Check six ministry resources in this weekly post.
Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World (Convergent) by Molly Baskette and Ellen O’Donnell has a companion reading guide. The authors speak on the Parenting Forward podcast. Baskette has written about church renewal, telling stories in worship, and remembering grandparents and pets.
Joining studies on the refugee crisis and on sexuality, Dialogues On: Race (Sparkhouse) is a seven-week DVD study with leader guide and participant book. White Savior is a documentary exploring the historic relationship between racism and American Christianity.
Two subscription-based services debut: Amplify is a multimedia platform allowing churches to access any streaming video from Cokesbury; InLighten Films provides short, lectionary-based films with discussion questions each week.
Becoming Like Creoles (Fortress) by Curtiss Paul DeYoung and others prepares followers of Jesus to live and minister in a world where injustice is real and cultural diversity is rapidly increasing. Several other books release today:
Red State Christians (Fortress) by Angela Denker
Sustainable Young Adult Ministry (IVP) by Mark Devries and Scott Pontier
Embracing God’s Future without Forgetting the Past (Fortress) by Michael K. Girlinghouse
Living Unafraid (Convergent) by Adam Hamilton
Preaching to Teach (Abingdon) by Richard Voelz
Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource: A1 (Abingdon)
Brian the Brave by Paul Stewart and Where Is Home, Daddy Bear? by Nicola O’Byrne (Flyaway; ages 3-7)
Teaching mindfulness practices for college students through a United Methodist lens, The Awakened Life (UM General Board of Higher Education) by Sarah E. Bollinger and Angela R. Olsen is an eight-week small group curriculum with video meditations and leadership training retreats.
Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation offers two nine-month learning experiences: the Kaleo Center Action Learning Cohort deepens leadership for justice, and Encore Impact engages a group of 55+ adults around social purpose.