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

  • 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

  • The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us

    The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us

    Kara Root (Author)

    This book is for all pastors and church leaders, as well as for those disillusioned with Christianity and the church and longing for something more real and honest. The Deepest Belonging is a call not to resist but to embrace our vulnerability. As a move away from religion seeking security, protection, and influence, this story invites individuals and congregations to return bravely to the core of our humanity: our belonging to God and one another.

    $21.00

  • 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 P. 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

  • Everyone Must Eat: Food, Sustainability, and Ministry

    Everyone Must Eat: Food, Sustainability, and Ministry

    Mark L. Yackel-Juleen (Author)

    Rural contexts are often over-looked, treated as "flyover land." But because everyone must eat, rural communities and their work in food production are important to the whole of society. Mark Yackel-Juleen, the executive director of Shalom Hill Farm, connects issues of food production and environmental sustainability in profound ways to the Bible and theology. He offers actionable tools for rural leaders and ministers to address issues of sustainability and land use in their ministry.

    $18.99

    Available December 7, 2021

  • 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

  • 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

  • Aging and Loving: Christian Faith and Sexuality in Later Life

    Aging and Loving: Christian Faith and Sexuality in Later Life

    James M. Childs Jr. (Author)

    In Aging and Loving: Christian Faith and Sexuality in Later Life, James Childs addresses the social, ethical, physical, and spiritual issues related to sexuality and aging. The book is written for various professionals who minister to the aged (pastors, chaplains, other care providers), for the aging and aged themselves, and for their families. The book provides an ethical account of Christian love that liberates as it engages the special issues of sexuality in later life.

    $21.00

  • Clergy Burnout, Revised and Expanded: Surviving in Turbulent Times

    Clergy Burnout, Revised and Expanded: Surviving in Turbulent Times

    Fred Lehr (Author)

    In Clergy Burnout, Fred Lehr explores the nature and practice of codependence in the life and ministry of clergy. In short, insightful, and easily accessible chapters, he offers many useful examples along with hard-won and carefully distilled wisdom for ministry amid today's cultural shifts.

    $21.00

    Available January 4, 2022

  • God's People Made New: How Exploring the Bible Together Launched a Church's Spirit-Filled Future

    God's People Made New: How Exploring the Bible Together Launched a Church's Spirit-Filled Future

    Rachael J. Powell (Author)

    God's People Made New reveals the role of God's Word in forming a congregation. Through the voices of congregants, biblical texts, theological reflection, and tools for studying the Bible, Rachael J. Powell inspires congregations to enter into the power of Scripture.

    $18.99

    Available January 11, 2022

  • Free in Deed: The Heart of Lutheran Ethics

    Free in Deed: The Heart of Lutheran Ethics

    Craig L. Nessan (Author)

    Free in Deed provides an imaginative and succinct introduction to Lutheran ethics, which the author contends is, finally, neighbor ethics. The gospel of Jesus Christ sets us free to serve neighbors--including all creation--and their well-being. This Lutheran framework provides a distinctive approach for navigating social issues in tumultuous times.

    $24.00

    Available January 11, 2022

  • 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

  • The Divine Art of Dying, Second Edition:Living Well to Life's End

    The Divine Art of Dying, Second Edition:Living Well to Life's End

    Karen Speerstra (Author), Herbert Anderson (Author), Ira Byock (Foreword by)

    The Divine Art of Dying aims to empower people who are dying to live as fully as they can until life's end. The book includes reflections from Karen Speerstra's hospice journal and essays written jointly by Speeratra and Herbert Anderson on learning to wait, letting go, giving gifts, and telling stories. Each chapter has suggestions for caregivers.

    $21.00

    Available February 1, 2022

  • Real People, Real Faith: Preaching Biblical Characters

    Real People, Real Faith: Preaching Biblical Characters

    Cindy Halvorson (Author)

    Real People, Real Faith portrays biblical characters as multidimensional human beings who journeyed with God. Cindy Halvorson provides practical tools for creating portraits of real people whose relationship with God is like our own. Being touched by a biblical character's story can help one experience the Divine's love and care for them.

    $18.99

    Available February 8, 2022

  • Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth

    Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth

    Debra Rienstra (Author)

    In Refugia Faith, Debra Rienstra explores nature's refugia--places where life endures in a crisis--and applies this model to faith. Drawing from theology, nature writing, and science, she examines how Christian spirituality and practice must adapt for a climate-altered planet.

    $23.99

    Available February 8, 2022

  • 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

  • Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care: How to Respond When Things Fall Apart

    Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care: How to Respond When Things Fall Apart

    Karen A. McClintock (Author)

    In Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care, pastoral psychologist Karen A. McClintock offers clergy competence and confidence as they care for trauma victims in their congregations and communities, provides practical skills to lower the risk of secondary trauma, and suggests culturally sensitive models for healing.

    $22.00

    Available February 15, 2022

  • 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

  • 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

  • 20 Myths about Religion and Politics in America

    20 Myths about Religion and Politics in America

    Ryan P. Burge (Author)

    The way most people think about religion and politics is only loosely linked to empirical reality, argues Ryan P. Burge. In 20 Myths about Religion and Politics in America, Burge strives to be an impartial referee and to overcome these caustic misperceptions by using both rigorous data analysis and straightforward explanations.

    $23.99

    Available March 1, 2022

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