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Excerpts

Short selections from books helpful to Christian leaders

Excerpt: "Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching The Church About Joy"

Written by four faith leaders with deep connections to youth ministry, "Delighted" was published in April. In this excerpt, co-author Wesley Ellis reflects on how churches can offer joy and authentic friendships to young people.

Excerpt: 'Planning Sabbaticals: A Guide for Congregations and Their Pastors'

In this excerpt from his recent book, author Robert C. Saler writes about pastoral sabbaticals as a time of reinvigoration and reflection for both church leaders and their congregations. Saler directs the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs and the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary.

Excerpt: 'Grace Will Lead Us Home'

In this excerpt, gun violence survivor Felicia Sanders, who played dead with her little granddaughter as Dylann Roof shot and killed her son Tywanza, struggles with the lack of pastoral care from Emanuel AME Church’s leaders.