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While I’ve been trying to for the past several years, I have yet to attend a Gospel Coalition conference—one of those things I’m planning for next year now that I’m settling into my new ministry role. Well last week a number of ministry leaders and practitioners descended on Orlando to listen to a solid line-up of speakers share thoughts and insights on the mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, and what that mission means for our own ministries.
Did you make it to the conference this year? If so, what’s that one insight you learned that has stuck with you?
One of the things I love about conferences are the mega deals on resources that will not only challenge me as a Christian, but “plus” my ministry— I love finding resources that will provoke thoughts and practices that will further equip me to do what God has called me to do. Well, I’m really pleased to let you know that Zondervan is discounting a set of phenomenal resources that will do all the above.
The 2012 Leadership Journal book awards were recently announced. I was thrilled to see a good number of Zondervan ministry titles on the list. If you’ve not read these books, I hope you’ll give them a shot.
Category: The Leader’s Inner Life
- Sifted: Pursuing Growth through Trials, Challenges, and Disappointments by Wayne Cordeiro with Francis Chan and Larry Osborne
- Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion by Dan Kimball
Category: The Leader’s Outer Life
Best of the Best: Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Timothy Keller
- Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley
- Your Church is Too Safe: Why Following Christ Turns the World Upside-Down by Mark Buchanan
The 2013 Book Awards from Christianity Today were recently announced. Timothy Keller’s Center Church won the award in the Church / Pastoral Leadership category. This book has been a major project for my publishing team here at Zondervan for a few years now. It’s also been a major joy to work on. The author and his group at Redeemer City to City are a wonderful group of people and they deserve a hearty “Congratulations!” for their work on this project. If you’re in ministry and you’ve not taken a look at it yet all I can say is that you’re missing out.
Congratulations to Tim Keller and the Redeemer team! Congrats to my colleagues here at Zondervan!
Pastor Timothy Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian, NYC) recently gave a series of lectures on his book, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, to a group of pastors in New York City. The lectures were filmed are available on the Vimeo channel for Redeemer City to City.
Here is the first of the videos. It’s over a half an hour long. But, if you’re interested in creating a theological vision for your ministry that will focus on orthodox Christian theology, as well as a contextualization of that theology into your unique setting, this video is well-worth the half-hour investment.
I’m giving away two copies of Center Church today. For your chance to win a free copy, leave a comment below that gives us some idea of the unique context in which you minister. What makes your town, village, city, or location unique? What challenges and opportunities does your local culture present to you?
Winners will be selected randomly on Friday morning and emailed.
In celebration of Reformation Week we are discounting a number of our eBooks by leading reformed thinkers. Don’t miss this chance to load your e-reading device with excellent, inexpensive books!
Center Church by Tim Keller; $20.99 list, SALE $8.99 or less
For the City by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter; $6.99 list, SALE $4.99 or less
Gospel Coach by Scott Thomas and Tom Wood; $6.99 list, SALE $4.99 or less
The Next Story by Tim Challies; $10.99 list, SALE $4.99 or less
How is your church serving the good of your city? How are you in your ministry—pastoral, youth, small group—activating people to serve ‘til it hurts?
This summer was a lesson in the responsibility to live as a community in radical service and commitment to the common good of our community.
I pastor in one of the most beautiful places on the planet: Muskegon, Michigan. During the winter it looks like Candy Land. The Fall reminds me of a beautiful Van Gogh landscape speckled with bright blotches of yellows, oranges, and reds. And the summer, oh the summer! Our lakeshore is ranked as one of the best in the country. We’re proud of our lakeshore with its crystal-clear water, dog-friendly clean beaches, and mile-high sand dunes. You could say it’s the centerpiece of our community, which is why we wanted to use it to serve our city.
When I started pastoring there in May, I thought it might be fun to serve the community with a family-friendly movie night. I have fond memories of enjoying such an outdoor experience on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. when I lived there, so I thought it could be fun to do something similar for Muskegon. Then I ran across Kerry.
She had an even more fabulous idea than mine: Let’s create a cinematic experience like none other right on the beaches of Muskegon. After winning a $500 mini-grant from a local foundation, Movies on the Beach Muskegon was born. And I just happened to run across her idea on Facebook, which set in motion a summer-long partnership that reached nearly 1,500 people!
Last week I had the pleasure of attending The Gospel Coalition’s New England conference. Zondervan teamed up with TGC to put on a pre-conference webcast with Timothy Keller and special guests, Richard Lints & David Wells. Pastor Stephen Um was the MC of the event.
You can view all three pieces of the event (Keller’s talk, the panel discussion, the Q&A afterward) on YouTube. I’ve embedded them here. Also, check out the official site for this webcast at http://TheGospelCoalition.org/CenterChurch
Here’s the panel discussion with Dr. Richard Lints and Dr. David Wells. They discuss a number of the concepts found in Center Church.
We wrapped up the event by doing a little Q&A with the panel. To save time, we had people tweet their questions with the hashtags #TGCNE12 and #CenterChurch. I had the privilege of actually asking the questions into the microphone. It was fun!