Pastoral Ministry & Preaching Databases

GCTS libraries offer students, staff and faculty a host of online databases to help with research needs. Below is a list of databases particularly useful for pastoral ministry and preaching.

See also the complete list of databases as well as databases by subject: Biblical Studies | Church History & Theology | Counseling & Psychology | Pastoral Ministry & Preaching

Click the Link Icons* to access each database or click the Tutorial Icons* to access tutorials. Click the + Database Title for descriptions of each database.

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ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials

Compiled by the American Theological Library Association, ATLA Religion Database covers Biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues. Supplemented with ATLASerials, this database contains over 55,000 full-text journal articles and book reviews from international titles and multi-author works in the field of religion. Coverage begins in 1946 and continues to the present. This is a selection from the 1.2 million records in the ATLA Religion Index.

Alumni/ae can access full-text periodicals that are indexed in ATLASerials through ATLAS for Alum.

BibleWorks Available on library computers only. Check with library staff for more details.

BibleWorks is the premier original languages Bible software program for exegesis and research. It comes with Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts, as well as translations in English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and more! BibleWorks 8.0 is now installed on library computers at each of the four campus libraries.

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index

This database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 370,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith. Coverage in the database dates back to 1981.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library  

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) seeks to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media.

Christian Periodical Index

Published by the Association of Christian Librarians, CPI provides access to English language articles and reviews from an evangelical perspective.  The electronic version of the Christian Periodical Index includes most titles from 1976 to the present.

eBooks on EBSCOhost

Over 700 theological titles and hundreds more are now through NetLibrary in full-text. An list of subjects in Library of Congress call number order is available. All Netlibrary books available to the GCTS community are searchable at eBooks on EBSCOhost. To access these ebooks, either perform a search for your desired topic, author, or title at the eBooks on EBSCOhost site (after logging into EZproxy), or navigate to the appropriate subject group and click the direct title link.

EThOs - British Library Electronic Theses Online  

The aim of EThOS is to offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education. Search for existing UK theses, and either read or request the full-text of many theses.

iPreach (now called "Ministry Matters")  

The Ministry Matters Library offers the finest in contemporary biblical study and preaching resources to pastors and teachers. This extensive collection of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and other reference works provides a breadth of substantial, searchable materials with which to prepare sermons and lessons—all in one place. Resources include The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, The New Interpreter's Bible, the Abingdon Old and New Testament Commentaries, and the New Testament in Context commentaries.

JSTOR  

JSTOR provides full-text access to core academic journals. Gordon-Conwell subscribes to the Arts & Sciences collections III, IV & V. These collections include journals in languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, the history and study of art and architecture, business, education, law,  psychology, public policy and administration, philosophy, history, and classics.

Logos Bible Software Available on library computers only. Check with library staff for more details.  

Bible study software providing access to almost 10,000 titles, including commentaries, dictionaries and original language texts. The Goddard Library currently has Logos 3.0 installed on library workstations, and the Lindsell Library has 4.0 installed.

Ministry Matters (formerly called "iPreach")  

The Ministry Matters Library offers the finest in contemporary biblical study and preaching resources to pastors and teachers. This extensive collection of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and other reference works provides a breadth of substantial, searchable materials with which to prepare sermons and lessons—all in one place. Resources include The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, The New Interpreter's Bible, the Abingdon Old and New Testament Commentaries, and the New Testament in Context commentaries.

Oxford Reference  

The Oxford Digital Reference Shelf provides Gordon-Conwell students, faculty and staff access to a range of high-quality award winning reference works published by Oxford University Press. These titles are fully searchable, and the articles include bibliographies pertinent to each subject covered. Titles include:

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses — Full Text  

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses — Full Text (Humanities & Social Sciences Collection) is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. PQDT — Full Text includes millions of searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

ProQuest Religion  

ProQuest Religion is an indispensable resource for religious studies programs and for anyone researching religious issues and perspectives. This resource presently has more than 220 journals, with most of them available with full-text. The content is full-text, scholarly, and designed to meet the needs of both religious studies programs and general library collections.

Research in Ministry (RIM)  

RIM® Online is a freely available database that indexes DMin projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Religion & Philosophy Collection

This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Religious & Theological Abstracts  

Religious & Theological Abstracts (R&TA) provides objective summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology.

The Text This Week  

The Text This Week features a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle. A diverse variety of resources for scripture study, reflection and liturgy are included from variety of theological persuasions. At The Text This Week, you will find conveniently-organized links to a treasure of resources for study, reflection and liturgy pertaining to each week's lectionary texts - both as individual pericopes and as a group of readings within their liturgical setting - a virtual study desk of sorts, laid out for your weekly exegetical work.

Theses Canada - Library and Archives Canada  

The mission of Theses Canada is to acquire and preserve a comprehensive collection of Canadian theses at Library and Archives Canada, to provide access to this valuable research within Canada and throughout the world. Its mission to preserve this portion of Canada's bibliographic heritage is achieved through collaboration with the many Canadian universities who participate in the program.

TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network) PDF Tutorial Available

The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 70 different institutions.

Wabash Center  

A selected, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc. The purpose of the Guide is to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of electronic resources into teaching.

William Sloan Coffin Sermon Archive  

This website is the home of the William Sloane Coffin Sermon Archive Project. It is truly a labor of love (a lot of labor; a lot of love) to digitally “Save Bill’s Voice.” Delivered from the Riverside Church pulpit over his ten years as senior minister, there are over 300 sermons in need of archiving to a digital format. It is my intention to transfer all of the sermons (and any other sermons I can find from around the country) from the deteriorating cassette tapes that are currently their home, not only to be made available on this website, but also to be stored with his papers at Yale University's Sterling Library. These digitized sermons could provide an enduring and invaluable resource for scholars, divinity school students, religious leaders and socially engaged activists around the world.

WorldCat PDF Tutorial

WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions. With millions of online records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing libraries, it is the largest and most comprehensive database of its kind. Simple keyword searches for books are available to all through WorldCat.org. More complex searches can be performed through FirstSearch (which requires and EZproxy login off-campus).

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Questions?

If you need help with accessing or using the databases listed above, or you would like to suggest new resources for the library, please use the contact form.