Ministry Tools

Sermon Preparations Notes: The Book of Exodus

Dr. Rodney Ashlock, department chair and assistant professor in the College of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University, offers comprehensive sermon notes suitable for preparation of a sermon series on the Book of Exodus. This information was originally presented by Dr. Ashlock in May 2016 at the Annual Sermon Seminar conducted by the Austin Graduate School of Theology. 

Church Governance

This packet on church governance brings together materials originally compiled by several elder-minister teams serving as panelists at ElderLink Dallas 2015 and ElderLink Houston 2017. It presents a variety of different ways that Churches of Christ structure their leadership teams to maximize elder-minister partnerships. 

Sprinting Through Church History

Dr. Money leads the readers through a fast-paced series of lessons on church history.   His collaborators include some of ACU’s outstanding scholars: Dr. Jeff Childers, early Christianity; Dr. Ron Morgan, medieval Christianity; Dr. Doug Foster, Reformation church history and the origin of Churches of Christ; Dr. Chris Flanders, the current status of global Christianity; and Randy Harris, the relevance of church history to today and the future.

Session One

Session Two

Session Three

     - Additional information

Session Four

Session Five 

Further Readings 

Interpreting the Bible in Our Times Notes

In a series of lessons and interviews, Dr. Royce Money explores various aspects of biblical interpretation in language appropriate for adult Bible classes, taking into account the impact that cultural, geographic and religious backgrounds have on how individuals see the Scriptures.

Lesson One: The Word, the World, and Us.

Lesson Two: Interpreting the Bible in Our Times

Lesson Three: Cultural Bias and Interpretation of the Bible

Lesson Four:

    Multiple Translations of Philippians 2:6-8     

    Multiple Translations of James 2:1

    Interpreting Bible for Our Time

Lesson Five: Interpreting the Bible in Our Times 

Additional resources 

Black Rage: A Contemporary Christian Conversation.

Contemporary Christian Conversations is a series of interviews exploring important issues in the context of personal stories. In “Black Rage,” Randy Harris, spiritual director of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry, interviews Dr. Steven Moore, Associate Professor of English and Director of the McNair Scholars Program, Abilene Christian University. Dr. Moore shares his personal experiences and perspectives on Black rage. He and Harris explore the complexities of being followers of Christ when racial injustices are commonplace. Watch interview.

Recommended Reading List compiled by Dr. Steven Moore.

Faculty Links

Several ACU faculty members from the College of Biblical Studies have online presence based in their respective areas of expertise. Here we provide you with links to websites and podcasts that speak the needs of church leaders.

Dr. Houston Heflin, assistant professor in the Department of Bible, Mission and Ministry, provides "The Weekend Teacher," a library of podcasts for Bible school instructors and small group leaders seeking to gain effective teaching skills that can be implemented right away.

Dr. Glenn Pemberton, retired associate professor in the Department of Bible, Mission and Ministry, along with his wife, Dr. Dana Pemberton, chair of the department of Teacher Education, have written and published a number of books. Visit the website and Facebook page