John Zehring has served United Church of Christ congregations for twenty-two years as Senior Pastor in Massachusetts (Andover), Rhode Island (Kingston), and Maine (Augusta) and as an Interim Pastor in Massachusetts (Arlington, Harvard). Prior to parish ministry, he served in higher education for more than two decades, primarily in development and institutional advancement. He worked as a dean of students, director of career planning and placement, adjunct professor of public speaking and as a vice president at a seminary and at a college. He is the author of more than three dozen books and eBooks. He has taught Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Educational Psychology and Church Administration. John was the founding editor of the publication Seminary Development News, a publication for seminary presidents, vice presidents and trustees (published by the Association of Theological Schools, funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment). He graduated from Eastern University and holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Rider University, and the Earlham School of Religion. John and his wife Donna live in two places, in central Massachusetts and by the sea in Maine.
“Miracles? Discussions for Curious Christians about Jesus’ Miracles” is designed as a six-week adult small group conversation or class, although anyone curious about Jesus’ miracles will find it enlightening. Each chapter includes conversation starters, reflections, and related scriptures. Key question: what is the message behind the miracle?
“Asking for Campaign Support” guides church volunteers to visit members to ask them to support their church’s capital campaign. Also included are sections to guide visitors in role playing case studies as well as a treasury of scriptures and quotations about giving.
This booklet guides clergy to tend to your leaders and to build a team with your staff. Teamwork is more important than any single individual’s contribution. Also included are tips on staff evaluations as well as the pastor’s annual evaluation.
Hard sayings of Jesus are those he spoke which are hard to understand. How can curious Christians wrestle with their meaning to understand them? This book stimulates engaging conversations for a six-week group study of Jesus’ hard sayings.
This booklet practices what it preaches: it is concise, to the point, and encourages effectiveness over efficiency. The goal: to give you tools that are quick to comprehend, easy to implement and will multiply what you can accomplish. In short, it will help you to work smarter, not harder. It will also aid you to avoid missing what your paycheck providers value most.
If you are called upon to offer a eulogy, introduce a speaker or make any special occasion speech, this book will guide you with tips and valuable direction. Sections on content and delivery in public speaking show how to connect well with your listeners. Includes 24 readings, stories and scriptures for use with eulogies.
“Lent Discussions for Curious Christians” stimulates engaging conversations for study groups during the six weeks of Lent, which is why there are six chapters. Each chapter begins with discussion starters to stimulate the conversation. Then reflections and background information is provided followed by scripture texts connected to the questions.
A booklet of two dozen bible verses and explanations for when you feel anxious. The verses form a spiritual first-aid kit for times of anxiety or worry. This work provides a quick and easy resource for you to use as an aid to calm, comfort, heal and bring you peace – not just an emotional peace, but the peace that comes by the gift from God.
“Clergy Guide to Sermon Preparation” is designed for seasoned clergy who are always on the lookout for new ideas. Included are tips for preparing sermons, a special section on “How to Keep Weeks Ahead… and why you should” and forty sermon ideas and outlines, rich with illustrations, stories, and quotations to help apply the bible’s teachings to the everyday lives and needs of your listeners.
“Mount Up with Wings: Renew Your Strength” from Isaiah 40 describes one of the most beautifully poetic metaphors in the bible. Author John Zehring embraces this and other metaphors from the bible to inspire and to teach you to build your trust in God so that you renew your strength and mount up with wings to soar.
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was his orientation to his newly-recruited disciples which became one of the most important collections of Jesus’ teachings. Its theme is to put God first. The eBook applies Jesus’ teachings to our contemporary lives and can be read both as a study of Matthew 5, 6, and 7 and as devotional reading for inspiration.
“Visiting on Behalf of Your Church” provides guidelines for those who visit church members in their homes, nursing homes or hospital rooms. Deacons and those who visit are provided with suggestions on how to set up a visit, how to build rapport, and how to nurture attentive listening techniques. Lists scriptures to use for visits.
The Beatitudes of Jesus are the verses that begin with the words “Blessed are…” They form the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7 and comprise Jesus’ first teaching to his twelve disciples. The One Minute Beatitude gives a brief one-minute summary and explanation of each.
“Seven Mantras to Shape Your Day” shows how to employ seven bible verses to lead you into an encounter with the Divine. Use them as your mantra to reframe how you see things which can affect your attitude, your mood, your spirit, and your devotion to God. Not a bad way to shape your day. Actually, not a bad way to shape your whole life.
“Psalm 23: An Everyday Psalm” provides a verse-by-verse interpretation to lift up each verse as a treasure to be employed on a daily basis by the person who chooses to own the credo “The Lord is my shepherd.”
United Church of Christ clergyman John Zehring makes the case that based upon the Golden Rule, torture is wrong, all torture is wrong, and torture is always wrong. The Golden Rule as taught by Jesus of Nazareth: Do to others as you would have them do to you. Versions of this rule are found in all of the major world religions, which Zehring lists in this brief essay.
Public Speaking for Executives, Leaders and Managers serves as a brief but valuable tool to professionals who are motivated to become first rate speakers in content, delivery and connecting with their audience.
The Clergy Guide to Making Visits is for pastors who desire to fine-tune, improve, and re-energize their skills at making visits: How to set up visits, what to do when you get there, how to conduct a home visit, and how to make time for proactive visits.
A resource for people who find themselves in emotional or physically abusive relationships. Provides resources where women may find help, recognizes faith challenges which can result from abuse, and offers compassionate Christian understanding.
The Clergy Public Speaking Guide is written by a senior pastor who also served as a professor of public speaking at a university. It designed for experienced clergy who desire to improve their delivery of sermons and their ability to connect with their people.
The Clergy Negotiating Guide helps pastors to meet with church leaders to negotiate their contact, compensation, and annual raises in a way that is fair, just, and compatible with denominational compensation guidelines for your experience, skills, and the demographics you serve.
Treasures from Philippi takes one of the shortest books of the bible, Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians, and mines from it fourteen gems that apply to your daily life today as they did to the Philippians. It will enrich your faith, deepen your relationships with others, discover new heights to your faith, and learn the secret to being content.
The work employs the tools of biblical exegesis to consider a topic which has divided religions, caused emotional tension, and resulted in harm. This work asks readers to step aside from the political and emotional divisiveness for a moment to become students of the bible. It is a work both about homosexuality and about how biblical texts can be examined by thinking people. In the bible there a
Twenty messages inspire the reader to grow in faithfulness to God, to know God better and to love God more. Christians receive many benefits from faith. If we love God, we will want more than benefits. We will want to know God, to love God, and to glorify God with our lives. The book’s messages guide the journey and accompany readers on their closer walk with the One they worship