Fortress Press

Ministry

  • 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

  • The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal

    The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal

    Matthew Gorkos (Author)

    The Storied Church focuses on story-centered church renewal and is born of a suspicion that the restorative, transformative, life-giving function that stories have for us as individuals may serve communities of faithful people as well. If stories help us survive as human creatures, why can't they help churches survive? This book is a tool to empower pastors and lay leaders to effect revitalizing change in their faith communities. Each chapter includes questions for reflection.

    $19.99

    Available September 7, 2021

  • 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

  • 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

  • Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age

    Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age

    John W. Wimberly Jr. (Author)

    In Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age, John W. Wimberly Jr. draws on the experience of the business community, and on a diverse group of skilled pastors and rabbis, as he lays out the opportunities and challenges of working from home for congregations and staff, offering principles and best practices for successfully managing remote workers and ministries. This comprehensive guide will serve congregations well into the future, even as technology and circumstances change.

    $20.00

    Available July 20, 2021

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hiding in the Pews: Shining Light on Mental Illness in the Church

    Hiding in the Pews: Shining Light on Mental Illness in the Church

    Steve Austin (Author), Robert W. Lee (Foreword by)

    In 2012, Steve Austin, then a pastor, nearly died by suicide. He began to wonder: if church folks had talked openly about mental health, therapy, suicide prevention, recovery from abuse, and other difficult issues, would that have changed his story? Hiding in the Pews challenges and equips pastors and lay leaders to transform their communities into places where people who are suffering will find a sense of safety and belonging.

    $23.00

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

    Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

    Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty (Author), Bill Gaventa (Foreword by)

    Dutiful Love explores the distinctive relationship between self-sacrificial love and caregiving when that duty to care extends over the course of an entire lifetime because of social limitations placed upon people with severe mental illness. The author draws upon her own experiences as the sibling of someone with mental illness. The book includes discussion questions, making it an ideal resource for individual reflection, church study groups, and college, seminary, and university classrooms.

    $24.00

    Available August 17, 2021

  • 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

  • Preaching from the Old Testament

    Preaching from the Old Testament

    Walter Brueggemann (Author), Rolf A. Jacobson (Foreword by)

    Walter Brueggemann shows Christian preachers how to consider the faith witnessed in several Old Testament traditions and to help them discover rich and suggestive connections to our contemporary faith challenges. He claims that sustained engagement with the Old Testament is worth the effort for the preacher. This volume is part of the new Working Preacher Books series designed to provide timely and compelling books on biblical preaching. God uses good preaching to change lives.

    $18.99

  • 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

  • Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities

    Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities

    Russell Daye (Author), Robert C. Fennell (Author)

    Turning Ourselves Inside Out emerges from the Thriving Christian Communities Project started by the authors in 2015. In interviews with thirty-five faith communities, the authors discovered that amid great upheaval, Christ is giving us a new church. This book invites readers to listen to others' experiences and then dig deep into their own and get down to the business of dreaming God's dream and making it real.

    $22.00

    Available September 14, 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

2