Media Matters – 2011

Designed to keep you up-to-date on resources by and for leaders in our churches: new books, periodicals, Web sites, blogs, and even apps for your smart phone (most recent items are at the top):

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Non-Profit Leadership in a For-Profit World shares insights from the leaders of World Vision, The Salvation Army, The Navigators, Azusa Pacific University, and many more. Get your copy at

The Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) publishes a scholarly online journal with articles, video interviews, and book reviews.

Bob Russell, former senior minister at Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) is now a blogger. Visit for devotional thoughts and resources.

It’s not too late to enjoy an Advent devotional, and “God Is in the Manger” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer will enrich your experience of this season. Go to


The American Bible Academy and Resource Center offers a variety of study materials, including a seven-year study of the entire Bible, at

How-To Church Sound provides hands-on training for church sound and praise teams; find free downloads and seminar information at

Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship helps Virginia churches with “Edge 3D” (extreme sports adventures for leaders), guest-friendly facility evaluations, peer groups, coaching, and more at


In his book Intimacy with God, John Caldwell shares insightful questions and practical assignments to help readers grow in their spiritual development. Available at

Christ’s Church at Mason (OH) offers podcasts and lesson outlines from its “Growing U” courses, including sessions from the Answers in Genesis conference, overviews of the prophets and the Restoration Movement, and studies of Christology, Revelation, and the supernatural. Go to

Crossbooks recently published The Casual Christian by Craig Olson. The book explores the history of the church and identifies current trends threatening its mission. Learn more at


Teresa Welch, assistant professor of Christian education and director of institutional research at Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, TN), shares her “Learning to Follow Christ” curriculum as a free download at The curriculum is a 6-week course designed to help older elementary students and young adolescents prepare for baptism.

The articles in Church Planting from the Ground Up, compiled by Stadia executive director Tom Jones, cover a range of church planting subjects written by experts in the field. Available at

Madison Christian Church (Groveport, OH) offers a daily email with prayer suggestions for specific areas throughout the world. Sign up at

________ offers free downloads of multiweek Bible studies, teaching tools, articles, sample forms, handbooks, and more to help pastors and church planters “grow churches.” Learn more at

FAME (Indianapolis, IN) recently released a book commemorating the first 40 years of its ministry. Learn more about Spreading the FAME of Christ at

Culture Shock—A Guide for Leaders will help you equip the next generation to be pure in heart, mind, and body through practical steps, freeing truths, and a deep, personal relationship with Jesus. Go to www


Team Expansion shares free downloads, blog links, and other resources about prayer at its website,

Doug Foltz, director of coaching and project management with Stadia (Irvine, CA), blogs about church planting and links to a variety of resources at

Sixty experts from a variety of fields contributed to the new book Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication. Go to

In her new book, Sparkle: Reflecting Purity in Today’s World, author Connie Firmin offers girls encouragement and practical advice on self-esteem, dating, and abstinence. Learn more at


Author and pastor Max Lucado offers a daily devotion delivered directly to your smart phone or iPad. Each day’s selection is excerpted from his book Live Loved: Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life. Go to

RightNow Training offers online training for ministers with new content added each month. Contributors include Dave Ferguson, Francis Chan, Greg Bowman, and many more. Go to

Earlier this month, Billy Graham released his new book, Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well. Learn more at

Lee Camp, associate professor of Bible at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), recently released his newest book, Who Is My Enemy? Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam—and Themselves. Find out more at

Terry Mattingly, former columnist for The Lookout magazine, a professor, and a founding member of the Association for Communications and Theological Education, shares his weekly “On Religion” column at The column also appears in 350 North American newspapers.


Stephen Sams, lead pastor at Axis Christian Church (Mason, OH), blogs about his ministry, his church, and his faith at

Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY) elder Jack Coffee shares his thoughts on this important role in Elders: A Practical Guide to New Testament Leadership. Order it at

In his new book, Torn: Trusting God When Life Leaves You in Pieces, Jud Wilhite encourages readers to ask “Who is worthy of our trust?” instead of “Why is this happening?” Learn more at


On Oct. 1, Brian Jones, senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley (Royersford, PA) released his new book, Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It). Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, the book motivates readers to consider the reality of Hell and their response in an unbelieving world. Learn more at

Non-Profit Leadership in a For-Profit World includes insights, personal stories, and wisdom from 15 leaders of faith-based nonprofits. Visit to learn more.

Each day, Legacy Christian Church (Overland Park, KS) offers a short devotional at


Literature and Teaching Ministries, a nonprofit that funds and prints Christian books in other languages, offers information on current projects and a catalog of books in Spanish at

Jason Byerly, children’s pastor at Southland Christian Church (Lexington, KY), shares resources and writes a blog “to inspire children’s ministry leaders to help kids fall in love with Jesus and follow him” at

George Dillard, senior minister at Peachtree City (GA) Christian Church, recently released his new book 7 Things that God Desires for Us. The book outlines the simplicity of following Jesus by inviting everyone to choose behaviors that are Christlike. Visit to order.

The Missions Network, a website created by Mission Services (Knoxville, TN), offers missionaries a place to communicate their ministry needs and share the latest in their work. The site ( also includes podcasts and job listings.

Visit to download a free copy of Byers’s new book The Art of Online Ministry. Byers is president of


Reflect: Fifty-Two Stories for Worshipers explores stories from churches of every size and every part of the country. “These devotionals, in many cases, become a personal psalm of each writer,” according to publisher Beacon Hill Press. Order at

David and Kim Butts of Harvest Prayer Ministries (Terre Haute, IN) are contributors to the premiere issue of Prayer Connect magazine. Learn more at

“Stoned-Campbell Disciple” shares in-depth biblical study notes and thoughts about church history at

In Micropolitan Church: Doing Mega-Ministry in America’s Small Towns, author Jerry Harris presents strategies for small churches to have a big impact. Harris serves as senior pastor of The Crossing (Quincy, IL).


The 365 Devotions app for the iPhone and iPad, which is based on the popular book of the same name, offers a daily Scripture passage and devotional thought that can be bookmarked, e-mailed, or posted to Facebook. Learn more at

Jeff Faull, senior minister at Mount Gilead Christian Church (Mooresville, IN), blogs about his sabbatical experiences and insights at

Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, AZ, shares free downloads of graphics from dozens of sermon series, youth activities, and kids’ events at


Gary Johnson, senior minister at Indian Creek Christian Church in Indianapolis, IN, blogs about being a father, grandfather, husband, and leader at

On Aug. 11, Baker Books released What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary: 25 Lessons for Successful Ministry in Your Church by James Emery White, senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church (Charlotte, NC).

Verna Weber, associate professor of educational ministries and family studies at Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary, recently created the “All Age Worship” group to foster discussion of intergenerational worship. Join by searching for “All Age Worship” on Facebook.


The 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks falls on a Sunday, and the Orchard Group is challenging churches to consider a special offering or designated gift for church planting in New York City and beyond. Find out more at

Ministry Matters curates videos, podcasts, articles, blog posts, commentaries, sermon starters, and more. Many of these resources for church leaders are free; visit

Jeff Walling’s book Daring to Dance With God was recently released for the Amazon Kindle. Find information on all of Walling’s books at

Visit for a daily Scripture verse, devotional thought, and prayer suggestion from Harvest Prayer Ministries (Terre Haute, IN).


Common Ground Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) has partnered with Purchased, a new organization dedicated to organizing and hosting events to educate people on the realities of human trafficking.

Real Life Ministries (Post Falls, ID) offers a variety of videos on small groups, key figures in the Old and New Testaments, and Bible studies on Romans and Colossians. Access them at

This summer, Brandon Smith, campus minister at the Christian Campus House in Maryville, MO, launched “Seeking God’s Face(book),” a daily devotion of 420 characters or less—the length of a Facebook status update.

Just in time for back to school, check out Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World by Alex Chediak.

Teens will also enjoy Thrive: Do More than Survive Your Faith, a new book by Ben Hardman, former college and young adult minister with Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY. The book explores decision making, spiritual disciplines, and living out the gospel. Check out the promo video at


Dudley Rutherford, senior pastor of Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, CA, shares videos, sermons, books, and more at


Globalscope campus ministry teams from Christian Missionary Fellowship (Indianapolis, IN) were featured on, a blog for those working with college students. While you’re there, check out the Resource Room tab for a “steal-able” support-raising template.

Have you seen it on Facebook yet? Pastors are loving Francis Chan’s simple but effective explanation of baptism at

Low-cost Christian e-books are available at; the app available there allows you to read on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.


I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian (and I Liked Him Better Then) is the attention-grabbing title of Rubel Shelly’s new book rethinking Christ and the church. Shelly serves as president of Rochester (MI) College.

At, Greg Nettle, senior pastor of RiverTree Christian Church (Massillon, OH), blogs about ministry, church planting, family, and the many books he reads each year.

In her new book, Beth Guckenberger combines the wisdom of Scripture with more than 50 compelling real-life stories of suffering. Relentless Hope: Extracting the Precious from the Worthless will resonate with anyone seeking purpose in the midst of pain.

The Emmanuel Institutes—a program of training and development for church leaders—offers many of its 2008-10 programs on DVD. Each session includes a complete set of seminar handouts for group viewing.


Come Before Winter encourages women in ministry, especially those on the mission field, with retreats, instruction in Bible study skills, and other opportunities that “renew, equip, unite, and honor” their work for Christ.


John Mark Hicks, professor of theology at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), blogs about hermeneutics, the churches of Christ, prayer, and much more at

Download free high-resolution graphics, Photoshop files, logos, and more for sermons on Christmas, Revelation, and everything in between.

Mark D. Roberts, senior director and scholar-in-residence for Laity Lodge (, uses his Harvard education in philosophy, religion, New Testament, and Christian origins to blog about current events, theology, and the kingdom of God.


Kevin Haah, lead pastor of New City Church of Los Angeles (CA), blogs about theology, church planting, and New City’s amazingly diverse congregation at

Southland Christian Church (Lexington, KY) teaches its members about the rhythm of a life of faith and provides videos and a daily devotional to help any believer experience the rhythm of hearing, processing, and responding. Learn more at

Bo Chancey, senior minister with Manchester (NH) Christian Church, has released an unorthodox resource for generating thought and promoting discussion. Check out Every Day with Jesus: 365 Devotionals in 140 Characters or Less at


College Press Publishing offers free PDF downloads of its popular Bible Study Textbook Series at The series includes commentaries on every book of the Bible plus volumes on doctrine, history, and theology.

Kevin M. Stone, executive pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley (Royersford, PA), shares articles, books, videos, and blog posts on key topics for executive ministers of any size church. Visit for information on operational policies, leadership strategies, and much more.

Logos Bible Software is now available for the iPad—visit to download it free! Read, search, cross-reference, set up daily reading schedules, and more.

Students from William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA) share what they’re learning about God and about life on the school’s WJWHO? blog. Visit to learn more.


“Dream of Destiny,” founded by Dudley Rutherford, senior pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Church (Porter Ranch, CA), helps churches and parachurch ministries build unity by creating ethnic and racial diversity. The ministry also encourages young people of diverse backgrounds to explore education in Christian colleges and leadership in the Christian churches.

Church Diversity by Scott Williams also explores these ideas; download a sample chapter, watch discussion videos, and receive bonus content from the author at

Lori Wilhite created to connect, encourage, and support pastors’ wives and women in ministry. The site includes a blog with updates from the Leading and Loving It team, virtual community groups, videos, and links to other online resources.

Paul Chamberlain, director of the Institute of Christian Apologetics (Langley, BC, Canada), shares seven challenges to the Christian faith—and thoughtful responses to each one—in his new book Why People Don’t Believe. Visit to read the first chapter.


Churches across the Kansas City area partnered together for “What If The Church?” a movement of diverse churches sharing a teaching series, community service day on June 11, and worship rally on June 12, the Global Day of Prayer. Learn more at

Christian church leaders from around the country are blogging each week about the themes of the 2011 North American Christian Convention. Visit to read and respond to these “NACC Conversations.”

Ed Stetzer, Alan Hirsch, Tim Keller, Dan Kimball, and others clarify their definition of missional Christianity at “It is not our intent (or within our ability) to define words for others,” they write, “but we thought it helpful to describe and define how we are using the term—and to invite others to do the same.”

Mel McGowan, president of Visioneering Studios (Irvine, CA), shares his thoughts about sacred space and the theology of place in a short video on Christianity Today’s Web site. Watch at

Kyle Idleman, teaching minister with Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY), is not a fan of Jesus—he’s a completely committed follower. With his new Not a Fan book, small group DVD series, and pastor’s resource kit, he challenges each of us to move beyond admiration of Jesus to a lifestyle of sacrifice.


Author Jonathan McKee, a parent of three teens, shares his own parenting misadventures in Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent. You’ll laugh and learn from his practical advice. Read a sample chapter at

Christian Missionary Fellowship’s “Missions 365” DVD kit teaches students how to be “mission kids” who make a difference every day. It uses a combination of cartoons and live-action sequences, and is available free at


In his new e-book Developing a Theology of Leadership, pastor and author Tony Morgan shares his key learnings about biblical leadership. Download the book for free at

From 18th-century British literature to “the physics of nuclear nonproliferation,” Abilene (TX) Christian University’s iTunes U contributions provide podcasts, videos, and more for interested students of any age, in any location. Learn more at

Unleashed: The Church Turning the World Upside Down will release June 1. The book includes chapters by each of the 2011 North American Christian Convention main speakers and focuses on the central themes of Acts to encourage the church in its revolutionary mission. Order copies at

Harvest Prayer Ministries (Brazil, IN) offers a free “devotion for everyday life” on its Web site each day. Read and subscribe at


Discovery Church (Simi Valley, CA) is just one of many churches with apps for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Discovery’s includes podcasts of recent sermons, video clips, links to photo streams, a staff list with pictures, and more. Does your church have an app? E-mail to let us know.

In Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality, author Wesley Hill—a celibate, gay Christian—shares his story of remaining faithful in the midst of struggles and brokenness.

Englewood Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) publishes an online resource, the Englewood Review of Books, providing commentary on a variety of publications it believes are “valuable resources for the people of God, as we follow the mission of God: i.e., the reconciliation of all things.”


Dave Ferguson, lead pastor at Community Christian Church in Naperville, IL, and Alan Hirsch unite for the new book On the Verge: A Journey into the Apostolic Future of the Church.

Opinions abound when it comes to “creation care,” climate change, and environmental responsibility. A scientist and a pastor offer a civil discussion of the issues in A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.

Doug Edmonds, a member of the board of trustees for Emmanuel School of Religion (Johnson City, TN), has created series of apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Bible Quest quizzes teach about the “people, places, and things” of the Bible. Verse Quest focuses on Bible memorization. Find these apps at the iTunes store.

In his blog “Experimental Theology,” Abilene (TX) Christian University Professor Richard Beck integrates theology with his study of psychology to write about everything from doubt to morality to Calvin and Hobbes.


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