Resource Center

The Resource Center of the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys has the same hours as the office. You are welcome to come in and browse anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Watch the calendar for when the office is closed.

Many of the Alban Institute books are linked to other sites so that you can see a description of the book. If you would like to check out any of the following resources, e-mail Karen at the presbytery office with the category and title. The book will be mailed to you. They will be due in two weeks.

Alban Institute Books
Books and Magazines in the Resource Center

Author Title
John Ackerman Listening to God:Spiritual Formation in Congregations
James M. Antal Considering a New Call: Ethical and Spiritual Challenges for Clergy
Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman, and Ari Y Kelman Sacred Stretegies: Transforming Synogogues from Functional to Visionary
William O. Avery & Beth Ann Gaede If This Is the Way the World Works: Science, Congregations, and Leadership
William O. Avery Revitalizing Congregations: Refocusing and Healing through Transitions
Lynne M. Baab Beating Burnout in Congregations
Lynne M. Baab Embracing Midlife Congregations as Support Systems
Lynne M. Baab Personality Type in Congregations: How to Work with Others More Effectively
Lynne M. Baab Reaching Out in a Networked World: Expressing Your Congregation's Heart and Soul
Dori Grinenko Baker, Editor Greenhouses of Hope: Congregations Growing Young Leaders Who Will Change the World
Robert J. Banks Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace
Rick Barger A New and Right Spirit: Creating an Authentic Church in a Consumer Culture
Ruth Tiffany Barnhouse Clergy & the Sexual Revolution
Richard Bass, Editor a guide to resources for building congregational vitality
Michael G. Bausch Silver Screen, Sacred Story: Using Multimedia in Worship
Susan Beaumont Inside the Large Congregation
John A. Berntsen Cross-Shaped Leadership on the Rough and Tumble of Parish Practice
John E. Biersdorf How Prayer Shapes Ministry
Daniel V. Biles Pursuing Excellence in Ministry
Doug Bixby The Honest to God Church: A Pathway to God's Grace
Barbara J. Blodgett Becoming the Pastor You Hope to Be: Four Practices for Improving Ministry
Arthur Paul Boers Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior
Terry Bookman and William Kahn This House We Build: Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There
Mark Lau Branson Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change
David R. Brubaker Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations
A. Richard Bullock and Richard J. Bruesehoff Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning
Malcolm C. Burson, Celia Allison Hahn, Douglas A. Walrath, Peggy Day, Diane Bowman Discerning the Call to Social Ministry: An Alban Institute Case Study in Congregational Outreach
Laurel Arthur Burton Pastoral Paradigms
Peter Bush In Dying We Are Born: The Challenge and the Hope for Congregations
Peter Bush and Christine O'Reilly Where 20 or 30 Are Gathered: Leading Worship in the Small Church
Diana Butler Bass and Joseph Stewart-Sicking, Editors From Nomads to Pilgrims: Stories from Practicing Congregations
Diana Butler Bass The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church
Dennis G. Campbell Congregations as Learning Communities: Tools for Shaping Your Future
Dosia Carlson Engaging in Ministry with Older Adults
Lori J. Carrell Preaching That Matters: Reflective Practices for Transforming Sermons
Janet R. Cawley Who Is Our Church? Imagining Congregational Identity
Russell Chandler Feeding the Flock: Restaurants and Churches You'd Stand in Line For
Mark Chaves How Do We Worship
Linda J. Clark, Joanne Swenson, Mark Stamm How We Seek God Together: Exploring Worship Style
Paul C. Clayton Called for Life: Finding Meaning in Retirement
Paul C. Clayton Letters to Lee: Mentoring the New Minister
Marian Coger Women in Parish Ministry: Stress & Support
Kay Collier-Slone Single in the Church: New Ways to Minister with 52% of God's People
Peter Coutts Choosing Change: How to Motivate Churches to Face the Future
John Addison Dally Choosing the Kingdom: Missional Preaching for the Household of God
Lillian Daniel Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony
Linda-Marie Delloff Public Offerings: Stories from the Front Lines of Community Ministry
Laura Deming and Jack Stubbs Men Married to Ministers
Nancy DeMott, Tim Shapiro, and Brent Bill Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message
Melissa Lynn DeRosia, Marianne J. Grano, Amy Morgan, and Amanda Adams Riley The Girlfriends' Clergy Companion: Surviving and Thriving in Ministry
Norma deWaal Malefyt, Howard Vanderwell Designing Worship Together: Models and Strategies for Worship Planning
Verna Dozier The Authority of the Laity
Verna Dozier The Calling of the Laity
Carl S. Dudley  Community Ministry: New Challenges, Proven Steps to Faith-Based Initiatives
Michael Durall Creating Congregations of Generous People
Lloyd Edwards How We Belong, Fight, and Pray: The MBTI as a Key to Congregational Dynamics
Carl G. Eeman Generations of Faith: A Congregational Atlas
Bruce G. Epperly and Katherine Gould Epperly Four Seasons of Ministry: Gathering a Harvest of Righteousness
Bruce G. Epperly and Daryl Hollinger From a Mustard Seed: Enlivening Worshipi and Music in the Small Church
Norma Cook Everist and Nelvin Vos Where in the World Are You? Connecting Faith and Daily Life
Matthew Floding, Editor Welcome to Theological Field Education
Charles R. Foster Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations
Howard E. Friend, Jr. Gifts of an Uncommon Life: The Practice of Contemplative Activism
Beth Ann Gaede, Editor Congregations Talking About Homosexuality
Beth Ann Gaede, Editor Ending with Hope: A Resource for Closing Congregations
Beth Ann Gaede, Editor Size Transitions in Congregations
Beth Ann Gaede, Editor When a Congregation Is Betrayed: Responding to Clergy Misconduct
Paul Galbreath Leading from the Table
Paul Galbreath Leading through the Water
Israel Galindo The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics
Stephen Chapin Garner with Jerry Thornell Scattering Seeds: Cultivating Church Vitality
Timothy C. Geoffrion One Step at a Time: A Pilgrim's Guide to Spirit-Led Living
Timothy C. Geoffrion The Spirit-Led Leader: Nine Leadership Practices and Soul Principles
Mary Louise Gifford The Turnaround Church: Inspiration and Tools for Life-Sustaining Change
Barbara G. Gilbert Who Ministers to Ministers? A Study of Support Systems for Clergy and Spouses
Robert P. Glick With All Thy Mind: Worship that Honors the Way God Made Us
Larry A. Golemon, Editor Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change
Larry A. Golemon, Editor Living Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Culture
Larry A. Golemon, Editor Teaching Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Pastoral Formation
Frederick H. Gonnerman Getting the Word Out: The Alban Guide to Church Communications
Denise W. Goodman Congregational Fitness: Healthy Practices for Layfolk
Nelson Granade Lending Your Leadership: How Pastors Are Redefining Their Role in Community Life
Robert T. Gribbon Developing Faith in Young Adults: Effective Ministry wiith 18-35 Year Olds
Celia Allison Hahn Uncovering Your Church's Hidden Spirit
Gwen Wagstrom Halaas Clergy, Retirement, and Wholeness: Looking Forward to the Third Age
Kenneth A. Halstead From Stuck to Unstuck: Overcoming Congregational Impasse
Donald R. Hands and Wayne L. Fehr Spiritual Wholeness for Clergy: A New Psychology of Intimacy with God, Self and Others
Jeffrey W. Hanna Safe and Secure: The Alban Guide to Protecting Your Congregation
Gary L. Harbaugh Caring for the Caregiver:Growth Models for Professional Leaders and Congregations
Gary L. Harbaugh, William C. Behrens, Jill M. Hudson, Roy M. Oswald Beyond the Boundary: Meeting the Challenge of the First Years of Ministry
Cameron Harder Discovering the Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together
Kathryn M. Haueisen and Carol H. Flores A Ready Hope: Effective Disaster Ministry for Congregations
Anthony E. Healy The Postindustrial Promise: Vital Religious Community in the 21th Century
Zachary I. Heller, Editor Synagogues in a Time of Change: Fragmentation and Diversity in Jewish Religious Movements
Hayim Herring Tomorrow's Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life
Richard L. Hester & Kelli Walker-Jones Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership
George M. Hillman, Jr. Ministry Greenhouse: Cultivating Environments for Practical Learning
William Chris Hobgood The Once and Future Pastor: The Changing Role of Religious Leaders
William Chris Hobgood Welcoming Resistance
Dean Hoge, Patrick McNamara, Charles Zech Plain Talk about Churches and Money
Paul E. Hopkins Pursuing Pastoral Excellence: Pathways to Fruitful Leadership
Dan Hotchkiss Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership
Anne Sutherland Howard Claiming the Beatitudes: Nine Stories from a New Generation
James Hudnut-Beumler Generous Saints: Congregations Rethinking Ethics and Money
Jill M. Hudson When Better Isn't Enough: Evaluation Tools for the 21st Century Church
Steve Jacobsen Hearts to God, Hands to Work: Connecting Spirituality and Work
Michael Jinkins, Deborah Bradshaw Jinkins Power & Change in Parish Ministry: Reflections on the Cure of Souls
Abigail Johnson Reflecting with God: Connecting Faith and Daily Life in Small Groups
Abigail Johnson Shaping Spiritual Leaders: Supervision and Formation in Congregations
Jeffrey D. Jones Heart, Mind, and Strength: Theory and Practice for Congregational Leadership
Jeffrey D. Jones Traveling Together: a Guide for Disciple-Forming Congregations
Deborah J. Kapp Worship Frames: How We Shape and Interpret Our Experience of God
Bunty Ketcham So You're on the Search Committee
Jim Kitchens The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era
Lois D. Knutson Understanding the Senior Adult: A Tool for Wholistic Ministry
William M. Kondrath God's Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences
William M. Kondrath Facing Feelings in Faith Communities
Laurie Kraus, David Holyan, Bruce Wismer Recovering from Un-Natural Disasters: A Guide for Pastors and Congregations after Violence and Trauma
Charlotte Kroeker The Sounds of Our Offerings: Achieving Excellence in Church Music
Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook and Fredrica Harris Thompsett Born of Water, Born of Spirit: Supporting the Ministry of the Baptized in Small Congregations
Kevin E. Lawson How to Thrive in Associate Staff Ministry
Robert Leventhal Stepping Forward: Synagogue Visioning & Planning
Mary C. Lindberg The Graceful Exit: A Pastor's Journey from Good-bye to Hello
Glenn E. Ludwig In It for the Long Haul: Building Effective Long-Term Pastorates
F. Dean Lueking The Grace of It All: Reflections on the Art of Ministry
Karen A. McClintock Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations: A Resource for Leaders
Karen A. McClintock Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations
Patrick H. McNamara More Than Money: Portraits of Transformative Stewardship
Dorothy McRae-McMahon Being Clergy, Staying Human: Taking Our Stand in the River
Alice Mann The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations
Alice Mann Raising the Roof: The Pastoral-to-Program Size Transition
Steele W. Martin with Priscilla C. Martin Blue Collar Ministry: Problems and Opportunities for Mainline "Middle" Congregations
Loren B. Mead A Change of Pastors ... And How It Affects Change in the Congregation
Loren B. Mead and Billie T. Alban Creating the Future Together: Methods to Inspire Your Whole Faith Community
Loren B. Mead Critical Moment of Ministry: A Change of Pastors
Loren B. Mead Financial Meltdown in the Mainline?
Loren B. Mead Five Challenges for the Once and Future Church
Loren B. Mead More Than Numbers: The Ways Churches Grow
Loren B. Mead Transforming Congregations for the Future
Loren B. Mead The Whole Truth about Everything Related to the Church in Twelve Pages (if you don't count the introduction and the conclusion)
Rochelle Melander A Generous Presence: Spiritual Leadership and the Art of Coaching
Rochelle Melander and Harold Eppley The Spiritual Leader's Guide to Self-Care
Carol Howard Merritt Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation
Barbara Day Miller Encounters with the Holy: A Conversational Model for Worship Planning
Kenneth Alan Moe The Pastor's Survival Manual: 10 Perils in Parish Ministry and How to Handle Them
Paul Moots Becoming Barnabas: The Ministry of Encouragement
Danny E. Morris & Charles M Olsen Discerning God's Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church
H. H. Morris Demystifying the Congregational Budget
Anne Marie Nuechterlein, Celia Allison Hahn The Male-Female Church Staff: Celebrating the Gifts, Confronting the Challenges
Charles M. Olsen, Ellen Morseth Selecting Church Leaders: A Practice in Spiritual Discernment
Charles M. Olsen The Wisdom of the Seasons: How the Church Year Helps Us Understand Our Congregational Stories
Roy M. Oswald, James M. Heath, Ann W. Heath Beginning Ministry Together: The Alban Handbook for Clergy Transitions
Roy M. Oswald  How to Build a Support System for Your Ministry
Roy M. Oswald New Beginnings: A Pastorate Start Up Workbook
Roy M. Oswald Personality Type and Religious Leadership
Roy M. Oswald Transformational Regional Bodies: Promote Congregational Health, Vitality and Growth
Roy M. Oswald Transforming Rituals: Daily Practices for Changing Lives
Anthony G. Pappas Entering the World of the Small Church
Anthony G. Pappas Inside the Small Church
Ronald E. Parker Do I Belong in Seminary?
Gary E. Peluso-Verdend Paying Attention: Focusing Your Congregation on What Matters
Roy D. Phillips Letting Go: Transforming Congregations for Ministry
Wm. Bud Phillips Pastoral Transitions: From Endings to New Beginnings
Mark I. Pinsky Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion
Robert E. Reber and D. Bruce Roberts A Lifelong Call to Learn: Continuing Education for Religious Leaders
Gil Rendle, Susan Beaumont When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations
Fredric M. Roberts Be Not Afraid! Building Your Church on Faith and Knowledge
Anthony B. Robinson What's Theology Got to Do with It? Convictions, Vitality, and the Church
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Elanah Dalyah Naftali, Laura Musegades Growing Up Generous: Engaging Youth in Giving and Serving
William H. Roen The Inward Ear: A Sermon Evaluation Method for Preachers and Hearers of the Word
John & Sylvia Ronsvalle At Ease: Discussing Money and Values in Small Groups
Kibbie Simmons Ruth, Karen A McClintock Healthy Disclosure: Solving Communication Quandaries in Congregations
Martin F. Saarinen The Life Cycle of a Congregation
Craig A. Satterlee When God Speaks through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition
Craig A. Satterlee When God Speaks through Worship: Stories Congregations Live By
Craig A. Satterlee When God Speaks through You: How Faith Convictions Shape Preaching and Mission
Donna Schaper Common Sense: About Men & Women in the Ministry
Mary K. Sellon, Daniel P. Smith Practicing Right Relationship: Skills for Deepening Purpose, Finding Fulfillment, and Increasing Effectiveness in Your Congregation
Melissa Bane Sevier Journeying toward Renewal: A Spiritual Companion for Pastoral Sabbaticals
Gary and Kim Shockley Imagining Church: Seeing Hope in a World of Change
Gary Shockley The Meandering Way: Leading by Following the Spirit
Ronald D. Sisk The Competent Pastor: Skills and Self-Knowledge for Serving Well
Ronald D. Sisk Preaching Ethically: Being True to the Gospel, Your Congregation, and Yourself
Bob Sitze It's Not Too Late: A Field Guide to Hope
Bob Sitze Not Trying Too Hard: New Basics for Sustainable Congregations
Bob Sitze Starting Simple: Conversations about the Way We Live
Bob Sitze Your Brain Goes to Church: Neuroscience and Congregational Life
Joy Skjegstad Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church
Joy Skjegstad Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry
Daniel P. Smith, Mary K. Sellon Pathway to Renewal
Kathleen S. Smith Stilling the Storm: Worship and Congregational Leadership in Difficult Times
Luther K. Snow The Power of Asset Mapping: How Your Congregation Can Act on Its Gifts
Aaron Spiegel, Nancy Armstrong, Brent Bill 40 Days & 40 Bytes: Making Computers Work for Your Congregation
N. Graham Standish Becoming a Blessed Church: Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence, and Power
N. Graham Standish In God's Presence: Encountering, Experiencing, and Embracing the Holy in Worship
Peter L. Steinke A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope
Peter L. Steinke Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What
Peter L. Steinke How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems
R. Paul Stevens and Phil Collins The Equipping Pastor: A Systems Approach to Congregational Leadership
Beverly A. Thompson and George B. Thompson, Jr. Grace for the Journey: Practices and Possibilities for In-between Times
George B. Thompson, Jr. Church on the Edge of Somewhere
Mark A. Torgerson Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation Care
Judith A. Urban New Life through Shared Ministry: Moving from Volunteering to Mission
Howard Vanderwell, Editor The Church of All Ages: Generations Worshiping Together
Jane E. Vennard Be Still: Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats
Jane E. Vennard A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice
John Vonhof The Alban Guide to Managing the Pastoral Search Process
John Vonhof The Pastoral Search Journey: A Guide to Finding Your Next Pastor
Corinne Ware Discover Your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth
Malcolm L. Warford with Kenneth Huggins The Spirit's Tether: Eight Lives in Ministry
Andrew D. Weeks Welcome! Tools & Techniques for New Member Ministry
Louis B. Weeks All for God's Glory: Redeeming Church Scutwork
Barbara Wendland and Larry W. Easterling Spiritual Family Trees: Finding Your Faith Community's Roots
Edward A. White Saying Goodbye: A Time of Growth for Congregations and Pastors
Landon Whitsitt Open Source Church: Making Room for the Wisdom of All
Lyndon E. Whybrew Minister, Wife and Church: Unlocking the Triangles
Wesley J. Wildman, Stephen Chapin Garner Found in the Middle! Theology and Ethics for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical
Wesley J Wildman, Stephen Chapin Garner Lost in the Middle? Claiming an Inclusive Faith for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical
Thomas P. Williamsen Attending Parishioners' Spiritual Growth
C. Jeff Woods User Friendly Evaluation: Improving the Work of Pastors, Programs and Laity
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Communities