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Overview

Ministry is for both pastor and parishioner. Whatever your role, find insights for better ministry from Baptist teachers and preachers dedicated to Scripture and historic Baptist principles. The Founders Press Ministry Collection gathers volumes on church membership, worship, pastoral ministry, embracing the doctrines of grace, dealing with pain and suffering, reformation in the Southern Baptist convention, and much more. Gathering powerful resources for serving God and building the church today, this collection is a valuable asset for approaching numerous areas of church life and ministry.

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Key Features

  • Addresses various aspects of ministry in a Baptist context
  • Upholds historic Baptist principles
  • Practically examines worship, the doctrines of grace, church membership, and more

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Individual Titles

A Quiet Revolution: A Chronicle of Beginnings of Reformation in the Southern Baptist Convention

  • Authors: Ernest C. Reisinger and D. Matthew Allen
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 107

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The conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention has been one of the most remarkable changes in theological direction in recent history. After decades of liberalism and neo-orthodoxy in the seminaries and denominational agencies, a groundswell of people in the pews and pulpits reclaimed the denominational infrastructure for orthodoxy. As a result, the Bible is now plainly established in Baptist life as the infallible and inerrant Word of God—truth, without mixture of error, inspired in whole and in all its parts. The question for many is: Where do we go from here?

The authors of this book suggest that the crying need for Southern Baptists going forward is to apply Biblical precepts to our lives and practice. They address the following questions:

  • Why do we need a reformation? Where have we come from?
  • Where are we going in this process of reformation? How did the Founders Movement start? What problems has it faced?
  • What challenges will I face in local church reformation and how do I avoid shipwreck?

There is also a helpful appendix on the use of creeds, confessions and catechisms in our churches to address the question: What tools will I have to use as I seek reformation in my church?

Ernest Reisinger (1919–2004) was a Reformed Baptist pastor, a trustee for the Banner of Truth Trust, and a founding board member of Founders Ministries.

D. Matthew Allen is a lawyer in Tampa, Florida. He is pursuing an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry

  • Editor: Tom Ascol
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 384

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As Paul imparted his wisdom to Timothy through letters, this collection of writings from seasoned pastors contains over 480 years of combined ministry experience. Old and new pastors alike will treasure this compilation of heartfelt advice and nuggets of truth that will guide them through the challenges and joys of their calling in Christ. Contributors include Joel Beeke, Ligon Duncan, Fred Malone, Mark Dever, Tedd Tripp, Ray Ortlund, Jr., C. J. Mahaney, Roger Ellsworth, and others.

As a minister with twenty-four years of pastoral experience, I wish I’d had this book at the outset of my ministry. As a seminary professor, I wish all my students had this book at the outset of their ministries.

—Don Whitney, associate professor of spiritual formation, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Written with the conscientious evangelical pastor in mind, this is an excellent resource for new ministers. Here are helpful letters concerning the multiple tasks demanded of the pastor, whether in the home, in the study, or behind the pulpit. Each letter has been written by an experienced pastor with a hot heart and a keen mind, and each letter ends with a list of suggested resources on that particular subject. I only wish such wise counsel had been available in written form during my tumultuous first pastorate!

—Malcolm B. Yarnell III, assistant dean for theological studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Tom Ascol is the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and executive director of Founders Ministries.

Life in the Body of Christ: Privileges and Responsibilities in the Local Church

  • Author: Curtis C. Thomas
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 256

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Curtis C. Thomas offers biblical instruction on a wide range of issues involving individual and corporate participation and responsibility in the life of a local church. This helpful guidebook is concise and practical, packed with insights and straightforward explanation on the specifics of what it means to be part of a local church. Thomas looks to Scripture and draws upon his own extensive experience as a pastor to cover a comprehensive range of topics from church finances, joining a church, church discipline, being part of the solution, and much more.

From the pen of a veteran Reformed pastor comes this hugely helpful compendium of practical Christian wisdom to lead believers into pulling their weight in a local church. It is the best thing on this theme that I have yet seen. Like the Bible, this book should be read once a year, and consulted often; not only by Baptists, but wherever strong life in Christ is the congregation’s goal. Some volumes merit rave reviews; this simple, down-to-earth publication is one of them.

J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

Life in the Body of Christ is a must-read for every Christian. Every age group in every evangelical church should make it a point to study this book chapter by chapter, look seriously at every suggestion, and meditate on every Scripture suggested for that purpose. Curtis Thomas has given us a gift, a stimulus to edifying reflection and action on every pertinent aspect of corporate and individual responsibility and privilege to be pursued in the life of a local church. His suggestions are brief but turgid with biblical insight and healthy church experience. His questions are provocative of the most Christ-honoring train of thought. The variety of subjects that he introduces prompts a real seriousness about the comprehensiveness of Christian worship, discipleship, fellowship and witness. Don’t miss this simple but mature guide to an ever-increasing conformity to Christ-centered, Bible-warranted church life.

Thomas J. Nettles, former professor of historical theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Life in the Body of Christ is a practical and comprehensive handbook that should prove useful to every layperson in the local church. To my knowledge, there is nothing like it in print that addresses so many issues in such down-to-earth fashion. Even difficult subjects so often encountered in the church are faced head-on in a loving but insightful manner.

Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

Curtis C. Thomas is a retired pastor, having served in Reformed Baptist churches for 30 years, the final 14 years at the Bible Church of Little Rock, AR. He is coauthor of Romans: An Interpretive Outline and The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, Documented.

Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles

  • Editors: Tom Ascol and Nathan A. Finn
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 342

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This volume collects a variety of essays honoring longtime professor of historical theology at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Thomas Nettles. Contributors are Baptist pastors, professors, and administrators, including Nathan A. Finn, Kevin L. Smith, Russell D. Moore, and Geoff Thomas. Including a foreword by R. Albert Mohler and an introduction by Tom Ascol, these essays are organized into the categories of “historical,” “theological,” and “practical.” They cover topics such as Baptist heroes, controversy, English Baptists, justification, effectual callings, doctrines of God, and believer’s baptism.

Tom Ascol is the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and executive director of Founders Ministries.

Nathan A. Finn is associate professor of historical theology and Baptist studies, as well as the director of the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

My Journey in Grace

  • Author: Terrell D. Suggs
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 164

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Follow the theological pilgrimage of a Southern Baptist pastor and director of missions as he discovered—and came to embrace—the doctrines of grace. Terrell D. Suggs invites readers into his journey as he explores the doctrines of grace personally, in Baptist history, and in the Bible.

Terrell D. Suggs has served as pastor of churches in Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma. He is currently director of missions of the Bryan Baptist Association in Bryan County, Oklahoma.

On Earth As It Is In Heaven: Reclaiming Regenerate Church Membership

  • Author: Wyman Lewis Richardson
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 168

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Wyman Richardson discusses an element of church membership often overlooked—a historic Baptist belief that though it’s in confessional statements, is often removed from practice—that the local church should be comprised of only people who bear the marks of regeneration. Looking to the New Testament, this text examines church membership, seeking to outline how it is defined biblically, and how it plays out in today’s churches. Divided into three sections, Richardson offers a comprehensive and practical discussion of the topic of regenerate membership. He covers diagnosis, the biblical example of membership, and a practical plan for reform.

If you remain unconvinced that membership is biblical, or if you’re looking for guidance on restoring healthy membership practices to your church, Richardson’s book is a solid guide.

Jonathan Leeman, author, The Church & the Surprising Offense of God’s Love

A superb treatment concerning the important issue of regenerate church membership . . . I pray this book receives a wide and careful reading.

Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wyman Richardson, a gifted writer, is sounding an alarm regarding unregenerate church membership that is worthy of our attention. . . . His practical guidance . . . is sure to be helpful to pastors and laity alike who are serious about a regenerate church membership.

—J. Robert White, executive director, Georgia Baptist Convention

Wyman Richardson serves as pastor of Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned his MDiv at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his DMin from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. He has also written Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline.

Reason for the Season: Ministerial Reflections on Personal Grief, Suffering and Loss

  • Editors: Roger D. Duke and Bob Agee
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 111

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Compiling contributions from a variety of Baptist pastors as well as two physicians, this volume provide practical and biblical insights into dealing with pain and suffering. Contributors offer examples from their own lives as well as thoughtful theological reflections on topics from “God’s Enabling Grace in the Path of Suffering” to “Cancer and Pastoral Care” to “Hope That Helps When Life Hurts.”

The contributors to this fine volume address the problem of pain and suffering not only with powerful insights from their own personal experiences, but also with clarifying pastoral and theological reflection. When people experience hurt and suffering, when they face the confusion associated with many of life’s challenges, they want and need practical as well as scriptural guidance. Such guidance can be found throughout the various chapters in this volume. I am confident that the biblical encouragement found in these pages will be helpful for many.

David S. Dockery, president, Union University

In the early days of my pastoral ministry, I began to learn that there is a hurt in every heart and in every home. While the contributors to this book present many reminders of this tearful reality, they also testify that the grace of God is sufficient to sustain the followers of Jesus in a fallen, broken world.

Donald S. Whitney, associate professor of biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Evangelicals in days gone by often referred to this life as a ‘vale of tears,’ and, if truth be told, there is much to weep about—even for Christians, who have a hope of a much better world. But books like this can be a tremendous help in persevering through the pain and anguish of suffering.

Michael A.G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Roger Duke is assistant professor of religion and speech at Baptist College of Health and Sciences. He earned his MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and DMin from University of the South, Sewanee.

Bob Agee was the thirteenth president of Oklahoma Baptist University and served as the executive director for the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities from 1997 and 2007.

Soldiers of Christ: Selections from the Writings of Basil Manly, Sr. and Basil Manly, Jr.

  • Authors: Michael Haykin, Roger D. Duke, and A. James Fuller
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 218

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Basil Manly Sr. and his son played vital roles in shaping a number of Southern Baptist institutions in its formative years in the nineteenth century, including the influential Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Undergirding their churchmanship was a vigorous Calvinistic Baptist piety that was expressed in sermons and tracts, hymns and confessional statements, letters, and diaries—all represented in this volume of selections from their writings, which opens a window into nineteenth-century Southern Baptist life.

This introduction to the piety of the Senior and Junior Basil Manly is a fascinating, moving, and shocking look at piety among Southern Baptists in the middle two-thirds of the nineteenth century. Biographical introductions and primary sources show the reader the beauty of the life harnessed to the glory of God and the bewildering sense of honor displayed in the beating of a slave, an abiding sense of the eternality and transcendent claims of the kingdom combined with a relentless southern jingoism. A carefully stated doctrinal orthodoxy co-exists and gives rise in the same hearts to the creative linguistic power of singable poetry.

Tom J. Nettles, professor of historical theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

A superb collection of well-edited primary sources by two of the most formative shapers of Southern Baptist life in the nineteenth century. The brilliance, vision, passion, and faults of Basil Manly, father and son, come through with clarity in these historic documents, shedding much needed light on Southern culture and Baptist history.

Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

Few families, if any, have ever had the influence and impact on the Southern Baptist Convention as the Manly family. The introductory and biographical essays on the lives of Basil Manly Sr., and Basil Manly Jr., as well as the carefully selected collections from their writings found in this volume are wonderful and much-welcomed additions to Baptist studies. This collection, however, is more than a look back for church historians. These writings found in this volume continue to speak in a fresh and powerful way to the issues and trends in our contemporary churches and culture. I am quite pleased to recommend Soldiers of Christ.

David S. Dockery, president, Union University

The publication of these writings is long overdue and is most welcome, and the editors have done their work well. The selections are filled with insight, encouragement, and challenge. May readers catch the Manly’s zeal for spreading the knowledge of the Savior, and their compassion for lost souls.

—Gregory A. Wills, professor of church history, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Manly family provided Southern Baptists with two generations of leadership during the nineteenth century. Basil Manly Sr. and Basil Manly Jr. were pastor-theologians and pioneers in theological education among the Baptists in the American South. This collection of their correspondence and shorter writings evidences the evangelical Calvinistic piety that buttressed their many accomplishments. Michael Haykin, James Fuller and Roger Duke have done us a service by introducing the Manlys to a new generation. Hopefully contemporary Southern Baptists and other evangelicals will drink deeply from the same well that nourished this great family’s gospel efforts of a previous century.

—Nathan Finn, assistant professor of church history, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Michael A. G. Haykin is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His recent research has been focused on the English Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller.

Roger D. Duke is assistant professor of religion and communication at Baptist College of Health Services in Memphis, Tennessee.

A. James Fuller is associate history professor at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently researching the life of Francis Wayland, the American Baptist educator.

Stray Recollections, Short Articles and Public Orations of James P. Boyce

  • Author: Tom Nettles
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 185

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Discover more about the early Southern Baptist theologian and seminary professor, James P. Boyce—perhaps the single most influential person in establishing the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This volume collects various shorter writings by Boyce—including some documents never before published or only partially published. Compiler Thomas Nettles notes that “this book comes as an effort to increase knowledge and understanding about the developing talents of Boyce and his persevering pursuit of theological education for Baptists of the South.”

Thomas J. Nettles was professor of historical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky from 1997 to 2014. Earning his MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he taught church history there, as well as at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he also served as chair of the department of church history. He is also the author of James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesman and coauthor of Baptists and the Bible.

The Way of Faith

  • Author: Phil A. Newton
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 28

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This brief text by Baptist pastor Phil Newton explains the essential truths of Christianity, offering a helpful tool for walking through Christian beliefs with someone unfamiliar to the faith. How does a person become a Christian? How do you answer this question? Newton directs readers to the only vital thing—what God says in his Word to reveal himself, his purpose for man, and the way to know him personally. The Way of Faith is designed to help readers on the journey to understanding the Christian faith. Ideal for discipleship or group study, each section ends with questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

Phil A. Newton earned his MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as senior pastor at South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 1987.

Worship: The Regulative Principle and the Biblical Principle of Acommodation

  • Authors: Ernest C. Reisinger and D. Matthew Allen
  • Publisher: Founders Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 175

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In this volume, Ernest Reisinger and D. Matthew Allen define, explain, and defend the Reformed principle of worship—the regulative principle. Not leaving the principle in the realm of theory, Reisinger and Allen discuss the application of the principle in the context of modern evangelical life—paying particular attention to how to implement the regulative principle in congregations who do not yet fully understand or embrace this principle. This text will be of interest to those seeking to bring reformation to the worship of the local church.

Ernest Reisinger (1919–2004) was a Reformed Baptist pastor, a trustee for the Banner of Truth Trust, and a founding board member of Founders Ministries.

D. Matthew Allen is a lawyer in Tampa, Florida. He is pursuing an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.