Leadership

BRF leadership resources provide nurturing and reflection on leadership, and the development of new leadership skills.

Experiencing Christ's Love

Experiencing Christ's Love

Establishing a life of worship, prayer, study, service and reflection John Twisleton £6.99

In Experiencing Christ's Love, well-known writer John Twisleton reminds us of Jesus' gracious challenge to love God with heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbour and ourselves. Against the backdrop of the message of God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ, the author delivers a wake-up call to the basic Christian patterns of worship, prayer, study, service and reflection. These, he claims, serve to take God's hand in ours, leading us into his divine possibilities.

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Thinking of You

Thinking of You

a resource for the spiritual care of people with dementia Joanna Collicutt £9.99

This book approaches dementia from a number of angles: biological, psychological, sociological, and theological. After an introduction explaining the multifaceted nature of this set of conditions, some possible theological responses are offered to such questions as: what is the nature of human identity? How can someone with severely impaired cognition have a full spiritual life? The book's final two sections are predominantly practical, addressing the spiritual care of the affected individual and how to help churches support affected individuals and their carers. This final section includes resources for ministry in residential care homes.

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Reproducing Churches

Reproducing Churches

George Lings £9.99

This book investigates the theological basis for church planting and creating fresh expressions of church. Based on extensive research, senior church planting authority George Lings argues that the church has a divine calling and capacity to reproduce, albeit in ways that are intentionally non-identical. Using the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as key passages throughout scripture, he shows how such reproduction fulfills the mission of God. The book also includes many practical examples drawn from church history, to help apply the message to congregations today.

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Being Messy, Being Church

Being Messy, Being Church

Exploring the direction of travel for today's church Ian Paul £9.99

A series of essays by different contributors exploring what Messy Church brings to the wider church, how these different forms of church community can coexist, and what this might mean for the future of the church. Questions addressed include: What will church look like in 20 years' time? How can Messy Church help Christians unite a passion for mission with a heart for ministry? What can Messy Church and Sunday Church learn from each other?

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God's Belongers

God's Belongers

How people engage with God today and how the church can help David Walker £7.99

This book transforms thinking about church membership by replacing the division between 'members' and 'non-members' with a four-fold model of belonging. Based in extensive practical research, David Walker shows how 'belonging' can encompass a far wider group of people than those who attend weekly services. He examines belonging through relationship, through place and through events, as well as the traditional belonging through activities. He goes on to explore the opportunities for mission that emerge as a result - while also acknowledging the challenges posed for issues such as church financing.

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Facing Death

Facing Death

Rachel Boulding £3.99

This book of 18 undated reflections draws comfort and encouragement from the Bible and from the author's own experience for those going through life-limiting illness and for their family and carers. With moving vulnerability and without denying the difficult reality of the situation, Rachel Boulding suggests a way to confront terminal illness with faith and hope in a loving God.

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Called by God

Called by God

exploring our identity in Christ Derek Tidball £7.99

The book will examine twelve key New Testament texts which speak of the Christian's calling. In days when much is spoken about vocation, this draws us back to see how the Bible speaks about the nature of Christian vocation. Each chapter will end with reflections and discussion material.

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Church Online: social media

Church Online: social media

Laura Treneer £3.99

Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource gives you the tools and checklists to consider your approach to social media as a church. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you're looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you'll find what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

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Church Online: websites

Church Online: websites

Laura Treneer £3.99

Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource gives you the tools you need to transform a church website, or create one for the first time. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you're looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you'll find what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

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Stepping into Grace

Stepping into Grace

Moving beyond ambition to contemplative mission Paul Bradbury £7.99

A journey with the prophet Jonah that explores ambition, vocation, spirituality, mission, leadership and personal growth. Written by a fellow pioneer missionary, the book finds powerful connections between the call and mission of Jonah and the mission context of our time. The journey takes us to a place of grace where the work of God in shaping who we are finds space alongside what we feel called to do.

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All-Age Worship

All-Age Worship

Fully revised and updated Lucy Moore £8.99

This book is for those who sense that worshipping God together is probably a good thing, but are nervous of trying to lead their church towards that vision. It acknowledges that we don't live in a perfect world - or church - and that no one has all the answers. It also argues that you are the expert for the ways in which your church can best worship God, and helps you start to find those ways and adapt them for your local setting

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Spiritual Growth in a Time of Change

Spiritual Growth in a Time of Change

Following God in midlife Tony Horsfall £7.99

Midlife - our 40s and 50s - can be some of the most important years of our lives in spiritual terms. They are also times of change, which can include turbulent emotional transition as we face up to a range of challenging personal issues. Tony Horsfall not only addresses a number of such issues - from facing up to the past to renegotiating relationships - but explores how to navigate a spiritual journey through these years, leading to deeper faith and a closer walk with God.

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Could this be God?

Could this be God?

Bumping into God in the everyday Brian Harris £8.99

In a series of pithy, poignant and profound short readings, this book explores the intersection of faith and life. Spotting parables in the everyday, it equips readers to explore whether they might be bumping into God without realising it. Heartening and often funny, it applies biblical truth in a way that both fascinates and liberates.

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The Church and Boys

The Church and Boys

Making the connection Nick Harding £8.99

Why are men and boys so under-represented in churches? Why do churches find it so difficult to cater for boys? What would help boys in church grow into mature men of faith? This uniquely inspiring book by Nick Harding spells out the problem and encourages churches to see this in missional terms. The main part of the book includes resources, suggestions and ideas to help boys connect better with the church, with the Bible, and with the Christian faith.

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Confidence in the Living God

Confidence in the Living God

David and Goliath revisited Andrew Watson £7.99

How can we build and maintain confident faith in God in a world where faith is increasingly seen as marginal, embarrassing or even dangerous?

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Messy Hospitality

Messy Hospitality

Changing communities through fun, food, friendship and faith Lucy Moore £9.99

In Messy Hospitality Lucy Moore demonstrates how hospitality can be practised in Messy Church and other church contexts to promote mission and faith formation, addressing the theology of hospitality and how it can be expressed at the welcome table, the activity table, the Lord's Table, the meal table, and in the home.

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Outdoor Church

Outdoor Church

20 sessions to take church outside the building for children and families Sally Welch £8.99

Helping churches to reconnect and value their environment. Outdoor Church is a creative worship and activity resource for churches to use outside the church building, Outdoor Church functions in any green space and is suitable for churches in urban, suburban and rural contexts.

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Blended A Call to Reimagine Our Church Family

Blended A Call to Reimagine Our Church Family

Rethinking how we can be church together Eleanor Bird £8.99

Are you ready to take the next step? Church as we know it is changing... with conversations and initiatives bubbling up around how our churches can be truly intergenerational, functioning in close and loving community as the body of Christ. Eleanor Bird speaks into the debate with a challenge to rethink our work with all ages from the ground up, offering practical observations drawn from her experience of developing children's and youth ministry in a local church context, together with a biblically based framework for how this thinking can be taken forward in your church.

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Resourcing Rural Ministry

Resourcing Rural Ministry

Practical insights for mission Simon Martin £8.99

Resourcing Rural Ministry offers an in-depth exploration of the key aspects, challenges and opportunities of mission in a rural church. Relevant for ordained and lay leaders alike, the book covers subjects ranging from encouraging evangelism in a multi-church group to making best use of church buildings. Containing a wealth of real-life case studies and suggestions for follow-up, this ecumenical publication draws on the expertise and resources of the Arthur Rank Centre (ARC), which has served the spiritual and practical needs of the rural Christian community for over 40 years.

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Pioneering a New Future

Pioneering a New Future

A guide to shaping change and changing the shape of church Phil Potter £7.99

This book offers a map for pioneering a new future for the Church. Writing as a pastor and practitioner, Phil Potter explains ways of shaping all kinds of change in the life of a church, particularly in the context of the many 'fresh expressions of church' emerging. Decisions on what and how and when we change will inevitably affect growth or decline in a church, and also have a major impact on people. Leaders can end up burnt out by their attempts to bring about change, while congregations are left damaged and disillusioned because they could not catch the vision. This is a book for leaders wanting to guide their Christian communities into a new future, and for church members wanting to be equipped for whatever lies ahead. Also included are over 100 questions for personal and group reflection.

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The Contemplative Minister

The Contemplative Minister

Learning to lead from the still centre Ian Cowley £8.99

This book gives practical advice on how to nurture faith and a sense of calling amid the hectic life that is ministry today. Drawing on his experience of developing and leading training programmes in this area, Ian Cowley assesses the stresses and pressures of the job and shows how to grow into being a 'contemplative minister', prioritising a relationship of deepening love with God. He also offers guidance on leading others into that same relationship, without your own spiritual life running dry.

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I think it's God calling

I think it's God calling

A vocation diary Katy Magdalene Price £7.99

A young woman (under 30 at the time of writing) explores in lively, highly readable diary-style her calling to the priesthood, her training at theological college and her experiences up to the day of ordination. She shares the emotional and spiritual ups and downs of the process, as well as the challenges for family and friends arising from such a major life change. Whereas other books tend to focus on relevant theological concepts, this book shows how the journey of exploration vocation actually feels.

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Discipling Generation Y

Discipling Generation Y

Themes from Revelation for youth ministry Steve Griffiths £7.99

When it comes to discipling Generation Y - those born between 1980 and 2000 - we need to acknowledge that they speak a different cultural language from the rest of us. This is a generation on a passionate quest to find their identity amid a barrage of online information and entertainment, a generation at ease with an astonishing level of global connectivity. Even so, the process of discipleship remains essentially what it always was. Ultimately, we want our young people to be happy and fulfilled. We seek to introduce them into a way of living that takes seriously Jesus Christ as 'the way, the truth and the life' (John 14:6). This book shows how Revelation offers one of the clearest biblical explorations of Kingdom values at work in highly challenging circumstances.

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Messy Church Theology

Messy Church Theology

Exploring the significance of Messy Church for the wider church George Lings £9.99

Messy Church Theology is the first title to encapsulate the academic theology of Messy Church. Through essays by contributors from a variety of church and academic backgrounds and case studies by Messy Church practitioners, it gathers together some of the discussions around Messy Church and assesses the impact of this ministry, placing it in the context of wider developments within the church community.

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Creating Community

Creating Community

Ancient ways for modern churches Simon Reed £7.99

In Creating Community, Simon Reed introduces us to a new but at the same time very old way of being church which is based upon three core elements: a Way of Life, a network of Soul Friends, and a rhythm of prayer. The book shows how the rediscovery of these elements by Christians today offers a vital key that opens up an ancient way for modern churches, one which not only helps to bring believers to lasting maturity but creates genuine and much-needed community in an increasingly fragmented world.

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Making Disciples in Messy Church

Making Disciples in Messy Church

Growing faith in an all-age community Paul Moore £6.99

Messy Church has been widely and enthusiastically adopted as a proven and effective way of introducing families to an experience of Christian community and the good news of Jesus. Sceptics ask, 'Are people are becoming Christians through Messy Church?' The evidence is clear that they are. But the next challenging question is, 'Can Messy Church also nurture their faith and make these converts into disciples?'

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Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace

Finding intimacy with God in a busy life Tony Horsfall £7.99

Rhythms of Grace emerges from a personal exploration of contemplative spirituality. This book shows how contemplative spirituality, with its emphasis on realising our identity as God's beloved children and on being rather than doing, has vital lessons for us about discovering intimacy with God. It also provides essential insights about building a ministry that is both enjoyable and sustainable.

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The Word's Out

The Word's Out

Speaking the gospel today David Male, Paul Weston £8.99

This book aims to reform, re-imagine and renew a theology, vision and practice for evangelism. An invaluable resource for church leaders, its approach is both theologically rigorous and also powerfully practical, with the focus on redefining a genuine biblical evangelism. What does it mean to be an 'evangelist' now? If it isn't your primary gifting, how can you facilitate it in your church? And how can we connect not just with those on the fringes but those who are way outside?

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Servant Ministry

Servant Ministry

A portrait of Christ and a pattern for his followers Tony Horsfall £7.99

Servanthood is something to which all believers are called, not just those in full-time ministry, and so understanding what servanthood means is vital for the health and well-being of local churches. Every member needs to appreciate their role as a servant of God. Servant Ministry offers a practical exposition of the first 'Servant Song' based in Isaiah (42:1-9). Writing from many years of Christian teaching and mentoring, Tony Horsfall applies insights drawn from the Isaiah passage to topics such as the motivation for service and the call to serve; valid expressions of servanthood and the link between evangelism and social action; character formation and what it means to be a servant; how to keep going over the long haul in the harsh realities of ministry; the importance of listening to God on a daily basis and also over a whole lifetime.

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Making Church Accessible to All

Making Church Accessible to All

Including disabled people in church life Tony Phelps-Jones £7.99

A church that is better for disabled people is better for everybody. Making Church Accessible to All provides a strong argument for rethinking the way we present church. Working from the biblical basis for including people with disabilities, Tony Phelps-Jones considers the obstacles that church can put in the way and the practicalities of establishing an effective ministry. The book includes examples of inclusive teaching and worship, together with sections focusing on the following areas: learning disabilities, autism, sight loss, hearing loss, mobility difficulty, mental health conditions and families with children with additional needs.

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Spiritual Care of Dying and Bereaved People

An updated and expanded edition of a classic book, Spiritual Care of Dying and Bereaved People is a fresh, original, and honest look at death and bereavement, including the author's personal experiences. Most of us don't realize how much we have to offer to those who are dying or bereaved. This book encourages readers to grow in confidence as companions, looking honestly at the questions people ask, and offering a reflection on the kind of God those questions reveal.

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Paul as Pastor

Paul as Pastor

Biblical insights for pastoral ministry Patrick Whitworth £7.99

When we think of the apostle Paul, 'pastor' is not usually the first word that springs to mind. He may seem too intellectual, too tempestuous and fiery, even too determinedly pioneering, to fall into the 'pastoral' category. This book demonstrates that, at heart, Paul was indeed too multi-faceted in both background and ministry to be defined by a single function. Author Patrick Whitworth makes the case for Paul's extraordinary teaching - for which he is justifiably most celebrated - being a product of his pastoral care, which was itself a product of his pioneering and prophetic evangelism. Perhaps he was an unlikely pastor, but he was above all passionate, and an inspiration to pastors everywhere, to be studied and emulated, fathomed and then followed.

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God's Church My Place

God's Church My Place

What it means to belong to a Christian community Steve Tilley £6.99

What does being involved in church mean in practical terms? Christian communities are full of people exercising ministries, doing useful work and, well, helping others. How do we find our place? God's Church, My Place is a book for people who want to serve God and need to work out the where, when and how of that. It covers important topics such as church structure, worship, prayers, serving and the precarious state of the coffee - and all done thoroughly biblically. It will not push you into leadership but value your membership.

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Dreaming of Home

Dreaming of Home

Homecoming as a model for renewal and mission Michael Mitton £7.99

Finding a sense of 'home', a special place of acceptance and belonging, is a fundamental human longing. In this powerful and profound book, Michael Mitton shows how it is in fact an essential part of both personal development and spiritual renewal. Drawing on his own experience of the 'homecoming' journey, he considers how we can go about finding our true home within God's eternal kingdom, how to identify the forces within us that may hinder this search, and the importance of churches offering a welcoming home to all.

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Participate!

Participate!

Helping young people explore discipleship and vocation Meg Prowting, Penny Fuller, Mike Seaton £11.99

Participate! is an exciting seven-week programme designed to enable 9-14s to gain the understanding and skills needed to live out their Christian lives within the local church and wider community. The material takes the approach that young people often find it difficult to establish their identity and role within the local church in the transition between being part of the children's group and settling in to a youth group.

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My Participate! journal

My Participate! journal

Exploring what it means to be a Christian disciple Meg Prowting, Penny Fuller, Mike Seaton £3.99

A reflective journal for the young people to use as a personal record of their experience accompanies the Participate! programme. The journal is designed to help build skills of reflective practice as well as encouraging the exploration of faith as part of home life.

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Who Let The Dads Out?

Who Let The Dads Out?

Inspiring ideas for churches to engage with dads and their pre-school children Mark Chester £6.99

Parent and toddler work can transform relationships and strengthen families, yet sometimes men may have very limited access to the parent and toddler world. This book tells the story of how Who Let The Dads Out? came into being. It gives a practical guide for setting up and running the monthly sessions, complete with theological background, real-life case studies, helpful hints and tips, and twelve easy craft ideas.

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School's Out, Dad's About

School's Out, Dad's About

... and other Who Let the Dads Out? follow-on ideas Mark Chester £6.99

From the founder of Who Let The Dads Out?, this book gives you all the information you need to run a range of activites for dads and other male carers, including School's Out, Dad's About!, Daddy Cool! and Soul Man?

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Ministry Rediscovered

Ministry Rediscovered

Shaping a unique and creative church Mike Starkey £7.99

In this book Mike Starkey sets out a compelling vision for how local church ministry can involve a call to creative thinking, to stepping 'outside the box', rather than labouring to work with standard assumptions about congregational growth and models of what constitutes success. Drawing on his own experiences and insights from a wide range of contexts, from inner city to rural, he offers challenge, guidance and encouragement for all those answering the demanding - and at times exhilarating - call to serve the Church.

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Working from a place of rest

Working from a place of rest

Jesus and the key to sustaining ministry Tony Horsfall Currently out of stock £6.99

Exhausted? Burnt out? Tired? In striving to do our utmost for God, we can easily forget that there were many times when Jesus himself was willing to rest, to do nothing except wait for the Spirit's prompting, so that he demonstrated the vital principle of 'working from a place of rest

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Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders

Reflections on leadership, life and Jesus James Lawrence £8.99

Whether you are a leader already, thinking of becoming one or involved in nurturing potential leaders, you will find helpful practical guidance in this book.

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The Fourfold Leadership of Jesus

The Fourfold Leadership of Jesus

Andrew Watson £7.99

With an emphasis on being disciples who disciple others, this book considers four models of leadership based on four commands of Jesus to his disciples: come, follow, wait, go.

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