Fortress Press

Ministry

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus

    The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus

    Robin Meyers (Author)

    The Underground Church proposes a faithful recapturing of the spirit of the early church with emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. Prominent progressive writer, speaker, and minister Robin Meyers proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was subversive in the best sense of the word, because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down.

    $18.99

    Available October 6, 2020

  • 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

    Available December 1, 2020

  • In Times of Crisis and Sorrow: A Minister's Manual Resource Guide

    In Times of Crisis and Sorrow: A Minister's Manual Resource Guide

    Carol Norén (Author), James Cox (Foreword by)

    In Times of Crisis and Sorrow: A Minister's Manual Resource Guide is a much-needed desk reference that takes an ecumenical approach and includes a wealth of examples and valuable material such as Scripture readings, poetry, prayers, eulogies, sermons, and testimonials.

    $19.99

    Available October 6, 2020

  • 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

  • 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

    Available January 12, 2021

  • 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

  • … 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

  • Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey

    Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey

    Jim Herrington (Author), Mike Bonem (Author), James H. Furr (Author), Eddie Gibbs (Foreword by)

    With this much-needed handbook, the authors brilliantly combine their experience guiding dozens of churches through the change process with both the study of Christian disciplines and the sophisticated understanding of such important business thinkers as John Kotter on leading change and Peter Senge on learning organizations. In this eminently readable book, the authors have distilled their insights and practices into simple but powerful concepts for leading congregations, whether long established or recently formed, through profound change.

    $18.99

    Available October 6, 2020

  • 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

    Available November 3, 2020

  • The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community

    The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community

    Eric Swanson (Author), Rick Rusaw (Author), Alan Hirsch (Foreword by)

    The Externally Focused Quest is for church leaders who want to transform their churches to become less internally focused and more oriented to the world around them. Using a highly practical approach, it outlines the ten changes needed to transform churches, changing the core of who they are and how they see themselves as a part of their community.

    $18.99

    Available November 3, 2020

  • The Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World

    The Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World

    Efrem Smith (Author), Curtiss Paul DeYoung (Foreword by)

    The Post-Black and Post-White Church offers a practical, hands-on blueprint for developing and sustaining a multi-ethnic and Christ-centered community. Written by Efrem Smith, an innovative and passionate African American leader of the Covenant Evangelical Church, this groundbreaking book shares his skills, experience, and wisdom for congregations who want to grow into a multi-ethnic, missional identity.

    $18.99

    Available November 3, 2020

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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