July 2020 Resource

Resurgence: Navigating the Changing Ministry Landscape
Resurgence: Navigating the Changing Ministry Landscape


Candance M. Lewis and Rodney Thomas Smothers


Heritage Publishing, Belwyn Heights, MD

Book Review By:

Melvin Amerson

Premise of the book:
Pastors of vital congregations are adept to navigating faith communities through change in order to remain relevant, vibrant ministries.

What this book does:
Resurgence is a good resource for clergy and laity who desire to lead their congregation through change and in new ways to remain serving an evolving/transitioning ministry settings and mission fields. This resource also serves as a practical pastoral/administrative guide for clergy. Tools are offered to assist churches become vital. The title of each chapter reflects transition from the old to a new way of leading and serving. Each chapter concludes with a Reflection and Respond, as well an Action Item/Activity.


Chapter 1 From Industrial to Digital, Downloadable-on-Demand Age
Chapter 2 From Canaan: Navigating Generational, Historical, Cultural Values…
Chapter 3 From the Civil Rights Era to…
Chapter 4 From Caretaker to Catalyst Pastoral Leadership
Chapter 5 From Boss to Teaming Leaders
Chapter 6 From Telling Coaching Leaders
Chapter 7 From Scarcity to Abundance: Funding Resurgence
Chapter 8 From Membership to Discipleship
Chapter 9 Concluding Thoughts: Spiritual Leadership and Resurgence

What are some important insights:
This resource provides ministry insights and useful ideas on how to do ministry in a new era. Leading through coaching is one the many insights shared throughout this guide. Every growing leader needs to be connected with a network of resources that are constantly providing information, insight, inspiration, and innovative strategy to move ministry forward.” (p.148)

Possibilities as a resource for churches:
Resurgence is a good resource for clergy and laity who want to move and inspire their congregation to doing ministry in new ways.

Melvin Amerson

Rev. Melvin Amerson is a member of the Texas Annual Conference and serves as a Resource Specialist/Area Representative at TMF. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.

Melvin is the author of Celebrating the Offering, Fruit for Celebrating the Offering and Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm, as well as several articles covering topics from generosity, leadership and visioning. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and is a nationally-recognized generosity consultant known for his engaging presentations.

Melvin obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, a Master of Divinity degree concentrating in Christian education from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.