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  • Curating Worship
    Curating Worship
    £10.99

    Curating Worship

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    Curation is a term usually used in the art world for the role of imagining and overseeing an exhibition or installation in a gallery or museum. However, the word is now being adopted in worship, since it affords a new and inventive way of thinking about how to put together a service, art experience or event. Rather than focusing on the role of presiding over liturgy or fronting a band, curation involves working off stage, negotiating between institutions and artists to create something brilliant. The hope is that moments of epiphany will be experienced as God is invited to ‘be’ and ‘breathe’ in the space, and as participants make connections with their own lives and stories.

    Curating Worship is in two parts. The first considers the kind of thinking, skills and disciplines involved in good curation. The second, which forms the main section of the book, consists of in-depth interviews. These tease out, from people who have curated amazing worship experiences around the world, the ideas and theories behind their approaches and the practical processes involved.

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  • Embracing Chaos
    Embracing Chaos
    £3.95

    Embracing Chaos

    Understanding the importance of chaos and complexity is well established in the sciences, and increasingly impinges on everyday life. But how does it affect our understanding of leadership and theology? This wide-ranging study looks at the key elements of chaos theory, and makes helpful connections with the practical issues of leadership within and beyond ministry.
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    £3.95
  • £18.99

    Gadfly: Reading Church through reading Jesus

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    John Arthur is looking for a church. Not literally of course, those are quite easy to spot usually. He is looking for "a reading" of church through a reading of Jesus.





    He wants to examine whether the Jesus we have in the church is, well, big enough really. Are the relationships we pursue, with God and each other, the authentic and costly ones Jesus exemplified, or diluted by our expectations and culture? Have we formed an edgy activism around Jesus' call to risk and journey, or a policy of endurance? Has the church fully accepted Jesus' trust of an incomplete kingdom? Gadfly is a conversational essay, part philosophy, part social observation and lots of unconventional exegesis posing questions about the purpose of Bible reading, the nature of Jesus and their implications for church identity. It challenges the dry readings of systematic theology that dominate so much of the public expression of the Bible in our churches.





    Gadfly wants to replace this with a call to risk-laden intimacy - the missing sacrament of the modern church.
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    £18.99
  • £11.00

    Preventing a Sheep Attack

    by Dennis R. Maynard, Illustrated by Chris Koonce There is a cancer attacking worshipping communities! Congregations that once were growing and spiritually dynamic in a matter of days (not weeks or years) go into decline. The ministries of faithful pastors filled with enthusiasm and vision are destroyed and slandered. This book is necessary because educating our healthy lay leaders is the key to disarming those that would attack clergy and destroy congregations. The intent of this particular book is to provide clergy and Church leaders with a vehicle they can use to educate their parish leadership on the dynamics of preventing a sheep attack. This book explains why conflict with antagonists requires that someone will be ejected from the congregational system. Denominational and parish leaders much choose.
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    When Sheep Attack

    By Dennis Maynard Do you love your parish? Are you fond of your pastor? Would you believe that in just a matter of a few weeks your pastor and his family could be abused, humiliated, and unemployed? In just a matter of days your parish could be split down the middle. A couple of months from now close to forty percent of the people you currently see at worship could no longer be there. Close to half of those will never again attend worship or participate in any church. Friends that you see talking and laughing this Sunday may never speak again. If you want to do whatever you can to keep that scenario from happening to your pastor and your parish, then this book is for you. It is the product of nearly a decade of work with parishes that are undergoing or have recently undergone the very scenario described above. The substance of this book is based on twenty-five case studies of clergy that were attacked by a small group of antagonists in their congregations. The antagonists successfully “removed their senior pastor”. This book describes how it happened, what could have been done to stop it, and what can be done to prevent it from happening to your pastor and parish. The Reverend Doctor Dennis R. Maynard is the author of ten books. He has served as a consultant to over one hundred parish and school boards in the United States and Canada.
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    Healing for Pastors and People Following a Sheep Attack

    It may be one of the darkest secrets in worshipping communities. Every six minutes a handful of members (often no more than a half dozen) bully, intimidate, threaten and blackmail successful pastors into resigning their ministries. The wounds they inflict on these pastors and their families remain with them for the balance of their lives. Congregational leaders that stand with the pastor are often attacked and left suffering from the same trauma. 

    If you are a senior minister, music minister, minister of education or faithful lay leader that still suffers with the wounds inflicted on you by a handful of antagonists, this book is designed to help you with your healing. 

    “I worry so much about our bright and extremely talented priests. I no longer hear excitement and enthusiasm in their voices – I hear pain and disappointment. I am praying that the bullying will soon end and they can begin to heal.” A senior warden’s wife in the Episcopal Church.

     

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  • Hit the Ground Kneeling
    Hit the Ground Kneeling
    £7.99

    Hit the Ground Kneeling: Seeing Leadership Differently

    In Hit the Ground Kneeling, Stephen Cottrell takes common statements about leadership – statements that we often take for granted – and challenges them in the light of the Christian faith and Christian perspectives on leadership. Wherever you exercise leadership (at work, organising a family, or doing something like coaching a local football team), the author playfully suggests some models of leadership that can help you  – whether or not you reckon you're a Christian.
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  • £19.99

    Pioneering Spirituality: Resources for reflection and practice

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    Pioneering ministry sounds like something you do, something active, even something driven. However, prayer and contemplation are at its heart, paying attention to God, to the world and to oneself - a kind of being that goes hand in hand with doing. Pioneering requires a spirituality that will fuel a life lived beyond the borders of the church. In this collection, a range of practitioners explore the inner and outer dimensions of pioneering spirituality. Offering many proven and innovative ideas, they explore what resources, fuels and sustains a life of pioneering mission. What is the spirituality in the UK's wider culture and how do we connect with it appropriately? How might spiritual treasures such as the Eucharist, prayer, pilgrimage, spiritual direction and community rhythms of life be expressed to those with whom pioneers share life? And how might communities of disciples grow and be formed in this pioneering spirituality?
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  • The Contemplative Pastor
    The Contemplative Pastor
    £16.00

    The Contemplative Pastor

    Any pastor who needs to get back to spiritual basics will do well to read and absorb this book. Known to many as “a pastor’s pastor,” Eugene Peterson here speaks words of wisdom and refreshment for pastors caught in the busyness of preaching, teaching, and “running the church.” To get at the often overlooked essentials of ministry, Peterson redefines the meaning of pastor through three vivid, strengthening adjectives – unbusy, subversive, and apocalyptic – and then focuses on pastoral ministry and spiritual direction “between Sundays.” Illustrated with engaging anecdotes from Peterson’s own experience as a pastor, the book includes poetic reflections on the Beatitudes and discussions of such themes as curing souls, the ministry of small talk, the language of prayer, and sabbatical. The Contemplative Pastor ends with several fervent poems centred on the incarnation, the doctrine closest to pastoral work. Entitled “The Word Made Flesh,” this concluding section is a fitting finale to Peterson’s discerning, biblically based insights on the art of pastoring.
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    £16.00
  • £12.99

    The Preaching Life: Living out your vocation

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    Barbara Brown Taylor considers how indifference and disillusion can be starting points of an exploration that leads us deeper into the truth of God, and how faith is a daily, hourly choice to act as though we do really believe that divine love girds the universe. Worship, prayer, reading the Bible (and letting it read us), the sacraments with their ability to bring us into the very precincts of heaven, and speaking the prophetic word are the essentials of the preaching life. With the devotion and skill of a dedicated artist Barbara Brown Taylor shows us how to hear, recognise and respond to God’s call.  
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    Understanding Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Ministry Leaders and Survivors

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    A many as one in four girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse during childhood, and it's estimated that up to half of the incidents are never reported. Countless millions, both children and adults, carry this complex, often hidden pain. What does the path to healing look like for survivors? And how can ministry leaders, pastors and counsellors best help them as they walk this difficult road? Drawing on both his own and is wife's experience as survivors of childhood sexual abuse, minister and lecturer Tim Hein offers his expertise, practical guidance and empathy. Filled with sober truths and the hope of Christ, this book is a rich resource both for them and for those who have suffered sexual abuse and those is a position to help them.
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    £12.00
  • £10.50

    When God is Silent

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    “Barbara Brown Taylor’s concise, pithy and challenging prose is evidence that she is practicing what she preaches:that Christian pastors take more care with the words they use and treat language with economy, courtesy and reverence. . . .She offers concrete and practical suggestions for ways to improve our relationship with both silence and the words God has given us.”                                        - KATHLEEN NORRIS, for Christian Century     Renowned minister Barbara Brown Taylor focuses on the task of preaching in a world where people thirst for communication with a God who often seems to be silent. Originally delivered as the 1997 Lyman Beecher Lectures in preaching at Yale Divinity School, When God is Silent   addresses questions essential not only to preachers, but also to anyone yearning to hear from God.
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    £10.50
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