Fortress Press

Ministry

  • Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry

    Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry

    Ross Murray (Author)

    Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry builds on experience and wisdom developed through The Naming Project, a ministry created at the intersection of youth, faith, and LGBTQ identity. Ministry cofounder Ross Murray shows congregations how to examine their values and create a program that affirms LGBTQ youth in their faith and their identity, accepts and welcomes diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and equips future leaders for the church and the LGBTQ community.

    $19.99

    Available April 20, 2021

  • Resurrecting Church: Where Justice and Diversity Meet Radical Welcome and Healing Hope

    Resurrecting Church: Where Justice and Diversity Meet Radical Welcome and Healing Hope

    John Cleghorn (Author), Rodney S. Sadler Jr. (Foreword by)

    Resurrecting Church interweaves three stories, beginning with the remarkable turnaround story of Caldwell Presbyterian Church, which was on the edge of extinction when author John Cleghorn became its pastor. Cleghorn also tells the story of his own growth and liberation from the myopia of privilege. Also included are stories of several diverse congregations that have taken risks, deepening empathy and seeking justice. The book updates the conversation about church vitality in timely and surprising ways.

    $19.99

    Available March 2, 2021

  • Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together

    Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together

    Meta Herrick Carlson (Author)

    Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together includes prayers for many occasions, seasonal blessings, and a variety of litanies and liturgies for use in various worship settings and special services. This collection is intended to be a companion to other resources already being used for planning worship and living together in Christian community. Selections intended for group use with group responses will be available for download for all purchasers of the book.

    $19.99

  • Cultural Architecture: A Path to Creating Vitalized Congregations

    Cultural Architecture: A Path to Creating Vitalized Congregations

    Douglas A. Hill (Author)

    Cultural Architecture: A Path to Creating Vitalized Congregations serves to assist pastors and leaders as they guide their congregations through the painstaking and intensive process of redevelopment. It provides hands-on tools to guide congregational leaders in creating vision, core values, and strategic plans. Although Hill's approach is grounded in his experiences within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his systems for cultural architecture can be applied to congregations of any denomination.

    $19.99

  • Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty

    Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty

    Charles Fredrickson (Author), Violetta Lien (Author), Herb Palmer (Author), Mary Lou Walther (Author)

    Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty presents a faith-based effort to identify what sustains poverty and to organize people to work together to overcome its root causes. The result is collaborative relationships that change systems contributing to poverty. Within this process, new leadership will emerge, relationships will be enriched, and congregations will experience renewed love for people by undergoing transformation.

    $19.99

    Available May 4, 2021

  • Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture

    Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture

    Ryan M. Panzer (Author)

    Grace and Gigabytes explores the intersection of technology, culture, and church. Examining digital technology not as a set of tools, but as a force for cultural transformation, Ryan M. Panzer explores the networked values of the digital age--questions, connection, collaboration, and creativity; demonstrates the need for the church to change if it is to realize its mission; and makes recommendations for the practice of ministry today.

    $17.99

  • Today Everything Is Different: An Adventure in Prayer and Action

    Today Everything Is Different: An Adventure in Prayer and Action

    Dirk G. Lange (Author)

    In Today Everything Is Different Dirk Lange does not fail to deliver the "unexpected" in helping readers gain both a greater understanding of Christian spirituality and a path to it. On this adventure, the reader will explore the foundational underpinnings of baptism, the impact of prayer in many forms--especially in community--and the insights of giants like Luther and Bonhoeffer. The great beauty of the book, however, is found in the incredibly moving stories Lange shares.

    $19.99

  • The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going

    The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going

    Ryan Burge (Author)

    In The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going, Ryan P. Burge details a comprehensive picture of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. He gives readers a nuanced, accurate, and meaningful look at the growing number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. Burge explains how this rise happened, who the nones are, and what they mean for the future of American religion.

    $19.99

    Available March 9, 2021

  • Eyes of the Heart: Seeing God in an Age of Science

    Eyes of the Heart: Seeing God in an Age of Science

    Russell Haitch (Author)

    In Eyes of the Heart: Seeing God in an Age of Science, Russell Haitch offers a model for unifying faith and science that does not compromise either good science or Christian convictions. With wit and insight, Haitch shows how his model resolves long-standing (and still heated) issues of creation and evolution. Compelling stories and clear explanations will appeal to a wide audience, including parents, youth workers, and young people themselves.

    $22.99

    Available March 16, 2021

  • Incline Your Ear: Cultivating Spiritual Awakening in Congregations

    Incline Your Ear: Cultivating Spiritual Awakening in Congregations

    Chad R. Abbott (Author), Teresa Blythe (Author), Brent Bill (Foreword by)

    Incline Your Ear: Cultivating Spiritual Awakening in Congregations introduces faith communities and individuals to the centuries-old practice of spiritual direction. Authors Chad R. Abbott and Teresa Blythe explore ways to become more aware of the presence of the Holy, deepen our relationship with God, discern where God is leading, share our spiritual gifts, and evaluate these fruits of the Spirit. Readers will find new ways to be in love with God and listen to the Spirit.

    $18.99

  • A Spirituality for Doing Justice: Reflections for Congregation-Based Organizers

    A Spirituality for Doing Justice: Reflections for Congregation-Based Organizers

    Dennis A. Jacobsen (Author)

    Dennis Jacobsen brings his many years of experience doing congregation-based organizing for justice into conversation with unique spiritual reflections. Jacobsen turns to his work creating and meditating on icons to connect biblical themes and Christian personalities to guide those who are preparing for congregation-organizing and faith-based social action. His unique perspectives help anyone engaged in such work go deeper in prayer and devotion before diving into the messy work of organizing.

    $19.99

  • Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope

    Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope

    James H. Harris (Author)

    Black Suffering articulates suffering as an everyday reality of Black life and names suffering's many manifestations, both in history and in the present moment. Harris shows the practical impact of suffering upon church leaders as they seek to forge a path forward to address this troubling issue. Black Suffering is a call to consciousness, a work that begins a larger conversation for correcting the historical weight of suffering carried by Black people.

    $24.99

  • Jesus the Harmony: Gospel Sonnets for 366 Days

    Jesus the Harmony: Gospel Sonnets for 366 Days

    Gracia M. Grindal (Author)

    Author and poet Gracia Grindal has written 366 sonnets based on the life and ministry of Jesus to inspire meditation and reflection. Each poem entry is based on a specific biblical connection and relates to a holy day or season. The book's introduction provides historic background on Gospel harmonies, tells the story of how the author created the sonnets, and offers suggestions for using this unique devotional volume.

    $24.99

    Available April 6, 2021

  • The Bush Still Burns: How Spirituality and Organizing Transformed a Pastor and Congregation

    The Bush Still Burns: How Spirituality and Organizing Transformed a Pastor and Congregation

    Terry Allen Moe (Author), Susan L. Engh (Foreword by)

    In this compelling and practical volume, Terry Allen Moe describes how he and the congregation he served turned to the burning bush of deepened spirituality, coupled with hard-nosed organizing, to transform a community of faith and impact the local neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. It's timely inspiration for congregations struggling to find their way out of decline and the immobilization caused by fear and lack of creative leadership.

    $19.99

    Available March 23, 2021

  • Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity

    Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity

    Michael R. Ward (Author)

    Pastor and certified fundraising executive (CFRE) Michael R. Ward provides church leaders a resource to lead their congregations to a new culture of generosity and abundance that raises more money as well as more disciples. This book guides a process of study, reflection, and action that is clear and practical. Ward taps into years of experience fundraising in the nonprofit sector to address the ongoing challenges of financing ministry.

    $15.99

  • Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

    Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

    Eileen R. Campbell-Reed (Author), Christian Scharen (Foreword by)

    Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life informs and inspires the practice of ministry through "on the ground" learning experienced in a variety of ministry settings. Each of the fifty chapters explores a single concept through story, reflection, and provocative open-ended questions designed to spark conversation between ministers and mentors, among ministry peers, or for personal journal reflections. The book is closely integrated with the author's Three Minute Ministry Mentor web resource.

    $16.99

    Available May 11, 2021

  • Finding Our Way to the Truth: Seven Lies Leaders Believe and How to Let Go of Them

    Finding Our Way to the Truth: Seven Lies Leaders Believe and How to Let Go of Them

    Sarah Ciavarri (Author), N. Graham Standish (Foreword by)

    In Finding Our Way to the Truth, Sarah Ciavarri explores lies that masquerade as truths. They aren't obvious. They can be benign. Through personal stories, Ciavarri helps leaders recognize seven common lies, such as "People must like me" and "I'm responsible for it all." She then outlines a three-step process for unmasking each lie--pay attention, examine, and apply the learning. When we let go of the lies, well-being and hope take their place.

    $19.99

  • A Future without Walls: Confronting Our Divisions

    A Future without Walls: Confronting Our Divisions

    T. Richard Snyder (Author), George A. Yancey (Foreword by)

    A Future without Walls offers a comprehensive and complex analysis of Othering, while unveiling the connections between our divisions and the roots, forms, and consequences of the walls that have been erected. The dividing walls are more than a problem calling for a quick fix. They are embedded in both our history and our current culture and demand fundamental transformation. The book offers concrete steps forward to help us dismantle these walls.

    $24.99

  • The Politics of Faith: The Bible, Government, and Public Policy

    The Politics of Faith: The Bible, Government, and Public Policy

    Jerry L. Sumney (Author)

    The Politics of Faith speaks to Christians and others who seek to discuss the role of the Bible in their decisions about civic politics. This book will help readers talk about how a deeper understanding of Scripture can affect how one votes and the kinds of policies one supports. Each chapter ends with a set of questions for discussion that both review what is in the chapter and provoke discussion about faithful action.

    $16.99

  • Preaching Jeremiah: Announcing God's Restorative Passion

    Preaching Jeremiah: Announcing God's Restorative Passion

    Walter Brueggemann (Author), Carolyn J Sharp (Foreword by)

    In this book, Walter Brueggemann conducts in an experiment in homiletics. He wants us to wrestle with the question: What if we allow the canonical shape of the book of Jeremiah to instruct us concerning the shape and trajectory of the sermon? The preaching task requires honesty about what God requires and a clear proclamation of what God has done and will yet do.

    $19.99

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