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Available Resources - Books

(See the "How To Order" page to order.)

"Building A People Of Power - Equipping Churches to Transform Their Communities."

God never intended the church to be an institution. God intends the church to be a people of relational power, using the power of Christ to transform the world into a shalom community of justice. BPP explores shalom as the organizing principle of both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and presents how God’s people can change the world. BPP is being republished by Wipf and Stock, and will be released in late 2015. $25.00

 

"Transforming Power - Biblical Strategies for Making A Difference In Your Community."

Christians have often been wary of power, thinking of it as something inherently evil or oppressive. In this popular work, Robert Linthicum presents both a biblical understanding of power and practical strategies for using power in ways that are relational, healing and transforming for the city. Ray Bakke writes of it, "It is the finest biblical work on relational power I have ever seen." $15.00

 

"City of God; City of Satan - A Biblical Theology of the Urban Church."

This book builds both a theology and practice of urban ministry. City of God; City of Satan answers three questions: (1) Why does the city seem like a battleground between good and evil? (2) What is the church called to do in the light of such evil? (3) How can we Christians be spiritually prepared for waging such a battle?” Foresight writes, “Profoundly visionary in scope, City of God; City of Satan is nevertheless intensely practical for both urban pastors and lay people.” $20.00

 

"Empowering the Poor - Community Organizing Among the City's 'Rag, Tag and Bobtail.'"

Empowering the Poor dramatically defines a Christian strategy for empowering the poor of both third and first world countries to successfully deal with the political, economic and values-creating systems of their cities and countries around the relational values of the people. Stu Imbach of Overseas Mission Fellowship states, “If I could choose only one book to use in urban ministry, this would be it!” $10.00

 

"Signs of Hope in the City." - Dr. Robert Linthicum, Editor.

Christian leaders from around the world discuss the critical issues that surround urban ministry in the 21st century. Key contributors include Ray Bakke, Viv Grigg, Benigno Beltran, Ken Luscombe, Michael Eastman, Jember Teferra, Dorothy McRae-McMahon and Ioan Sauca. Signs of Hope not only breaks new urban ministry and theological ground; it invites the reader into the conversation between some of Christianity’s outstanding urban leaders. $7.00

 

"Reveille for Radicals." - Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky was the initiator of the modern community organizing movement in the 1930's through the 1960's. He led poor communities throughout urban America to organize and to engage the political and economic powers of their cities in order to significantly improve their lives. He was the founder of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Reveille for Radicalos, first published in 1946 is considered the primer of community and broad-based organizing. $15.00

 

"Activism That Makes Sense." - Gregory F. Pierce

Many churches, when faced with great need in their neighborhoods, are paralyzed or indecisive. But if they are truly to have an impact on their communities, congregations must involve themselves in broad-based organizing that is large and powerful enough to confront the underlying causes of need. This book is basic for lay leaders and clergy who want to move their congregations into activism. $14.00

 

"Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church." - Samuel G. Freedman

Publishers Weekly writes of Upon This Rock, "Freedman offers an indelible portrait of New York City's St. Paul Community Baptist Church, an oasis in a blighted section of Brooklyn, led by the dynamic Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood. Freedman writes movingly of the church's struggles and dramas and how it has moved into a prominent political role in New York won through its astute use of the principles of community organizing. Here is how to do urban ministry!" $16.00

 

 

 

 

 

Available Resources - DVDs

(See the "How To Order" page to order.)

DVD Set 1 - "The World As God Intended."

What are God’s intentions for our world?  In these sessions, Dr. Linthicum leads the class to do their own biblical reflection, revealing God’s comprehensive vision for the world He created and a biblical examination of what keeps going wrong.

Five Sessions: $60.00 DVD set and electronic copy of workbook

 

DVD Set 2 - "What Did Jesus Really Come to Do?"

Why not let the Bible speak for itself?  In this course, Dr. Linthicum and the class explore Jesus’ own statements found in the four gospels about what He was seeking to accomplish and what that has to do with our salvation.

Four Sessions: $60.00 DVD set and electronic copy of workbook

 

DVD Set 3 - "Building a Church of Power."

This set examines the Bible’s mission call to God’s people, biblical instructions on how to live out that call in everyday life, and how God’s people are to build and use relational power as the specific means to carry out our mission.

Six Sessions: $60.00 DVD set and electronic copy of workbook

 

DVD Set 4 - "Building Relational Power In Your Community."

Mike Miller from ORGANIZE Training Center and Marilyn Stranske of Christians Supporting Community Organizing join Dr. Linthicum in teaching concrete strategies that the church can use to transform its community.

Four Sessions: $60.00 DVD set and electronic copy of workbook

 

DVD Set 5 - "Using Power to Turn Your City Upside Down."

Dr. Linthicum presents practical methods and tactics of relational power used by Jesus, Moses, and Paul the Apostle.  Mike Miller demonstrates these strategies in a dynamic role-play in which God’s people hold a slum landlord accountable.

Five Sessions: $60.00 DVD and electronic copy of workbook

 

DVD Set 6 - "How To Develop Powerful Leaders and Build Values."

To transform a community, a church must form strong leaders and motivate the community to build a new set of values. Dr. Linthicum and Marilyn Stranske teach how to accomplish these tasks, as well as explore the spirituality of relational power!

Three Sessions: $60.00 DVD set and electronic copy of workbook

 

Video -- "Falling Fire: The Gift of the Spirit"

Journey with the Apostle Luke as he relates the miraculous events that mark the beginning of the Christian Church. This feature film, based upon the New International Version of the Bible, brings the Book of Acts alive with fresh insight into the joys and hardships of the earliest Christians. The film stars Dean Jones as Luke, James Brolin as Peter, Henry Arnold as Paul and Jennifer O'Neil as Lydia of Philippi.

$ 20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available Resources - Full Length Curricula For Extended Study

(See the "How To Order" page to order.)

Note: Purchasing full-length curricula includes the right to unlimited use and reproduction for church and classroom purposes only.

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A Biblical Introduction to Community Organizing: How to Make a Difference.

30 Hours (10 Sessions x 3 Hours).

One of the most profound and comprehensive analyses of power is found in the Bible.  It is an understanding superior to any secular study undertaken today.  This course initiates a thorough study of a biblical theology of power that includes introduction to the principles and essential strategies of community and broad-based organizing.  In doing so, the course uses the Bible to understand how power works in the worlds of politics, business, education, social services and institutionalized religion, and how the people can organize to guarantee that their priorities and values are taken seriously by those institutions.

Price: $100.00 - Electronic version: $85.00

 

Advanced Community Organizing: Building People Power, Leaders and Community

30 Hours (10 Sessions x 3 Hours).

This course continues where “How to Make A Difference” ends.  It teaches concretely and practically how the people of God can undertake power ministries in order to work effectively for the empowerment of the poor and of the church.  Central to this course is the development of the skills of the students in three areas of community organizing: 1) tactics for organizing for successful action; 2) building strong community leaders; and 3) creating a sense of community in a neighborhood or city that will unite the people under a common vision, values and spirit. 

This course assumes that the students have previously taken “How to Make A Difference” and builds its study upon that premise.

Price: $100.00 - Electronic version: $85.00

 

Available Resources - Papers

(See the "How To Order" page to order.)

Note: These papers are intended for single use. Legal reproduction requires you to contact the author for permission to reprint.

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"How Far Along Is Your Church? - The Life Cycle of Congregations."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

Congregations, like human beings, follow a life cycle from birth to death.  This paper presents the normal life cycle of any church or institution and helps you gauge where your church is in its life cycle. It also presents proven means by which a church can renew its life and reverse its life cycle.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"Why Some Churches Succeed and Others Don't."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

This surprising article is based upon a ten-year study of successful and unsuccessful urban churches throughout the world. This study conducted by Dr. Linthicum identifies particular characteristics that effective urban churches hold in common and demonstrates how previously unsuccessful churches, upon embracing these characteristics, can rapidly move toward success.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"Relational Power: Bringing Morality Back Into Public Life."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

Initially presented as the keynote address of the Alumni Symposium at Wheaton College, this paper was part of a year-long college-wide exploration of how Christians can reclaim morality in public life. Robert Linthicum contends that the way to reshape public action and discourse is through Christians with non-believers building a relational power base designed for social reform.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"The Surprising History of Evangelicalism - and Why We Need To Rediscover It!"

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

Today's evangelical movement focuses on a culture and conduct centered in orthodox theology and a personal relationship with God. But it wasn't always this way. In it's first 100 years, the evangelical movement was a radical effort to socially reform the world. This paper traces that surprising history, examines what turned evangelicalism into a privatized faith, and explores the possibilities of the renewal of the transformative dream.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"The Shalom Community: The Thread That Ties the Bible Together"

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

One of the greatest themes in the scriptures is the vision of the Shalom Community – society as God intended it to be. This vision is political and economic as well as spiritual. Both Israel and the Church are called to shalom. This paper thoroughly explores this vision throughout scripture and reflects on the degree to which Israel and the church have actually achieved it.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"The Biblical Understanding of the World As It Actually Is."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

The Bible consistently presents an analysis of why society functions the way it does. Whether in Egypt, Israel or Rome the political, economic and religious systems operated in concert together under an ethic of domination which resulted in an increasing division of mass poverty and elite power. This paper explores this analysis and traces its implementation through scripture.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"Building Heavan and Creating Hell: The Bible on Economic, Political and Religious Systems and Their People."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

First published in the journal, Social Policy, this paper succinctly presents Dr. Linthicum’s biblical formulation of the world as God intended and society as it has actually become. Responses include: “Linthicum might as well be a modern-day Ezekiel calling into account the evils that have befallen American culture, government and society.” and “If I had been taught this way of reading the Bible in Sunday school, I would never have left the church!”

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"Paul: The Man Who Understood Power."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

One of the most sophisticated masters of power in scripture was the Apostle Paul. In this paper, Robert Linthicum examines the eight unique ways Paul used power to confound the Jewish and Roman authorities, to protect his own interests and to advance the gospel. This study teaches by example how to use relational power in order to work for the transformation of society.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"One to Ones: A Way of Life and Ministry."

Author: Marilyn Stranske

In building relational power, the most radical action is the individual meeting. The core of all community organizing is found in two people sitting down and talking substantively with each other about what they care about most; what brings them joy or breaks their hearts. Out of such sharing, the power is built to transform a city. In this paper, Marilyn Stranske presents the genius and strategies of one-on-ones.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"Doing Community Organizing in the Urban Slums of India."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

This is the miraculous story of how the poverty-stricken citizens of an urban slum in Chennai, India took charge of their abject situation. They compelled Chennai’s political machine to correct their situation, and built for themselves a healthy, prosperous community. This story provides a clear example of how God’s people can work for the transformation of even the most destitute people and circumstances through the principles of community organizing.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"How Struggling Churches Can Cluster For Power."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

This paper is based on Dr. Linthicum's pioneering work with clusters of churches in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and other cities. It outlines a strategy by which small struggling churches and larger anchor churches can work together in a common mission thrust to transform their communities without surrendering the unique life and ministry of each church.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"The Key To Transformation: The Doctrine Of Vocation."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

The doctrine of vocation or “call” is the belief that every human being has been chosen by God for a specific ministry in the world. Vocation is one of the most neglected doctrines in the church today because it does not serve the institutionalization of the church. This paper explores the theology of "call" and demonstrates how it gives clarity, purpose and impetus for service to the lives of church members.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"People Of Vocation: An Amazing March Through Scripture."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

The people of the Bible perceived themselves as a called and chosen people. This paper traces throughout scripture how a shepherd, military leader, judge, farmer, wife and mother, king, mayor, governor, carpenter, fisherman and even a prostitute all saw themselves as being chosen by God. They knew they were gifted by God to impact the world, but could only do so by becoming a single community. The results? They turned the world upside-down.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

"We're Not In Kansas Anymore: 21st Century Urban America."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

In this paper originally presented before the American Scientific Affiliation, Dr. Linthicum reminds us that it is impossible to go back to the "good old days". We are facing a post-modern world of globalization, localization, growing poverty, an electronic information revolution and a changing perception of the truth. How do we live out the gospel in such a world?

Price: $10.00 - No Electronic Version Available

 

"God's Call To The Urban Church: Claiming Your Birthright."

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

Originally speaking to Presbyterians, Dr. Robert C. Linthicum reflects on the biblical story of how Esau despised his birthright. He notes, “Like Esau’s, our birthright is an inheritance. It is given us by our fathers and mothers in the faith. And like Esau, it is not being extracted from us by force; it is being freely given away without our even realizing what we are doing”. What is that birthright? It is our engagement in public life stemming from the Reformed understanding of the providence and sovereignty of God.

Price: $10.00 - Electronic version: $8.00

 

Available Resources - Short Courses:

(See the "How To Order" page to order.)

Note: Purchasing a short course includes the right to unlimited use and reproduction for church and classroom purposes only.

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"How God's People Can Address Injustice."

Four Sessions.

Authors: R. Charles Grant & Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

Have you ever wanted to motivate your church members to become involved in working for justice? You can teach Christians to address injustice through community organizing. This highly interactive course presents the Bible as a source for understanding community problems, uses it to stimulate discussion around people’s passions and introduces the primary principles of community organizing.

Price: $20.00 - Electronic version: $17.00

 

"Church: Discover Your Calling."

A Mission Study Manual.

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

This workbook walks your congregation or mission agency, step-by-step, through a mission discernment process. It enables you to create a clear, precise mission focus that will give direction to the body for the next 3-5 years. It involves the entire congregation or mission constituency in the discernment process which results in high ownership, commitment and involvement. The workbook also presents steps for developing objectives, strategies and structures to carry out its mission focus.

Price: $30.00 - No Electronic Version Available

 

"The Gospel According To Ephesians."

Eight Sessions.

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

What is the role and work of the church in a hostile and unreceptive society? How should the gospel be proclaimed when the world doesn’t want to hear? This was the question that faced the church of the first century. The same question confronts us today. The book of Ephesians was written while the church was facing bitter Roman persecution and believers were being executed for naming Jesus as Lord. What was Paul’s advice to a church facing annihilation? It was something no one, especially the Romans, expected and it effected human history.

Price: $40.00 -  Electronic Version: $25.00

 

"Who Is This Man? A Study Of Jesus From The Four Gospels."

Nine Sessions.

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

This course offers an exciting new way for your congregation to look at Christmas! Discover the “Jubilee Jesus” in Luke, “the Marginalized Messiah” in Matthew, “the Radical Rabbi” in Mark and the “Counter-cultural Christ” in John. This course examines Jesus as he is portrayed in each of the four Gospels by exploring what each writer taught Jesus accomplished in his ministry, death and resurrection. Then it studies each Christmas story and compares it in the light of the unique message of that Gospel. Suitable for the seasons of Advent, Christmastide and Epiphany.

Price: $40.00 -  Electronic Version: $25.00

 

"It Wasn't About The Walls: Nehemiah and the Transformation of Us All."

Seven Sessions.

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

Nehemiah is not just about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. That only gets you into the story! Nehemiah is really about the rebuilding of the ethics, morals, values and spirituality of the nation. The story of Nehemiah demonstrates how a man who is called by God and nurtures that call in prayer can: (1) use the available resources to enable an entire people to take charge of their own defense; (2) help the people discover the power they have with each other; and (3) encourage the people to analyze for themselves the spiritual condition of their nation and then choose for themselves to take steps together to rebuild their nation.

Price: $40.00 -  Electronic Version: $25.00

 

"The Man Who Turned the World Upside Down: Paul in Acts."

Nine Sessions.

Author: Dr. Robert C. Linthicum

Paul the Apostle turned Christianity from a tiny Jewish sect into an international movement. The portions of Acts that deal with Paul demonstrate how he met and changed ordinary people, the Jewish leadership, the Roman magistracy, a Roman governor and Jewish king, Caesar and the entire Roman world. Discover how he wisely used the power at his disposal to both advance the gospel with each of them and to change the course of the church and of the world.

Price: $40.00 -  Electronic Version: $25.00

 


 

 
 

 
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