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Crisis Ministry: A Handbook

Designed as a "first steps" guide for ministers, deacons, and caregivers. Daniel Bagby (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, January 2003).

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The Leadership Labyrinth: Negotiating the Paradoxes of Ministry

Judson Edwards (Smyth & Helwys).

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Next Sunday Resources for Deacons

Click here to read articles for deacons written by Daniel Vestal. Daniel is the director of Mercer University's Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership. 

Women Deacons and Deaconesses: 400 Years of Baptist Service

Charles W. Deweese.

Twelve Keys to an Effective Church

Kennon L. Callahan (Harper & Row, 1983).

Jesus on Leadership

Seven principles to assist leaders with everything from humbling their hearts to building a team for Christ. C. Gene Wilkes (Tyndall House Publishing, October 1998).

The Blessing Cup: Prayer-rituals for Families and Groups

Contains mini-worship services for special occasions and for the seasons of the church year. Rock Travniker (St. Anthony Messenger Press, August 2002).

Let Your Life Speak

An insightful and moving meditation of finding one's true calling. Parker Palmer (Josey-Bass Publishing, 2000).

Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders

Encourages church leadership to become a core of spiritual leaders within the congregation and proposes a worship format for business and committee meetings. Charles M. Olsen (Alban Institute, 1995).

The Wounded Healer

Nouwen argues that our effectiveness as ministers comes out of our "woundedness" and not our "successes". Henri Nouwen (Image Vooks, reissued March 1979).

An Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation

Exploration of ways to practice spiritual disciplines in everyday life. Shows how personality influences the spiritual practices to which we are drawn. M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. (InterVarsity Press, 1993).

Reframing Spiritual Formation: Discipleship in an Unchurched Culture

Offers a vision of what discipleship and the church needs to be in the 21st century if we are going to reach the "unchurched". Edward H. Hammett (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, March 2002).

Practicing Our Faith

Explores twelve central Christian practices, including Hospitality, Testimony, Discernment, Shaping Communities, Forgiveness, and Dying Well Dorothy C. Bass, Editor (Jossey-Bass Publishing, 1997).

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