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The following list of resources includes online downloadable items, print materials that you can order, and links to other ABHMS Web pages that address issues relevant within our truly multicultural and multi-lingual denomination.

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ONLINE RESOURCES

2014 Discipleship Planning Guide (6.13 MB PDF)

  With articles, planning calendar, and monthly devotions in English, Spanish and French, this resource is ideal for Christian education/discipleship, mission, and worship committees. Hard copy will be sent to all ABCUSA churches and regions.
Discipleship Planning Guide 2013

2013 Discipleship Planning Guide (5.96 MB PDF)

  With articles, planning calendar, and monthly devotions in English, Spanish and French, this resource is ideal for Christian education/discipleship, mission, and worship committees. Hard copy will be sent to all ABCUSA churches and regions.
Discipleship Planning Guide 2013

2012 Discipleship Planning Guide (1.22 MB PDF)

  With articles, planning calendar, and monthly devotions in English, Spanish and French, this resource is ideal for Christian education/discipleship, mission, and worship committees. Hard copy will be sent to all ABCUSA churches and regions.
Discipleship Planning Guide 2012

A Matter of Stewardship: Eco-justice in Biblical Perspective (672 KB PDF)

  This six-session study, which is designed for either personal or group use, explores the call to stewardship as it was first given to us. Participants are invited to set aside preconceptions and ask the question: “What does it mean that God created the world and invited human beings to ‘have dominion’ (Genesis 1:26) and to ‘till and keep the garden’ (Genesis 2:15)?”. This study is not just for those who have committed to environmentalism. It is for all Christians who seek to understand and be faithful in our role as the “crowned ones” (Psalms 8) within creation.
Matter of Stewardship

“A Matter of Stewardship” PowerPoint group study aid
The following PowerPoint presentations can serve as a teaching aid for groups participating in the six-session study of “A Matter of Stewardship: Eco-justice in Biblical Perspective.”

2010 Discipleship Planning Guide (1 MB PDF)

  With articles, planning calendar, and monthly devotions in English, Spanish and French, this resource is ideal for Christian education/discipleship, mission, and worship committees. Hard copy will be sent to all ABCUSA churches and regions by December 1, 2009.

Life Span Development Chart - PDF
Discipleship Planning Guide 2010

2009 Discipleship Planning Guide Litany for Children (PDF Format)
        In English  or  In Spanish

Articles from past issues of the Discipleship Planning Guide
  "Age-Appropriate Discipleship Formation"  
  "Children Help Congregations Create a Culture of Relational and Spiritual Vitality" / "La Niñez Ayuda y Uda a las Congregaciones a Crear una Cultura de Relaciones y Vitalidad Espiritual"  
  "Church as Doing or Being" / "Iglesia Que Hace o Que Es"  
  "Conflict and Community: A Transformational Opportunity"  
  "Marks of the Transformational Leader in a Disciple-making Church"  
  "Share the Vision for the 21st Century" / "Comparta la Visión para el Siglo XXI"  
  "Maintenance or Mission"  
  "Six Characteristics of the Disciple-Making Missional Church"  
  "The Challenge to Focus on Mission"  

ABHMS Workshops for Church Life and Leadership
are free downloadable workshops that address a wide range of topics relevant to contemporary church life and can be used in a variety of leadership training contexts.

The Nine Qualities of a Disciple-making Congregation
 
1.
Spiritual and Relational Vitality / Vitalidad Espiritual y Relacional  
 
2.
Vital, Transforming Worship / Adoracón Vital y Transformadora  
 
3.
A Focus on Mission / Enfoque en la Misión  
 
4.
Gifts and Call as the Basis of Ministry / Los Dones y el Llamado Como la Base para el Ministerio  
 
5.
A Commitment to Equipping / Un Compromiso para Capacitar  
 
6.
Shared Ministry and Mission / La Misión y el Ministerio Compartidos  
 
7.
Spirit-led Organizations / Organizaciónes Dirigidas pro el Espíritu  
 
8.
Holistic Small Groups / Grupos Pequeños Holísticos  
 
9.
Commitment to Evangelism and Numerical Growth / Compromiso para el Evangelismo y el Crecimiento Numerico  
    Questions to Consider  
    Resources for the Nine Qualities of the Disciple-making Congregation  

Race and Poverty: A Five-session Study Guide This free, downloadable educational resource for churches examines attitudes and perceptions about race and poverty in America; it was developed in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

PRINT RESOURCES

Children, Poverty, and the Bible This free, five-part Bible study explores the call of Scripture to uplift and care for children and the poor. It is useful for weekly meetings, multi-day events, or all-day retreats and includes a leader's guide. To order, call Judson Customer Service at 800-458-3766. Available for free download.

The Christian Citizen Published three to four times annually by ABHMS, American Baptist Churches USA, The Christian Citizen seeks to encourage and equip disciples to respond to social concerns. Recent issues have focused on poverty in the United States, children in poverty, health care access, education, housing, and hunger. From the theoretical to the practical, The Christian Citizen makes connections between faith and politics, discipleship, and citizenship. Subscribe to The Christian Citizen.

Learning the Way: Reclaiming Wisdom from the Earliest Christian Communities
by Cassandra Carkuff Williams
  How should the church respond to the cultural and societal changes going on around it? Should it reject the historic traditions of the past or reject the changes of modern society? This book suggests we should do neither, but instead recover and reclaim our foundations and reinterpret them for the present-day.

Proposing that "Discipleship is a way of being grounded in vocation, nurtured within community, and guided by tradition," Learning the Way: Reclaiming Wisdom from the Earliest Christian Communities provides practical guidance for 21st century discipleship formation drawn from the earliest communities of Jesus followers. Available from Judson Press.
Learning the Way: Reclaiming Wisdom from the Earliest Christian Communities

JUDSON PRESS RESOURCES

Judson Press' mission is to provide high-quality, Christ-centered resources designed to encourage, educate, and equip disciples of Jesus Christ as they strive to be like him. We publish leadership resources to meet the needs of the church as a whole as it seeks to fulfill Christ's mission in the world.

Our catalog of more than 350 titles features a variety of discipleship resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities, and cultures. In particular, Judson prides itself on its diversity of resources, offering titles for Baptists, African-Americans, Asians, and Spanish-speaking Christians.

Tempted to Leave the Cross is the ABC Reads Selection for 2009!
by Ernest R. Flores
Tempted to Leave the Cross
  In Tempted to Leave the Cross, author and pastor Ernest Flores considers the cross of Jesus and what it represents in the Christian church today. Offering solid biblical study in a conversational style, he embraces the cross as more than a symbol of personal salvation but as a call to kingdom service. This rich collection of meditations challenges today’s Christians to:

     Center our beliefs and actions in the cross
     Value the high price that Jesus paid for our salvation
     Be selfless and sacrificial in our pursuit of justice in the world

Complete with "Cross Examinations" for small-group use, this prophetic discipleship resource is ideal for Lenten study or reflection throughout the year. Available from Judson Press

Modeling Mary in Christian Discipleship
by John Burns
Modeling Mary in Christian Discipleship
  Although the biblical references to Mary, the mother of Jesus, are not overwhelming in number, they are profoundly reflective of the stages of discipleship that each of us must pass through on our way to spiritual maturity. Modeling Mary in Christian Discipleship offers readers spiritual meditations built on ten passages from the Gospels which focus on the spiritual development of Mary; a look at pondering, suffering, and refocusing in our journey of spiritual development; an understanding of the role grace plays in our becoming disciples of Christ. Includes questions for reflection and small group study. Available from Judson Press

"Selecting Curriculum Materials" This model and process helps churches to identify curriculum resource needs and make choices that will enhance their ministries of education.

Curriculum materials Review the full list of available Judson Press curricula and sign up to receive a quarterly curriculum order form via e-mail.

Overview of Resources This chart helps the Christian educator select curriculum materials by comparing the various resources sold by Judson Press.

Christian Educators' Guide to Evaluating and Developing Curriculum
by Nancy Ferguson; Foreword by Marlene LeFever
Christian Educators' Guide to Evaluating and Developing Curriculum
  Christian education is identified as a top priority for most churches—the primary means for creating and growing disciples. Unfortunately, however, there is often a high level of frustration among those responsible for their church's educational ministry. Educator Nancy Ferguson offers a much-needed resource that provides step-by-step instructions for both evaluating purchased curriculum resources and adapting or developing your own materials. 978-0-8170-1523-7 $17.00

Teaching Does Not Equal Talking: Learning Styles and Christian Education This guide helps teachers to respect and maximize learning-style differences in educational ministries of the church.

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