Books

cover of Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership" by Samuel (Sam) Rahberg

Enduring Ministry: Toward A Lifetime of Christian Leadership

by Samuel Rahberg

For many Christian leaders, the experience of ministry includes enough conflict and disappointment to soon wear off the patina of one’s initial enthusiasm. And yet relief and renewal seems too often out of reach. What happens in this season of ministry is more than a matter of whether or not a Christian leader can persist. Can a Christian engage the call to maturity at the juncture of discipleship and leadership? Enduring Ministry is designed for those who seek a more durable way forward, one that is infused with grace and inspired by good mission.

In Enduring Ministry, Samuel Rahberg draws on insights from the monastic tradition, the ministry of spiritual direction, and the experience of Christian leadership to support and empower leaders for continued ministries in the church, helping experience a shift from merely enduring to lasting, effective, and vibrant Christian leadership.


The Gospel of Mark in Poem and Image

by Samuel Rahberg and the artist Natalie Rahberg

“Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mark 15:39)

In sixteen action-packed chapters, the Gospel of Mark makes haste to convince readers of the good news of Jesus Christ. This collection combines ninety-one reader’s poems by Samuel Rahberg, with twenty-seven original pieces of art by his sister Natalie Rahberg, sharing with others the fruits of their own prayer. May each reader be led back to the Christ revealed in the Gospel of Mark. Natalie is a working artist in McKinney, TX.


The Gospel of John in Poem and Image

by Samuel Rahberg and the artist Natalie Rahberg

“In the beginning was the Word . . .”

The Gospel of John opens with rich poetic imagery and unfolds into twenty-one chapters full of symbols and signs that point to Jesus Christ as truly human and truly divine. This collection of fifty-six reader’s poems, combined with twenty-six original pieces of art printed in full color, offers an inviting first read to those new to the Gospel and fresh perspective to those long familiar with its themes. Like artists throughout the centuries, siblings Samuel Rahberg and Natalie Rahberg have employed the disciplines of writing and visual art to share with others the fruits of their own prayer. May each reader be led back to the Christ revealed in the Gospel of John. Natalie Rahberg is a working artist in McKinney, TX.


The Way Forward: A Collection of Benedictine Inspirations

by Victor Klimoski, edited by Samuel Rahberg

We must listen well to those who truly encourage and inspire us, especially those who, by their presence and their authenticity, consistently extend to us the invitations we need to become more deeply who we are. The Way Forward (Aetos Publications, 2014) is a selection of lifetime educator Victor Klimoski’s writings, edited by Samuel Rahberg and featuring seven original poems. The reflections have their roots sunk deep in monastic spirituality. Those new to Benedictine wisdom will encounter the invitation to move closer to a discerning life guided by the Gospel. For those who already know well the Benedictine Way, these prayerful readings demonstrate the application of monastic values and provide encouragement for the long journey.


Illuminating Ministry: A Journal, Volume 3

edited by Victor Klimoski and Barbara Sutton, chapter on “Listening” by Samuel Rahberg

Illuminating Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2014) provides an opportunity for church leaders and those in ministerial formation to engage in community and prayer. By focusing on seven distinct charisms or values of Benedictine spirituality and basing its prayer movement on lectio divina, this journal inspires theological reflection on one’s own life and ministry. Illuminating Ministry, which promotes spiritual companioning in groups, becomes an exceptional tool for exploring and renewing one’s call to ministry.

Publications

Befriending Your Limits, (Faith & Leadership, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, 2017)

How To Foster A Healthier Year In Ministry, (Faith & Leadership, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, 2016)

The Importance of Spiritual Imagery and Experiences for Contemplatives Approaching Forty, Co-authored with Rachel Twigg Boyce (Presence Magazine, 2015)

Solomon's Temple, The Saint John's BibleIlluminating the Call: Solomon’s Temple (Seeing The Word Audio Series, The Saint John’s Bible, 2014)

Leaning into the Future: A Study of the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery (The American Benedictine Review, 2014)

The Future of Benedictine Retreat Ministry: An Adaptive Challenge for St. Paul’s Monastery (Benedictines Magazine, 2012)

Woman And The Dragon, The Saint John's BibleSeeing Advent: Woman and the Dragon (Rev. 12:1-17) (Seeing The Word Audio Series, The Saint John’s Bible, 2012)