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The Wipf & Stock Ministry and the Church Collection brings together contemporary reviews of the different ways the church ministers today. The Gospel is a timeless message, and each generation brings new opportunities for God’s people to impact a lost world. These seven volumes cover a variety of salient topics for the church today—Including strategies to engage in caring for the earth in coming generations, as well as aids for healing conflict and cultivating forgiveness within and between local churches. There are also guides for creating deep Christian community, written from the urban trenches where the Gospel constantly confronts fallen worldviews. Volumes on Bible-based teaching from Patrick D. Miller and John C. Holbert help preachers effectively communicate God’s Word in both the Old and New Testaments.

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Key Features

  • Highlights creative opportunities for the church to impact the world
  • Includes guides for preaching and teaching the whole Bible
  • Provides insights into solving conflict within congregations

Individual Titles

Created in Delight: Youth, Church, and the Mending of the World

  • Author: Timothy L. Van Meter
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 134

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Created in Delight challenges the church to take the relationship of human beings with the earth and their fellow creatures seriously. It challenges communities of faith to construct youth and young adult ministry through an ecological hermeneutic. Van Meter includes narratives from his youth work and teaching as well as ecological theology and an exploration of contemporary ecological concerns. He challenges youthministers to seek their own formation through practicing hope in resistance to despair as they engage ecological questions in partnership with young people.

This is the first book of its kind to establish care of the earth as a primary aim of youth ministry. Few theologians know more about youth or the environment, and no one knows more about their intersections than Tim Van Meter. This book grows from decades of careful thought about the real threats to God's creation, the world young people will inherit. . . . In this book you will encounter two stories: a story of environmental degradation—not a happy story—and a story of redemption for all God's creatures, including young people. Tim's book lives in the hope that these two stories become one.

—David F. White, professor of Christian education, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

With a theologically robust and educationally rigorous vision of youth ministry, Tim Van Meter challenges churches to take seriously the possibility of youth responding to the initiative of God as world citizens and stewards of the earth. The result is a remarkably hopeful discussion of a future for young people beyond the spiritual naïveté, media saturation, and consumerism of much contemporary religious youth culture.

—Charles R. Foster, professor of religion and education emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Timothy L. Van Meter is assistant professor of Christian education and youth ministry at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Creative Ways to Build Christian Community

  • Editors: Jeanne DeFazio and John P. Lathrop
  • Series: House of Prisca and Aquila
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 114

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Creative Ways to Build Christian Community is a personal, practical response to the present and future prospect of isolation. It is a treasure trove of examples and suggestions about how to accomplish the Great Commission. The book uses anecdotes from experienced community builders illustrating how they have implemented creative methods of growing churches and organizations that feature more intensive Christian fellowship.

Creative Ways to Build Christian Community invites the reader to remember and act on the foundational need of the church to build community. . . . This is a delightful, homey, practical, and personal presentation of how community is encouraged through special meetings, meals, the arts, and prayer in the church and outside it. . . . This book is a banquet of approaches to foster the church as a nourishing, active Christian community; Christ himself invites us to the supper.

—Aída Besançon Spencer, professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Jeanne DeFazio is a former actress who has taught in English as a second-language in the barrios of Sand Diego. She graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an Athanasian Teaching Scholar at Gordon-Conwell’s Boston Center for Urban Ministerial Education.

John P. Lathrop graduated from Zion Bible College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Center for Urban Ministerial Education. With twenty years of pastoral experience, he has served in Indonesia and Zimbabwe, and has written multiple books.

Denominationalism Illustrated and Explained

  • Author: Russell E. Richey
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 310

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Denominationalism looks doomed and is so proclaimed. It may be. However, viewing the sweep of Anglo-American history, this volume suggests how much denominations and denominationalism have changed, how resilient they have proved, how significant these structures of religious belonging have been in providing order and direction to American society, and how such enduring purposes find ever new structural and institutional expression.

This book has convinced me that denominational Christianity is not dying; it is once again adapting and transitioning into a new chapter in its fascinating history. Here is history from one of our most able church historians, who not only studied our history, but also helped make history in his church and seminary leadership, all in service to the future vitality of our church.

—Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School

In its historical scope, from English origins to contemporary challenges of denominationalism, and in its range of probing discussion, from the voluntary principle to ecclesial purpose of denominations old and new, Richey's work is an essential reference and stimulus to teaching and scholarship in American religious studies.

—Thomas Edward Frank, Wake Forest University

Russell E. Richey is dean emeritus of Candler School of Theology and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History emeritus at Emory University. He has written several books on denominationalism and civil religion.

Leading Missional Change: Move Your Congregation from Resistant to Re-Energized

  • Authors: Paul J. Dunbar and Anthony L. Blair
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 138

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Missional change in congregations is a popular topic in pastoral circles. Many church leaders are attempting to drive missional change forward in the ministries they lead. Some succeed, but many others hit a wall of frustration, finding congregations resistant to this type of change. Leading Missional Change was written to support pastors and other church leaders who experience resistance, to share wisdom and experience that may lead to readiness, and to give hope and encouragement toward a re-energizing of their own congregation.

Paul J. Dunbar teaches at the Biblical Theological Seminary and Eastern University.

Anthony L. Blair teaches leadership studies at Easter University. He is a senior pastor at his church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The Road Home: A Guided Journey to Church Forgiveness and Reconciliation

  • Author: Darrell Puls
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 224

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In The Road Home, Darrell Puls argues that though Christ commanded his followers to forgive, but in fact we often don’t, and that furthermore, this lack of forgiveness poisons all of our relationships. He goes on to say that churches are particularly vulnerable to unforgiveness for a simple reason—no one has taught us what forgiveness actually is, how it benefits the forgiver and the forgiven, and, most importantly, how exactly to forgive. This book provides a pathway to forgiveness and healthy reconciliation for churches wounded by conflict. While the road it follows is not easy—just as forgiving is not easy—the result is an explosion of grace and restoration, taking relationships beyond where they were to where they were meant to be.

Full of contemporary illustrations and case studies, Puls deftly integrates biblical teaching on forgiveness and reconciliation with the latest scientific thought and research, and applies them to the challenges many of us face as leaders and followers in our churches, ministries, and communities. The Road Home is a valuable and very readable addition to the current literature on corporate life and practical theology.

—Paul S. Regan, president, Christian Association for Psychological Studies

Darrell Puls is the founder of Peacebridge Ministries, which works with pastors, staff, and leaders in churches experiencing internal conflict. Puls has worked with interpersonal, group, and organizational conflict for more than thirty-five years as a mediator, trainer, consultant, and coach.

Stewards of the Mysteries of God: Preaching the Old Testament—and the New

  • Author: Patrick D. Miller
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 198

In this volume, Patrick D. Miller offers essays and sermons meant to assist preachers in their interpretation and explication of biblical texts. Often neglected in preaching, the Old Testament is a particular focus, but only in the context of the wholeness of Scripture. Questions addressed in this volume include: how does one approach and preach the Old Testament at Easter? What are the contemporary issues or dimensions in preaching the Ten Commandments? And how does the preacher hold to the Old Testament and the New Testament in proclaiming God’s word to the church?

I have long admired the way in which Patrick Miller combines insightful biblical scholarship with love for the church and its ministry. The two are beautifully wed in this book where Miller vividly reminds us of all we have to gain by reincorporating regular preaching from the Old Testament into our ministries, and in which he models how to do so with integrity, authenticity, and (always) theological depth.

Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, professor of homiletics, Yale Divinity School

Patrick Miller’s passion for the Bible and church is on full exhibit here, together with his unrivaled erudition and his great theological sensibility. In this book he faces the hard and complex issues of biblical interpretation and preaching. Readers will be impacted and transformed by the force of his argument and advocacy. There is good reason he is reckoned to be the premier interpreter of our generation. His own sermons included here attest to the wise practicality of what he teaches.

—Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Patrick D. Miller is Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. He is also the former editor of Theology Today.

Telling the Whole Story: Reading and Preaching Old Testament Stories

  • Author: John C. Holbert
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 218

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Telling the Whole Story is a book about preaching and reading the narratives of the Hebrew Bible. John C. Holbert was a longtime teacher of preaching and Hebrew Bible at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In this volume he combines his two skills of careful narrative reading and imaginative story preaching to offer the first comprehensive look at this particular kind of sermon proclamation. The book also includes an introduction to the long history of story preaching in the history of the church, as well as a primer in ways to read the narratives more effectively and preach several varieties of story sermons. At the heart of this book four narratives from the Hebrew Bible are exegeted and are accompanied by four story sermons based on those texts: Genesis 2-3; 1 Samuel 15; Judges 4; and Jonah.

John Holbert is unsurpassed, both as a narrative preacher and as a teacher of narrative preaching. Here he explains not only how to prepare a narrative sermon . . . but he provides case studies of four biblical texts in which he takes the reader from a masterful reading of the text, to thinking about how to develop a narrative sermon, and offering a sermon on the text. This kind of preaching will be life-giving in any congregation.

—Ronald J. Allen, professor of preaching, gospels, and letters, Christian Theological Seminary

John C. Holbert is Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Product Details

  • Title: Wipf & Stock Ministry and the Church Collection
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 1,336