David Buttrick

Fortress Press, 1987

Homiletics professor Buttrick lays out a model for sermons which focuses on presenting the message of the Scriptures with sensitivity to the spoken word and to the listener, and most of all, reverence for the Word.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

HarperCollins, 1954

Originally published by Bonhoeffer in 1939, this book grew out of his experiences in Finkenwalde at the seminary he founded and led until its expulsion by the Nazi government.

M. Thomas Shaw

Rowman & Littlefield, 2008

Shaw, Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts, offers a unique guide for Bible study.  He has organized his exquisite book around issues that matter to churches, such as conflict and outreach, and reflected on how they are similar to the concerns of the communities of the gospel writers and of Paul.

Anna Carter Florence

Westminster John Knox Press, 2007

As a leading academic in homiletics, Florence, in a book that is already a classic, introduces the reader to America's earliest and most outstanding women preachers as she also shows us how to get under the skin of a biblical text and find the words to speak its truth.

Stephen Cottrell

Church House Publishing, 2009

This little book is a treasure! Packed with the wisdom earned over years of parish ministry, Cottrell truly understands the meaning of servant leadership and how a clergyperson's honest examination of their own intentions and motivations in view of Christianity is fundamental to leading a congregation.

Eugene H. Peterson

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993

This is a must-read for parish pastors who wish to approach and apply their calling from a spiritual perspective.     

Eugene Peterson

HarperOne, 2011

Peterson's newest book is about his adventure as a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland where he served for thirty years.  In The Pastor he examines what it means to be clergy of a church and the role of parish ministry in our secular culture.


G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Basic Books, 2010

A critique of American  Protestant churches' acquiescience to consumerism, MacDonald raises serious concerns about the  current state of congregations.

Jimmy Creech

Duke University Press, 2011

Creech is a United Methodist minister who finds his preconceived beliefs about homosexuality challenged when faced with the pain of a gay man in his parish who is confronted with the intolerance within the denomination.

Carol Howard Merritt

Alban Institute, 2010 


Merritt, a Presbyterian minister and perceptive and frank observer of the 21st century church, (author of Tribal Church) considers the dilemma that many churches are now facing with the current social, economic, and generational transitions.