Every pastor's family needs proven resources to encourage them along the way, to help them avoid the common pitfalls of ministry, or to guide through recovery from a crisis. Each of the products in this category offers valuable information that may be just right for you and your family! While we have taken great care in the evaluation and selection of these resources, Focus on the Family does not necessarily endorse the views that may be expressed by them. Note that several may now be out of print or no longer available. However, many of these may be found in a public or seminary library or from a colleague in ministry. Additional referrals may be available by calling our toll-free Pastoral Care Line at (877) 233-4455.


Answering the Call

Author(s): John Ensor
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Focus on the Family, 2003

Helps Christians have a better biblical understanding of the value of human life, especially as it relates to abortion and what the Word of God specifically lays out. Also issues a call to action in reaching out to the woman who is in a crisis pregnancy situation and doing so with a heart of love and compassion, not condemnation.
Available from Focus on the Family (BF097)
Retail price: $7


Becoming Your Favorite Church

Author(s): H.B. London Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Regal, 2002

A plan to involve every member of your congregation in the ministry of the church and create strong bonds between pastor(s) and lay leaders! Here's the blueprint for a well-coordinated effort of coaching and teamwork the way Jesus modeled it with his disciples.
Available from Focus on the Family (BD591)
Retail price: $14


Before You Quit: When Ministry Is Not What You Thought

Author(s): Blaine Allen
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2001

Make sure you have the facts and that you are really listening to God before you jump out of ministry. Work through the options of moving on or hanging tough.


Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Church Leadership

Author(s): Alexander Strauch
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Lewis & Roth, 1995

This book is about those who keep watch over the souls of the Lord's people, those whom both Paul and Peter commanded to pastor the flock of God: It is about the church elders.


Bring 'Em Back Alive

Author(s): Dave Burchett
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: WaterBrook, 2004

A remedy is offered to those who have been hurt by the church. Burchett reminds believers that we must seek and restore those who have been driven away.


Christ-Based Leadership

Author(s): David Stark
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Bethany House, 2005

A sincere challenge to Christian leaders to explore the current trend toward a more sensitive approach to ministry.


Christian Counseling Today

Periodical Type: magazine

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P.O. Box 739
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Phone: (800) 526-8673
Web: www.aacc.net

(Published by the American Association of Christian Counselors)


The Christian Worldview

Product Format: CD
Guests: Josh McDowell, David Barton, Norman L.Eisler and D. James Kennedy with H.B. London Jr.

How can pastors live out and effectively present the true gospel in our 'anything goes' society? Join H.B. London Jr. and his guests on this edition of Pastor to Pastor as they engage in some compelling discussion on the basics of a Christian worldview and how it affects the message of Christ's redeeming love to today's culture. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (F00390D)
Retail price: $10


A Contemporary Handbook for Weddings & Funerals

Author(s): Aubrey Malphurs & Keith Willhite, editors
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2003

Provides a variety of helpful and creative resources for use in the preparation of weddings, funerals and other special occasion services.


Dealing With Depression: Five Pastoral Interventions

Author(s): Richard Dayringer
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Haworth Pastoral Press, 1995

A helpful overview of five approaches to the treatment of depression.


Discipled Warriors

Author(s): Chuck Lawless
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2002

Using solid biblical exegesis, Lawless presents a well-rounded, proven model for fighting the enemy based on the same principles as those for developing a healthy church.


Enriching Life in the Fishbowl

Author(s): H.B. London Jr.
Product Format: Booklet
Publisher/Copyright: Focus on the Family

Pastoral families live in a fishbowl, in full view of their congregations and communities. How should a congregation properly care for its ministers and their families? A veteran pastor of over 31 years gives some advice. (Part of the Pastor's Advocate Series)
Available from Focus on the Family (F00553K)
Retail price: $8.50


Entrepreneurial Faith

Author(s): Kirbyjon Caldwell & Walt Kallestad with Paul Sorensen
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: WaterBrook, 2004

Two of America's most influential ministers reveal the biblical strategies that can take your church out of the sanctuary and into the community, building the kingdom through faithful risk-taking and bold initiatives.


The Fragmented Church

Product Format: CD
Guests: Featuring R.T. Kendall, Yvette Maher, Ken Sande and Jim Bakker with H.B. London, Jr.

While the church should be inclusive of all Christians, some groups of people can feel isolated or left out of the fellowship. How can a body of believers welcome those who are not at ease in the house of the Lord? (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
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From the Ground Up

Author(s): J. Scott Horrell
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2004

Presents a discription of the makeup and purpose of the church based upon the New Testament.


Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients & Their Families

Author(s): Dr. Pat Otwell
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Taylor & Francis, 2008

This book is an exploration of the essential elements of ministering to dementia patients based on first-hand accounts of the author's ministry experience.


The Healthy Church

Product Format: CD
Guests: Gregory A. Wiens, Randy Popineau, Ron Klassen and Bob Russell with H.B. London Jr.

Is a healthy church defined by the size of the congregation or the well-being and spiritual growth of each who attends? H.B. London Jr. and his guests discuss the characteristics and ministry opportunities unique to a small healthy church on this edition of Pastor to Pastor. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (F00081D)
Retail price: $10


The Heart of Pastoral Counseling

Author(s): Richard Dayringer
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Haworth Pastoral Press, 1998

Lays the foundation for utilizing the pastoral counseling relationship to bring about positive change as it explores topics such as observation, listening, communication, handling transference and termination of therapy.


The Heart of a Great Pastor

Author(s): H.B. London Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Regal, 1994

Take a second look at your ministry and find new ways to 'bloom where you're planted.' Includes detailed, practical ways to help revitalize your relationship with God and your congregation.
Available from Focus on the Family (P00481B)
Retail price: $15


Helping Those Who Hurt

Author(s): H. Norman Wright
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Bethany House, 2003

Offers practical ways to help friends and church members when they go through a crisis or suffer trauma.


High-Impact African-American Churches

Author(s): George Barna and Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Regal, 2004

This book is a good tool for readers to measure various aspects of the African American Church.


The Hospitality Commands

Author(s): Alexander Strauch
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Lewis & Roth, 1993

A challenge is given for individuals and families to practice more genuine, practical hospitality and its benefits for the church and ministry.


How to Survive and Thrive as a Church Leader

Author(s): Nick Cuthbert
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Monarch Books, 2006

An honest look at the solid realities of leadership written by an experienced pastor who shares his practical and pithy wisdom on doing ministry well.
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Leading the Small Church

Author(s): Glenn C. Daman
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2006

Challenge to all pastors to return to the simplicity of ministry by caring for and loving the people they serve; proclaiming God's Word in a relevant, life-changing way; and setting a godly example.
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Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome

Author(s): Kent and Barbara Hughes
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Tyndale, 1987

The true meaning of success in pastoral ministry is explained from a biblical perspective, providing a lift to those in the ministry who are worn and weary.


Living in the Pastor's Home

Author(s): Marshall Shelly and Bob Moeller
Product Format: Booklet
Publisher/Copyright: Focus on the Family

Excerpted from a Leadership journal interview, this conversation between adult PKs will help lay people better understand and support their pastoral families. Topics addressed include dealing with failure and criticism, unrealistic expectations, managing family, involving the family in ministry and setting healthy limits. (Part of the Pastor's Advocate Series)


Loving Confrontation

Author(s): Beverly Caruso
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Bethany House, 1988

A practical guide for applying Scripture to everyday encounters will help your congregation confront in truth and reconcile in love.


A Man's Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines

Author(s): Patrick Morley
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Moody Publishers, 2007

Using the format of a manual, the author presents a study of 12 spiritual disciplines, intended to bring men closer to Christ, the church and their families.


The Mark of Jesus

Author(s): Timothy Geroge and John Woodbridge
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Moody, 2005

This book will challenge one to model Jesus' way of love as the real proof that we are His.


Master-Planning

Author(s): Bobb Biehl
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Aylen Publishing, 1997/2004

A complete guide for building a strategic plan for your church or business.


Meetings that Work

Author(s): Alexander Strauch
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Lewis & Roth, 2001

Practical guidelines and leadership principles for managing church meetings.


Mentoring: Confidence in Finding a Mentor and Becoming One

Author(s): Bobb Biehl
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Aylen, 1996, 2004

Help in understanding that mentoring is a valuable system for passing down specialized skills, nuances and traditions that almost anyone can benefit from.


Ministry Mutiny: A Youth Leader Fable

Author(s): Greg Stier
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Tyndale House, 2006

Discover radical principles for creating a vibrant student ministry. Walk away with powerful tools for ministers, lay leaders and parents that will have you thinking in a fresh new way about equipping youth.
Available from Focus on the Family (F00672B)
Retail price: $15.00


Ministry Outside the Box

Product Format: CD
Guests: Gary Morsch, Jon Talbert, Greg Stier and Gene Mills with host H.B. London, Jr.

Pastor to Pastor explores ways to think beyond the four walls of the church building to have a new and vital presence in the community and round the world. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (F00394D)
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No More Front Porches

Author(s): Linda Wilcox
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Beacon Hill, 2002

In a thought-provoking manner, the author examines her contention that Americans are hungry to regain the closeness, care and compassion we used to find right outside our front doors. An excellent analysis of the concept of 'community,' with guidelines for intentionally striving to regain it in our personal and corporate lives.


Overcoming Barriers to Growth

Author(s): Michael Fletcher
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Bethany House, 2006

In this practical book, Michael Fletcher skillfully defines the differences from one stage of a congregation's life to the next and gives clear, insightful steps on implementing key leadership strategies to bring new life and growth to any church.
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The Pastor's Soul Series

Author(s): edited by David Goetz
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Bethany, 1998-1999

A series that unleashes pastors to do what really matters, to step beyond skill, to give of their unique gifts, to minister authentically and to grow in the intangibles of ministry--like integrity and character. [Books]
#1: The Power of Loving Your Church
by David Hansen
#2: Pastoral Grit
by Craig Brian Larson
#3: Preaching With Spiritual Passion
by Ed Rowell
#4: Listening to the Voice of God
by Roger Barrier
#5: Leading With Integrity
by Fred Smith Sr.
#6: Character Forged From Conflict
by Gary D. Preston
#7: Deepening Your Conversation With God
by Ben Patterson
#8: Your Ministry's Next Chapter
by Gary Fenton


The Pastor's Weekly Briefing

Periodical Type: newsletter

Colorado Springs, CO 80995
Phone: (800) 232-6459
Web: www.parsonage.org

A weekly e-mail with news summaries for use in church bulletins, sermons, newsletters and discussions. Sign up for the complimentary e-mail at www.parsonage.org.

(Published by Focus on the Family)


Pastoral Politics: Why Ministers Resign

Author(s): John Gilmore
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: AMG, 2002

Provides the church board and the pastor valuable insights--theologically, psychologically and procedurally--enabling pastors and members to be more flexible and charitable when faced with the prospect of the pastor moving on.


Pastoring With Moral Convictions (I, II)

Product Format: Audiocassette
Guests: Pastors panel and H.B. London Jr. with James Dobson

A discussion about the pastor's unique opportunity to preach moral issues from the pulpit. The panel of pastors shares ideas for leading congregations in defending Judeo-Christian values.


Pastors Who Stay

Product Format: CD
Guests: J.E. Mathison, G. Kahre, J. W. Brougher Jr., G. McIntosh, D. Lauber, C. B. Larson and J. Stevens with H.B. London Jr.

Pastor to Pastor guests explore the characteristics of pastors who stay in one pastorate for a long time and how it affects their families, congregations and communities. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (F00159D)
Retail price: $10


Pastors at Greater Risk

Author(s): H.B. London Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Regal, 2003

The authors have listened to the anguish of pastors, scrutinized their frustrations and now propose some answers. The risks to your ministry, family and personal life are confronted and conquered. Includes updated statistics and interviews with contemporary pastoral leaders with a special emphasis on today's issues: spiritual burnout, job turnover, pornography, congregational turnover and more.
Available from Focus on the Family (P00250B)
Retail price: $17


The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

Author(s): Ken Sande
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Baker, 1997

Discusses the biblical reconciliation desperately needed in developing healthy relationships and unity in the church.


Planning Your Preaching

Author(s): Stephen Nelson Rummage
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2002

A step-by-step guide for developing a one year preaching calendar.


The Power of Vision

Author(s): George Barna
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Regal, 2003

For an authentic and authoritative ministry, pastors must determine, embrace, cast and implement a vision. Distinguishes between a vision and a mission.


The Power of the Call

Author(s): Henry Blackaby
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Broadman & Holman, 1997

Reminds preachers of the nature and purpose of their calls. Includes suggestions and encouragement for those who are burned out.


Powerful Personalities

Product Format: CD
Guests: John Trent, Walt and Francoise Becker, Kevin Leman and Tim Clinton with H.B. London Jr.

Pastor to Pastor explores the advantages and disadvantages of various personality types when interacting with one's family and congregation. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (PD03I)
Retail price: $10


Practical Wisdom for Pastors

Author(s): Curtis C. Thomas
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Crossway, 2001

A ministry veteran covers virtually all of the blessings, satisfactions, challenges and pitfalls of ministry with a wealth of practical insight culled from 44 years in the pastorate. A rich resource of help and encouragement that will enthuse and benefit every pastor.


Prayer Shield

Author(s): C. Peter Wagner
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Regal, 1997

How to intercede for pastors, Christian leaders and others on the spiritual front lines.


Preaching With Relevance Without Dumbing Down

Author(s): Keith Willhite
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2001

Seldom does a scholar and pastor write something so needed in an age of seekers while remaining so faithful to the call to preach in a biblically sound manner.


A Primer for Pastors

Author(s): Austin B. Tucker
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2004

Offers practical advice on the many tasks of pastors and explains how to best balance the demands of ministry.


Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators

Author(s): Voyle A. Glover
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2005

This book will help pastors by providing concise, succinct guidelines for protection against sexual predators.


The Purpose Driven Church

Author(s): Rick Warren
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Zondervan, 1995

A five-part strategy of fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism that will promote not only church growth, but also church health.


Resolving Conflict in the Church

Product Format: Audiocassette
Guests: Horace Fenton Jr., Norman Shawchuck, Marshall Shelley and Don Bubna with H.B. London Jr.

Pastor to Pastor examines practical approaches to restoring peace and fellowship when the tension mounts — in a family or a congregation. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (PC94B)
Retail price: $10


Resolving Disputes in Christian Groups

Author(s): Marlin E. Thomas
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Windflower Communications, 1995

A valuable tool to help pastors and their congregations to resolve conflict.


The Return of the Mighty Church

Author(s): Jack Eggar
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Regal, 2005

This book, written by the president of Awana Clubs International, is a modern fable that illustrates five principles that can change a church or ministry from being inward-focused to being a powerful force for the spread of the gospel.


Risking Church: Creating a Place Where Your Heart Feels at Home

Author(s): Jim Kallam, Jr.
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: WaterBrook, 2003

Jim--a pastor with a heart for God's people and a vision for God's plan--walks with you on a journey of discovery. It's a journey that will break the stereotypical view of church, release a new way of thinking, and show how you can participate in creating an atmosphere where God's people can encounter grace in the midst of their honest struggles.


Shepherding the Small Church

Author(s): Glenn Daman
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2002

Since the majority of churches in America average less than 150 people, this book was written with the leadership of most churches in mind.


Stresses of the Ministry

Product Format: Audiocassette
Guests: Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll with James Dobson

Suggestions offered for coping with the strong-willed pre-teen and teenager. Issues of respect, dealing with conflict and establishing boundaries are addressed.


The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

Author(s): David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Bethany

Exploring the subtle use of spiritual authority to control and dominate others, the authors break the silence on abuse within the church that leaves Christians feeling used, manipulated and shamed.


10 Things Every Minister Needs to Know

Author(s): Ronnie Floyd
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: New Leaf Press, 2006

Ronnie Floyd shares the very best perspectives, encouragement and solutions for all ministers to help stay committed to God's calling in their lives.
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That the World May Know

Author(s): Focus on the Family
Product Format: DVD
Publisher: Focus on the Family

This compelling video series explores the fascinating geographical and cultural backdrop for scriptural events and personalities through life-changing 'faith lessons' taught by Ray Vander Laan. [Videos]


30 Days to Confident Leadership

Author(s): Bobb Biehl
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Broadman & Holman, 1998

A guide to help every pastor and church staff to enhance leadership skills.


Transforming Conflict in Your Church

Author(s): Marlin E. thomas
Product Format: Booklet
Publisher/Copyright: Herald Press, 2002

An invaluable and practical resource for both church leaders and congregational members as you better understand the nature of conflict and what the Bible has to say about it, ascertain what level of conflict you are in, keep conflict from escalating, and put together a realistic and healthy plan to transform your conflict.


The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Author(s): John C. Maxwell
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Thomas Nelson, 1998

A must-read guide on leadership that is simple and powerful, showing the application of timeless principles supported by the bedrock of personal character.


The Vanishing Ministry in the 21st Century

Author(s): Woodrow Kroll
Product Format: Book
Publisher/Copyright: Kregel, 2002

A look at the current state and future prospects of vocational Christian ministry with a challenge to pastors to evaluate the attitudes that are needed for ministry.


What I Didn't Learn in Seminary

Product Format: Audiocassette
Guests: Ken Hemphill, Jim Garlow, Paul Cedar and Ton Benefiel with H.B. London Jr.

Every pastor has encountered issues that were never addressed in seminary or Bible college. Pastor to Pastor talks with some experts on how to handle these unsettling times. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (PC03G)
Retail price: $10


What I Like About Being a Pastor

Product Format: CD
Guests: Holland T. Lewis, Mac Brunson, Dallas R. Billington and Brian C. Mentzer with H.B. London Jr.

This edition of Pastor to Pastor provides an enthusiastic jumpstart to all pastors, but particularly those who may not remember the satisfaction of their call to ministry. (Click here for a full list of Pastor to Pastor titles.)
Available from Focus on the Family (PD03K)
Retail price: $10


Working Together to Impact Your Community

Author(s): edited by Ron Reno and Dan Davidson
Product Format: Booklet
Publisher/Copyright: Focus on the Family, 2000

Designed to help every church demonstrate its love for Christ through involvement in the social issues that affect the individuals and families in the community. A practical guide on setting up a community impact committee that can assist the pastor on cultural issues and guide the congregation to more informed and effective community action. (Part of the Pastor's Advocate Series)