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  • Call : The Life And Message Of The Apostle Paul

    $16.99

    Walk Beside the Great Apostle

    With Adam Hamilton, we have traced the life of Jesus from his birth The Journey, through his ministry The Way, to his death and resurrection 24 Hours That Changed the World. What happened next?

    Follow the journeys of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion, as he spread the Gospel through modern-day Greece and Turkey. Travel to the early church sites and explore Paul’s conversations with the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. In this six-week study, you are invited to experience faith through Christ’s greatest teacher and missionary.

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  • Millenial Narrative : Sharing A Good Life With The Next Generation

    $20.99

    A good education will land you a good job, “Be an entrepreneur/Start something in a garage or dorm room” and even “Jesus saves” are narratives that collapsed for the millennial generation (born 1982-2002). These narratives, amongst many similar social and religious ones, have lost their meaning and power as millennials question all authorities and struggle to flourish in a world come of age. With their needs for community and success, a strong spirituality, and believing that their gifts should be recognized and can make a difference, millennials increasingly find meaning and purpose outside the church. As they face economic uncertainty, reduced career prospects, unceasing change, as well as civic, global, and ecological uncertainties, however, a large number of millennials are overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety and depression. Caught between hope and fear, millennials leave the church with their values of personal transformation, purpose, community, spirituality, social transformation and ecological awareness. Ironically the church often holds the same values. Reaching the Millennial Generation is written for pastoral leaders who want to welcome millennials, both inside and outside their congregation. The book draws on the wisdom of the prophetic Book of Joel as a narrative worth living into. Drawing on Joel’s three chapters, Reaching the Millennial Generation empowers pastoral leaders to: – Facilitate the work of mourning Millennials are facing; – Envision a spiritual community that can welcome millennials; – Introduce a compassionate God that restores and indwells as the Spirit; – Reflect on God’s judgment through the lens of accountability; and, – Support and encourage millennials to be a blessing to others.
    In addition, pastoral leaders will receive a sermon outline and material for adult education.

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  • Seeing Gray In A World Of Black And White Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $14.99

    Everyone agrees that America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held by people less and less willing to listen to one another. No one agrees on what to do about it. One solution that hasn’t yet been tried, says Adam Hamilton, is for thinking persons of faith to model for the rest of the country a richer, more thoughtful conversation on the political, moral, and religious issues that divide us. The Leader Guide includes session plans, discussion questions, and multiple format options.

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  • Disciples Path Daily Workbook (Workbook)

    $15.99

    A Disciple’s Path is an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective that is perfect for a new member class or other small group. The six-week program guides individuals to take the next step in discipleship and become dynamic followers of Jesus Christ and engaged, vital members of the local church. The study combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Participants will develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry that brings transformation in their own lives, the lives of others, and the world. This Daily Workbook contains six weeks of daily readings (five per week) that guide participants in learning and practicing seven essential spiritual disciplines: Prayer Scripture Corporate Worship Small-group Community Financial Generosity Gifts-based Service Invitational Evangelism Each day’s reading includes a Scripture, a message for the day, questions and prompts for personal reflection (with space provided for recording responses), and prayer. A special introductory section includes material on the history, beliefs, and structure of the church and answers to frequently asked questions. Whether you’re just setting out or are further along the path of discipleship, this excellent resource will help you to take the next step. – Roger Scholtz, Senior Pastor, Manning Road Methodist Church, Durban, South Africa A Disciple’s Path has the potential to revolutionize the way we view our participation in the church. Following this ‘path’ can transform us from wanderers into pilgrims. – Dr. Steve Harper, Professor of Spiritual Formation, Asbury Theological Seminary

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  • Age Of Opportunity

    $18.00

    A companion to the author’s earlier book Designing an Older Adult Ministry (Discipleship Resources, 1999), this book will provide new information and outline ways to develop and strengthen ministries by, with, and for older adults that can, and will, enhance the spiritual growth and well-being of people of all ages. The church is beginning to recognize that there are vast numbers of older people in its membership. It is becoming aware of its indebtedness to them for the leadership, support, service, and faith that has made the church of today possible. The church is uniquely positioned to help older adults respond to the challenges of aging; to see the tremendous potentialities in the lives of older adult for making the church and community better; and to assist older people as they experience new meaning and purpose in their later lives. Chapters include “Why Older-Adult Ministries?”; “Understanding the Aging Process”; “Aging and the Spiritual Journey”; “The New Seniors: Boomers?”; “Intentional Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults”; “Organizing for Intentional Ministry in the Local Church”; “Organizing for Intentional Ministry in the Conference”; “Congregational Care Ministry”; “Additional Ideas for Intentional Ministry”; and “Trends in Aging.” Appendixes include a “Facts about Aging” quiz, information on creating and using older adult surveys, and suggested resources for further reading and study.

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  • Why Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $14.99

    Where is God when tragedy and suffering strike? When the ground shakes, and a poor nation’s economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community’s hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to mar his creation? In Why?, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God’s plan for the world, including: God will not take away our free will, even when we use it to grieve him. God will never abandon us, especially in the midst of our suffering. While God is not the author of suffering, God will bring blessing out of tragedy.

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  • Grounded In Creed Participant And Leader Book (Student/Study Guide)

    $13.99

    Session One: I Believe
    Session Two: In God
    Session Three: In Jesus
    Session Four: In The Spirit
    Session Five: In The Church
    Session Six: In The Promise

    Additional Info
    This offer to community groups (and small groups of any kind) is a six-session study based on the Apostles creed, which has served the church for nearly 1500 years as a basic summary statement about core Christian beliefs. This participant experience expands on the principle that “Growing People Change” their hearts and lives (a changed heart and life is the meaning of the New Testament concept metanoia, which in Elizabethan English is translated as “repentance”). This growth is accomplished by (1) understanding what changes in belief come through turning away from the practices that separate us from God (2) reflecting about our relationship to God while learning how to think theologically.

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  • New Playlist Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $12.99

    Whether we know it or not, we are living with a playlist. Caused by schedule overload and multiple distractions, it causes stress and anxiety. There is a playlist that causes us great anxiety. Schedule overload and many distractions play into it. The playlist sounds like this: You have to do everything. You have to say “yes” to everything. You are supposed to be in all places at all times. Jesus gives us a different playlist. It says: You are supposed to do two things: love God and love your neighbor. Saying no is often the best yes. You can only be one place at a time. This book addresses the anxiety, distraction addiction, and schedule overload that result from listening to the world’s playlist and gives us permission to hear and live by Jesus’ words. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

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  • Interrupting Silence : Gods Command To Speak Out (Student/Study Guide)

    $17.00

    Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice.

    Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Brueggemann motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice.

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  • Faithful : Christmas Through The Eyes Of Joseph (Large Type)

    $20.99

    From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s place in the nativity story is sometimes overlooked but contains valuable lessons for all of us. Join Adam Hamilton as he examines Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. Absent from much of the biblical narrative, Joseph never spoke a word, but his courageous actions were crucial to the birth of Christ and God’s salvation plan for humanity. As you read this book, you will understand how Joseph’s story is much like our own. In life, we encounter circumstances that we would never have chosen for ourselves. At times it can be tempting just to walk away. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Exchange your doubt for courage this Advent and Christmas season. Learn to accept and glorify God’s will even when circumstances make it difficult to do so. Additional components for a four-week adult study include a comprehensive Leader Guide and a DVD featuring author and pastor Adam Hamilton. Chapter topics include: A Carpenter Named Joseph Engaged to a Virgin Named Mary A Dreamer of Dreams The Journey to Bethlehem The Birth of Joseph’s Boy The Flight to Egypt

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  • Fear Of The Other Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $10.99

    This five-week DVD/video based small group study (DVD and Leader Guide) companion to the book, Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love invites readers to consider the Gospel command to love (and not merely tolerate) those considered to be “Other” or outside mainstream Christian culture. Rooted in the faith of Israel and the Christian story and vision, Willimon – in an onscreen conversation with Delia Catalina Ramirez, brings a non-technical, Wesleyan perspective to bear on what may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do: keeping and loving the Other as Other. Emphasizing the biblical mandate to receive Others in their particularity and difference as gifts and mysteries bearing the grace of God, this study also offers a strong critique of the privileged who all too often rush to language of reconciliation and evade the huge inequalities surrounding conversations and practices dealing with xenophobia and injustice. Rooted in the New Testament understanding of Gentile outsiders grafted into the covenant community, this study invites readers to an on-the ground faith that hearkens to a soliciting and revealing God – the God who comes to us again and again through so-called outsiders, strangers, immigrants, and those without status. The 5 video conversations between Will Willimon and Delia Ramirez focus on each of the five chapters of Fear of the Other: Session 1: Saved by the Other Session 2: The Other, My Enemy Session 3: Learning to Fear Like Christians Session 4: Loving the Other in Church Session 5: Jesus, the Other

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  • Gospel Shaped Mercy Handbook (Student/Study Guide)

    $11.99

    Preface By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    Introduction
    How To Use This Course
    1. Shalom
    2. Justice
    3. Love
    4. Mercy
    5. Generosity
    6. Reconciliation
    7. Diversity

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This seven-week track explores what it means to be a community engaging with the world with compassion and justice.

    This comprehensive handbook contains discussion questions for the main teaching sessions, daily devotionals, Bible study materials, and space for you to record your thoughts, prayers and ideas as you work through the material with your church.

    This flexible resource will train your whole church through teaching, preaching, daily reading and small-group Bible study and discussion-or any combination of those elements. The overall aim is that your church will embark on a journey to discover the kind of people they should be as they are shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Works alongside the Gospel Shaped Mercy DVD and the Gospel Shaped Mercy Leader’s Guide for use by church members.

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  • Gospel Shaped Mercy Leaders Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $19.99

    Preface By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    Introduction
    How To Use This Course
    1. Shalom
    2. Justice
    3. Love
    4. Mercy
    5. Generosity
    6. Reconciliation
    7. Diversity

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This seven-week track explores what it means to be a community engaging with the world with compassion and justice.

    The Leader’s Guide contains everything you need to to lead this innovative and flexible curriculum.

    This flexible resource will train your whole church through teaching, preaching, daily reading and small-group Bible study and discussion-or any combination of those elements. The overall aim is that your church will embark on a journey to discover the kind of people they should be as they are shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Works alongside the Gospel Shaped Mercy DVD and the Gospel Shaped Mercy Handbook for use by church members.

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  • 3 Simple Rules For Christian Living Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $14.99

    This small-group study by Jeanne Torrence Finley is based on Rueben P. Job’s book Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living. Six sessions provide extended reflection for adults on three principles of Christian life: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. Each rule has a session to help you understand the rule and a session to help you explore ways to practice the rule. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the 6-week study, including session plans, discussion questions, and other useful information for organizing, leading, and publicizing your study group.

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  • 24 Hours That Changed The World (Expanded)

    $14.99

    Newly released in paperback, Adam Hamilton guides us, step by step, through the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life in his popular, heartbreaking, and inspiring book. No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. In this book, Hamilton will help you experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death like never before. He retraces the day that changed human history in his usual straightforward yet easy, conversational style that speaks to both long-time Christians and those who are simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion. This new edition includes devotions for each chapter and travel notes from Adam’s trip to the Holy Lands. Support materials include Leader Guide, a DVD, materials for all ages of Youth and Children’s Ministries, plus many more resources. Adam Hamilton combines biblical story, historical detail, theological analysis, spiritual insight, and pastoral warmth to retell the narrative of Jesus’ last and greatest hours. – Leith Anderson, author of The Jesus Revolution Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours That Changed the World delivers solid scholarship describing how the day of Christ’s crucifixion unfolded. It also suggests that our response to Christ’s work – when it appears evil has the upper hand – can be one of courageous hope and great courage. Read this book! – Mark Beeson, Lead Pastor of Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana Adam Hamilton is, in my opinion, a national treasure. He embodies the kind of generous orthodoxy so many of us have been dreaming of and praying for. – Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian

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  • So Great A Cloud Of Witnesses

    $21.95

    Chapters Included In This Book:
    The Supplanter: Jacob
    My House Will Serve The Lord: Joshua
    The Sword Of The Lord: Gideon
    The Outsider: Ruth And Boaz
    The Sweet Singer Of Israel: David

    Additional Info
    One of the insights of people of faith is that God is active in history as he seeks to bring creation into conformity with his purpose. There have been those in every age who have discovered something of God’s purpose and have attempted to pass it on. Sometimes, God’s activity has been reported in supernatural terms, but fully as often, the activity of God is revealed in the faithful actions of human beings. For that reason, the Old and New Testaments are filled with the experiences of individuals who have discovered God’s presence in their individual circumstances.

    David Rogne’s So Great A Cloud of Witnesses will give readers an appreciation for the people of faith who are presented, and humbly recognize the cost borne by so many to deliver the faith to us. They are a great cloud of witnesses. They have played their part in relaying the faith to subsequent generations, and they are now filling the stands in the heavenly arena, eager to see how we continue the race.

    Witnesses have been chosen from varied backgrounds so that it may be seen that people from all walks of life are called to live faithfully and to witness to God’s truth. The entire known story of some of these individuals, such as Joseph, the husband of Mary, may be just a few verses of Scripture. Some, such as the Wiseman and the Emmaus disciple, are not even named. Nevertheless, their witness is important. Rogne attempts to give life to the testimony of these less-well-known witnesses by giving them names and employing a little imagination. In every case, the subjects tell their stories as they might have experienced them.

    Chapters included in this book:
    The Supplanter: Jacob
    My House Will Serve the Lord: Joshua
    The Sword of the Lord: Gideon
    The Outsider: Ruth and Boaz
    The Sweet Singer of Israel: David

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  • Get Their Name Participant Workbook (Workbook)

    $9.99

    The Participant Guide is a workbook to facilitate the layperson’s experience as the church studies Get Their Name. It includes group and individual activities, and personal devotional material.experience.

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  • Gods Not Dead 2 Adult Study Guide (Student/Study Guide)

    $9.99

    This four-week study guide by author Rice Broocks will help small group members answer one of the most important questions featured in the movie God’s Not Dead 2: “Who do you say I am?” Lead your groups to discover what they truly believe in, and give them a foundation to defend their faith even in the midst of opposition. For use with the God’s Not Dead 2 DVD-based Study.

    The four weekly topics are:

    Lesson 1: Searching for Answers
    Lesson 2: Understanding the Evidence
    Lesson 3: Passing the Test
    Lesson 4: Spreading the News

    About the film, in theaters nationwide on April 1, 2016:

    From the college classroom of GODS NOT DEAD to the public square in GODS NOT DEAD 2, the name of Jesus is welcomed less and less with each passing day. If Christians don’t take a stand today, will we even have a choice tomorrow?

    When a Christian teacher is asked an honest question about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in big trouble. As the principal and superintendent join forces with a zealous civil liberties group, an epic court case could expel God from the classroom and the public square once and for all!

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  • Gospel Shaped Work Handbook (Student/Study Guide)

    $11.99

    Preface By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    Introduction
    How To Use This Course
    1. Created To Work?
    2. Work And The Fall
    3. Work Transformed
    4. Glorifying God Through Your Work
    5. The Gospel And Your Work
    6. Work And Power
    7. Optional Session: Work And The Big Wide World
    8. What We Are Working Towards

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This eight-week track encourages the whole church to not only connect Monday to Sunday by trying to be a good witness at work and share the gospel, but to put the gospel at the heart of everything we do at work.

    This comprehensive handbook contains discussion questions for the main teaching sessions, daily devotionals, Bible study materials, and space for you to record your thoughts, prayers and ideas as you work through the material with your church.

    Works alongside the Gospel Shaped Work DVD and the Gospel Shaped Work Leader’s Guide.

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  • Gospel Shaped Work Leaders Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $19.99

    Preface By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    Introduction
    How To Use This Course
    1. Created To Work?
    2. Work And The Fall
    3. Work Transformed
    4. Glorifying God Through Your Work
    5. The Gospel And Your Work
    6. Work And Power
    7. Optional Session: Work And The Big Wide World
    8. What We Are Working Towards

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This eight-week track encourages the whole church to not only connect Monday to Sunday by trying to be a good witness at work and share the gospel, but to put the gospel at the heart of everything we do at work.

    The Leader’s Guide contains everything you need to lead this flexible course.

    This flexible resource will train your whole church through teaching, preaching, daily reading and small-group Bible study and discussion-or any combination of those elements. The overall aim is that your church will embark on a journey to discover the kind of people they should be as they are shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Works alongside the Gospel Shaped Work DVD and the Gospel Shaped Work Handbook for use by church members.

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  • Faith Of A Mockingbird (Student/Study Guide)

    $16.99

    In The Faith of a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, pastor and author Matt Rawle uses Lee’s beloved characters to explore Christian faith, theology, and ethics. Join Scout, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson in this four-week study considering God’s world and what it all means. A DVD featuring four sessions with the author, a full Leader Guide, and Worship Resource Flash Drive also are available for group study.

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  • Counterfeit Christianity : The Persistence Of Errors In The Church

    $21.99

    Historic heresies didn’t die or fade away. Each generation boasts its own. Even while these counterfeit teachings remain outside the accepted bounds of Christianity, modern-day versions plague churches.So how does a church leader or pastor understand and deal with these age-old controversies when they pop up in the congregation? In this book, Roger Olson describes the curses but also gifts that heresies bring the Church. While heresies can occasionally correct a version of orthodoxy, they are not simple confusions or misunderstandings about impenetrable mysteries of divine revelation. Instead they undermine the faith and are dangerous distortions. The author describes major heresies and how the church dealt with them, the players, and what pastors can do to address these faith issues in order to educate congregations about Jesus, God, and salvation. Also included are questions for individual or group study.

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  • God Of Justice

    $20.00

    The level of injustice in the world is staggering. The church needs to respond. International Justice Mission (IJM) has worked with thousands of churches to help them live out the mandate of Isaiah 1:17: to seek justice, rescue the oppressed and care for orphans and widows. Christians need to be equipped and mobilized to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are vulnerable and oppressed. The God of Justice is a twelve-sesson, discussion-based curriculum that explores the biblical narrative of justice throughout the whole of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Through the participatory study of Scripture, Christians can explore God’s call to engage in bringing about justice on earth. Throughout the course of study, participants will come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of biblical justice and will draw personal application for the pursuit of justice ministry in their individual lives and the wider church. Prepare to have your heart and mind engaged, to be instructed by Scripture and challenged by real-life stories of people freed by the God of justice. This curriculum can help you and your church bring freedom, restoration and reconciliation to those in need. Discover how God reveals himself to those who join him on his justice journey!

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  • God For The Rest Of Us Pastors DVD Kit

    $19.99

    The Pharisees called Jesus “a friend of sinners.” He took it as a compliment. Would you? In these resources, Pastor Vince Antonucci and his unusual church that reaches out to people on the Las Vegas Strip explore a powerful question: what if God is not just for the faithful, church-going, or holier-than-thou types – what if God is for the rest of us? This small group study expands viewpoints, overcomes stereotypes, and models how to really love people like Jesus does. The Pastor’s Kit includes everything needed to plan a six-week teaching series around the concepts presented in the Small Group Study. It includes:
    Special video message for pastors
    Video guide for implementing a church-wide program
    Six sermon outlines
    Six short video clips to accompany each week’s sermon
    Six sermon bumpers (short video clips to introduce each week’s sermon)
    Digital art files to use in creation of bulletins and other promo materials

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  • Trinity : The God We Dont Know

    $15.99

    Most people assume they know what they mean when they use the word “God.” They mean a powerful old guy in the sky ready to obliterate us if we do wrong but basically benevolent, if a little senile.

    The Christian doctrine of the Trinity shows us God is vastly more interesting. God is actually fleshed among us in Jesus, poured out on us in the Holy Spirit’s intoxication of the church. God is three divine persons in perfect harmony and beauty-and God invites us into that unimaginable intimacy. We don’t know this God, but we should.

    Trinity uses scripture, the Early Church tradition, and some modern theology to argue that God is weirder than we ever thought. God is a mystery whom we can’t understand but who can shape our misunderstanding to allow for faithful living and holy love of God and neighbor.

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  • Call Participant Book (Large Type)

    $20.99

    Walk Beside the Great Apostle

    With Adam Hamilton, we have traced the life of Jesus from his birth The Journey, through his ministry The Way, to his death and resurrection 24 Hours That Changed the World. What happened next?

    Follow the journeys of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion, as he spread the Gospel through modern-day Greece and Turkey. Travel to the early church sites and explore Paul’s conversations with the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. In this six-week study, you are invited to experience faith through Christ’s greatest teacher and missionary.

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  • Teaching Biblical Faith

    $18.99

    Biblical faith is a lens for viewing life, and Jack Seymour refreshingly illustrates how the reading of scripture is a resource for ongoing theological reflection connecting experience, vocation, daily life, and faith. Teaching has concrete consequences affecting the very ways people of faith view the world and make decisions for living. It matters; it makes a difference in how people think and act.

    Written in an accessible style, the book provides a manageable way to inspire conversation about the many ways the Bible can be taught, the purposes and outcomes of each approach, and how biblical wisdom shapes personal and corporate decision-making. Useful strategies for leading group Bible study help congregations respond faithfully to the Biblical witness and cultivate a whole congregation approach to Bible study.

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  • Earn Save Give Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $14.99

    John Wesley believed money was important as a way of expressing and living out Christian faith. To Wesley, the task was simple: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can. In this essential little book, pastor and author James A. Harnish presents Wesley’s concepts and beliefs in plain, useful language, suitable for individuals to grapple with and groups to discuss and act upon.

    The four chapters of this book form the basis for a four-week churchwide stewardship program, along with the DVD, Leader Guide, Youth Study Book, Children’s Leader Guide, and the Program Guide on flash drive.

    This 64-page Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the small group study as part of the stewardship program. Includes session plans, discussion questions, and activities based on the book and DVD, as well as multiple format options.

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  • Earn Save Give Participant Book (Large Type)

    $16.99

    John Wesley believed money was important as a way of expressing and living out Christian faith. To Wesley, the task was simple: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can. In this essential little book, pastor and author James A. Harnish presents Wesley’s concepts and beliefs in plain, useful language, suitable for individuals to grapple with and groups to discuss and act upon.

    The four chapters of this book form the basis for a four-week churchwide stewardship program, along with the DVD, Leader Guide, Youth Study Book, Children’s Leader Guide, and the Program Guide on flash drive.

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  • Earn Save Give Participant Book (Student/Study Guide)

    $15.99

    John Wesley believed money was important as a way of expressing and living out Christian faith. To Wesley, the task was simple: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can. In this essential little book, pastor and author James A. Harnish presents Wesley’s concepts and beliefs in plain, useful language, suitable for individuals to grapple with and groups to discuss and act upon.

    The four chapters of this book form the basis for a four-week churchwide stewardship program, along with the DVD, Leader Guide, Youth Study Book, Children’s Leader Guide, and the Program Guide on flash drive.

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  • Who Is My Neighbor Teacher Manual (Teacher’s Guide)

    $14.99

    Who Is My Neighbor? (Quien es mi vecino?) is a field-tested resource through which English speakers of any church and congregation can learn basic Spanish-speaking skills to be able to communicate and provide a welcoming atmosphere to the Hispanic communities surrounding them. The six-session resource developed by the Northern Illinois Conference covers basic conversational Spanish, and simple and easy to follow Spanish-language worship material. The program encourages openness toward Spanish-speaking neighbors, understanding of different cultures, and compassion for those who struggle to learn English. This resource is easily implemented by congregations of any size, and it results in a program of hospitality that will help include Hispanic communities in your church congregation.

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  • Gospel Shaped Outreach Leaders Kit

    $79.99

    Introduction By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    1 X Leader’s Guide
    1 X Member’s Handbook
    1 X DVD
    Download Card
    Bulletin Samples
    Quickstart Guide

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This nine-week whole-church resource explores what it means for a church to be a community with a message and a mission to the world. This Leader’s Kit contains everything you need to evaluate, plan, promote and run an engaging and immersive program with your church.

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  • Gospel Shaped Worship Leaders Kit

    $79.99

    Introduction By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    1 X Leader’s Guide
    1 X Member’s Handbook
    1 X DVD
    Download Card
    Bulletin Samples
    Quickstart Guide

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Worship is a seven-week whole church resource that explores what it means for a church to be a worshipping community. The Leader’s Kit contains everything you need to evaluate, plan, promote and run an engaging and immersive programme with your church. Written and presented by Jared C. Wilson, Director of Communications, Midwestern Seminary & College, Kansas City, MO, USA.

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  • Gospel Shaped Outreach Leaders Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $19.99

    Introduction
    How To Use This Course
    1. How Are We Doing?
    2. Who Is Jesus?
    3. Who Are We?
    4. Who Are We Reaching?
    5. What Is The Gospel Plan?
    6. How Should We Pray?
    7. What Do We Say?
    8. How Do We Speak?
    9. How Do We Keep Going?

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This nine-week whole-church resource will help members see both the priority of evangelism for our churches, and to see the role that everyone can play in reaching out to those who are lost without Christ. The Leader’s Guide contains everything you need to lead this flexible course.

    Many Christians are nervous about telling someone else about Jesus. We prefer to leave it up to the preacher, or to those we see as particularly gifted for evangelism in our congregations. But all believers are called to make disciples. The nine sessions in this
    curriculum don’t offer quick fixes or evangelism “gimmicks”. But by continually pointing us back to the gospel, they will give us the proper motivation to work together as a church to share the gospel message with those who are lost without Christ.

    This flexible resource will train your whole church through teaching, preaching, daily reading and small-group Bible study and discussion-or any combination of those elements. The overall aim is that your church will embark on a journey to discover the kind of people they should be as they are shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Works alongside the Gospel Shaped Outreach DVD and the Gospel Shaped Outreach Handbook for use by church members.

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  • Gospel Shaped Worship Handbook (Student/Study Guide)

    $11.99

    Preface By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    Introduction
    1. What Is Worship?
    2. The Center Of Worship
    3. The Primary Place Of God’s Word
    4. The Worship Gathering
    5. The Church’s Prayer Life
    6. Developing A Culture Of Grace In Church
    7. “Going To Church”

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    Description

    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This seven-week whole-church curriculum explores what it means to be a worshiping community. The Member’s Handbook contains everything you need to be a participant in this flexible course.

    Christians are people who have discovered that the one true object of our worship is the God who has revealed himself in and through Jesus Christ. For most believers, worship is what happens for an hour on Sunday morning as we sing and pray together. But the Bible reveals a much bigger vision for what worship really is and how it should shape our lives.

    So what exactly is worship? What should we be doing when we meet together for “church” on Sundays? And how does that connect with what we do the rest of the week? As we search the scriptures together we will discover that true worship is more than this-it is to encompass the whole of life. This engaging and flexible resource will challenge us to worship God every day of the week, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

    This comprehensive handbook contains discussion questions for the main teaching sessions, daily devotionals, Bible study materials, and space for you to record your thoughts, prayers and ideas as you work through the material with your church.

    Works alongside the Gospel Shaped Worship DVD and the Gospel Shaped Worship Leader’s Guide.

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  • Gospel Shaped Worship Leaders Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $19.99

    Preface By Don Carson And Tim Keller
    Introduction
    How To Use This Course
    1. What Is Worship?
    2. The Foundation Of Worship
    3. Worship And God’s Word
    4. The Worship Service
    5. Why And How We Pray
    6. Developing A Culture Of Grace
    7. Being Church

    Additional Info
    Gospel Shaped Church is a new curriculum from The Gospel Coalition that will help whole congregations pause and think carefully and prayerfully about the kind of church they are called to be.

    This seven-week whole-church curriculum explores what it means to be a worshiping community. The Leader’s Guide contains everything you need to lead this flexible course.

    Christians are people who have discovered that the one true object of our worship is the God who has revealed himself in and through Jesus Christ. For most believers, worship is what happens for an hour on Sunday morning as we sing and pray together. But the Bible reveals a much bigger vision for what worship really is and how it should shape our lives.

    So what exactly is worship? What should we be doing when we meet together for “church” on Sundays?

    And how does that connect with what we do the rest of the week? As we search the scriptures together we will discover that true worship is more than this-it is to encompass the whole of life. This engaging and flexible resource will challenge us to worship God every day of the week, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

    This flexible resource will train your whole church through teaching, preaching, daily reading and small-group Bible study and discussion-or any combination of those elements. The overall aim is that your church will embark on a journey to discover the kind of people they should be as they are shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Works alongside the Gospel Shaped Worship DVD and the Gospel Shaped Worship Handbook for use by church members.

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  • Team Ministry : Gifted To Serve

    $14.99

    How Spiritual Gifts Can Unleash the Power of Your Team! This practical guide for pastors and church leaders is newly edited and revised to include one powerful handbook of the best Team Ministry resources. It provides * Tools to help pastors and church leaders activate members’ gifts * Methods for developing volunteers and leaders in your church * Ways to use your members’ spiritual gifts to help your church grow * Questions and tools for teaching the nine team gifts in a small group or Sunday school setting (or use in a seminar). Team Ministry: Gifted to Serve is the perfect companion for ministry leaders who want to take their churches to new heights for God’s Kingdom.

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  • When Christians Get It Wrong Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $14.99

    More and more young adults have opted out of Christianity and the church. The reason? Christians. When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being anti-homosexual. With his familiar style, Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how’s and why’s of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world. When Christians Get It Wrong Leader Guide offers session goals, leader helps, activities, Scriptures, and more, and is intended to be used with the DVD.

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  • Listen Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $16.99

    We live in a world of noise. Everywhere we go, we hear sounds that compete for our minds and hearts. Listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the chaos around us and focus our thoughts. Listen, by Rueben P. Job, is a 40-day experience created to offer help to those new to prayer, those with a daily prayer routine, and those whose lives seem too busy to pray. With a focus on listening prayer and prayer as a two-way conversation, the experience will assist individuals and groups in building and deepening a personal prayer practice and spiritual discernment. As we learn to listen, we find a new depth and fulfillment in our relationship with God and a new experience of God as guide and companion in our lives. The daily prayer pattern includes an invitation, silence, Bible reading, a story, guided time for reflecting and listening, and practical help for developing six specific prayer practices. Listen is perfect for use by individuals, small groups, or congregations during Lent, Easter, or any time of year.

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  • Listen : Praying In A Noisy World

    $16.99

    We live in a world of noise. Everywhere we go, we hear sounds that compete for our minds and hearts. Listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the chaos around us and focus our thoughts. Listen, by Rueben P. Job, is a 40-day experience created to offer help to those new to prayer, those with a daily prayer routine, and those whose lives seem too busy to pray. With a focus on listening prayer and prayer as a two-way conversation, the experience will assist individuals and groups in building and deepening a personal prayer practice and spiritual discernment. As we learn to listen, we find a new depth and fulfillment in our relationship with God and a new experience of God as guide and companion in our lives. The daily prayer pattern includes an invitation, silence, Bible reading, a story, guided time for reflecting and listening, and practical help for developing six specific prayer practices. Listen is perfect for use by individuals, small groups, or congregations during Lent, Easter, or any time of year.

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  • God Story Daily Readings

    $9.99

    Developed by Jacob Armstrong, founding pastor of Providence UMC in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, The God Story is a seven-week sermon series seeking to help congregants see the threads that run throughout the story of God’s people culminating in Jesus and the resurrection. The series uses classic components of story to help people see their place and role in God’s story. The devotional participant books allow individual church members to bring the sermon message home and provide additional insights and inspiration until the next Sunday sermon.

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  • Loving Large Daily Readings

    $8.99

    Loving Large is a four week series that seeks to move people to action in their Christian faith. In a world that seems to run on money, greed, oil, power, etc., what would our world look like if it ran on the love of God? How can we infuse this world-changing love into our community and world? The series gives real opportunities for people to serve God and love their neighbor. It could possibly culminate with a church-wide day of service to the community. The devotional participant books allow individual church members to bring the sermon message home and provide additional insights and inspiration until the next Sunday sermon.

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  • 1st Devotional : Putting God First In Living And Giving

    $10.99

    What happens when we truly put God first in all aspects of our lives?

    In First: Putting God First in Living and Giving,pastor and author Mike Slaughter conducts a four-week all-church stewardship program to help participants reassess priorities and create a culture and a lifestyle of giving with a special emphasis on missions. To help parents educate and model generosity for their kids, First includes components for children and youth that help families explore financial decisions together. This book of devotional readings is a companion resource for program participants and is designed to draw families into closer fellowship with God as they explore financial decisions together. Includes short readings, Scripture, prayer, and stories.

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  • Embracing Interfaith Cooperation Workbook (Student/Study Guide)

    $15.95

    Quick Guide To The Handbook
    Beyond The “Quick Guide”
    Pointers On Facilitation
    Session 1: Interfaith Cooperation In American History
    Session 2: Interfaith Literacy
    Session 3: The Science Of Interfaith Cooperation
    Session 4: The Art Of Interfaith Leadership
    Session 5: The Role Of Colleges, Seminaries, And Houses Of Worship

    Additional Info
    Embracing Series A 5- to 10-week study for adults, young adults and high school teens. Join interfaith commentator Eboo Patel as he explores what it means to be “literate” about other faiths, how interfaith cooperation “works” and why, the skills needed for interfaith cooperation and the significant role that our institutions, including colleges and faith communities, can play in this process.

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  • Marriage Friendly Church

    $14.99

    You no longer have to assume how well your congregation is supporting healthy marriages. Dr. Camp presents a clear path for evaluating the church’s marriage friendliness and offers a proactive path for building stronger marriages for the future.

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  • Different Kind Of Christmas

    $9.99

    Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season-Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace and joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration. This book of devotional readings is designed to draw your entire family into closer fellowship with God as you respond to this Christmas season and the call of God to live generously all year around. The devotional includes thirty short readings, Scripture, prayer, and stories about helping others at Christmas. A Different Kind of Christmas: Devotional Readings for the Season is a great gift idea for family, friends, teachers, and ministry leaders.

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  • Different Kind Of Christmas Leader Guide (Teacher’s Guide)

    $11.99

    A Different Kind of Christmas is a practical and inspirational study for the Advent season. Based on Mike Slaughter’s popular book Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, this five-week study will empower your family and your church to reclaim the broader missional meaning of Jesus’ birth and experience a Christmas season with more peace and joy than any toy or gadget could ever bring. This comprehensive resource includes a 64-page Leader Guide containing everything needed to guide your group through the study. Inside you’ll find five full session plans, discussion questions, and activities, as well as multiple format options and suggestions of ways to make the study a meaningful experience for any group. Sessions include: 1. Expect a Miracle 2. Giving Up on Perfect 3. Scandalous Love 4. Jesus’ Wish List 5. By a Different Road Help your church cast a vision for how Christians can experience the true joy of living and giving like Jesus beginning with the Christmas season and continuing as a lifestyle. This six week study helps participants see the traps and discontentment of consumerism and the call of God to live generously to fulfill God’s mission in the world.

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  • Family Ministry : A Comprehensive Guide (Revised)

    $65.00

    Introduction
    Structure And Purposes
    Resources
    Acknowledgments
    Section 1: The Context Of Family Ministry
    1. Our Genealogy: A Brief History Of The American Family
    Fighting About Family Kinship And Households
    Colonial America
    Frontier America
    Slavery And Family Life For African Americans
    The Industrial Revolution And Beyond
    Conclusions
    2. The American Family Today
    Today’s Family Statistics
    Why Defining Family Is Important
    Conclusion
    3. The Family In Christian Thought
    Early Christianity Changes And Challenges
    Family Life
    The Catholic Church: Marriage As Sacrament
    The Protestant Reformation
    The Enlightenment
    The Church And Non-European Cultures
    The Church And Families In Recent History
    Learning From History
    4. A Biblical Frame For Defining Family In The Beginning . . .
    Jesus’ Life: A Transformation Of “Family”
    Jesus’ Teachings By Word And Example
    The Ethiopian Eunuch
    The Family Of God
    Implications For The Church
    5. An Agenda For Family Ministry
    The Development Of Family Ministry
    Defining Family Ministry
    Family Ministry As Perspective

    Section 2: Family Formation

    6. Fieldguide Of Family Relationships
    A Family Story
    Single Adults
    Married Adults
    Parents Siblings Older Adult Families
    Who Are Families?
    7. Family Development
    Developmental Stages
    The Processes Of Family Development
    We Are Family
    Cyclical Phases Of Family Development
    Family Life As Christian Formation
    8. Families In Physical And Social Space
    The Ecosystemic Approach
    Habitat Adaptation And Stress
    Possibilities And Complexities Of An Ecosystemic Approach
    Emergencies, Crises And Catastrophes
    Strong Families
    9. Culture And Family Identity
    Families In Culture
    The Unique Culture Of Families
    Becoming Culturally Competent Family
    Identity Family Rituals
    Family Stories
    Implications For Family Ministry

    Section 3: The Processes Of Family Life

    10. Family Interaction
    Types Of Communication
    Conflict And Anger
    Forgiveness And Repentance
    Intimacy Implications For Family Ministry
    11. Power And Roles
    Jesus’ Teaching About Power
    Gender Roles
    Discipline
    Family Violence
    12. Working Together
    Defining Family Faith
    Biblical Narratives Of Family Faith
    A Story Of Family Faith
    Service As A Family Affair
    Engaging Families In Ministry
    Hospitality Woven Into Family Life

    Section 4: Leading Family Ministry

    13. Congregational Life As Family
    Ministry
    Worship
    Christ

    Additional Info
    North American families are in crisis, and the need for family ministry is more evident than ever. In her many years of ministry, research and teaching, author Diana Garland has found that the strength of Christian families is rooted in their faith and nurtured in their congregations. Garland believes that Christian families gain strength in part because of their communities of faith. Twelve years after first coming to print, the award-winning Family Ministry has been given a significant makeover. In this new edition Garland takes a three-pronged approach to family ministry, which includes developing families grounded in Christian faith, helping families live the teachings of Jesus with one another, and equipping and supporting families as they learn to serve others. The insights gained are organized into four main sections: The Context for Family MinistryFamily FormationFamily DynamicsLeading Family Ministry Garland examines and fully integrates the historical, sociological, theological and biblical contexts to understand the role and meaning of family in the life of Christians and the church. She perceptively connects these explorations with the social and cultural context of the early twenty-first century.
    Now revised and updated throughout, Diana Garland’s core text for ministers and others in the helping professions provides a comprehensive look at the Christian purpose of family and the complex world our families inhabit

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  • Heart And Soul

    $24.99

    Fighting crime by helping criminals and their families.

    Read five true stories of criminals who are Heart and Soul Survivors. The best way to fight crime is to improve the community. The quality of a community is seen in how it treats its marginalized people. Statistics show that the percentage of marginalized adults in custody is considerably higher than the percentage of their representation in the overall population. Marginalized people include the poor, the mentally ill, the learning disabled, and drug addicts. Warehousing these people is a community’s shame. This book is urging a ministry involving volunteers working with criminals and their families. It will provide you with the tools necessary to help some people and thereby reduce crime. Chaplain Elsey writes from his experience and the knowledge gained working with hundreds of these families.

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  • Shaping The Journey Of Emerging Adults

    $20.00

    Between adolescence and adulthood is a new stage of life: emerging adulthood.

    Those in their twenties and early thirties find themselves in transition. This “provisional adulthood” is a time of identity exploration and instability in which one’s vocation, purpose, relationships and spirituality are all being renegotiated. Many emerging adults lose sight of God and experience significant confusion and brokenness. Others unexpectedly reconnect with the Christian faith and seek deeper discipleship, yet lack helpful mentoring and direction.

    Veteran disciplemakers Rick Dunn and Jana Sundene offer concrete guidance for those who shepherd and care for emerging adults. Some traditional models of disciplemaking focus on a set curriculum to be transferred from the discipler to the disciplee. Dunn and Sundene instead emphasize relational rhythms of discernment, intentionality and reflection to meet emerging adults where they are at and then to walk with them further into the Christlife.

    Whether you’re an older adult ministering to the next generation or a younger adult with a heart for your peers, this book is an accessible, hopeful guide for effective ministry to emerging adults

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