The Girlfriends Clergy Companion

Autor: Melissa Lynn DeRosia
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996538
File Size: 50,29 MB
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As increasing numbers of young women are discerning a call to ministry, entering seminary, graduating, and searching for the call to a parish or other ministry setting, they need to be aware of the realities that face them. The Girlfriends' Clergy Companion is about the nitty gritty of ministry for young female clergy—how to maintain a sense of personal style, what it's really like to be a solo pastor, how to date, what to do when they're ready to quit. The authors met in 2008 at a gathering of young women who serve as pastors. Since then, they have been meeting monthly to develop a 'young girlfriends network' and to support one another in their ministries. In their conversations, they heard one another talking about what they wished they had known before beginning ministry. Those yearnings gave rise to this book. The authors discuss the call process and the ministry situations in which young women most commonly find themselves serving as a solo pastor and as an associate. Additional chapters explore personal style, the single life, relationships, children, and self-care, as well as challenges pastors, particularly new pastors, often face. Each chapter ends with 'The Girlfriends' Checklist,' a summary of strategies to help young women be happier and more effective ministers.

Yoked

Autor: Andrew Kort
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9781566997263
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Yoked is a candid look at the ins and outs, the joys and struggles of a clergy couple navigating a family, two separate callings, and their marriage. With vulnerability, courage, hope, and faith Mihee Kim-Kort and Andy Kort share their experiences in life and ministry together, covenanted with both each other and God.

Bless Her Heart

Autor: Ashley-Anne Masters
Publisher: Chalice Press
ISBN: 0827202768
File Size: 50,43 MB
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Comprising essays from young women clergy, this book is a reflection on the everyday realities of pastoral ministry for the young, female professional. Presenting real-life, first-person scenarios from young, female pastors in a variety of denominations, church sizes and ministries, this book is intended for young women in ministry, as well as those considering a ministerial calling. This is the first in a new series of books from our collaboration with The Young Clergy Women Project. The series will feature writing from young adult clergy women on topics that give meaning to their lives and ministries.

Strategic Leadership For A Change

Autor: Kenneth J. McFayden
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996422
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Many congregations are experiencing significant change both within and beyond their walls, and both members and leaders feel a sense of loss in the midst of these changes. In the midst of change, loss, and grief, congregations yearn for leadership--typically with differing expectations of what constitutes effective leadership in response to their needs, hopes, and priorities. At the same time, congregations resist leadership. After all, leadership assumes those who follow will be open to more change. Strategic Leadership for a Change provides congregational leaders with new insights and tools for understanding the relationships among change, attachment, loss, and grief. It also helps to facilitate the process of grieving, comprehend the centrality of vision, and demonstrate theological reflection in the midst of change, loss, grief, and attaching anew. All this occurs as the congregation aligns its vision with God's and understands processes of change as processes of fulfillment.

Preventing Ministry Failure

Autor: Michael Todd Wilson
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830834443
File Size: 72,24 MB
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Great ministers don't just happen. Great falls from ministry don't just happen either. A complex mix of factors both internal and external an unaddressed need for relational intimacy, a misunderstanding of God's call, unrealistic expectations and inadequate resources coming from the people in your care all test the limits of your ability to minister wholeheartedly over the long haul. Senior pastor Brad Hoffmann and licensed professional counselor Michael Todd Wilson have studied the struggles that pastors and other shepherds face in their ministries. They began the ministry of ShepherdCare as an extension of their work with pastors who had been removed from their place of service. The common experiences of these pastors revealed patterns that consistently contributed to burnout, ineffectiveness and moral failure. If such patterns can be predicted, they reasoned, can they be prevented? Preventing Ministry Failure is a personal guidebook for pastors and other caregivers to prepare them to withstand common pressures and to flourish in the ministry God has called them to. Work through the exercises and reflections individually or in conversation with your peers in ministry, and you'll find yourself better equipped for the challenges of vocational ministry, and more conscious of the presence of God leading you on and restoring your soul. Market/Audience Pastors People engaged in urban ministry People engaged in youth ministry Features and Benefits Written in an interactive format Includes incisive questions for people in ministry Organized to fit into a busy ministry lifestyle Conducive to peer discussion

Tribal Church

Autor: Carol Howard Merritt
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996856
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Carol Howard Merritt, a pastor in her mid-thirties, suggests a different way for churches to be able to approach young adults on their own terms. Outlining the financial, social, and familial situations that affect many young adults today, she describes how churches can provide a safe, supportive place for young adults to nurture relationships and foster spiritual growth. There are few places left in society that allow for real intergenerational connections to be made, yet these connections are vital for any church that seeks to reflect the fullness of the body of Christ. Carol Howard Merritt, a pastor in her mid-thirties, suggests a different way for churches to be able to approach young adults on their own terms. Outlining the financial, social, and familial situations that affect many young adults today, she describes how churches can provide a safe, supportive place for young adults to nurture relationships and foster spiritual growth. There are few places left in society that allow for real intergenerational connections to be made, yet these connections are vital for any church that seeks to reflect the fullness of the body of Christ. Using the metaphor of a tribe to describe the close bonds that form when people of all ages decide to walk together on their spiritual journeys, Merritt casts a vision of the church that embraces the gifts of all members while reaching out to those who might otherwise feel unwelcome or unneeded. Mainline churches have much to offer young adults, as well as much to learn from them. By breaking down artificial age barriers and building up intentional relationships, congregations can provide a space for all people to connect with God, each other, and the world.

Memoirs Of An Ordinary Pastor

Autor: D. A. Carson
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ISBN: 9781433501999
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A memorable firsthand account of not only the sacrifices and triumphs of full-time ministry but of a brutal, little-known era in North American church history.

Starry Eyed

Autor: Mandy Arioto
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780310340409
File Size: 55,26 MB
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Tantrums and tenderness. Joy and pain. If you are a mother, you know exactly what it s like to live these emotional opposites. Starry-Eyed, by Mops director of marketing Mandy Arioto, shows you how to embrace both the beautiful and sometimes dark days of motherhood, thrive as a woman, and find God at work through it all."

You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes

Autor: Lisa McKay
Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN: 9781434700841
File Size: 54,17 MB
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When most women think of a pastor's wife, certain images come to mind: either a woman who's so holy she doesn't seem human, or someone sentenced to a life without fun, fashion, or friends. You will feel an instant sisterhood with Lisa, a senior pastor's wife happily serving in the trenches. She understands the challenges of a life lived before a congregation, from finding friends and coping with criticism to saying goodbye and starting all over again. Through Lisa's engaging style and fresh perspective, you'll be encouraged to fully embrace being "married to the ministry"!