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The Invitation: A Theology of Evangelism

The Invitation: A Theology of Evangelism

by Richard R. Osmer

Moving beyond conversionism Many Christians today are uncomfortable with older, simpler notions about evangelism as conversionism but see as insufficient the more progressive model of evangelism as hospitality. Transcending that dichotomy, Richard Osmer advances a theology of evangelism as a multifaceted act of invitation into Christ-following comm… Read more…

Cultivating Teen Faith: Insights from the Confirmation Project

Cultivating Teen Faith: Insights from the Confirmation Project

by Richard R. Osmer and Katherine M Douglass

What are churches doing to form the faith of their young people? Many church denominations that practice infant baptism offer confirmation or an equivalent ministry when children reach adolescence and enter a new phase of spiritual growth—but all churches, regardless of tradition, wrestle with how to get young adults to actively join the chur… Read more…

Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice

Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice

by Richard R. Osmer, Angela H. Reed and Marcus G. Smucker

Among the smiling faces in church on Sunday mornings are those who long for deeper, more genuine relationships within their local congregations--active, intentional relationships that nurture the soul and encourage personal encounters with God. Drawing on decades of experience in spiritual direction, congregational ministry, and seminary teaching, this book … Read more…

Practical Theology: An Introduction

Practical Theology: An Introduction

by Richard R. Osmer

Every church congregation encounters challenging situations, some the same the world over, and others specific to each church. Richard Osmer here seeks to teach congregational leaders -- including, but not limited to, clergy -- the requisite knowledge and skills to meet such situations with sensitivity and creativity. Osmer develops a framework for practical… Read more…