Pastoral ministry

The books in our Pastoral Ministry range are designed to help churches respond to the challenges that Christians face in their lives, as well as supporting those experiencing difficult times.

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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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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Heaven's Morning

Heaven's Morning

Rethinking the destination David Winter £7.99

The Bible - especially the New Testament - has plenty to say about resurrection and heaven, but many Christians struggle to make sense of what it actually means in practice. David Winter's accessible book explores the biblical teaching on what happens after death and considers what difference this can make to our lives day by day. The author also shows how we can present what we believe about eternity as a source of hope to our sceptical, anxious world.

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Walking In Their Shadow

Walking In Their Shadow

Supporting children and young people through bereavement Lex Bradley £9.99

Aiming to equip children's and youth workers to support bereaved children and young people so that they are better able to adjust to bereavement as a lifelong journey. Through practical advice, biblical teaching and creative, therapeutic techniques, Walking in Their Shadow supports those working with children and young people, and in doing so directly benefits the children and young people themselves.

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Living Liturgies

Living Liturgies

Transition time resources for services, prayer and conversation with older people Caroline George £7.99

A creative and original book of liturgies and reflections for use in worship and also pastoral ministry with older people, who are moving from the 'third age' to the more dependent 'fourth age' of life. Developed by the author after many years of working in church and community settings with older people, the book provides an invaluable resource for those embarking on this ministry as well as those wanting inspiration for their ongoing work. The book also includes wider reflections on ageing and spirituality.

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At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day

Enjoying life in the departure lounge David Winter £6.99

An octogenarian takes a wryly humorous look at what it's like to be old in an era of the relentlessly new. Turning to the Bible, he explores its store of timeless wisdom, encouragement and reassurance about what it has always meant to grow old and be old. The book is structured around a series of fascinating biblical pictures, from the legendary Methuselah to the feisty Sarah and the great leader Moses, from the picture of inevitable decline as the Preacher saw it in Ecclesiastes to the glorious Nunc Dimittis of old Simeon in the Temple.

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I'm fine!

I'm fine!

Removing masks and growing into wholeness Wendy Billington £7.99

In this book Wendy Billington gently explores ways of helping people remove the 'I'm fine!' mask and grow through the challenges posed by issues such as loneliness, low self-esteem and parenting pain, as well as a variety of addictive behaviours. Those struggling with particular problems in their lives may feel they can't be honest about their circumstances even - perhaps especially - in a church context. Isolation, shame, and anxiety about how others will perceive them can add to their difficulties, compounding them with a sense of being locked in with the problem.

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Facing Illness Finding Peace

Facing Illness Finding Peace

Nancy Groves £6.99

Ill health affects us all at some time in our lives. For many of us, the duration is short, and recovery is soon. Others must come to terms with a chronic progressive disease, or a life-threatening illness, which becomes a continuing part of life. The road ahead looks to be filled with fears, apprehensions, and anxieties, and too often, you may feel that you travel alone. And yet, from the beginning of the journey, the gentle voice of Jesus asks us if we will allow him to be our companion on this road.

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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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Growing a caring church

Growing a caring church

Practical guidelines for pastoral care Wendy Billington £6.99

In every church, of every size, meeting people's pastoral needs is a core area of minsitry. If leadership resources are already stretched, however, it can be an area in which it is all too easy to fall short, with potentially disastrous consequences. Earthed in Jesus' command that as his disciples we are to love one another, this book shows how home groups can be places where people's pain and difficulties are noticed, and first steps taken to help.

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A Heart to Listen - Revised edition

A Heart to Listen - Revised edition

Learning to become a listening person Michael Mitton £8.99

Listening has become a lost art in our world, which has grown ever noisier, more superficial and stressed. We forget about listening not only to others but to God, to ourselves, to our communities - and even to the needs of our planet.

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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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Beauty from Ashes - new edition

Beauty from Ashes - new edition

Reading for times of loss Jennifer Rees Larcombe £6.99

When my life seemed burnt to ashes, the last thing I could cope with was reading lengthy Bible passages, yet the Bible contains many verses which encourage and comfort people who are grappling with grief and loss. This is a new edition of a BRF classic that has helped and comforted many people walking the hard road of grieving.

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The Growth of Love

The Growth of Love

Understanding the five essential elements of child development Keith White £12.99

Understanding the five essential elements of child development to enable love to grow.

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