There are plenty of excellent resources for finding more information on Creation Care. Below are a few lists of recommended resources including practical suggestions, scientific information, opportunities for involvement, and Biblical and theological foundations.
Top 10 Creation Care Websites:
- Evangelical Environmental Network
The EEN contains lots of material for both individuals and churches, including Bible study suggestions, an large listing of scriptures, information on environmental issues, and lots of resources for churches. They also publish an excellent quarterly Creation Care magazine.
- Blessed Earth
The official website of Matthew and Nancy Sleeth is an educational ministry that includes great articles, blogs, resources, and both audio and video clips. The site focuses on outreach to churches, campuses, and media in an effort to promote measurable environmental change and meaningful spiritual growth.
- Care of Creation
An organization dedicated to both mobilizing the church to care for God’s creation and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ around the world. Their goal is to combine missions with Creation Care in an effort to bring the love of God to others.
- Earth Ministry
This nonprofit organization works to engage people of faith in environmental stewardship through education, modeling sustainable lifestyle choices, and organizing for social change through environmental advocacy. Their site contains a wealth of resources including book lists, sermons, curricula, prayers, songs, denominational statements, etc.
- The Regeneration Project
An interfaith organization that is devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. Their Interfaith Power and Light campaign focuses on mobilizing a national religious response to current environmental challenges.
- Creation Care for Pastors
This resource aims to equip pastors and church leaders to lead their congregations in applying biblical principles of stewardship to the environment around them. The site contains sample sermons, a great book list, articles, and practical suggestions.
- Wesleyan Church
A statement put out by the Wesleyan Church affirming creation care. “The Wesleyan Church believes that creation care is an important social issue of our day and that the time has come for us to take energetic, intentional steps toward more effective environmental stewardship.”
- Evangelical Climate Initiative
Signed by over 260 senior evangelical leaders, the “Evangelical Call to Action on Climate Change” recognizes both our opportunity and responsibility as Christians to respond to today’s environmental challenges. The website also provides useful information for those who want to become better acquainted with the science, details, facts, prayer needs, and information on environmental issues from a Christian perspective.
- Restoring Eden
This network of people seeks to become a grassroots movement within the church to promote an appreciation of nature, environmental stewardship, and public advocacy. The organization functions as a community of individuals contributing to the Creation Care conversation.
- Creation Care Study Program
CCSP offers study abroad programs in both Belize and New Zealand that connect Christian faith with current environmental and social justice issues.
Plus 5 other excellent websites:
- Better World Shopper
The website aims to provide consumers with a comprehensive account of the social and environmental responsibility of hundreds of products and companies, rating them A through F based on five key criteria.
- Energy Star
This official government website provides unbiased information on energy saving appliances. The site provides specific energy efficiency ratings for thousands of models of appliances from computers to water heaters to refrigerators to ceiling fans. Also included is information on building green, tax credits, rebates, and more.
- Daily Green
The site contains lots of information on green living including current news, tips, a list of blogs, and many other resources.
- Tree Hugger
Articles, news, and downloadable guides touching on every aspect of life will help you begin the process of creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
- The Green Guide
This National Geographic Society online publication contains tips, guides, and product reviews incorporating environmentally sustainable actions into your daily life.
Top 10 Creation Care Books:
- Serve God, Save the Planet by J. Matthew Sleeth
“Serve God, Save the Planet, by former emergency room doctor Dr. J. Matthew Sleeth, is a deeply personal book with far-reaching ramifications for Christians and all those who take their devotion to God seriously. The book presents a gripping account of Dr. Sleeth’s personal and spiritual journey to environmental stewardship. It lays out sobering rationale for life changes, and a “how-to” guide for lifestyle changes that will help care for others and protect the earth.” – from www.blessed-earth.org
- Saving God’s Green Earth by Tri Robinson
“For hundreds of years, the church championed the beauty of God’s creation, demonstrating in many ways how it points to the Creator. However, over the last century, the evangelical church has let the value of caring for creation slip away. Author and pastor Tri Robinson makes a compelling case for the biblical mandate behind environmental stewardship and shows the church what it can do about this eroding value.” – from www.savinggodsgreenearth.com
- Pollution and the Death of Man: The Christian View of Ecology by Francis Schaeffer
“The Bible is clear: mankind was meant to exercise godly domination over the earth. Yet today men mine valuable resources by whatever method brings the greatest profit in the shortest time, leaving the earth ravaged. They hunt and fish for pleasure, not food, leaving animal carcasses behind to rot. They worship self and ignore the God who made them. The answer to the ecological crises of our day is found only in the glorious truths of biblical Christianity: God created ex nihilo; He is both infinite and personal; we are made in His image and thus have great value in Him; Christ's death brought redemption from the consequences of the Fall (for believing individuals now and for all creation when He returns).” “There are indeed serious ecological crises in our world, but, says Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, one of the greatest Christian thinkers of our time: "The Christian who believes the Bible should be the man who--with God's help and in the power of the Holy Spirit--is treating nature now in the direction of the way nature will be [when Christ returns].... God's calling to the Christian now, and to the Christian community, in the area of nature... is that we should exhibit a substantial healing here and now.” – from www.crossway.org
- Earth-Wise by Calvin DeWitt
“Noted environmentalist Calvin B. DeWitt encourages Christians to care for the environment as stewards of God's creation. Earth-Wise describes in detail the wonders of God's creation and how fallen humanity and modern society have abused it. DeWitt provides biblical and theological perspectives on creation care as well as practical ideas for how Christians can respond to environmental issues. Discussion questions are included, as well as an outline of a workshop session on putting creation care into practice.” – fromwww.faithaliveresources.org
- Go Green, Save Green by Nancy Sleeth
“Many people want to “go green” but put it off because they believe it’s too time consuming and too expensive. Not so! Nancy Sleeth and her family have been living an eco-friendly lifestyle for years saving both time and money. Now, for the first time, she divulges hundreds of practical, easy-to-implement steps that you can take to create substantial money savings while protecting the earth. Sleeth also demonstrates how going green helps people live more God-centered lives by becoming better stewards of financial and natural resources. Chapter titles include: (1) Home; (2) Lawn and Garden; (3) Work; (4) Transportation; (5) Food; (6) Sabbath; (7) Holidays; (8) Entertainment; (9) School; (10) Church; (11) Nature; and (12) Community.” – from www.blessed-earth.org
- Redeeming Creation by Fred Van Dyke, David Mahan, Joseph Sheldon, and Raymond Brand
“Combining compelling stories with both biblical and scientific investigation, Redeeming Creation addresses the ecological crisis we face today. The authors, four biologists and teachers, believe that we can face these dilemmas with hope. Moving beyond a mere survey of the planet's ills, they bring Scripture into fruitful dialogue with current scientific findings and commitments. They both inspire and inform our individual and corporate response to God's creation.” – from www.ivpress.com
- For the Beauty of the Earth by Steven Bouma-Prediger
“Thomas Aquinas once stated that "any error about creation also leads to an error about God." At a time when it seems humans have erred much in their treatment of the planet, this book explores the relationship between Christianity and the natural world in the most thorough evangelical treatment available on a theology of creation care. An esteemed scholar of ecology and theology, Steven Bouma-Prediger claims that "authentic Christian faith requires ecological obedience." This substantive yet accessible book argues that true Christianity acknowledges the responsibility and privilege Christians have been given as stewards of the earth. Sure to provoke dialogue, For the Beauty of the Earth will be welcomed by professors and students of theology, ecology, and contemporary culture.” – from www.bakeracademic.com
- It’s Not Easy Being Green by Emma Sleeth
“You’ve probably heard the story of the garden of Eden — the paradise that God created for humans to live in. There was plenty of room for everyone, there were trees and flowers and plenty of food. When you look out your window today you don’t see the paradise God intended for us. This world is crowded, polluted, and headed for trouble. But it’s not hopeless. Emma Sleeth is only seventeen, and she’s working hard to save our planet. She believes that we’re called by God to protect the resources that he gave us, and she wants to help you learn how to live a sustainable lifestyle. She’s speaking out to her generation in the hopes that you will be the ones who can end global warming and restore our world to the paradise that God desires for us.” – from www.blessed-earth.org
- The Green Bible
“This green-letter edition includes over one thousand highlighted verses, inspirational essays by creation care leaders, and a Green Bible Trail Guide for further study. It’s the first environmentally friendly Bible printed with a linen cover, recycled paper, soy-based ink, and water-based coating.” – from www.blessed-earth.org
Plus 4 other excellent books:
- Go Green, Live Rich by David Bach
- The Rough Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson
- Deep Economy by Bill McKibben
- The Lorax by Dr. Suess