Books & Curriculum

Almost Christian

Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. A prolific writer about youth and the church, Dean investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice in Almost Christian.



Faith and Race Podcast

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all colors host constructive dialogue about faith, race, and the Church. Every episode has a specific focus so as to intentionally think about the intersection of history, institutions, scripture, prayer, race, and justice. The audio recordings will help bring the diverse insights and experiences of interviewees into churches, homes, and hearts across Missouri and beyond. 
Season 1 Curriculum


The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference from 2004 to 2016, highlights key areas of both congregational and personal spiritual life in the Five Practices series: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission Service, and Extravagant Generosity. Other titles in the series include:

Five Practices of Fruitful Living


Cultivating Fruitfulness: Five Weeks of Prayer and Practice for Congregations

Forty Days of Fruitful Living: Practicing a Life of Grace 


Practicing Extravagant Generosity: Daily Readings on the Grace of Giving