Publications by Faculty

This page is dedicated to the resources developed by faculty members of Besorah Institute. We encourage you to explore these contributions to the literature on ministry and Biblical research.


Available online through Xulon Press, Cokesbury, Christian Book, Barnes & Noble, and 

From Battles to Victory: Standing Strong in Your Call, by Dr. Deborah A. Burd (March 2023). Video promo created by LAMBNetwork.TV.  (July, 2023)  Adina Smith from LAMBNetwork.TV narrates.

Inspired by the ministry experiences of a real pastoral couple and written with the seminary student and ministry leader in mind, this novel/handbook highlights important Biblical strategies and practices to help equip people for ministry on a spiritual level so they can experience more victories in spiritual battles during their ministry assignments.


Deborah Burd and Stephanie Pavlantos are both proud members of Word Weavers.


New book by Stephanie Pavlantos and co-author Starr Ayers (2023). Room at the Table: Encouraging Stories From Special Needs Families.  Winner of two prestigious book awards.  Available through

Available through – Jewels of Hebrews by Stephanie Pavlantos (December 2020), staff member and instructor for Besorah Institute.  


Published in 2017

Relational Discipleship: Moving Back Home with God by Craig Drurey

Brian Craig Drurey was a former member of the Board of directors for the Besorah Institute.  He also served on the faculty, teaching a variety of classes.  Craig earned his Master of Divinity degree from Northwest Nazarene University.  Before his passing in 2020, he was in the dissertation phase for a Doctor of Ministry in Wesleyan Practices at Ashland Theological Seminary.  Craig contributed much to our organization, and was loved and respected by both staff and students.  We are blessed to have known him.

Update:  This book can be purchased through Wiph and Stock Publishers ( or  

Relational Discipleship: Moving Back Home with God

God is waiting for each of us to return home! In fact, God is already out in the world searching and inviting each person to take the journey back to God’s house. Relational Discipleship: Moving Back Home with God approaches discipleship from a fresh perspective and intentionally draws on biblical principles and examples of discipleship.

In this approach, the metaphor of a house is used to describe our journey back to God. Hospitality plays a key factor in how discipleship, from this perspective, warmly calls each person forward in each step. Other modes of discipleship are solely focused on transformation of the disciple. Here, in this model, the transformation of the discipler must occur first. Then, the discipler can be a warm host helping other travelers on the path to God’s house. Join in the journey today and see how Relational Discipleship offers the call to move back home with God.