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The Minister's Manual 2008 Edition: The Minister's Complete Sourcebook [Paperback]

By Lee McGlone (Editor)
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For more than 80 years, The Minister's Manual has been the standard by which all other preaching annuals are measured. This year, a new design, revised content based on extensive market research, and a searchable CD-Rom make this non-denominational resource even more helpful to today's busy pastor.

The 2008 Edition is still the comprehensive and traditional resource pastors have come to rely on, but now has a more readable and attractive design and more practical and easy-to-use features. Turn to The Minister's Manual for:

Complete sermons for the entire year
Lectionary messages and worship aids to expand Sunday services
Feature articles that speak to the hearts and minds of ministers
A treasury of practical, contemporary and relevant sermon illustrations
A diverse group of contributors, a broad and contemporary range of illustrations, and new and expanded preaching resources
Lectionary-based children's sermons for engaging young minds
Lectionary-based music selections
Calendars of important historical, cultural, and religious anniversaries and dates
Eloquent and useful messages for holidays, funerals and bereavement, communions, and missions
A free and searchable CD-Rom of the entire contents to aid in adapting and using material for sermons, bulletins, and other messages

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   512
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 7" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2007
Publisher   John Wiley And Sons
ISBN  0787985716  
ISBN13  9780787985714  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lee McGlone is senior pastor for the First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He was an adjunct professor at the North American Baptist Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has served as a pastor for over thirty-five years. He is a Ph.D. graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also taught adjunctively in the preaching department. He has contributed to The Minister's Manual and has been its indexer for many years.

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Use of CD is restricted and limited  Aug 9, 2008
Good book and content, but if you plan to utilize the PDF copy on the included CD to "aid in adapting and using material for sermons, bulletins and other messages" as it says on the back cover--just save yourself some time and manually type it from the book, since the "free and searchable CD-ROM of the entire contents" is locked and restricted to reading (no cut-and-pasting allowed). Instead of the CD being a time saver--it is merely a time waster.
Minister's Manual  Jan 14, 2008
I bought this for my husband for a Christmas gift because he had received the 2007 ed last year for Christmas and really liked and used it a lot. He says he is somewhat disappointed in this one, for my uses it has been great but He expected more of the 2007 edition.
Another Winner!  Dec 12, 2007
I highly recommend these annual Minister's Manuals for both the Ordained and the Lay leaders of any church. The Minister's Manual 2008 Edition (Minister's Manual)I buy this as soon as I can get it every year!
Plenty of material, but I rebelled a bit at the format...  Oct 20, 2007
Even though I'm not a minister or pastor, the title intrigued me... The Minister's Manual 2008 Edition by Lee McGlone. It's a collection of sermons, illustrations, and other assorted preaching aids for the year of 2008. Knowing how my church works, I was curious as to whether these sermons were "guidelines" or actual sermons that could be used for a 30 minute message. Having read through the material, I think I have a better understanding...

Section 1 - General Aids and Resources: Civil Year Calendars for 2008 and 2009; Church and Civic Calendar for 2008; The Revised Common Lectionary for 2008; Four-Year Church Calendar; Forty-Year Easter Calendar; Traditional Wedding Anniversary Identifications; Colors Appropriate for Days and Seasons; Flowers in Season Appropriate for Church Use; Quotable Quotes; Questions of Life and Religion; Biblical Benedictions and Blessings
Section 2 - Lectionary Resources for 2008 - Sermons, Illustrations; Congregational Music, Children's Sermons, Worship Aids
Section 3 - Resources for Preaching: Preaching Biblical Sermons - God's Word for God's World; Preaching the Sermon on the Mount - The Upside-Down Kingdom; Advent and Christmas Preaching - Personalities and Perspectives; Messages for Lent and Easter; Messages for Communion Services; Messages for Funerals and Bereavement; Messages for Evangelism and Missions
Section 4 - A Little Treasury of Sermon Illustrations
Contributors; Index of Contributors; Sermon Title Index; Index of Sermon Text; Index of Prayers; Index of Materials Useful as Children's Stories and Sermons; Index of Materials Useful for Small Groups; Topical Index; How to Use the CD-ROM

I have a number of conflicting thoughts on this collection. On one hand, there's a lot of good material here. The sermons are laid out week by week, complete with titles, reference text, illustrations, musical suggestions, children's sermons, and worship aids (suggested prayers). The teaching is solid, and a congregation would be well-fed if someone were to use this book as a roadmap for sermon topics. On the other hand, my Protestant, nondenominational background rebels a bit against that same structure. Using pre-written prayers feels empty and ritualized, and the sermons would/should be expanded beyond the core material here. Otherwise, I have the feeling that I'm following some scheduled, predefined set of actions that have no personality and feeling. Yeah, that sounds harsh and isn't the intent of the book, I know. But I'm more used to a pastor taking a passage and preaching on it over a series of sermons, not just bouncing around from topic to topic.

This could be a very good resource for small groups, however. The sermons are short enough to allow for basic examination of a passage, and then could be filled in with discussion and application. If someone was going to try and use the material here verbatim instead of as a starting point, then I don't know that I'd want to call that the entire Sunday experience. But with group interaction, you could go for quite awhile on each week's subject.

I'd be curious to see how actual pastors would view a book like this. The Minister's Manual has a long history, so it must be filling *some* role for them. In the churches I've gone to, this type of sermon selection would be the exception, not the rule. But I'm sure that other churches and denominations operate differently...

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