Evangelism & New Ministry Resources


From the Church Planter Collective

Are You Ready to Be a Church Planter?
How do you know if you are ready to run the race of church planting? Eric Hallett shares wisdom on knowing whether you are called as well as whether you are ready.

Building a Culture of Equipping Lay People
How can you empower your laypeople to serve? Kathy Rohrs shares how to equip them to lead in the ministry of the church.

Forming Partnerships (Episode 17)
This week we sat down with Justin Bradbury to talk about the importance of forming partnerships when planting a church and ways to do so.

The Primitive Church Plant
What can we learn from John Wesley's rediscovery of the primitive church? Matt Leroy shares what the early church could say to us now.

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Idea 1Young people express their concerns about racism. Young People's Ministries asked young United Methodist leaders who attended a gathering about racism last month this question: “What do young people need to know about racism and its impact in America?” Hear what they said by watching an online video at http://bit.ly/2b0cl31

Idea 2Looking for a study series to use with your leadership team? Dr. Elaine Heath’s new book, God Unbound, helps church leaders have meaningful conversations about culture shifts and invites us to notice where and how God is leading the church to cultivate missional wisdom during this time of uncertainty and fear. To read the introduction and a sample chapter, and to order, go to http://godunbound.upperroombooks.com

Idea 3Learn about planting intentionally multi-ethnic ministries. Join others from around the U.S. at Path1’s second Multi-ethnic Church Planting training event Nov. 2-4 in Oklahoma City for focused conversation on starting new multiethnic ministries. Trainers include Dr. Brian Leander of Adelphia University, co-pastors Cleve May and Gloria Winston-Harris of City Well UMC in Durham, N.C.; Rodrigo Cruz, pastor of The Nett Church in Lilburn, Ga.; Dr. Elaine A. Robinson, dean of Saint Paul School of Theology, and In-Yong Lee pastor at Cokesbury UMC in Charlotte. For more information and to register, go to http://bit.ly/2anRyZj.

Idea 4Be still and know. My Quiet Spaces, a new online resource from The Upper Room, is where women can come together and spend time with God. Monthly themes are supported with readings, conversation starters, discussion questions, ideas for creative expression and prayers. All content is created by women for women seeking to find and create quiet moments with God. For more information, go to http://myquietspaces.org.

Idea 5Partner with local United Methodist camp retreat centers. Inspire your members and families living in communities where you serve to engage with faith-forming camps and retreats. Time apart from normal routines, responsibilities and surroundings provides a threshold for new possibilities of connection with God and each other. These UM camp and retreat centers recently received recognition by the Center for Faith and Service as “Camps that Change the World” – Birchwood  (Alaska), Blue Lake (Alabama), Warren Willis (Florida), Lake Okoboji (Iowa), Lake Louise (Michigan), Camp Don Lee (North Carolina), Suttle Lake (Oregon), Pocono Plateau (Pennsylvania), Asbury Hills (South Carolina), Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee) and Lakeview (Texas).  For more information about the camps and this recognition, go to www.faith3.org/summer-camp.


Rev. Junius B. Dotson shares THREE WAYS to engage unchurched people in your community during times of tragedy. This was originally broadcast LIVE on August 2nd. Fast-forward past the 5 minute preview video.







Books Available to Borrow in the CCMC Area

A Compendium of Swedenborg’s Theological Writings, Samuel M. Warren, 1875 

A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado, 2002 

A Multisite Church Road Trip by Surratt, Ligon, Bird, 2009 

A Purpose under Heaven, a Novel and Study Guide and Resource by Derek V. Smith, 2008 

Achieving Success thru Social Capital: Trapping Hidden Resources Personal & Business Networks by Wayne Baker, 2000 

Addiction and Grace by Gerald G. May, M.D., 1988 

Beginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faith by Andy Langford and Mark Ralls, 2003 (2 books) 

Beyond the Box by Bill Easum and Dave Travis, 2003 

Bless this Mind, Back to School Celebrations by Jerry R. Cole, 1999 

Blessings and Prayers for Women: A Devotional Companion, Concordia Publishing, 2004 

Blue Collar Resistance and the Politics of Jesus by Tex Sample, 2006 

Building Effective Lay Leadership Teams by George Barna, 2001 

Calling Character, Virtues of the Ordained Life by William H. Willimon, 2000 

Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime & Justice by Howard Zehr, 1995 

Church Leadership: Vision Team Culture and Integrity by Lovett H. Weems, Jr., 1993 

Churches that Make a Different: Reaching your Community with Good News by Sider, Olson, Unruh; 2002 

Coaching Change: Breaking down Resistance; Building Up Hope by Thomas G. Bandy, 2000 

Color Your World with Natural Church Development by Christian A. Schwarz, 2005 

Congregational Mega Trends by C. Jeff Woods, 1996 

Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership & Congregational Life by Ronald W. Richardson, 1996 

Creating Congregations of Generous People by Michael Durall, 1998 

Creating Life Balance, Easing Your Stress by Suzanne Bennett and Kathy Van Guilder, 1998 

Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice by Charles E. Silberman, 1978 

Dance of the Spirit: The 7 Steps of Women’s Spirituality by Maria Harris, 1989 

Dancing with Dinosaurs: Ministry in a Hostile & Hurting World by William Easum, 1993 (2 books) 

Destined for Salvation: God’s Promise to Save Everyone by Kalen Fristad, 2003 

Destined for Salvation: God’s Promise to Save Everyone Study Guide by Kalen Fristad (2 books), 2003 

Discontinuity and Hope: Radical Change and the Path to the Future by Lyle E. Schaller, 1999 

Discover your Conflict Management Style by Speed B. Leas, 1997 

Divinity & Diversity: A Christian Affirmation of Religious Pluralism by Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, 2003 

Does God Need the Church by Gerhard Lohfink, 1999 

Doing Life: Reflections of Men & Women Serving Life Sentences by Howard Zehr, 1996 

Dynamics of Small Town Ministry by Lawrence W. Farris, 2000 

Educating Congregations: The Future of Christian Education by Charles R. Foster, 1994 

Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations by Dan Kimball, 2004 

Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies by Anne Woodham and Dr. David Peters, 1997 

Entering the World of the Small Church: A Guide for Leaders by Anthony G. Pappas 1988 

Evangelism after Christendom: the Theology and Practice of Christian Witness by Bryan Stone, 2007 

Evangelism in the Small Membership Church by Royal Speidel, 2007 

Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking about Human Interactions by Roberta M. Gilbert, 1992 

Feeding the Flock: Restaurants & Churches you’d stand in Line for by Russell Chandler, 1998 

Financial Meltdown in the Mainline? by Loren B. Mead, 1998 

Five Challenges for the Once and Future Church by Loren B. Mead, 1996 

Focus: The Real Challenges that Face the UMC by Lovett H. Weems Jr., 2011 

Forty-four (44) Steps Up Off the Plateau by Lyle E. Schaller, 1993 

From Hope to Joy by Don E. Saliers, 1984 

Fugitive Faith: Interviews by Benjamin Webb, 1998 

Future Vision: 189 Most Important Trends of the 1990’s by Editors of Research Alert, 1991 

Get Well! Stay Well! Prescription for a Financially Healthy Congregation by Wayne C. Barrett, 1997 

God is One…The Way of Islam by R. Marston Speight, 2001 

God, Man and Religion: Readings in the Philosophy of Religion by Keith E. Yandell, 1973 

Grow Your Church from the Outside by George Barna, 1973 

Growing Plans: Strategies to Increase Your Church’s Membership by Lyle E. Schaller, 1983 

Growing Spiritual Redwoods by William M. Easum and Thomas G. Bandy, 1997 

Harry Denman: A Biography by Harold Rogers, 1977 

Healthy Disclosure: Solving Communication Quandaries by Kibbie Simmons Ruth & Karen A. McClintock, 2007 (3 books) 

Helping People Forgive by David W. Augsburger, 1996 

Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations by Gil Rendle & Alice Mann, 2003 

Hopeful Imagination Prophetic Voices in Exile by Walter Brueggemann, 1986 

How much is Enough? A Deeper look at Stewardship in an Age of Abundance by Catherine Malotky, 2011 

How to Build a Magnetic Church by Herb Miller, 1987 

In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best Run Co.’s by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr., 1982 

Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church by Martin Robinson and Dwight Smith, 2003 

John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life by Charles Yrigoyen Jr., 1996 

Just Hospitality: God’s Welcome in a World of Difference by Letty M. Russell, 2009 

Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith by Bill Hybels, 2006 

Kicking Habits: Welcome Relief for Addicted Churches by Thomas G. Bandy, 1997 (2 books) 

Last Rights: 13 Fatal Encounters with the State’s Justice by Joseph B. Ingle, 1990 

Leading Change by John P. Kotter, 1996 

Leading Change in the Congregation by Gilbert R. Rendle, 1998 

Leading the Congregation: Caring for Yourself While Serving the People by N. Shawchuck & R. Heuser, 1993 

Lean Ministry: Implementing Change in the 21st Century by Charles M. Duffert, 2011 

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So! Witnessing to Groups by H. Eddie Fox and George E. Morris, 1991 

Life Keys, Discovering Who You Are, Why You’re Here….. by Jane A.G. Kise, David Stark, Sandra Krebs Hirsh, 1996 

Living Your Strengths: Discover your God-given Talents…..by Winseman, Clifton, Liesveld; 2003 (2 books) 

Lost in America: How you and your Church can Impact the World Next Door by Tom Clegg & Warren Bird, 2001 (2 books) 

Money for your Campus Ministry, Church or Organization How to Get It by Tom Neufer Emswiler, 1981 

More than Numbers, The Way Churches Grow by Loren B. Mead, 1993 

Morph! The Texture of Leadership for Tomorrow’s Church by Ron Martoia, 2003 

Move: What 1000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth by Greg Hawkins & Cally Parkinson, 2011 

Moving Off the Map: A Field Guide to Changing the Congregation by Thomas G. Bandy, 1998 

Mustard-See Churches: Ministries in Small Churches by Robert B. Coote, 1990 

Natural Church Development Implementation Guide by Christian A. Schwarz and Christoph Schalk, 1998 

Network: The Right People In Right Places for Right Reasons Participant’s Guide by Bugbee, Cousins, Hybels; 1994 

Next Church.Now: Creating New Faith Communiites by Craig Kennet Miller, 2003 

O For A Dozen Tongues to Sing: Music Ministry with Small Choirs by Deborah K. Cronin, 1996 

Paradigm Shift in the Church: How NCD Can Transform Theological Thinking by Christian A. Schwarz, 1999 

Pastoring with Passion: Ministering Effectively with Heart and Hands by Dr. David Holt, 2010 

Path 1 Thanks You DVD 

Post-Modern Pilgrims: 1st Century Passion for the 21st Century by Leonard Sweet, 2000 

Post Moderns: The Beliefs, Hopes & Fears of Young Americans by Craig Kennet Miller, 1996 

Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey, 1991 

Quantum Spirituality A Postmodern Apologetic by Leonard I. Sweet, 1991 

Quantum Theology, Spiritual Implications of the New Physics by Diarmuid O’Murchu, 1997 

Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for Turn of Century Culture by Marva J. Dawn, 1995 

Real Followers: Beyond Virtual Christianity by Michael Slaughter, 1999 

Real Hope in Chicago: Incredible Story of how Gospel is Transforming Chicago by Wayne L. Gordon, 1995 

Reclaiming What was Lost: Recovering Spiritual Vitality in the Mainline Church by Carlyle Fielding Steward III, 2003 

Recovering the Sacred Center: Church Renewal from the Inside Out by Howard E. Friend Jr., 1998 

Revitalizing Congregations: Refocusing & Healing through Transitions by William O. Avery, 2002 

Revolutionizing Christian Stewardship for the 21st Century by Dan R. Dick, 1989 

Seeking Your Healthy Balance by Donald A. Tubesing and Nancy Loving Tubesing 

Seducing America: Is Gambling a Good Bet? Rex M. Rogers, 1997 

Sermons in American History, Many Authors, 1971 

Sharing the Search: A Theology of Christian Hospitality by Thomas R. Hawkins, 1987 

Social Themes of the Christian Year: A Commentary on the Lectionary by Dieter T. Hessel, 1983 

Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship by Thomas Moore, 1994 

Soul Tsunami: Sink or Swim in New Millennium Culture by Leonard Sweet, 1999 

Spirit Gifts: One Spirit, Many Gifts by Patricia D. Brown, 1996 

Strategies for Change by Lyle E. Schaller, 1993 

Surrounded by a Great Cloud of Witnesses: Preserving History, Compiled by Marilyn R. Buchanan (3 books) 

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions, Gregory Koukl, 2009 

Telling Truth: The Foolishness of Preaching in a Real World, James Armstrong, 1977 

The 3 Colors of Community by Christian Schwarz, 2012 

The 3 Colors of Leadership by Christian Schwarz, 2012 

The 3 Colors of Love, Christian Schwarz, 2004 

The 3 Colors of Love: How to Implement in Your World by Adam Johnstone, 2008 

The 3 Colors of Ministry by Christian Schwarz, 2001 

The 3 Colors of Ministry: How to Implement in Your Church by Christop Schalk and Jon Haley, 2001 

The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality by Christian Schwarz, 2009 

The 5th Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge, 1990 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, 1989 

The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong, 2000 

The Church Growth Handbook with Complete Ministry Audit, William M. Easum, 1990 

The Church of Irresistible Influence, Robert Lewis, 2001 

The Church on the Margins: Living Christian Community by Mary R. Sawyer, 2003 

The Deming Management Method by Mary Walton, 1986 

The Equipping Church: Serving Together to Transform Lives, Sue Mallory, 2001 

The Gospel in Disney: Christian Values in the Early Animated Classics, Philip L. Anderson, 2004 

The Gospel of Good Success, Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, 1990 

The Heart of a Great Pastor: How to Grow Strong and Thrive Wherever God has Planted You, London & Wiseman, 1994 

The Hole In our Gospel: The Answer that Changed my Life, Richard Stearns, 2009 

The InterVentionist by Lyle E. Schaller, 1997 

The Jesus Prescription for a Healthy Life by Leonard Sweet, 1996 

The Journey Is Our Home: A History of the General COSROW by Carolyn H. Oehler, 1979 (4 books) 

The Language of Morals, R. M. Hare, 1952 

The Other Americans: How Immigrants Renew our Country, Economy & our Values by Joel Millman, 1997 

The Passion Driven Congregation by E. Carver McGriff and M. Kent Millard, 2003 

The Pastor’s Guide to Effective Ministry, Many Authors, 2002 

The Prayer that Jesus Taught Us by Michael H. Crosby, 2002 

The Prophets by Abraham J. Heschel, 1962 (2 books) 

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav, 1989 

The Silent Transformation: NCD Growth Forces, Christoph Schalk, 2006 (2 books) 

The Soul of the Congregation: An Invitation to Congregational Reflection by Thomas Edward Frank, 2000 

The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives, Dallas Willard, 1988 

The Threefold Art of Experiencing God: The Liberating Power of a Trinitarian Faith by Christian Schwarz, 1999 

The Web of Women’s Leadership: Recasting Congregational Ministry by Susan Willhauck and Jacqulyn Thorpe, 2001 

TIME: Together in Ministry Everyday Planning Kit, Abingdon, 2008 

Time Management for Peak Performance, Ken Willard, 2009 

Tomorrow’s Church: A Community of Change by John H. Westerhoff, 1976 

Transforming Bible Study with Children: A Guide for Learning Together by Patricia W. Van Ness, 1991 

Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders by Charles M. Olsen, 1995 

Transforming Congregations for the Future by Loren B. Mead, 1994 

Transforming Rituals by Roy M. Oswald, 1999 

Turn Around Strategies for the Small Church by Ron Crandall, 1995 

Unbinding Your Church: Pastor’s Guide, Martha Grace Reese, 2008 

Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer & Faith Sharing, Martha Grace Reese, 2008 

Unbinding Your Soul: Your Experiment in Prayer & Community, Martha Grace Reese, 2008 (2 books) 

Unfinished: Believing is Only the Beginning, Richard Stearns, 2013 

User Friendly Evaluation: Improving the Work of Pastors, Programs & Laity by C. Jeff Woods, 1995 

Visual Leadership: The Church Leader as ImageSmith, Rob Weber, 2002 

Walking in the Same Direction: A New Way of Being Church by Jeanne Hinton, 1995 

We belong to the Land: A Story of a Palestinian Israeli who Lives for Peace & Reconciliation by Elias Chacour, 2001 

We’ve never done it Like This Before: 10 Creative Approaches to Same Old Church Tasks by C. Jeff Woods, 1994 

What Every Teacher needs to Know About series, the GBOD, 2002 

  • The Bible 
  • Christian Heritage 
  • Classroom Environment 
  • Curriculum 
  • Faith Language 
  • Living the Faith 
  • People 
  • Teaching 
  • Theology 
  • The United Methodist Church 

When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing & Supvr. in Large Congregations, Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont, 2007 

Winning on Purpose: How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in their Mission, John Edmund Kaiser, 2006 

Witness: Exploring and Sharing Your Christian Faith & My Witness Journal (Brand New) by Ronald K. Crandall, 2001 

Who is the Minister’s Wife? A Search for Personal Fulfillment by Charlotte Ross, 1980 

Why I am Not a Christian & Other Essays on Religion & Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell, 1957 

Wonderful Counselor: 9 Week Devotional for Christian Camp Staff (Summer 2005) by Character Building Ministries, 2005 

Your Ministry Matters: From the Parking Lot to the Pulpit, Ted Brancheau Jr., 2010 



Find it Quick Handy Bible Encyclopedia, Ron Rhodes, 2003 

New Life Bible 

New Testament Common English Bible 

Serendipity Bible for Groups 

Spanish Bible 

Spanish UMC Hymnal 

The Learning Bible: Contemporary English Version 

Thompson Chain Reference Bible