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.

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.

Brett Webb-Mitchell

Church Publishing Inc., 2010

Presbyterian minister Webb-Mitchell looks honestly at the attitudes within church communities towards towards people with disabilities in the context of biblical perspectives of spiritual gifts of all members of the body of Christ and our relationship to one another.

James Newton Poling

Abingdon Press, 1991

In his groundbreakingly honest book, Poling, a professor of pastoral theology and pastoral counselor, considers the long history of sexual abuse in Christian culture and its deep ramifications personally, socially, and theologically.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.     

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