Books

Formation for Ministry
Author: Russell E. Richey
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162094

This study originated as a plenary address at THE UMC AFTER TAMPA: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? A United Methodist Faculty Consultation for the 2012-16 Quadrennium, an event sponsored and hosted by Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Author Information:

Russell E. Richey is Dean Emeritus of Candler School of Theology and the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus in Atlanta, Georgia.

How to Become a Great Commission Church book cover
Author: Mark R. Teasdale
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162285
Ebook
ISBN: 
9780938162292

God tells us to “Go!” So let’s do it!

Nothing holds us back. God’s mission for us and our churches is more exciting and rewarding than we can possibly imagine. This book gives tactics to get your church moving forward in mission by looking at biblical passages where God commands us to “Go!” God calls us to break stereotypes and witness in surprising and unexpected ways.

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Mark R. Teasdale is E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor in Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL and an elder in The United Methodist Church. He is also the author of Methodist Evangelism, American Salvation.

Grace to Lead
Author: Kenneth L. Carder and Laceye C. Warner
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162537

A Wesleyan Guide to Leadership. Designed specifically for Christian leaders and teachers, Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition delves into Wesleyan scholarship to guide readers into effective contemporary leadership, from a solidly Wesleyan perspective. Calling upon insights from the 1700s Wesleyan revival in England, authors Carder and Warner motivate, form, and guide church leaders. The revised edition expands the content of the first edition and includes more illustrations and models of leadership formed and empowered by grace.

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Bishop (Retired) Kenneth L. Carder is Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Professor Emeritus at Duke Divinity School and Senior Visiting Professor of Wesley Studies Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Columbia, South Carolina.

Laceye C. Warner is an ordained Elder in the Texas Annual Conference, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies, and Senior Strategist for United Methodist Collaborations at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Grace Under Pressure
Author: Joerg Rieger
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162773

Distancing himself from liberals and conservatives but also pointing to the uselessness of a middle way, Rieger explores the theology of grace in situations of human pressure. Following John Wesley in his move to consider the 'works of mercy' as part of the means of grace, the author proposes to us a relational concept of grace that will prosper in dialogue and solidarity with those in distress, the oppressed 'other' who make present the gracious 'Other.' 

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Joerg Rieger is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt University. Previously he was the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He received an M.Div. from the Theologische Hochschule Reutlingen, Germany, a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke University.

Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American, by Jane B. Donovan
Author: Jane B. Donovan
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162117

A tale of one man’s impact on both a church and state in a country that enshrines their separation.

Henry Foxall set the tone for subsequent American Methodists: adapters, entrepreneurs, and leaders. He was the quintessential catalyst for the transformation of a Spirit-filled movement into a church denomination and a young nation into an economic powerhouse. Foxall was a friend to Bishop Francis Asbury, a generous contributor to the Methodist enterprise, and a successful business person. This biography of Henry Foxall (1758—1823), sheds light on second-generation Methodism.

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Jane B. Donovan is Lecturer in Religious Studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Author of many books and articles, Dr. Donovan is also the Book Review Editor for Methodist History and a member of the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church.

I Was in Prison
Author: James M. Shopshire, Mark C. Hicks, and Richmond Stoglin
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162896

United Methodists have a rich history of involvement in prison ministry and criminal justice work. Yet today, precisely at a time when incarceration is reaching unprecedented levels in the United States, prison ministry in The United Methodist Church is fragmented and badly in need of a fresh vision. I Was In Prison seeks to address this need.

Introduction to Christian Faith
Author: Neal F. Fisher
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162421
Ebook
ISBN: 
9780938162438

God is when everything else is not. What shall we do if God is not our friend?

Looking for God is intensely personal and yielding to God is often surprising. Fisher says, “Confronting the genuine joys we experience and the agony and sorrows we endure, we reach out to connect our lives with a source of meaning, an object of devotion that will anchor our lives in something more lasting than ourselves.” The Good News is that God is there for us even before we seek God, because God loves us.

Author Information:

Neal F. Fisher is Senior Scholar in Theology and President Emeritus of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  An elder in The United Methodist Church, he has served as Associate Dean at Boston University School of Theology. A prolific author, his book The Parables of Jesus: Glimpses of God’s Reign is used in churches nationwide. Dr. Fisher is also a popular preacher and speaker.

Theology for Ministry
Author: Elaine A. Robinson
Paperback, Ebook
ISBN: 
Paperback: 9780938162407, Ebook: 9780938162414

There is no ministry without theology.

Written from a United Methodist perspective, this introduction begins, as did John Wesley, with scripture and an understanding of Jesus, who embodies ministry with theological integrity. From this starting point author, Elaine Robinson, moves to defining theology and how it developed. From there, Robinson lays out issues of method and language. In the final section, she systemically discusses basic doctrines of faith, including: God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things, and Humanity.

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Elaine A. Robinson is Professor of Methodist Studies and Christian Theology at Saint Paul School of Theology.

Meeting God at the Boundaries
Author: Lucia Ann McSpadden
Paperback
ISBN: 
9780938162193

Lucia Ann McSpadden offered a penetrating analysis of the struggles as well as the joys and opportunities experienced by persons engaged in cross-cultural-cross-racial ministry in The United Methodist Church. Soon after the book was published, it became apparent that a volume was needed that would offer the various individuals and groups involved in this ministry hands-on, practical understanding, skills, and competencies for serving in cross-cultural-cross-racial ministry. Meeting God at the Boundaries: A Manual for Church Leaders fills that need.

Publications Coming Soon

Introduction to Christian Faith: A Deeper Way of Seeing

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