Pastoral Theology

Research Helps


Church Ministry

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Anthony, Michael. Foundations of Ministry: An Introduction to Christian Education for a New Generation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992.

Choun, Robert and Michael Lawson. The Complete Handbook for Children’s Ministry: How to Reach & Teach the Next Generation: From Birth to Age 12. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994.

Gangel, Kenneth and Howard Hendricks. The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Teaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1988.
Gangel has written or co-written a number of “Christian Educator’s Handbooks,” each focusing on a specific area of ministry. This one focuses on the broad ministry of teaching, while others give practical helps for teaching in specific age groups.

Hendricks, Howard. Teaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1987.

Richards, Lawrence and Gary J. Bredfeldt. Creative Bible Teaching. Chicago: Moody, 1970.

Towns, Elmer L. The Successful Sunday school and Teachers’ Guidebook. Carol Stream, IL: Creation House, 1976.

Pastoral Counseling and Discipleship

Adams, Jay. Competent to Counsel. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1970.
Adams takes a covenant approach to the Bible and thus uses the Old Testament in ways dispensationalists would not. In spite of this, this is a helpful book for the pastor without a counseling background.

Adams, Jay. The Christian Counselor’s Manual. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1973.

Emlet, Michael. Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet. Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2009.

Hull, Bill. The Disciple-Making Pastor. New York: Revell, 1988.

MacArthur, John. Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically. Nashville: Nelson, 2005.

Tripp, Paul. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Resources for Changing Lives). Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2002.

Tripp, Paul and Timothy Lane. How People Change. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2008.


Liefeld, Walter L. New Testament Exposition: From Text to Sermon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984.

MacArthur, John, ed. Preaching: How to Preach Biblically. Nashville: Nelson, 2005.

Richard, Ramesh. Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method for Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.

Sunukjian, Donald. Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.

Pastor’s Life, Leadership, and Ministry

Gangel, Kenneth. Feeding and Leading. Wheaton: Victor, 1989.

Larsen, David L. Caring for the Flock: Pastoral Ministry in the Local Congregation. Wheaton: Crossway, 1991.

Logan, Robert E. Beyond Church Growth. New York: Revell, 1989.

Ogden, Greg. The New Reformation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990.

Senter, Mark. Recruiting Volunteers in the Church. Wheaton: Victor, 1990.

Wagner, Charles U. The Pastor: His Life and Work. Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 1998.