Fortress Press

Ministry

  • A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon

    A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon

    Karoline M. Lewis (Author)

    In A Lay Preacher's Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon, Karoline M. Lewis provides lay preachers with an essential and accessible guide to the basics of Sunday-morning preaching. In this go-to resource for lay preachers, Lewis lays out in a concise and clear format the steps to preaching a faithful sermon, a process that can be immediately applied to weekly sermon preparation.

    $18.99

  • 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

    Available October 6, 2020

  • The Gospel People Don't Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages

    The Gospel People Don't Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages

    Lisa Cressman (Author)

    Lisa Cressman, founder of Backstory Preaching, provides tools to craft difficult sermon messages that can be heard. Part 1 focuses on the preacher's preparation, the building of mutual trust with listeners, and the authority needed to proclaim the gospel with empathy, compassion, and skill. Part 2 focuses on the sermon itself with practical suggestions on what to say and how to say it.

    $18.99

  • Minister's Prayer Book: An Order of Prayers and Readings, Revised Edition

    Minister's Prayer Book: An Order of Prayers and Readings, Revised Edition

    Timothy J. Wengert (General Editor), Mary Jane Haemig (Editor), Chris Halverson (Editor), Robert Harrell (Editor)

    Since it first appeared in print in 1959, John Doberstein's Minister's Prayer Book has been a devotional classic among Lutheran pastors. The beauty of the Minister's Prayer Book is its centering of the pastor's calling on word and sacrament, on pastoral care, and on being fully present in the lives of God's people. While the basic structure and intent of the original work remains, new resources have been included to develop a broader appeal.

    $24.99

  • All-Age Everything: Worship for an Intergenerational church

    All-Age Everything: Worship for an Intergenerational church

    Nick Harding (Author)

    This revised edition of All-Age Everything is full of ideas and suggestions to make all-age worship a true intergenerational worship experience.

    $18.99

  • Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

    Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

    William H. Willimon (Author)

    Prolific author William H. Willimon makes the compelling case that two key pastoral tasks--preaching and leadership--complement, correct, strengthen, and inform one another. Preaching is the distinctive function of pastoral leaders. Leadership of the church, particularly during a challenging time of transition in mainline Protestantism, has become a pressing concern for pastors. This book shows how the practices, skills, and intentions of Christian preaching can be helpful to the leadership of a congregation.

    $18.99

  • … And the Church Actually Changed: Uncommon Wisdom for Pastors in an Age of Doubt, Division, and Decline

    … And the Church Actually Changed: Uncommon Wisdom for Pastors in an Age of Doubt, Division, and Decline

    N. Graham Standish (Author)

    . . . And the Church Actually Changed: Uncommon Wisdom for Pastors in an Age of Doubt, Division, and Decline arises out of N. Graham Standish's work as a spiritual director and coach to clergy of all denominations and traditions. He draws on insights from counseling, spirituality and spiritual direction, organizational development, and other fields. Each chapter is built around a dialogue between a clergy coach and various clergy clients about significant clergy leadership issues.

    $18.99

    Available September 1, 2020

  • God So Enters into Relationships That...: A Biblical View

    God So Enters into Relationships That...: A Biblical View

    Terence E. Fretheim (Author)

    Respected biblical theologian Terrence E. Fretheim weaves key insights from Scripture with theological reflections on the nature and activity of God. He emphasizes for pastoral leaders the importance of using this kind of language to speak to the realities of life and faith in sermons, worship, prayers, and teaching of all kinds. Filled with helpful insights communicated in clear language, this is a must-read for all want to know more about the nature of God.

    $18.99

    Available September 1, 2020

  • Clear, Calm, and Connected: Reflections on Church Leadership

    Clear, Calm, and Connected: Reflections on Church Leadership

    Paul E. Walters (Author), Robert F. Holley (Author)

    Clear, Calm, and Connected offers wisdom on leadership drawn from common ministry scenarios, family systems thinking, and Scripture. Paul E. Walters and Robert F. Holley provide insights and tools to help ministry leaders serve congregations more effectively and conduct their personal life with more grace. The book is an excellent leadership training tool for boards, committees, or teams and for leaders working to discern mission, define roles, and respond to conflict.

    $16.99

    Available October 6, 2020

  • Tough Questions, Honest Answers: Faith and Religion for 21st-Century Explorers

    Tough Questions, Honest Answers: Faith and Religion for 21st-Century Explorers

    Cameron Harder (Author)

    In Tough Questions, Honest Answers, Christian theologian Cameron Harder explores pressing contemporary challenges to religion--from religion itself to modern "big ideas" that often confound thoughtful seekers. Issues addressed include religion and violence, religion and child sexual abuse, mystery and miracle, the compatibility of science and faith, and God's role when bad things happen. Tough Questions, Honest Answers is an excellent conversation starter for inquirers, skeptics, and faithful doubt

    $18.99

  • Journeying in the Wilderness: Forming Faith in the 21st Century

    Journeying in the Wilderness: Forming Faith in the 21st Century

    Terri Martinson Elton (Author)

    Journeying in the Wilderness places a confessional understanding of faith in dialogue with five contextually altering forces in order to provide a pathway for congregations to reimagine faith formation in the midst of twenty-first-century realities. The use of stories, nontechnical language, and biblical perspectives make this work accessible for congregational leaders and others who seek to explore new directions in forming faith. Each chapter includes leadership competencies, shared practices, and group discussion questions.

    $19.99

  • 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.

    $17.99

    Available December 1, 2020

  • Better Together, Expanded and Updated: Making Church Mergers Work

    Better Together, Expanded and Updated: Making Church Mergers Work

    Jim Tomberlin (Author), Warren Bird (Author), Craig Groeschel (Foreword by)

    In Better Together, Expanded and Updated: Making Church Mergers Work, church merger consultant Jim Tomberlin and award-winning writer Warren Bird provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches, so they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute mergers for church expansion and renewal--ultimately, so they can reinvigorate declining churches and create a thriving new entity.

    $19.99

    Available August 4, 2020

  • Lindisfarne Liturgies for Christian Festivals

    Lindisfarne Liturgies for Christian Festivals

    Ray Simpson (Author)

    Ray Simpson's liturgical prayers for Christian festivals provide worship for individuals, new monastic groups and churches.

    $19.99

  • Heirs Together

    Heirs Together

    Daphne Kirk (Author)

    This book describes a church which includes all ages (children, young people, and adults) in every aspect of its life. This is the vision of the intergenerational Church.

    $16.99

  • 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

    Available October 6, 2020

  • Heaven's Morning Breaks: Sensitive and practical reflections on funeral practice

    Heaven's Morning Breaks: Sensitive and practical reflections on funeral practice

    Jeremy Brooks (Author)

    With a chapter on pastoral care for the bereaved as well as resource sections containing suggested orders of service, hymns, songs, prayers and readings, this is a helpful addition to literature on funerals for those involved in ministry.

    $22.99

  • 2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices for Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change

    2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices for Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change

    Tom Sine (Author), Dwight J. Friesen (Author)

    In 2020s Foresight, authors Tom Sine and Dwight Friesen equip Christian leaders to explore and anticipate the challenges brought on by acceleration in the 2020s. This exploration will include reflection on God's shalom purposes for our lives, the church, and God's world, and creation of innovative new possibilities for our lives, communities, and congregations. The book includes practical examples, discussion questions, and creative opportunities leaders can use in their congregations or communities.

    $19.99

    Available September 1, 2020

  • 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

    Available December 1, 2020

  • The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World

    The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World

    Alan J. Roxburgh (Author), Fred Romanuk (Author), Eddie Gibbs (Foreword by)

    In The Missional Leader, consultants Alan J. Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk give church and denominational leaders a clear model for leading the change necessary to foster a missional church focused outward to spread the message of the gospel into the surrounding community. The Missional Leader emphasizes principles rather than institutional forms, shows readers how to move from "church as usual," and demonstrates what capacities, environments, and mindsets are required to lead a missional church.

    $18.99

    Available November 3, 2020

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