Ministry and Mission
Pastoral search teams for congregations in all denominations will find a wealth of information and ideas in this guide to the complex task of finding a new pastor. Every step is detailed: forming the search team, keeping the congregation informed, conducting a congregation self-study, communicating with candidates, developing selection criteria, conducting interviews, managing the call process, and arranging for a smooth transition. Sample letters, forms, and other tools are provided for use in major aspects of the search process.
Alban Institute, 1999
Kelly A. Fryer
Reclaiming the "L" Word is a book about renewing congregations by recognizing and living out the core teachings of the Lutheran faith. In the introduction, the author states:
"I hope that people of every denomination will find this book helpful as they wrestle with these important issues within their own traditions. But this little book is primarily written for those who call themselves Lutheran and, specifically, those who are members of ELCA congregations, and it is intended to help us answer central questions: Who are we? What DOES it mean to be a Lutheran today, anyway? And why does it matter?"
Inspirational, engaging, and challenging, this book is a must-read for pastors and congregational leaders!
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Mead explores what church growth and evangelism really mean in a time when it is mathematically impossible for every congregation to achieve significant numerical growth. He argues provocatively that spiritual, organizational, and missional growth are just as important as numerical growth, and that all four are needed for a truly healthy and growing church. Case studies and discussion questions are included.
Alban No. AL141
What’s working and not working in your congregation? You’ll explore the factors that inspired and motivated changes to reverse decline as other congregations wrestled with the same issues you’re facing: ministry to current members, ministry to the unchurched, worship, changing neighborhoods, and more.
Alban No. AL173
Lutheran Voices answers the call for Lutheran-specific materials for pastors and lay leaders that they can share with their congregations about Lutheran theology, what it means to be Lutheran, and how the Lutheran faith can enrich and guide their congregational and personal lives. Grounded in Lutheran theology and practice, the books cover a wide range of subjects and themes of interest to members of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and the wider Christian community. For more information on this new series, visit the website: http: //www.lutheranvoices.org. Illness is great teacher, says the author. More convincing than an athlete's achievements, illness lets us know, in no uncertain terms, that we are intensely human. Drawing on the resources of years of pastoral experience and reflecting on key Scriptural texts, Bansemer provides comfort while encouraging honest reflection. The book consists of fifteen devotional readings followed by Scriptural texts, prayers, and reflection questions, Intended for use by those facing suffering and loss, those who provide them with comfort and care, and groups wanting to explore and share their experiences
Augsburg Books, 2004