A Disciple's Path is an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. Whether used as an introduction for new members or a renewal course for existing members, the program guides individuals to take the next step in discipleship and become dynamic, engaged followers of Jesus Christ. The study combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God's love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Participants will develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry that brings transformation in their own lives, the lives of others, and the world. This Daily Workbook contains six weeks of daily readings (five per week) that guide participants in learning and practicing seven essential spiritual disciplines: Prayer Scripture Meditation Corporate Worship Small-group Community Financial Generosity Gifts-based Service Invitational Evangelism Each day's reading includes a Scripture, a message for the day, questions and prompts for personal reflection (with space provided for recording responses), and prayer. A special introductory section includes material on the history, beliefs, and structure of the church and answers to frequently asked questions. “Whether you're just setting out or are further along the path of discipleship, this excellent resource will help you to take the next step.” —Roger Scholtz, Senior Pastor, Manning Road Methodist Church, Durban, South Africa “A Disciple's Path has the potential to revolutionize the way we view our participation in the church. Following this 'path' can transform us from wanderers into pilgrims.” —Dr. Steve Harper, Professor of Spiritual Formation, Asbury Theological Seminary
This e-book edition features a fixed layout displaying page spreads that match the popular print edition and is perfect for viewing on a desktop computer. If you prefer an experience as similar as possible to the printed version of Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word, this is the recommended edition. The e-book edition is perfect in this time of social distancing when effective practice and proclamation of Scripture is essential. As assembly members continue to experience Mass in a variety of ways, they still encounter the Lord through the Word proclaimed—at home through live streaming, or in a church while socially distanced. Whether preparing readings for live-streamed or in-person Masses, Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word continues to help and inspire readers and provides the tools they need to proclaim the Word at Mass, or simply reflect at home with a greater understanding of the readings. Workbook provides: The Sunday readings in large print for practice Proclamation suggestions for emphasis in bold text Commentaries that provide background and explain the meaning of the reading The Responsorial Psalms for meditation and context For almost forty years, Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word has helped those who proclaim the Word of God at liturgy prepare for their ministry. We hope you find the e-book edition helpful in your ministry.
Lead-er-shift [verb]: The act of nimbly adapting one’s leadership in the midst of rapid change. The term leadershift may be new to you, but the climate of change that demands it is not. As a leader, you already know that it takes more than staying the course to be successful. The key to not just surviving but to continual innovation, improvement, and influence is to learn how to leadershift. In the Leadershift Workbook, based on the bestselling book of the same name, author John C. Maxwell helps leaders make the changes the current fast-paced environment demands. He begins by helping leaders embrace seven principles to face every situation with flexibility and confidence: Continually learn, unlearn, and relearn Value yesterday, but live in today Rely on speed, but thrive on timing See the big picture as the picture keeps getting bigger Live in today, but think about tomorrow Move forward courageously in the midst of uncertainty Realize today’s best will not meet tomorrow’s challenges In each of the lessons in this workbook, John shares the critical shifts he has personally made over the course of his long and successful leadership career, including the Adaptive Shift from Plan A to Option A, the Production Shift from Ladder Climbing to Ladder Building, and the Influence Shift from Positional Authority to Moral Authority. These leadershifts will change the way you think, act, and ultimately lead so you can be proactive and successful in an ever-changing world. Designed for use with the Leadershift book (9780718098506).
In The 360 Degree Leader Workbook, Maxwell addresses that very question and takes the discussion even further. You don't have to be the main leader, asserts Maxwell, to make significant impact in your organization. Good leaders are not only capable of leading their followers but are also adept at leading their superiors and their peers. Debunking myths and shedding light on the challenges, John Maxwell offers specific principles for Leading Down, Leading Up, and Leading Across. 360-Degree Leaders can lead effectively, regardless of their position in an organization. By applying Maxwell's principles, you will expand your influence and ultimately be a more valuable team member.
When lectors, readers, and proclaimers of the Word need the most trusted, accurate, and user-friendly tool to help them prepare for the Sunday readings, they rely on Workbook. And for the past 30 years, Workbook has provided confidence to lectors and readers, giving them vital tools to feel prepared in their ministry as proclaimers of the Word. Workbook provides: -Full text of the First, Second, and Gospel Readings, and the Responsorial Psalm for context -Annotated pronunciation aids adjacent to the word in question—a helpful way to build skill and confidence -Proclamation advice with notes on pacing and tone -Reading commentary by a Scripture scholar for the First, Second, and Gospel readings -Bolded text, indicating where stress and emphasis should be placed within the reading To proclaim the Word of God is a vital ministry in the Church. When lectors, readers, and proclaimers of the Word read confidently and with conviction, the liturgical life of the assembly is inspired. Workbook provides the context, ease-of-use, and guidance to instill that confidence in those who read at Mass so those who listen can encounter the Lord through the Word proclaimed.
Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word provides the ongoing instruction and advice that readers need. It assists them in preparing their assigned reading on specific occasions, and when they read the resource every week as a way of reflecting on and learning about the Scriptures, it strengthens their proclamation skills and deepens their spiritual lives. This resource contains the readings in large print for practice (with suggestions for emphasis in bold), commentaries that give background and explain the meaning of the reading, margin notes with pronunciation help and tips for proclamation, and the Responsorial Psalms for meditation and context. Workbook's introduction offers an orientation to this ministry of the Word and an overview of proclamation skills.
Although he loomed large during his lifetime, Martin Hans Franzmann has faded away in the minds of American Lutherans. Memories of him typically orbit around an appreciation for his hymnody. He was, however, more than a hymn writer. To only understand or appreciate his hymns is to only understand or appreciate a part of him. This book seeks to shine a light on a brilliant and gifted poet of the church by unpacking and analyzing his life and work. In so doing, it is hoped that he will loom large once again. Franzmann’s hymns have endured for a reason, namely because he was singularly focused on teaching people to hear the voice of God in the text of the Scriptures.
Here is a much needed reminder that the Christian life means not just new birth, but new growth; not just deliverance, but serious discipleship. Schroeder hits on a marvelous program of showing people how to be created and re-created in the image of Christ.
One of the most comprehensive lectionary preaching resources available, the "Lectionary Preaching Workbook" is the one tool you will want to have close at hand to help you get the most out of every minute you spend preparing your Sunday sermon. This completely revised and updated volume provides you with a host of practical aids for effectively proclaiming God's Word. In addition to theological reflections on the three lessons for each Sunday, each chapter also explores a theme for the day (including a prayer and a suggested hymn) and outlines numerous preaching options. You'll also find a handy, easy-to-use Sermon Planner template to facilitate the process of building your sermon. Special features include: - an introduction to Matthew's gospel - overviews for each liturgical season that pinpoint preaching goals and possible sermon series -- and examine the season's customs, history, meaning, and message - a listing of applicable Revised Common, Roman Catholic, and Episcopal lectionary texts - commentary on each Sunday's Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospel lessons - theological reflections to help you explore the relationships among all the texts - a variety of preaching options, complete with suggested outlines - available in either paperback or 3-ring binder formats, with wide margins for convenient, easy use John R. Brokhoff, a celebrated preacher, teacher, and writer, is Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He has also served as the pastor of Lutheran congregations in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and is a recipient of the George Washington medal from the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The original author of the ever-popular CSS "Lectionary Preaching Workbook" series, Brokhoff has written over 30 other works, including three-volume series on "Preaching The Parables" and "Preaching The Miracles" for Cycles A, B, and C, also from CSS Publishing Company.
What if we knew our lives - our everyday lives - Held a significant place in God's great plans? Would not everything take on a different cast? Henry Blackaby, author of the bestselling Experiencing God book and bible study material, believes that no Christian need live without a God-given direction. "To understand that in fact God did know you and choose you from eternity," he writes, "will give you an enormous sense of purpose in life." In Created to Be God's Friend Workbook, Henry Blackaby and Kerry Skinner turn to the Old Testament patriarch Abraham to show how we can walk in growing faith and friendship with God. The Bible's compelling portraits of Abraham have profound relevance for us; through them we see how faith and obedience lead to a lifetime of joyous blessing, even when they seem bewildering and difficult. This stand-alone workbook, which can also be read as a companion to the trade book Created to Be God's Friend, provides illuminating questions and provocative insights, allowing individuals and groups to explore how to: Let God take the initiative to make us His friends Follow the Lord's timing when striking out for new territory and taking risks Deal with the consequences of divine commands and opportunities we have ignored Avoid letting success distract us from following God's call Believe that God can bring what He started to a grand conclusion "For the God of the universe to have thoughts and purposes for us," Blackaby and Skinner remind us, "also means that He will be at work in us and around us to bring them to pass." It was true for Abraham's life. It can be true for ours as well. This format is designed for either individuals or group leaders. Created to Be God's Friend is a remarkable study in our relationship with a personal God who is constantly working in each of our lives. Previous editions: 0-7852-6758-1.