Leadership, Pastoral Care, Theology



Doing Justice: Congregations and Communities Organizing by Dennis A. Jacobsen. Fortress Press, 2001. “An introductory theology of congregation-based community organizing rooted in the day-to-day struggles and hopes of urban ministry and in the author’s 14 years of personal experience in community organizing ministries.”

Leading Ladies: Transformative Biblical Images for Women’s Leadership by Jeanne Porter. Augsburg Books, 2004. For high school or adults. Stories of biblical women who model leadership styles in all walks of life.

Leading Lessons: Insights on Leadership from Women of the Bible by Jeanne Porter. Augsburg Books, 2005. A sequel to Leading Ladies, Porter provides insights into growing into leadership, leading through adversity, challenging the status quo, and seeing leadership potential in unexpected people. Nine scripturally-based studies examine lessons of leadership from specific women of the Bible.



Shame: A Faith Perspective by Robert H. Albers and William Clements. Routledge, 1995.  The authors provide “both an analysis of and a Biblical and theological reflection upon the human experience of disgrace shame. Albers approaches the subject from a pastoral perspective from which he makes suggestions on how this phenomenon can be dealt with from the background of a faith tradition. He develops and explores new and existing valuable conceptual and pastoral resources to aid people in dealing effectively with the debilitating experiences of disgrace shame.”

“Cherishing Our Children” article by Amy Hartman in Caring Connections: An Inter-Lutheran Journal for Practitioners and Teachers of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Vol. 10 No. 2 Spring 2013, pp 27-29.

Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse by Mike Lew. Harper Perennial, 2004. This book offers compassionate and practical advice, supported by personal anecdotes and statements of male survivors of incest and other sexual trauma.

Reclaiming Our Souls: A Woman's Guide to Healing the Spirit after Sexual Abuse by Julia Corbett-Heymeyer. Many Paths Interfaith Ministries, 2013. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, the author offers practical methods to attain emotional and spiritual health after childhood sexual abuse.

My Peace I Give You: Healing sexual wounds with the help of the Saints by Dawn Eden. Ave Maria Press, 2012. Eden offers her own journey of spiritual healing after a childhood of sexual abuse. There are isolating effects from these wounds. She introduces holy people and saints who were also victims of inappropriate sexual assault. These Saints with wounds similar to the reader’s bear witness to the transforming power of grace.


www.hopeofsurvivors.com "Pastoral care for a church in crisis” by Danielle Vallina.  Go to the pulldown  “For the Church”.

"Ministry with the Abused," a resource created by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. 2010. PDF file on www.elca.org Type "Ministry with the Abused" in search box.

www.ncptc.org National Child Protection Training Center

Journal Articles:

"What Would Walther Do? Applying Law and Gospel to Victims and Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse" Journal of Pyschology & Theology, 2012. Vol 40, No.4 pp257-273.

www.caringconnectionsonline.org  An Inter-Lutheran Journal for Practitioners and Teachers of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Vol 10 No 4, 2013: Pastoral Involvement with Violence within Families. Vol 10 No 3, 2013: Torn Apart: Pastoral Care Responses to Community Violence. Spring 2013: Violating Boundaries: Improprieties in Ministry.



Suffer the Children:  A Theology of Liberation by a Victim of Child Abuse by Janet Pais. Paulist Press, 1991. A groundbreaking study that offers a personal and theological understanding of the problems and needs of children subjected to child abuse.

Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World. Edited by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore and Almeda Wright. Chalice Press, 2012. Provides a practical theological analysis of the spiritual yearnings, expressions, and challenges of children and youth in a world of rapid change, dislocation, violence, and competing loyalties.

Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Parker. Beacon Press, 2002.

The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann. Fortress Press, 2001.