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Mentoring ManualEstablishing a Church-Based, Welfare-to-Work Mentoring Ministry: A Practical “How To” Manual by Amy L. Sherman

This manual helps churches understand both the Biblical mandate for ministry among the needy and the benefits that accrue to congregations that engage in relational, holistic ministry. The tips and how-to advice in the manual are based on lessons learned from effective church-based mentoring programs around the country (and from Dr. Sherman's experience as Director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, which included a mentoring program). The manual walks church leaders through all the steps of ministry start-up, including recruiting and training volunteers.

Charitable Choice HandbookCollaborating for Employment Among the Poor: The Jobs Partnership Model
by Amy L. Sherman.

The Jobs Partnership - a creative ministry linking churches and businesses to provide employment to the poor - is being replicated in over 20 cities across the U.S. Based on onsite research at four Jobs Partnership sites and numerous telephone interviews, this manual provides a comprehensive overview of the philosophy, mission, and core values of the ministry, as well as step-by-step instructions for beginning such a work.

Communities FirstThe Charitable Choice Handbook for Ministry Leaders
by Amy L. Sherman

This guide covers all the basics: what CC is (and isn't); what your ministry needs to know about it; how to assess whether government funding is for you; and how to navigate the relationship with government should you decide to pursue funding. The Handbook's advice is based on both Dr. Sherman's personal experience as the former director of a church-based urban ministry and her national research on the implementation of Charitable Choice. It includes answers to frequently asked questions; a copy of the “Code of Conduct for Faith-Based Organizations” receiving government funding; and a resource appendix.

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