Books

As my journey as a minister developed from a chaplain in the Marines to the pastor of a church I planted from scratch, more and more people became curious about my path and how I accomplished what I did.  These books grew out of those conversations.  They’re an invitation into a dialogue about all things ministry, from divine inspiration to everyday reality—like literally keeping the lights on at my church.

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Don't Look Down: Answering Jesus' Call to Walk on the Water

Don’t Look Down: Answering Jesus’ Call to Walk on the Water is for followers of Jesus who may find themselves stuck in a rut spiritually, at a decision point but too afraid to make a move or wondering why they aren’t living a more fulfilled, purposeful life. This book will be a spark to help people out of their “boats” and onto whatever water Jesus has called them. It is an ideal resource for church planters, church planting teams and teaching pastors, couples, college students, ministry leaders, and anyone hoping to put their faith into motion.

Embrace: A Church Plant that Broke All the Rules

Embrace chronicles the foundation of Embrace Church in Lexington, Kentucky from its beginnings in his basement to a multi-campus congregation that reaches hundreds of folks broken by poverty, burned by Christians, and in need of healing grace. Roz shares the practical lessons he learned,  personal journal entries about his internal struggles, and relevant data and theological insights in order to offer a comprehensive glimpse into new church plants, and the difficulties and opportunities that exist in urban ministry.

Ministry Makeover: Recovering a Theology for Bi-vocational Service in the Church

Ministry Makeover examines the decline within the church, especially the United Methodist Church (UMC), and some causes for this decline. It calls for a reforming of United Methodist structure and polity by drawing more attention to the value of the bi-vocational model of ministry and a re-visitation of the Wesleyan/United Brethren view and historical perspective.  The example of Embrace Church (Lexington, KY) provides the case study, and incorporates his experiences into this text in order to show how these implications have played out in a true bi-vocational, church-plant context.

Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes

When it comes to the “business” matters of the church—finances, debt reduction, fundraising, and building maintenance, many clergy feel inexperienced and unprepared.  Learning the hard way, entrepreneurial pastor Roz Picardo has launched and revitalized multiple churches, all with minimal financial support.  In Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes, he shares the lessons he’s learned and demonstrates how, step by faithful step, you can do the same.