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Wipf & Stock Preaching and Church Planting Collection (7 vols.)
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Engage your congregations with humor, learn to apply biblical discipline in your community, and find practical guidance for becoming “unstuck” in your pastorship with the Wipf & Stock Preaching and Church Planting Collection. These seven volumes are filled with wisdom, humor, compassion, and practical applications for pastors struggling with all the issues of leadership in today’s church. Follow Rosario Picardo’s transformation from a jaded pastor down on his luck to the leader of Embrace Church. Learn from the struggles and triumphs of Eric W. Moore as he pastors a small church. Hear from pastors who’ve been inspired by Eugene Peterson and Walter Brueggemann. In this collection, you’ll find entertaining and enlightening prose by pastors who are in the trenches with you.

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Key Features

  • Offers practical wisdom for a variety of pastoral issues
  • Presents inspirational stories from pastors’ real-life experiences
  • Tackles tough topics such as implementing discipline within your church community

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With Wit and Wonder

  • Author: Blayne A. Banting
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 154

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Preachers are often caught in a double bind—they would like to be more witty and creative, but they aren’t sure whether these capacities fit with the serious business of preaching the gospel. Pastor and preaching professor Blayne Banting addresses both the “why” and the “how” of the roles of humor and imagination in preaching. With Wit and Wonder is designed to take the preacher from a solid theological and theoretical grounding in both humor and imagination to how these two God-given gifts might be employed to enhance the preaching ministry of today’s communicator.

With Wit and Wonder is a thoughtful and thorough examination of a commonly utilized but rarely considered aspect of our preaching. Blaine Banting believes that humor is not just something we use to help people pay attention to the more serious aspects of our message, but that it can be capable of carrying the weight of the sermon—and that is no joke!

Kenton C. Anderson, president, Northwest Baptist Seminary

Blayne A. Banting (DMin, PhD) is lead pastor of Caronport Community Church in Caronport, Saskatchewan. He is author of Take Up and Preach: A Primer for Interpreting Preaching Texts.

Pastoring the Small Church

  • Author: Eric W. Moore
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 78

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With humor and candor, Eric Moore addresses common challenges that the pastor of the small church encounters on a daily basis. As the pastor of a small church, he shares stories from his own experience and provides biblical and common-sense solutions to the issues that pastors face. If you pastor a small church, then you are a key part of God’s program. This book will encourage and remind you of the importance of your calling.

One of the most neglected subcultures in the church is the pastor of the small church, yet few have a more challenging ministry. Fortunately, help is on the way with this outstanding book. While a seminary professor, Moore does not write from an ivory tower. He is a practitioner who knows and loves the small church. Read it quickly and read it often. You will become convinced Moore has been sitting in your pews.

—J. Paul Nyquist, president, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

I thank God for large churches, and I thank God for small churches. I thank God, too, for pastors like Eric Moore who understand the challenges and opportunities presented by small churches. Don’t let the size of this book fool you. Eric packs a ton of Bible-based wisdom into it. Pastors who have the big responsibility of pastoring a small church will find it helpful and perhaps life-changing.

Steven D. Mathewson, senior pastor, CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, Libertyville, IL

Pastoring the Small Church is a reminder that the insights of a small church pastor can carry just as much credibility, if not more.

—John E. Johnson, pastor, Village Baptist Church, Portland, OR

Eric W. Moore is assistant pastor and practical ministries department chair at Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. He has served as the pastor of Tree of Life Bible Fellowship Church in Southfield, Michigan, since 2000.


  • Author: Rosario Picardo
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 82

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Rosario Picardo was a recently divorced and slightly jaded ex-Marine when he heeded God’s call to plant “a church for broken people.” This book chronicles the struggles and triumphs of Embrace Church, from its beginnings in his basement as a rare urban church plant to a multi-campus congregation that reaches hundreds of folks broken by poverty, burned by Christians, and in need of healing grace. By telling his story, Picardo hopes to inform, inspire, and encourage seminary students, future church planters, and any Christian committed to expanding the body of Christ among marginalized people in urban areas. Alongside relevant data and theological insights, Picardo shares the practical lessons he learned, as well as personal journal entries about his internal struggles, in order to offer a comprehensive glimpse into not only the need for new church plants, but the difficulties and opportunities that exist in this sort of ministry.

Embrace is a lively, personal account of Rosario Picardo’s experience planting a new church. Rich with anecdotes and theological overtones, this book is packed with inspiration and practical information for church planters and others who are boldly committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ in the twenty first century.

—Wendy J. Deichmann, president, United Theological Seminary

Rosario Picardo is a ball of energy who knows no speed but full tilt. The story of how he planted what has become Embrace United Methodist is must reading for those dedicated to joining with God in his great work of reconciling the world to himself!

—Charles Gutenson, author, Church Worth Getting Up For

Rosario Picardo is lead pastor of Embrace Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

That His Spirit May Be Saved

  • Author: Jeremy M. Kimble
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 206

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In an age of tolerance and moral laxity, the implementation of church discipline is often looked upon with disdain, fear, or incredulousness. However, there is clear biblical precedent for the practice of discipline within a local church context. While many are aware of several passages in Scripture that speak to this reality, in this work, Jeremy Kimble calls readers to observe clear biblical mandates, historic precedent, as well as theological and practical implications for the practice of church discipline.

Seeking to venture past the pragmatic discussions surrounding church discipline, Kimble articulates for his readers a lucid theological presentation of this topic. He argues that discipline serves as a warning of potential end-time judgment. As such, discipline also serves as a means to the sinner’s repentance and the perseverance of the saints within that local church. This theological understanding of discipline calls pastors and congregations to faithfulness. There is a seriousness to church discipline that cannot be ignored, and likewise discipline must also be viewed as a mercy, knowing it is a means to repentance and enduring in one’s faith.

This is a well-researched and carefully reasoned study on church discipline, the missing jewel of the church. It is biblically rigorous, theologically faithful, and practically helpful. This is a good book that should be on the shelves of those who want to implement and practice the redemptive ministry of loving confrontation, restoration, and, when painfully necessary, exclusion.

—Daniel Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jeremy Kimble offers a thoroughly biblical and pastoral treatment of the neglected practice of church discipline. He demonstrates the continuity of holiness among the redeemed in both Testaments, showing discipline to be no novelty but essential for the church’s ongoing gospel witness and believers’ perseverance. His examination of Jonathan Edwards’ growth in understanding and practice will encourage church leaders toward faithfulness in pastoral care. This book is a superb ecclesiological resource!

Phil A. Newton, senior pastor, South Woods Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee

Kimble helpfully reminds us that church discipline, when practiced biblically and lovingly, is both a provisional judgment and a key means of grace that the Lord uses to bring wandering sheep to repentance and to separate potential wolves from the flock. Kimble presents a compelling biblical, historical, and theological argument for recovering the faithful practice of redemptive church discipline.

—Nathan A. Finn, associate professor of historical theology and Baptist studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jeremy M. Kimble holds a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is assistant professor of theology at Cedarville University.

Pastoral Work

  • Editors: Jason Byassee and L. Roger Owens
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 222

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Eugene Peterson may be the most influential theological writer in the church today. Yet because most of his career has not been in academia there is not much critical engagement with his work. This book, edited by Jason Byassee and L. Roger Owens, presents some of the finest scholar-pastors in the US today as they describe the way Peterson has inspired and infuriated on the way to (hopefully) more faithful pastorates.

For those who knew Eugene Peterson only through his idiomatically rendered Bible, The Message, his memoir, The Pastor, was a revelation. But only a partial one. For the full 360-degree refraction, read Pastoral Work . . . which collects the very lively thoughts of sixteen noted scholar-pastors addressing ‘Pastor Pete’s’ influence on them and their calling.

—David Van Biema, former chief religion writer, Time magazine

These engagements with Eugene Peterson will be valuable to anyone who cares about pastoral ministry. Like Peterson’s own work, they are informed by long obedience and patient reflection, and they are refreshingly free of cant, hype, and prattle.

—John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture

Here is a book that will deepen, challenge, inform, enrich, and renew ministry in just the same way and to just the same degree as the work of its subject, Eugene Peterson. Peterson’s legacy will not finally be in the written word but in the reflective practice of his countless disciples, shaping communities in ways inspired by his words and example. To read this book is to feel encouraged, hopeful, and moved to prayer and service; and relieved to rediscover that one’s ministry is not a lone quest but a shared joy.

Sam Wells, vicar, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Jason Byassee received his PhD in theology from Duke University and is currently serving as a fellow in theology and leadership there. He also serves as senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference. Byassee is author of Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine, Reading Augustine: A Guide to the Confessions, and An Introduction to the Desert Fathers.

L. Roger Owens is copastor with his wife Ginger Thomas of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of The Shape of Participation.

Embracing the Transformation

  • Author: Walter Brueggemann
  • Editor: K.C. Hanson
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 114

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In reading Walter Brueggemann’s writings, K.C. Hanson was “struck by his attention to point of view, community, and seeking justice.” Hanson examines these themes, coming to the conclusion that “While we do not live in the same world as ancient Israel and Judah, Brueggemann effectively shines a light on how questions of fidelity, community, and power that are raised in these ancient texts also impinge on our own identity, both individually and corporately.”

Like athletes, preachers carry inside them the voices of their most challenging coaches—people who have encouraged them to dig deeper, stretch farther, and more faithfully pursue their craft and calling. In these crystalline essays, Walter Brueggemann is that voice again, shaking us free of the dust of our own diminished expectations, bolstering our best instincts, and consistently pointing us toward a gospel that would make the powers and principalities tremble.

—Scott Black Johnston, senior pastor, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

Richly informed by Scripture, this superb book is a must-read for preachers and, indeed, for laity who love the Word. Brueggemann’s theological interpretation of the biblical text strikes the mind and heart and calls out the church as an alternative community to embrace the work of transformation God is doing in the world. Brueggemann’s books always inform and inspire, but as I read this extraordinary text, I found myself over and over again giving thanks to God.

—Tex Sample, professor emeritus of church and society, Saint Paul School of Theology

In this splendid collection of essays, we encounter the Walter Brueggemann we have come to expect—wise, edgy, original, provocative, stimulating to preachers, and deeply encouraging to a church in quest of a prophetic, bold, and vital faith.

—Thomas G. Long, professor of preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and the author of numerous books, including David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and Memory, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Genesis, and The Message of the Psalms: A Theological Commentary.

K.C. Hanson has taught biblical studies at Episcopal Theological School and the School of Theology at Claremont, Creighton University, and St. Olaf College. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two volumes in the Proclamation series. K.C. Hanson is the biblical studies editor at Fortress Press. He has edited several books by Walter Brueggemann and other authors. Some books include Remember You Are Dust by Brueggemann and Religion and Cult by Sigmund Mowinckel.

When All Else Fails

  • Author: Wayne L. Menking
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 150

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The condition of stuck is a condition well known by pastoral caregivers and leaders. In When All Else Fails, Wayne Menking argues that the way out of “stuckness” is not through the acquisition of faddish techniques, but through a deep rethinking of our pastoral vocation and what our pastoral work is to be about. Pastoral care and leadership are not indistinguishable, just as priestly work can never be separated from prophetic work. They are always one and the same. Pastoral care and leadership, then, are not about helping people relieve their anxiety through the offering of palliative comfort, but rather helping people to engage the powers that have hold of their life so as to leave what is old for what is new. In this engagement, the caregiver will always encounter powers against which niceness and unconditional love will not work. Using biblical images and narratives that depict God as a deeply empathic and compassionate God, yet one who is never adaptively sympathetic, Menking asserts that pastoral caregivers and leaders must shed their niceness and adaptivity so as to employ their God-given power if they are to help people effectively leave what is old for what is new.

A must-have book for local pastors, CPE supervisors and students, and all who have the potential to find themselves ‘stuck.’ Menking uses Friedman’s creative work as a platform to launch out into the world of pastoral care and leadership where so many do find themselves stuck and the result is burnout. His use of stories from his practice, biblical tradition, and theological heritage serve to push one to look deeper into oneself.

—David C. Johnson, president, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

This book will change your approach to pastoral care. Menking challenges the concept of pastoral care as passive listening or making people feel comfortable. Drawing upon Friedman, Menking shows how sympathy sabotages recovery and a failure of nerve leaves everyone stuck. Instead, he proposes that caregiving is leadership. A theologian of the cross harbors no illusions about our condition. As a people of the resurrection we look death in the eye, and invite people to a new reality.

—Michael Rinehart, bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Wayne L. Menking is the regional director for the southwest region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a certified Clinical Pastoral Education instructor and manager of the Texas Health Department of Clinical Pastoral Education. He is also the author of Crisis and Possibilities.