* Middendorf's updated service manual offers pastors and lay leaders a practical tool for preparing meaningful ceremonies that stay true to Christian tradition and speak to contemporary congregations. Rituals include baptism, the Lord's Supper, marriage, funerals, installation services, church dedications, healing services, and more. Correlates to the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene. 192 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill.
The Church Ritual Handbook provides pastors with a meaningful tool for the services they perform as shepherds of the flock of God. Covering a wide array of services, from less common rituals to the more known practices, this updated and expanded edition gives pastors immediate practical helps to service preparation. This helpful resource includes instructions, an order of service, suggested hymns, Scripture readings and recitations for:The Sacrament of the Lord’s SupperThe Reception of Church MembersThe Sacrament of BaptismMarriageInstallationsIncludes Calls to Worship, Offertories Ideas and Prayers and lesser known rituals:John Wesley’s Covenant ServiceA Service of healingService of ReconciliationSeasonal services including Advent, Easter, and Christmas
Dr. Jesse Middendorf currently serves as executive director for the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He served for twenty-eight years as pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, ten of those years at Kansas City First Church. He served as district superintendent on the Northwest Oklahoma district for five years and spent twelve as a general superintendent, retiring in 2013.