Pathways to the Waters of Grace: A Guide for a Church’s Ministry with Parents Seeking Baptism for Their Children

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Wipf & Stock, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers #ad - What if the church took with utmost seriousness that baptism is the gift of a new identity taking a lifetime to grow into? And, what if that identity includes God's call to a way of life made visible in how Jesus lived his? This book is a response to these questions in relationship to the church's practice of baptizing children.

In addition to numerous articles on all matters pertaining to worship, he is the author of All Through the Day, All Through the Year: Family Prayers & Celebrations. Pastors, educators, and leaders will find a pathway to follow that promises to be life changing for all involved. With pastoral wisdom and theological depth, where wondering is a spiritual discipline, conversation replaces curriculum, David Batchelder shows us a new way to prepare parents for the baptism of their children, and knowing comes through the body.

Pathways to the Waters of Grace: A Guide for a Church's Ministry with Parents Seeking Baptism for Their Children #ad - Batchelder, plano, texas, pastor of west Plano Presbyterian Church, is active in the renewal of worship in the Church with particular attention to its sacramental practice. Lord, Dorothy B. Vickery professor of homiletics and Liturgical Studies, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary"Batchelder is offering a great gift to the church.

For years he has 'lived out' and 'thought out' the sacramental life with others and now offers to the church an invitation to return to the gifts and practices handed down to us by our ancestors. It's not just a book church leaders should read, it's a resource that can guide us all into a deeper life of faith and formation and should be kept in arm's reach.

Chip andrus, south salem presbyterian Church, South Salem, Pastor, DMin, NYDavid B.

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Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology

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Fortress Press #ad - Lathrop's work grounds a notion of church that is personal yet communal, universal, but not triumphalistic. In hopes of invigorating the local church, lathrop explores the meaning of the term "church, " the relationship of the local liturgical assembly and other Christian assemblies catholicity; the personal and communal character of liturgical assembly; the unity of the churches; the critical principles of liturgy and culture; openness to what is radically other; and liturgical evangelization.

. This sequel to gordon lanthrop's highly successful Holy Things is an exercise in liturgical theology, viewing the activities of worship as a means of defining and discussing the concept "church. It centers on community and assembly to discuss the sacraments. It focuses on ecumenism and inculturation as central test cases for a liturgically derived idea of church.

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Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

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Ballantine Books #ad - Within a few years, the loaves had multiplied, and she and the people she served had started nearly a dozen more pantries. Take this bread is rich with real-life dickensian characters–church ladies, child abusers, bishops, schizophrenics, millionaires, and thieves–all blown into Miles’s life by the relentless force of her newfound calling.

She was certainly not the kind of person the government had in mind to run a “faith-based charity. Religion for her was not about angels or good behavior or piety; it was about real hunger, real food, and real bodies. Mine is a personal story of an unexpected and terribly inconvenient Christian conversion, told by a very unlikely convert.

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion #ad - Sara milesraised as an atheist, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and a writer. In this astonishing story, she tells how the seeds of her conversion were sown, and what her life has been like since she took that bread. Then early one winter morning, for no earthly reason, she wandered into a church.

She writes about the economy of hunger and the ugly politics of food; the meaning of prayer and the physicality of faith. She recounts stories about trudging through the rain in housing projects, wiping the runny nose of a psychotic man, storing a battered woman’s. 375 magnum in a cookie tin. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away.

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Straining at the Oars: Case Studies in Pastoral Leadership

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Eerdmans #ad - New pastors encounter a host of challenges that can seem overwhelming. Biblically oriented, wise, a request to baptize a dead infant, Dana Fearon presents twenty-one difficult situations that young ministers are likely to face on the job, including prayer in the hospital room, entering dangerous areas to reconcile hostile groups, and reassuring, handling conflict and criticism, and others.

. As part of his discussion, fearon presents and reviews his own response to such situations, using his theological education and long experience in church ministry to instruct others. A common complaint of recent seminary graduates is their lack of preparation in practical theology, especially in the tasks of leadership.

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Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor

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Baker Books #ad - If the church is to be an effective agent of compassion and justice, Robert Lupton notes, we must change our mission strategies. The urban landscape is changing and, as a result, urban ministries are at a crossroads. What are the dilemmas that caring people encounter to faithfully carry out the teachings of Scripture and become personally involved with "the least of these?" What are some possible alternatives to the ways we have traditionally attempted to care for the poor? How do people, and neighborhoods move towards reciprocal, interdependent relationships? To effect these types of changes will require new skill sets and resources, programs, but the possibilities for good are great.

In this compelling book, Lupton asks the tough questions about service providing and community building to help ministries enhance their effectiveness.

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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

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Moody Publishers #ad - Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. Focusing on both north american and majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

   . With more than 225, 000 copies sold, when Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself #ad - While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves.

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A Methodist Requiem: Words of Hope and Resurrection for the Church

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GBHE #ad - What we now see as our troubles can give us new opportunities to seize God’s promises and be strengthened by the mission to which God calls us. In this we can be confident and so remain unshaken by the challenges we face as communities of faith and as a denomination. For christians, the word “requiem” is a voice of hope.

It heralds the promise of resurrection and power of life. We will continue to sing of love divine, all loves excelling. A requiem is not about death, rather it is a prayer that accepts the Lord’s redemptive sacrifice, trusts his resurrection, and finds abundant life. The mission of Methodism will endure.

A Methodist Requiem: Words of Hope and Resurrection for the Church #ad - And we will be inspired to bring this message of hope to God’s children as we travel the road to perfection singing our “Hymn of Promise. ”. It affirms our belief that by God’s grace, we will enter a new realm of being.

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Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow

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Gallup Press #ad - Filled with novel research and actionable ideas, Strengths Based Leadership will give you a new road map for leading people toward a better future. A unique access code allows you to take a new leadership version of Gallup’s StrengthsFinder program. In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership.

More than 3 million people have since taken Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment, which forms the core of several books on this topic, including the #1 international bestseller StrengthsFinder 2. 0 . Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20, 000 in-depth interviews with leaders and even interviewed more than 10, 000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life. From the author of the long-running #1 bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.

Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow #ad - 0 comes a landmark study of great leaders, teams and the reasons why people follow. Nearly a decade ago, gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths. The new version of this program provides you with specific strategies for leading with your top five strengths and enables you to plot the strengths of your team based on the four domains of leadership strength revealed in the book.

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The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook, Expanded Edition: Pressure Test, Plan, Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise

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Wharton School Press #ad - In addition, macmillan and thompson provide advice on how to identify and test a proposed revenue-generating solution and define and segment your target population. Phase two: plan Your Social Enterprise. Available for the first time in this edition, manage upside potential and downside risk, you will learn how to effectively launch your enterprise, and strategically scale up.

Filled with accessible frameworks and tools, as well as inspiring stories of social entrepreneurs, The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook is a must-read for any aspiring or active social entrepreneur, foundations, as well as philanthropists, and nonprofits interested in doing more good with fewer resources.

The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook, Expanded Edition: Pressure Test, Plan, Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise #ad - Includes access to downloadable planning documents, including user-friendly spreadsheets. To test the market, they offered the first phase in their start-up method step 1 as a free ebook. James thompson, director of the wharton social Entrepreneurship Program, provide a tough-love approach that significantly increases the likelihood of a successful social enterprise launch in the face of the high-uncertainty conditions typically encountered by social entrepreneurs.

Macmillan and thompson used their own systematic framework to publish The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook. Available for the first time: the complete social Entrepreneur's Playbook Covers all three phases of the start-up to scale-up process, developed with reader feedback from "one of the more unusual ebook.

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Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know®

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Oxford University Press #ad - In development circles, there is now widespread consensus that social entrepreneurs represent a far better mechanism to respond to needs than we have ever had before--a decentralized and emergent force that remains our best hope for solutions that can keep pace with our problems and create a more peaceful world.

David bornstein's previous book on social entrepreneurship, How to Change the World, was hailed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times as "a bible in the field" and published in more than twenty countries. In a q & a format allowing readers to go directly to the information they need, the authors map out social entrepreneurship in its broadest terms as well as in its particulars.

Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know® #ad - Bornstein and davis explain what social entrepreneurs are, how their organizations function, and what challenges they face. The book will give readers an understanding of what differentiates social entrepreneurship from standard business ventures and how it differs from traditional grant-based non-profit work.

. Now, bornstein shifts the focus from the profiles of successful social innovators in that book--and teams with Susan Davis, a founding board member of the Grameen Foundation--to offer the first general overview of social entrepreneurship. Most importantly, the book shows readers exactly how they can get involved.

Anyone inspired by barack obama's call to service and who wants to learn more about the essential features and enormous promise of this new method of social change, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know® is the ideal first place to look. What everyone needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

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