The contents of the Shepherd of
Souls Preaching and Teaching Series were developed to complement the Shepherd of Souls: Faith Formation through
Trusted Relationships book. This
48 page reproducible workbook offers a complete overview of each chapter within
the Shepherd of Souls: Faith Formation
through Trusted Relationships book and will help lead worshippers,
congregational leaders, families, small groups, and Bible study participants
into a deeper experience of the life of the church that partners the home and
congregation in ministry.
Why a preaching and teaching series? Because hearing the message
preached in worship and reading and studying the message from the preaching and
teaching series book with a small group is the best way to promote a life of
faith that can move a congregation forward to more effective faith formation
and outreach. A preaching and teaching series is well suited to provide helpful
congregational leadership. It is one thing for clergy and a select number of
lay leaders to be inspired by a proposed vision and strategies for ministry. It
is another for a critical mass of people from the congregation to be informed
and inspired for action. A preaching and teaching series allows people to
collectively explore ministry themes and direction for the betterment of the
congregation and the communities it serves.
What’s Included in the Shepherd of Souls Preaching and Teaching Series?
1. Twelve suggestions on how to
plan and execute the series to maximize your efforts.
2. Five suggestions that will
help the congregation get the most out of the teaching portion of the series.
3. Worship and preaching helps
that include the following for each of the 10 chapters in the book:
a) Recommended Bible passages and sermon
titles; b) Sermon Helps for each recommended Bible passage; c) a specifically
developed Taking Faith Home bulletin
insert to send home with worshipers and also to be used with the book study
4. Feedback forms (Reflection
and Actions Sheets in the Appendix) to gain information on how the insights and
commitments made through the series can be used by the congregation’s
leadership to solidify the benefits through future activities in the life of
the congregation and the homes that are linked to the ministry of the
This workbook is reasonably priced to make it accessible for small
groups and congregational leaders. This version comes on a CD ROM.