Ideas for Children’s Worship Year B with CD ROM



by Sarah Lenton

ISBN: 978-1-848-25112-0
Price: £24.99

Published: February 2010
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All-Age Lectionary Services Year C



by Scripture Union

ISBN: 978-1-844-27641-7
Price: £19.99

Published: 01 May 2012
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