Parish Resources

A Database of Recommendations for Parish Use

Quick Links for navigating Parish Resources


  1. Bible Reading & Study
  2. Studies based on Seasons of the Liturgical Year
  3. Sexuality & Gender Issues
  4. Parish Resources on the Holy Spirit
  5. Resources on Prayer
  6. Youth Ministry
  7. Confirmation/Catechesis for Adults, Youth & Children
  8. Apologetics & Christian Worldview
  9. Ethics, Social Justice, Political Engagement
  10. Discipleship & Formation
  11. Evangelism
  12. Sanctity of Life
  13. Anglicanism
  14. For Pastors/The Pastoral Vocation
  15. Confronting Abuse in the Church
  16. Healing
  17. Grieving


1. Bible Reading & Study

i. Day-to-day devotionals and guides

One-to-one Bible Reading

A Habit Called Faith

  • Find a copy online: A Habit Called Faith by Jen Pollock Michel (2021 Baker Publishing Group)
    “With vulnerable storytelling and insightful readings of both Old and New Testament passages, Jen Pollock Michel invites you into a forty-day Bible reading experience. Vividly translating ancient truths for a secular age, Michel highlights how the biblical text invites us to see, know, live, love, and obey. The daily reflection questions and weekly discussion guides invite both individuals and groups, believers and doubters alike, to explore how faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, might grow into a life-defining habit.”

Through the Bible, Through the Year

  • Find a copy online: Through the Bible, Through the Year by John Stott
  • “John (Stott) has given us 365 short commentaries with readings from the Old Testament (up to Christmas), the Gospels (up to Easter) and the rest of the New Testament (to the end of August) contained within the book.”

Living & Active: Anglicans Growing in God’s Word (Video Series)

  • Living & Active: Anglicans Growing in God’s Word
  • Our newest ACA resource is a series of 6 short videos, designed to encourage ordinary Anglicans to read Scripture daily. Accessible and conversational, this guide is very well suited to sharing with your parish in segments as (for example) an opening devotional at parish council, or in other informal settings. Each video ends with discussion questions.
  • (Link coming soon)

Ten Minutes with the King

  • Find a copy online: Ten Minutes with the King (St. Peter Publications)
  • “For busy people who find lengthy Bible study difficult, this “Ten Minutes” series of books is suggested. Various New Testament books are divided into short sections, giving verse-by-verse commentary, a brief prayer for the day, and thought-provoking questions.”

ii. Understanding the Bible…

The Bible Project

  • View online: The Bible Project
  • “A non-Anglican resource I recommend is The Bible Project. They have various introductory courses on the Bible and hermeneutics for free online that are very well-crafted, presented, and they are so approachable. They recently offered a mobile app as well that assists you in reading the Bible through the year with commentaries and background material about the context and history of the text.” -The Rev. Orvin Lao, Toronto

The True Story of the Whole World

God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible

  • Find online: God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible (Vaughan Roberts)
  • A free online video resource, based on the book is also available here.

The 30-minute Bible

Series on the Bible from Grove Books

  • Find online: Series on the Bible from Grove Books
  • From Grove Books: We would like Grove Books to be your first call for comment on contemporary issues that is based on biblical principles, engages with best practice, and offers practical application. We are evangelical and Anglican, and seek to engage with, learn from and speak to others.” (Note Grove has series on many other topics as well.)

Crossways Biblical Overview Studies

  • Find online: Crossways Biblical Overview Studies
  • “Not Anglican, but written by a Lutheran, and worked well in our parishes. We used almost all of them. I particularly appreciated the visual/graphic nature of the materials.” -The Rev. Gene Packwood

iii. Resources on specific Biblical Books

The Throne, the Lamb and the Dragon

  • Find online: The Throne, the Lamb and the Dragon: A reader’s guide to the book of Revelation by Paul Spilsbury with Foreword by J.I. Packer.
  • “The book of Revelation has long intrigued, puzzled and even frightened its readers. Surely it is the most misunderstood book in the Bible. And some faulty interpretations of Revelation are so entrenched in the consciousness of Christians that they are regarded as “gospel truth” and provide riveting plot lines for end-time fiction. But behind the ancient multimedia show that is Revelation lies a message both simple and profound…”

On Earth as it is in Heaven

  • Find online: On Earth as it is in Heaven
  • A study on Revelation from St. John’s, Vancouver (an ANiC parish)
  • (includes audio files of the series sermons and downloadable copies of the study)

Seven Tips for Reading Revelation Realistically

  • Find online: Seven Tips for Reading Revelation Realistically
  • (a Lutheran resource geared towards youth)

Surprised by Hope

  • Find online: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright
  • While the book is not only focused on the Book of Revelation, it touches on many related themes.
  • “At Little Trinity Church, we’ve used N. T. Wright’s Surprised By Hope video series, which is free on YouTube. There are six videos and it was very well received by more than 50 participants in our parish.” -The Rev. Orvin Lao.
  • NOTE: Another priest said “The material is excellent but was not totally accessible for folks in my parish.”


2. Studies based on Seasons of the Liturgical Year

 

Road to Coronation

  • Find online: Road to Coronation by Sola Publishing.
  • A Lenten series written by the Rev. Harry Wendt.
  • The leader’s guide may be found here.
  • “This six-session study paints a vivid portrait of Jesus—a Servant King who welcomed outcasts as family, touched and raised the dead, performed miracles that made astonishing theological statements, and confounded the spiritual authorities of His day.” “This was particularly good—we used it in our parish for Lent.” -The Rev. Gene Packwood.

Lenten Resources recommended by Anglican Renewal Ministries

Wilderness Way

  • Wilderness Way: Meditations on the Ascended Life by the Very Rev. Dr. Donald P. Richmond
  • (Link coming soon)

Leaning into Lent

  • Find online: Leaning into Lent
  • ARM’s own Lenten video series in which ARM board members discuss the ways in which we are called to observe a Holy Lent: self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and reading and meditating on the Word of God.


3. Sexuality & Gender Issues

 

Beautiful Story

  • Find online: Beautiful Story, produced by the Church of England Evangelical Council
  • “Christians believe that the gospel is good news for all people and for all time. But since the narratives of our contemporary culture don’t always echo a biblical worldview, the church needs to be clear about how the gospel challenges and transforms human experience – including in our relationships and sexuality. The Beautiful Story is a 30-minute film that explains how a biblical vision for human sexuality is good for individuals, the church and society as a whole. It is intended to galvanise and support discussion in local churches around sexuality and relationships and to provide the case for what many call a traditional Christian viewpoint.”

Resources from Sam Allberry

  • Sam Allberry studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. He is a priest in the Church of England and has served on its General Synod. He has served in campus ministry and at St Mary’s Church in Maidenhead. He recently moved to the United States and serves a Immanuel Church, an inter-denominational church in Nashville, TN. Sam describes himself as “same-sex attracted” and is committed to teaching and living according to the Biblical teaching on sexuality.
  • Resources from Sam Allberry can be found here.
    Many of his talks are available on youtube. A short video by Sam Allberry on Pastoral Response to Transgender people may be viewed here.

Washed and Waiting

  • Find online: Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
  • Formerly a Professor at ACNA’s Trinity School for Ministry, Hill is now an associate professor of New Testament studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and serves as a priest at Pittsburgh, PA’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
  • “In Washed and Waiting, Hill explores the three main struggles that have been part of his daily effort to live faithfully:
    • What exactly does the gospel demand of gay and lesbian Christians, and how can it enable them to fulfill its commands?
    • How do Christians who experience homoerotic desires live with the loneliness such desires entail? Is there any relief for it? What comfort does the gospel offer?
    • Can those of us who struggle with homosexuality please God and truly experience his pleasure in the midst of sexual brokenness?”

Messy Grace

  • Find online: Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction by Caleb Kaltenbach (Book Depository CA).
  • An audio version is available for free with a Hoopla account here
  • “Some practical ideas on living in the tension between grace and truth. Not scholarly or erudite, but real, giving what seem to me to be accessible and useful strategies on living out ACA principles in our day.” – The Rev. Gene Packwood

Resources from Mark Yarhouse

Begotten, Not Made

  • Find online: Begotten, Not Made by Oliver O’Donovan
  • This book touches on various ethical issues, including the transgender question.
  • “The sex into which we have been born (assuming that it is physiologically unambiguous) is given to us to be welcomed as a gift of God.”
  • For a discussion on O’Donovan’s thought on this question, see the Mere Fidelity podcast: “The Transgender Question” here.

The Genesis of Gender

  • Find online: The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory by Abigail Favale (Ignatius Press 2022)
  • “Weaving personal experience with expert knowledge, Dr. Abigail Favale provides an in-depth yet accessible account of the gender paradigm: a framework for understanding reality and identity that has recently risen to prominence. Favale traces the genealogy of gender to its origins in feminism and postmodern thought, describing how gender has come to eclipse sex, and how that shift is reshaping language, law, medicine, sexuality, and our own self-perceptions.”
  • View online: a video introduction to Favale’s thought.

When Harry Became Sally

Transgender

  • Transgender by Vaughan Roberts (2016, The Good Book Company) is written at a more popular than academic level and offers a conservative evangelical critique. His argument, based around a biblical theological framework, and other resources can also be accessed in this talk.

Gender Dysphoria

  • Find online: “Gender Dysphoria” by Rick Thomas and Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship: a short (6pp) guide with scientific and medical detail.

Martin Davie

Resources specifically addressing the debates around sexuality
in the Anglican Church of Canada

General Synod 2016

General Synod 2019

  • Vancouver Statement”: Following the defeat of the Motion to change the Marriage Canon at General Synod 2019, Anglican Communion Alliance and the Communion Partners Canada bishops issued a joint statement.
  • A highly controversial Memo from the Chancellor of the Anglican Church of Canada (released in June of 2016) was used by many ACoC bishops to justify proceeding with same-sex marriages in their dioceses beginning in 2016 and continuing up until now, despite the failed attempt to change the Marriage Canon. The Anglican Communion Alliance requested a Legal Opinion from two of the top Canon lawyers in the Anglican Communion, Mark Hill and Norman Doe. This Opinion was released in January of 2021 and was an extremely strong repudiation of the Chancellor’s memo and the bishops who had relied on it.
  • On Canons and Conversion“: The Anglican Planet’s February 2021 editorial addresses the recent treatment of Canons in the Anglican Church of Canada.
  • More material related to the Legal Opinion can be found here.

Transgender Issues in the Anglican Church of Canada

  • In 2022, the Anglican Church of Canada released a “Trial Pastoral Liturgy for Journeys of Gender Transition and Affirmation”. To participate in the feedback process, you can sign up here.
  • The Anglican Planet’s February 2022 editorial addresses the trial liturgy. View article here.
  • We expect to have further resources on this topic leading up to General Synod. Here is one substantive engagement with the document, from The Rev. Dr. Peter Armstrong: download here.


4. Parishes resources on the Holy Spirit

Frances McNutt

  • Learn more: Frances McNutt
  • “Francis was a teacher, pioneer, and theologian instrumental in restoring the healing ministry to the Church, especially through the Charismatic Renewal movement.”

Recommended by Anglican Renewal Ministries

Saints Alive

  • Find online: Saints alive: Living Life in the Spirit Today

Wind and Fire

  • View online: Wind and Fire (Anglican Renewal Ministries video series)

Taste and See

ARM’s Taste and See magazine: subscribe here.


5. Resources on Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer

Prayer

  • Find online: Prayer by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
  • “This is perhaps the best and most comprehensive book on prayer ever written. From the persons of the Trinity through the Incarnation to the Church and the very structure of the human person, this book is a powerful synthesis of what prayer is and how to pray. The testament of a great theologian on something which is most personal and interior, contemplative prayer.”


6. Youth Ministry

Youth E-Source

  • Find online: Youth E-Source (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)
  • “Excellent resources for youth and adults. Check out the ‘Free Resources’–some of which may need to be adapted for an Anglican context, but there are still some excellent resources. An example is this article on ‘Reading Revelation Realistically’” – Recommended by Siobhan Laskey

Grove Books

  • Find online: Grove Books
  • “These are not specifically Anglican but great for youth.”

Youth Alpha

The Road

  • Find online: The Road, from the Diocese of Norwich (Church of England)
  • The Road’s youtube channel
  • “This is a brilliant series of short but effective apologetic videos–great for young people but good for all ages, actually.” – The Rev. Dr. Brett Cane


7. Confirmation/Catechesis for Adults, Youth & Children

(coming soon)


8. Apologetics & Christian Worldview

(coming soon)


9. Ethics, Social Justice, Political Engagement

(coming soon)


10. Discipleship & Formation

(coming soon)


11. Evangelism

(coming soon)


12. Sanctity of Life

(coming soon)


13. Anglicanism

(coming soon)


14. For Pastors/The Pastoral Vocation

(coming soon)


15. Confronting Abuse in the Church

(coming soon)


16. Healing

(coming soon)


17. Grieving

(coming soon)