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The Best VBS Workbook Ever!

Author: Lisa Brown March 21, 2017

Does your children’s committee wish for a VBS currriculum that better fits the interests and needs of the children in your church? Is your children’s committee tired of spending a big portion of the budget on an expensive,  ready-made VBS kit? This resource provides everything a children’s committee needs to create its own VBS curriculum—-custom-fit for the […]

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Deacons

Author: Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding Series August 10, 2016

This workbook for deacons subtitled The Ministry of Compassion and Service can be used as a group study for newly elected deacons in preparation for ordination for ordered ministry and installation or as a self-guided discernment tool. The resource includes contributions, short essays, from many long-time writers for the PCUSA such as Jack Rogers, Donald […]

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Faith Leader

Author: Beth Pattillo June 23, 2016

This set of four participant’s guides written in 2009 by Beth Pattillo, Disciples of Christ pastor, gives  congregations a thorough, 28-session, program for spiritual formation and leadership. Congregations could also opt to adapt the materials for a shorter leadership retreat. The four guides: Spiritual Self-Discovery, Spiritual Practice, Discernment, and The Personal Plan for Ministry each provide worksheets, discussion questions, inventories, […]

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Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children

Author: Jerome W. Berryman May 5, 2016

Perhaps your children’s committee would like to consider using Berryman’s 8 Godly Play volumes as curriculum this year. Although most people associate Godly Play with the wooden figures and objects for storytelling, Godly Play is more a method and approach than a set of specific materials. This book, Teaching Godly Play, is a revised edition of Berryman’s 1995 […]

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Making Disciples,Making Leaders: A Manual for Presbyterian Church Leader Development

Author: Steven Eason and Von Clemans March 24, 2016

This manual for leader development is a very user- friendly resource.  The “workshop” approach provides churches with a ready-made,  organized,  4-week curriculum for in-depth leader training that includes case studies for discussions, study sheets, reading assignments for participants to prepare prior to meetings, small group exercises, guidelines for session exams and even sample faith statements. The […]

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Ruling Elders Workbook One: Formation

Author: PCUSA March 16, 2016

The Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding series now offers a two-workbook program for Ruling Elder training and education. The first workbook, entitled Ruling Elders: Formation provides 7 sections, or chapters, that provide readings, discussion questions, reflection/journaling and prayer topics, and study questions that refer to the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions. The […]

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100 Things Every Child Should Know before Confirmation: A Guide for Parents and Youth Leaders

Author: Rebecca Kirkpatrick March 11, 2016

This new book written by Rebecca Kirkpatrick and published by WJK is a guide book for teachers, parents, and pastors for nurturing the faith of children and youth. The book is structured around Kirkpatrick’s list of the 100 Biblical stories, church traditions, characters and “habits and conversations”  that she thinks are part of a foundational knowledge that will help young Christians […]

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Calling & Clarity

Author: Doug Koskela January 21, 2016

This book is a clear exposition of how understanding different aspects of the term “call” can lead to clarity about vocation. Koskela teaches the distinguishing characteristics between missional calling (calling that aligns with one’s unique gifts), direct calling (a calling to either short or long-term work that may be contrary to one’s gifts and/or could […]

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From Twilight to Breaking Dawn: Religious Themes in the Twilight Series

Author: Sandra Gravett January 4, 2016

This book, written in 2010 by Appalachian State Professor of Philosophy and Religion Sandra Gravett, provides interesting insight into the popular Twilight young adult fiction series. Gravett is a Hebrew Bible and semitic studies scholar by training whose secondary field is religion and culture. The seven chapters each end with discussion/reflection questions, making it ideal […]

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