Often people's hearts are most open to God during weddings and funerals---making them ideal opportunities for ministry. This resource is packed with time-tested ideas and fresh approaches for memorable ceremonies. Features complete services; messages; wedding vows; help for difficult funerals; memorials; and guidelines for special occasions, including infant dedication, ordination, and more. 383 pages, softcover from Kregel.
Weddings and funerals, like few other occasions, offer pastors the opportunity to give direction and encouragement to individuals when their hearts are more open to God . . . and to those individuals attending these events who may otherwise never hear God's message. This handbook, a compilation of tested ideas and resources by pastors, provides just the tool pastors need--young pastors will appreciate the advice of experienced ministers to help them get started, and veteran pastors will benefit from fresh ideas that add meaning to services they've performed dozens of times. Includes difficult situations like the death of a child and second marriages.