The Message of Love, by Patrick Mitchel, Inter-Varsity Press, 2019
This new book by Patrick Mitchel is a wonderful analysis of the Biblical perspective of love. Patrick is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the Irish Bible Institute. This book offers an insightful and reflective exploration of the topic of love as it is presented in the Bible—contrasted with modern society’s views on this timely topic.
Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, by Tod Bolsinger, Inter-Varsity Press, 2015
Our staff and key leaders have read this book. We hosted Tod at our church this past year. His insights continue to reverberate throughout the plans and the vision of our church as we face the future together.
Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations, by Ed Stetzer and Thom S. Ranier, B&H Publishing Group and Lifeway Research, 2010
This is an excellent analysis of how churches across America are experiencing transformation as communities of faith. We are using this research in developing our own evaluative tools here at First Baptist Arlington.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Updated Edition), by Peter Scazzero, Zondervan, 2017
During my Study Leave in 2019, I had the privilege of attending New Life Fellowship in Queens and meeting Pete Scazerro. We will be utilizing this curriculum in developing a new ministry at our church in 2021.
Deep Roots, Wild Branches: Revitalizing the Church in the Blended Ecology, Seedbed Publishing, 2019
This is the textbook for the new Fresh Expressions movement in the US. Several of our staff members have been to training offered by Fresh Expressions and the insights gained there have influenced the continued development of our ministry vision as a church.
Fresh Expressions of Church, by Travis Collins, Seedbed Publishing 2015
Travis is the current Pastor of FBC Huntsville, AL – and is a staff member of Fresh Expressions. This book offers a clear explanation of how new churches are being planted by more established churches in fresh ways across the US.
Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, by Timothy Keller, Zondervan, 2012
This is a true resource for any church in an urban setting. We have been using this book for several years now --- and we continue to refer to it.