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Gathering Interest
Christian’s Library Press Church and Ministry Collection (9 vols.)
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Overview

This collection from Christian’s Library Press is designed to improve and develop church life for everyone in the congregation. It includes studies and guides for church leaders and presents different viewpoints on issues in ministry and theology. The first three books are handbooks based on Christian life and church leadership, offering insight to solving problems within the congregation. The books then transition into ministry and focus primarily on stewardship as taught by the Scriptures. Finally, theology is introduced in the books I Believe and Liberation Theology. These books are encouraged for studying with friends and members in your church communities.

With the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by valuable features. Scripture and ancient-text citations link directly to English translations and original-language texts, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches with the Topic Guide to instantly gather relevant biblical texts and resources, enabling you to jump into the conversation with the foremost scholars on issues within ministry and the church. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Insight into solving problematic issues within a congregation
  • A look at proper church leadership and how it should be implemented
  • Excellent collection for church life and ministry

Individual Titles

The Believers Handbook: A Guide to the Christian Life

  • Authors: Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Pages: 290

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This book is designed for new believers, new confessing members of the church, inquirers, study groups in today’s Christian life and doctrine, school classes, and personal study and development. Divided into four major sections, it is a great tool for learning and understanding the Christian life. Each chapter is headed with a summary and concludes with a series of questions for discussion and reflection.

An excellent gift for young believers and a manual for group discussion of important elements in living the Christian life.

Dr. Leonard Greenway, pastoral care center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Gerard Berghoef is a long-time elder in the Christian Reformed Church.

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) was the director of Libraries and a professor of speech at Calvin College. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation entitled “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.” After his retirement from Calvin College in 1969, DeKoster labored for a decade as the editor of The Banner, a weekly news magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. During this time, DeKoster also launched, in collaboration with Gerard Berghoef and their families, the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

The Deacons Handbook: A Manual of Stewardship

  • Authors: Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 272

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This book is an invaluable resource for all who are, or will be, involved in the church’s ministry of mercy. It includes chapters on the nature and history of the diaconal office, concrete advice regarding budget and finances, suggestions for enlisting congregational participation in diaconal service, and thought-provoking perspectives on giving and stewardship. This volume offers a Christ-centered perspective on deaconal ministry that is solidly based on Scripture,lucid in presentation, and down-to-earth in application.

Gerard Berghoef is a long-time elder in the Christian Reformed Church.

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) was the director of Libraries and a professor of speech at Calvin College. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation entitled “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.” After his retirement from Calvin College in 1969, DeKoster labored for a decade as the editor of The Banner, a weekly news magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. During this time, DeKoster also launched, in collaboration with Gerard Berghoef and their families, the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

The Elders Handbook: A Practical Guide for Church Leaders

  • Authors: Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Pages: 303

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3

In The Elders Handbook, Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster guide the way for church leaders and elders to do the service that God has required of them. In discussing the challenges of leadership, the authors explain difficult topics regarding the health and development of their congregation. Issues such as difficulties within marriage and the family, caring and comforting the congregation, the training of youth, and many more topics are discussed. This book offers help to those in church leadership and a guides them to a better understanding of how to handle issues within their congregation.

Gerard Berghoef is a long-time elder in the Christian Reformed Church.

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) was the director of Libraries and a professor of speech at Calvin College. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation entitled “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.” After his retirement from Calvin College in 1969, DeKoster labored for a decade as the editor of The Banner, a weekly news magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. During this time, DeKoster also launched, in collaboration with Gerard Berghoef and their families, the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

The Unity Factor: One Lord, One Church, One Mission

  • Author: John H. Armstrong
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 52

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3

The Unity Factor is rooted in the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20–23, a prayer that presents to us an unreachable goal. How can we ever live out Christ’s plan for us to be one in faith and mission when we are so deeply divided by social, cultural, racial, and doctrinal fault lines? Does it really matter whether or not we strengthen our bonds of mutual love and respect? What real difference does it make if we find ways to stand together and heal our tragic Christian divisions?

Today, a new generation of Christian leaders is asking: “What can we do to express our oneness before God and the world?” The answer to this question is the purpose of The Unity Factor, a book that challenges our easy acceptance of divisions while helping us envision how our future can be better than our recent past.

John H. Armstrong, president of Reformation & Revival Ministries since 1991, serves the Church in a variety of ways—speaking at conferences, pastoral care, and writing teaching resources and books. He was a pastor for 21 years, the last 16 at Trinity Baptist Church in Wheaton, Illinois.

Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church’s Social Witness

  • Author: Jordan J. Ballor
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 167

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A critical engagement of the ecumenical movement’s approach to ethical and economic issues, Ecumenical Babel updates a line of criticism articulated by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paul Ramsey, and Ernest W. Lefever. Arguing for the continuing importance of Christian ecumenism, Jordan J. Ballor seeks to correct the errors created by the imposition of economic ideology onto the social witness of ecumenical Christianity as represented by the Lutheran World Federation, the newly formed World Communion of Reformed Churches, and the World Council of Churches. Ecumenical Babel is a voice for sustained ecumenical dialogue, vital ecclesiastical witness, and individual Christian conscience.

With Ecumenical Babel, Jordan J. Ballor gives us a much needed consideration of modern ecumenism. In particular he grapples with this daunting question: whether ecumenical bodies indeed speak for the church in their pronouncements on the hot-button social issues of the day. Wedding compassion with clear-headed thinking, Ballor questions whether ecumenical bodies may rightfully make such assertions on behalf of God’s people, and–more to the point–whether ecumenism is getting its economics right.

Victor V. Claar is professor of economics, Henderson State University

Jordan J. Ballor is a professor in theology at the University of Zurich. He also serves as executive director for the Journal of Markets & Morality.

I Believe . . . Living the Apostles Creed

  • Author: Lester DeKoster
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 174

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

What, in today’s world, next to the Scriptures provides more solid ground for planting the feet of faith and commitment than the Apostles Creed? What a better mirror to Christian behavior? This book takes a look at the Apostles Creed, article by article, with the focus of using the creeds instruction in our day to day living. It is written in language that is clear, vivid, and compelling while analyzing the message and instruction the Creed gives us.

Many books have been written on this central confession of the Christian faith . . . This volume is different from any I have ever seen. It is in a class by itself . . . a learned, comprehensive, penetrating, profound, and eminently readable book . . .

Dr. John R. de Witt, pastor, 7th Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) was the director of Libraries and a professor of speech at Calvin College. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation entitled “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.” After his retirement from Calvin College in 1969, DeKoster labored for a decade as the editor of The Banner, a weekly news magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. During this time, DeKoster also launched, in collaboration with Gerard Berghoef and their families, the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

Faithful in All God’s House: Stewardship and the Christian Life

  • Authors: Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 174

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Life is God’s gift and so is time. The form in which life passes is from the cradle to the grave, birth to judgment, so how shall we use life and time through the fleeting hours that we have them? What will we do with the talents implanted in each of us by God? What do we owe the Lord, and our neighbor? These and similar questions come to focus in the term “stewardship.” This book explores the meaning of stewardship as taught by the Scriptures and suggests that you discuss this meaning of stewardship with friends, in Bible study groups, and in church societies.

‘Christian stewards, sacrificing themselves for the welfare of others, make visible individually the power of their faith.’ This is how Berghoef and DeKoster summarize their wonderful book that deals with issues that all Christians have questions about: wealth, poverty, giving, the welfare state, and how much to give, to name but a few. Faithful in All God’s House is a highly relevant book that should be on the shelf of every Christian leader and on the reading list of every theological course.

Dr. Sas Conradie coordinator of the Lausanne/World Evangelical Alliance Global Generosity Network

Gerard Berghoef is a long-time elder in the Christian Reformed Church.

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) was the director of Libraries and a professor of speech at Calvin College. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation entitled “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.” After his retirement from Calvin College in 1969, DeKoster labored for a decade as the editor of The Banner, a weekly news magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. During this time, DeKoster also launched, in collaboration with Gerard Berghoef and their families, the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

Kingdom Stewardship: Occasional Papers Prepared by the Lausanne Resource Mobilization Working Group of Cape Town 2010

  • Editors: Arif Mohamed, Brett Elder, and Stephen J. Grabill
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 105

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Kingdom Stewardship is an edited collection of papers presented during the Washington and Atlanta consultations. It was put together by The Resource Mobilization Working Group because of their mission to enable the discovery, development, and deployment of God’s resources for world evangelization. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, an unprecedented opportunity exists to disciple the church in the fundamental biblical pattern of holistic stewardship. These collections of papers include the messages: Engaging the Heart, Dismantling Strongholds, and Unity: Practicing Relational Stewardship.

Liberation Theology: The Church’s Future Shock: Explanation, Analysis, Critique, Alternative

  • Authors: Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 197

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Liberation theology proclaims liberty to the exploited masses of Latin America. Its spirit is gradually spreading across the Western world, and creating intense discussion along with Vatican concern. This book explains what Marxism and Liberation theology are individually and then explains how they affect the world.

Gerard Berghoef is a long-time elder in the Christian Reformed Church.

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) was the director of Libraries and a professor of speech at Calvin College. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation entitled “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.” After his retirement from Calvin College in 1969, DeKoster labored for a decade as the editor of The Banner, a weekly news magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. During this time, DeKoster also launched, in collaboration with Gerard Berghoef and their families, the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

Product Details

  • Title: Christian’s Library Press Church and Ministry Collection
  • Publisher: Christian’s Library Press
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 1,670