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. . . A large number of contributors brings richness and variety and allows the thoughtful pastor to find much help from a resource like this one. (JETS 2004-06-03)

. . . A valuable tool for busy pastors. The volume is edited by Aubrey Malphurs and Keith Willhite. (From the Lectionary 2004-06-03)

A solid resource to have on your shelves as a pastor or minister. (2ProphetU 2004-06-03)

This creative and eclectic book. . . will be a great addition to the pastor's or officiant's library. (Southern California Christian Times 2004-06-03)

This work may be one of the most useful and helpful resources available for pastors, ministers, and preachers. (The Critical Review 2004-06-03)

Use this compilation of tested ideas and resources to freshen your approachÖand provide guidance in a pinch. (churchgrowth.org 2005-04-20)

"Only one thought came to mind in reading this book: How could I do ministry without it? The scope of the volume is enormous, but the content, style, and material is invaluable for anyone in Pastoral Ministry. The wedding materials include everything from wedding service types to Father of the Bride thank you card styles. The funeral materials include materials for every difficult service, such as suicides or children, to an appendix of the best little stories and anecdotes available in one place. This book is a must for the pastor's resource library. It will be a resource you return to again and again." (Jan Armstrong Creator Magazine 2005-04-01) --1

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“An excellent resource to make your weddings and funerals more creative and relevant.”

—Calvin Miller

“Rich counsel and effective models on how to [weep and laugh with the flock] with both sensitivity and skill.”

—Haddon Robinson

“I highly recommend this resource as a tool for pastors everywhere to fulfill their calling with greater effectiveness and with spiritual accuracy.”

—Chip Ingram
President, Walk Thru the Bible
Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge

“This useful tool will find a valued place on the shelves of pastors everywhere —although it's not likely to sit on that shelf for any length of time.”

—Michael Duduit
Editor, Preaching magazine

“Willhite and Malphurs put at our finger tips the passionate, Spirit-empowered words of seasoned partners in ministry.”

—David B. Wyrtzen
    Senior Pastor, Midlothian Bible Church

Aubrey Malphurs (Th.M., Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is president of Vision Ministries International and chairman of the Field Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor and church planter and is the author of numerous books in the areas of leadership, vision, and church ministry, including Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Doing Church, and Developing a Dynamic Mission for Your Ministry.

Keith Willhite (Ph.D., Purdue University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) teaches preaching and serves as professor of Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Willhite is also a former pastor and the founder and president of the popular ministry-consulting firm, Strategenuity.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825431867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825431869
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scotty Neasbitt on May 30, 2007
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The authors have thought of everything. The busy pastor need only flip and find what he's looking for.

It is not a resource to copy, but a resource that helps you think through things that you may not have even thought about. It is a resource for covering all of your bases whether it be for a funeral, a wedding, a dedication, or a special event like an ordination.

Highly recommended!!
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There are many events in life that deserve the utmost attention and care. "A Contemporary Handbook for Weddings & Funerals and Other Occasions" is a guide to these major events in life, and how to make them more meaningful and memorable for all involved. With advice on wedding vows, eulogies, and communion, " A Contemporary Handbook for Weddings & Funerals and Other Occasions" is a solid Christian guide especially recommended to anyone in charge of these events.
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I thought that this was a very good all around start for someone who is just getting into ministry. It is laid out nicely, in a contemporary fashion, even though the content was traditional. I had expected more unique ideas and suggestions. Overall, it was well worth purchasing.
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There are newer books available that provide a much broader variety and heart felt choices in all of the categories/parts that weddings should include. Purchase "A Wedding Ceremony to Remember," Perfect Words for the Perfect Wedding. By Marty Younkin. Really updated and perfect to meet so many couples hearts for THEIR Perfect Wedding.
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This was required reading for a ministry competencies class I took in seminary. Basically just transcripts of multiple services for weddings and funerals. The same effect could be achieved by a month of wedding- and funeral-crashing with extensive notes on the services performed... that actually sounds like more fun.
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Although this is not my first go-to book when I'm writing a ceremony I have found some helpful ideas throughout, especially when I've needed formating and structure for a funeral. Heavily Christian, and probably a nice addition to a strictly Christian pastor's library. As I tend to officiate ceremonies for people who are spiritual but not necessarily religious,this is a book I don't use very often. However, I am glad to have it as a resource.
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I purchased this book for my step-son, who is attending funeral director's school. With today's transient society, there is a very big need for ministers to perform funerals and weddings for those who do not have a church home. Using this book, my step-son has made extra money while in school and next summer will perform my daughter's wedding ceremony. Excellent book!
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This book has much to offer a pastor when it comes to performing weddings and funerals. The authors give good ideas on how to put the ceremony together. I think the authors did a great job giving suggestions for different situations that may arise in doing funerals. There is also a section on other special events such as Christmas, the Lord's Supper, and ordination.
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