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Resources in the Office of the Coordinator of English Language and Migrant Ministries

Resources listed here can be borrowed by contacting:

Rev. George Miller
Coordinator: English, Language and Migrant Ministries
Germany Central Conference
The United Methodist Church
Ludolfusstraße 2-4
60487 Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Phone: +44   069.242521-19
Fax: +44  069.242521-29
E-mail: undefinedcoordinator(at)emk.de

Worship Resources

Candles and Conifers: Resources for All Saints’ and Advent  by Ruth Burgess (Iona Community)  Wild Goose Publications  2005, reprinted 2007
Worship and liturgical resources for the Christian calendar from All Saints’ Day through Advent and Christmas Eve including World AIDS Day. 

Fire and Bread: Resources for Easter Day to Trinity by Ruth Burgess (Iona Community) Wild Goose Publications 2006
Worship and liturgical resources for the Christian calendar from Easter to Trinity including Pentecost and Ascension Day.  Includes such resources and “The Bible in about an hour”, “Joining Church”, “Environmental days”, and “Eucharist”.

The Africana Worship Book Year A (with CD)  edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua
Discipleship Resources 2006
This is primarily a resource for African American worship but has liturgies which focus on resources for worship as well as grief and loss.  Included are litanies and choral readings, baptism and communion resources as well as resources for special days.

Making Liturgy: Creating Rituals for Worship and Life edited by Dorothea McEwan, pat Pinsent, Ianthe Pratt and Veronica Seddon  Pilgrim Press  2001
In this book you will find text on how to make your own liturgy.  The last three-quarters of the book is sample liturgies including liturgies based on Seasons, Themes and Women.

Igniting Worship Series: The Seven Deadly Sins by Eric Elnes and The Studio
Abingdon Press 2004
Contemporary multi-sensory and multi-media worship experiences and planning ideas from Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ.

Iona Abbey Worship Book from The Iona Community
Wild Goose Publications 2005
Services and resources from the Iona Community which reflect their commitment to the belief that worship is all that we are and all that we do with no division of “secular” and “sacred”.  Prayers, liturgies, songs and psalms.

Holy Ground: Liturgies and worship resources for an engaged spirituality by Neil Paynter and Helen Boothroyd      Wild Goose Publications 2005
Liturgies and worship resources reflecting the world in which we live. Addresses issues of peace, reconciliation, aging, prejudice, human rights, injustice, etc.

Come Worship with Me: A Journey through the Church Year written by Ruth Boling, illustrated by Tracey Dahle Carrier      Geneva Press  Louisville, KY  2001
A book for children explaining the Church Year. Includes various Christian symbols and crosses. 

Soaring Where Christ has Led: Innovative Worship Ideas for the 21st Century by Richard Avery and Donald Marsh     CSS Publishing Company, Inc., Lima, Ohio  2002
Innovative ideas and suggestions for worship and music during the church seasons. Few liturgies but many ideas.   

At the Breaking of the Bread: the Methodist Worship Book Communion Series    Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 2001
Communion resources for the church year from the Methodist Church of Britain.

Resources for Preaching and Worship: Year B: Quotations, Meditations, Poetry, and Prayers
Compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild     Westminster John Knox Press  Louisville, Kentucky 2002
A collection of resources relating to the Scripture texts for each Sunday of the year using the Common Lectionary for Year B. 

Roots: Worship
A magazine published every other month by the Methodist Publishing House with worship resources.  Website: undefined www.rootsontheweb.com 

Fresh Winds of the Spirit, Book 2: Liturgical Resources for Year A by Lavon Bayler
The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, Ohio  44115    1992
Liturgical resources for the entire church year using the Common Lectionary for year A.  This book also includes hymn texts with common meter suggestions.

On Frequent Journeys: Worship Resources on Uprooted Peoples edited by Rebekah Chevalier
United Church Publishing House, Toronto, Ontario 1997
A worship resource for working with the world’s uprooted peoples in response to the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Year of Churches in Solidarity with the Uprooted.  Includes worship services and liturgies as well as prayers and litanies.

All-Age Warship: Peace in your time – a definitive guide to family services without the grief by Tim Storey   Kevin Mayhew LTD Buxhall, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3BW   2005
A short, simple guide for doing family (all-age) worship services – theory and practice.

Let’s  Sing Together/ Cantiamo Insieme Kristin Markay, editor
Sponsored by the Committee for the Multicultural Pastorate of the 2nd District of the Waldensian and Methodist Churches  Easter 2007
A bilingual hymnal in English and Italian  used in the Milan International Church.

General Services for Christian Worship in the Methodist Tradition: A Resource based on The United Methodist Book of Worship for Leaders Preparing Indigenous Worship Resources for New Churches
The General Board of Discipleship   2000

Includes core services for congregational life: word and table, baptism, Christian marriage and Christian burial.

Gifts if Many Cultures: Worship Resources for the Global Community by Maren C. Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy
United Church Press   Cleveland, Ohio 1995
Multicultural resources including art for worship.

Sunday School and Educational Resources

Children’s Ministry: a practical guide by Doug Swanney and Steve Pearce
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 2007
Adapted from the Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation series by Cokesbury.  Helps in starting children’s ministries in the local church.

One Room Sunday School Class Pak Winter 2007: God’s Word for God’s Children  for ages 3 through Middle School , Abingdon Press
A Resource with Reproducible Activities, Teacher Book, Class Pak and Compact Disc. 

Single Digit Youth Groups 2: More Activities Plus Mission Ideas by Marcey Balcomb Abingdon Press 2006
The second book in a series dealing with working with youth groups with fewer than 10 teens. Inspiration and ideas for activities.  Marcey´s youth ministry was recently chosen to be studied in the Lilly Foundation-sponsored Study of Exemplary Congregations in Youth Ministry.

Forbid Them Not: Involving Children in Sunday Worship, Year C  by Carolyn C. Brown
Abingdon Press, 1991, 1994
This series shows how to create meaningful worship experiences for all who come to church of all ages, including children. This resources includes reproducible worksheets related to each Sunday, sermon illustrations, connects Scriptures to children’s lives.

Finding Your Way Through the Bible: New Revised Standard Version – A self-instruction book for elementary boys and girls  by Dr. and Mrs. Paul B. Maves
Graded Press 1968, Abingdon Press 2007
This is a great resource for children to use when they receive a Bible from a church.  This workbook in which a  child is taken through a self-taught experience in learning about the Bible, can be found for almost every English translation.

Come Worship with Me: A Journey through the Church Year written by Ruth Boling, illustrated by Tracey Dahle Carrier      Geneva Press  Louisville, KY  2001
A book for children explaining the Church Year. Includes various Christian symbols and crosses. 

The Baptism Cube, The Communion Cube, The Lord’s Prayer Cube 
Church House Publishing undefined www.chpublishing.co.uk/
Simple block cubes teaching children the basics of baptism, communion and the Lord’s

Exploring Faith Middle Elementary Teacher and Student for Winter 2007-08.
Cokesbury
Example of one of Cokesbury’s Sunday School resources

Keeping It Real: Exploring choices with 9-13 year olds: Communication Reuptation Conflict Negotiation
A resource from the MethodistChildren series from the Methodist Church in Britain.

Stories of Everyday Saints  by Veronica Heley
The Bible Reading Fellowship  Oxford  2002
40 stories with Bible links and related activities.  Includes photocopy permission.

Services: Worship Feast – 50 Complete Multisensory Services for Youth by Reverend Daniel S. White, Tom Gossett, Beth Miller, Jonathon Norman, Jennifer A. Youngman
Abingdon Press 2003
Diverse non-traditional multisensory worship services suitable for youth and adults in various settings.  Specifically for children in urban situation.

Peace Builders: Children for Peace
The Connexional Team of the Methodist Church of Britain
An ecumenical and international resource teaching about peace.

Get a Grip: Hands on Christianity by Steve Mallon, Stewart Cutler, Linda Galvin
Parish Education Publications   2000
A resource for youth to talk about faith issues such as crime and punishment, sustainable development, religion, the real meaning of Christmas, how can I believe, and what to do with one’s life. 

Tweens in Transition (Teacher) Winter 2007-2008/ Faithzine Winter 2007-2008
Cokesbury
A example of the teacher and student resources of the United Methodist Church for early teenage classes.

In the Zone: Playing Life God’s Way – Teacher Guide and Student Journal  by Randy Horick
Abingdon Press 2005
Curriculum for 12-15 year olds on faithful living as followers of Christ. Includes reproducible pages, retreat suggestions and worship service.

Bible Lessons for Youth: Winter 2007-2008 – Leader’s Guide and Student Book
Cokesbury
Youth Bible Study based on the International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching.

Claim the Name: Confirmation Teaching Plans  39 Weeks
Cokesbury 2000
Confirmation resources for 6th to 8th graders continuing for a whole school year.  This is the teacher’s guide with detailed lesson plans and ideas.

Lay Speaking Ministries: Youth Basic Course by Mark Young

Interpretation Bible Studies: John by Mark A. Matson (2 copies)
Westminster John Knox Press 2002
Interpretation Bible Studies: Genesis by Celia Brewer Marshall
Westminster John Knox Press 1999
Bible study resource for adults and older youth in the tradition of the Interpretation commentary series. User-friendly

Genesis: Genesis to Revelation Series: Student Book by Walter Harrelson
Graded Press 1981, Revised Edition Abingdon press 1997
Adult Bible study series based student book.  Teacher’s guide available. This study includes all other books of the Bible are available.

Questions of faith: Exploring Prayer by Sue Mayfield
Lion Hudson plc  2007
A study book for small groups or individuals looking at the different aspects and ways of praying.

Respect: A resource to help your group think further about relationships
The Methodist Church (Britain)  2005
A resource for small groups addressing the issues of respect for self and others, childlessness, cohabitating, divorce and marriage after divorce, generation gap, marriage, marriage across faith boundaries, same sex relationships, sexual activity, singleness, step relationships, and transgender issues.

The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School by Aaron Reynolds
Zondervan Press 2007 by Willow Creek Association
Full of ideas for children’s ministries of all sorts from pre-school to after school programs to Sunday mornings.  Encourages transformational and dynamic Bible teaching.

For other children’s resources, check out the website: undefined www.methodistchildren.org.uk/.

Sample copies of Weavings and Alive Now are available at the office.

A resource packet on Scouting Ministries in the UMC is available.

General Resources

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase   Abingdon Press 2007
Five fundamental practices – radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service and extravagant generosity – are defined as they demonstrate healthy congregations whose mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Meeting God at the Boundaries: Cross-Cultural-Cross-Racial Clergy Appointments – A Manual for Church Leaders by Lucia Ann McSpadden     General Board of Higher Education and Ministry  2006
An analysis of the struggles, joys and opportunities facing clergy and congregations as they experience dross-cultural-cross-racial ministry in the UMC.

Into the Far Country: A Theology of Mission for an Age of Violence by Tom Stuckey
Epworth Press  2003
A rethinking of mission in a global context for Christians, lay and ordained.

Building a Multi-ethnic Church by Linbert Spencer
SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge ) 2007
A resource from Britain to assist church leaders to become more proactive in providing the church to reflect and encourage the ethnic diversity of their country.

Cross-Cultural Conflict, Cross-Cultural Connections, and Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer   InterVarsity Press
Duane Elmer is the G. W. Aldeen Professor of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois.  He and his wife have much experience in cross-cultural settings and now provide cross-cultural training to people from major companies to mission agencies to relief organizations.  He has also conducted peace and reconciliation efforts in several countries.  This series of 3 books provides both theoretical and practical information.

One World or Many? The impact of globalization on mission edited by Richard Tiplady
William Carey Library  Pasadena, California   World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission  2003
A variety of writers from all over the world reflect on globalization and the consequent social and cultural changes such as  ethnicity, global health and the environment which impact mission and traditional missional theology. 

How Might We Live?  Global Ethics in the New Century edited by Ken Booth, Tim Dunne & Michael Cox        
Cambridge University Press   2001
This volume addresses the dynamics of the first truly global age and asks how human societies might live.  A scholarly ethics text.

A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises by Michele Hershberger
The Giving Project Series by Herald Press 1999
An approach to holistic radical Christian hospitality with a discussion guide for use by small groups. Includes the “40 day experiment in hospitality”.

Is It My Responsibility? A History of the United Methodist Church European Board of Drug and Alcohol Concerns by Henrik Frannson & Helen Byholt Lovelace
Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence of the General Board of Global Ministries   2007
An overview of the work of the United Methodist Church in Europe relating to Drug and Alcohol concerns.

The Wolf Shall Lie Down with the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Setting by Eric H.F. Law
Chalice Press 1993
Law, an Episcopal priest, explores the issues of power and empowerment within a multicultural church setting.

God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World by Amy G. Oden
The Pilgrim Press, 2008
A theological and biblical examination of hospitality and the role of the church and its members to offer welcome as God offers welcome.

Live to Tell: Evangelism for a Postmodern Age by Brad J. Kallenberg
Brazos Press, 2002
An exploration of the implications for evangelism in the postmodern era of relativity.  The author utilizes real stories of witness in the postmodern era.  Good resource for understanding the new demands on sharing the Gospel.

Lay  Leaders and Lay Speakers Resources   Discipleship Resources, UMC

Lay Speaking Ministries: Basic Course by John P. Gilbert and Nancy C. Zoller

Lay Speakers Preach by John P. Gilbert

Lay Speakers Lead Bible Study: Advanced Course by Evelyn Laycock

Lay Speakers Cultivate Christian Community: Advanced Course by Thomas R. Hawkins

Lay Speaker Tell Stories: Advanced Course by Ray Buckley

Lay Speakers are Accountable Disciples: Advanced Course by Steven W. Manskar

Lay Speakers are Servant Leaders: Advanced Course by Thomas R. Hawkins

Lay Speakers Teach Adults: Advanced Course by Diana L. Hynson

You Can Lead Evangelism by Roger K. Swanson and Shirley F. Clement

Lay Speaking Ministries: Youth Basic Course by Mark Young

The Christian as Minister: An Exploration Into the Meaning of God’s Call edited by Robert F. Kohler and Sharon Rubey    General Board of Higher Education and Ministry 2006
A study guide for individuals thinking about entering into ministry as a profession.

Church Organizational Guidelines   Discipleship Resources, UMC

Small Group Ministries: Where two or three are gathered…

Small Membership Church: Creating effective ministries in your church

Church Council: Connecting vision and ministry in your church

Stewardship: Yes, it’s about money, but a whole lot more – using God’s resources responsibly

Guidelines 2009-2012  from Cokesbury

These small books (and CD-Rom kept at the office) are used by the United Methodist Church for organizing various parts of the ministry. These include helpful suggestions for small membership churches and any church in organizing itself for mission and ministry.

Training Resources

Enclircled in Care: A training for pastoral visitors and all who offer care in the church and community      Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes   The Methodist Church of Britain 2007
A training course with 3 foundational sessions on caring and addition resources on cross generational work, work with children and youth, health and well-being, mental health issues, loss and bereavement issues and domestic abuse.

Resources to use with Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations (Schnase)

Cultivating Fruitfulness: Five Weeks of Prayer and Practice for Congregations by Robert Schnase
Abingdon Press, 2008
A collection of writings for five weeks of daily devotion and prayer for personal, family or small group use based on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Radical Hospitality, passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity.

Five Practices: Passionate Worship
Five Practices: Extravagant Hospitality
Five Practices: Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Five Practices: Intentional Faith Development
Five Practices: Radical Hospitality

By Robert Schnase    Abingdon Press 2008

Workbooks for each of the Five Practices each addressing what the Bible says, how to define the term and what congregations can do.  Includes planning sheets.

Bible Study

Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World – Revised and Expanded Third Edition  edited by R.S. Sugirtharajah
Orbis Press  Maryknoll, New York 2006.
A collection of essays inviting the reader into new understandings of the Bible from persons around the world. 

Global Bible Commentary Daniel Patte, General Editor
Abingdon Press, 2004.
A contextual commentary written by persons from diverse areas around the world in light of the intersection of their faith and specific social, economic, cultural and religious contexts.

Then and Now: Bible Map Transparencies  Rose Publishing
Maps from Biblical times with overlays of the modern-day cities and countries.

Rediscovering Paul  by Michael J. Gorman
Michael Gorman is one of the best known Pauline scholars.  This book is written especially for the lay readers and students wanting to understand Paul as one who speaks for God and to us.  Special focus is placed on the themes of cross and resurrection, multiculturalism, and peacemaking and nonviolence as the way of Christ.

Preaching

The Practice of Preaching: Revised Edition by Paul Scott Wilson
Abingdon Press, 2007
This book gives both practical insights for preaching as well as theological depth to the act of preaching and the content of the sermon.  It sets forth a weekly plan for completing a sermon.  The book is useful for clergy as well as lay speakers/preachers.