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Rev. Shane L. Bishop

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9

Shane has served as the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997. With his strengths of vision casting, preaching, teaching, soul winning and leadership, Christ Church weekend worship attendance has increased under his leadership from 200 in 1997 to over 3,000 each week in 2022.  Shane was named a “Distinguished Evangelist” by the Foundation for Evangelism in 2010. Christ Church, an independent congregation, has seven weekly worship services, three regional campuses and a significant on-line community. Christ Church was recognized as one of the 100 fastest growing churches in the country in 2018 by Outreach Magazine.

A former history teacher and coach, Shane holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Shane graduated cum laude in 1992 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. There he received the Rollins Scholarship Award for his academic work and effectiveness in pastoral leadership at the St. James-Manchester Charge in Manchester, Georgia.  From 1992-1997 he served the Sumner/Beulah Charge in Sumner, Illinois. 

Shane has traveled extensively around the world in pilgrimage, mission and ministry.  He is the author of multiple books, has been featured as a writer in various publications and has a single blog post approaching 4,000,000 reads. He is the co-host of the podcast Navigating Change with Shane and Mike.

Shane resides in Trenton, Illinois with his wife, Melissa.  The couple has two adult children and four grandchildren.



Rev. Shane’s Books

Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.

This book is, plain and simple, a collection of stories. Stories are to the human experience what songs are to an album or what content is to a publication. Stories are the “stuff” that comprise our lives. Stories offer our lives context and color, help us remember, infuse meaning and convey the pain and exhilaration found in the seemingly unremarkable act of day-to-day living.

The time between the completion of my last book Re:Member in 2013 and the writing of this book has been most jagged. It has been four years, defined by inexpressible joy on one hand, and an unanticipated crisis on the other. The act of writing these stories has helped me in many ways and I hope that you are engaged, challenged, and even healed by the stories shared in this book. I hope you laugh, cry, reflect, draw strength, and find your hearts “strangely warmed,” to quote the father of Methodism, John Wesley. The honor of being invited to speak into your life is a privilege that I never take for granted.

The Ping Life

So many Christians feel like it’s on us to save the world – to solve every political and social problem or lead every person we meet to Christ.

We’re plagued by guilt when we spend our time and money doing anything else, and we feel like failures when we realize we can’t do it all. Hello, overwhelm, exhaustion, agitation, and burnout!

There has to be more to the abundant life Jesus promised.

The Ping Life is a framework for living an authentic Christian life filled with peace, happiness, and purpose – one where you’re free to enjoy the blessings God has given you while still having an impact for God’s Kingdom.

In it, pastor Shane Bishop teaches you how to establish a baseline of Christian discipleship and tune your receiver to the frequency of God’s voice, so you can hear “pings” from the Holy Spirit and develop sustainable spiritual rhythms. Filled with stories of ordinary humans who listened to God’s pings and became part of Kingdom history, this is an entertaining, easy read that will

inspire you, free you, and invite you into an adventure with God.

In an agitated, works-based world, discover a simple approach to life that is revolutionary, counter cultural, and life giving.

That’s Good News – How To Overcome Your Fear And Evangelize

Have you wanted to share who Jesus is but feel like you don’t have what it takes and don’t know what to say? Through the parables of Jesus, humorous personal anecdotes, inspiring stories, and practical tips, That’s Good News will motivate and equip you to share your faith. God isn’t asking you to be perfect-He’s just asking you to show up.

Trail Guide to the Gospel of John

In the Trail Guide to the Gospel of John we will adventure through the fourth Gospel. Rev. Shane Bishop, Senior Pastor of Christ Church since 1997 will guide us along the way. The Trail Guide is designed to help you understand and take in the context, history, emotions, and personalities that we see in the book of John. Rev. Shane takes us verse by verse through the book, pointing out the highlights along the trail as we go. If you have been looking to grow your understanding of the Bible in a way that everyone can understand, join us as we travel on the trail.

Trail Guide to the Book of James

Welcome to the trail! The Bible is a journey with the power to change your life. It will give you access to majestic and breathtaking new scenery as well as quiet moments of reflection. The Bible, however, isn’t just an emotional experience, it is also a highly practical one. The book of James may be among the top books of the Bible considered practical. The Trail Guide to the Book of James will be your instruction manual and hiker’s guide to being a Christian. Rev. Shane Bishop, a seasoned biblical trail guide, will teach you how to use your hiker’s guide for the greatest impact.

This book is the second in a series of “Trail Guides,” offering verse by verse reflections that span entire books of the Bible. The goal is to produce vivid Biblical insight that is so engaging readers “can’t put it down.” This compelling trek is a practical offering to the church, emerging from over three decades of Biblical study, pilgrimage, preaching and teaching. Trail Guide to the Book of James is designed to be a versatile resource for everything from personal devotions to all-church Bible studies.

Trail Guide to the Scriptures: 1 Peter

Trail Guide to the Scriptures: 1 Peter is your step-by-step guide to traveling the path of 1 Peter and uncovering the treasures it holds: traveling its twists and turns, climbing its challenging sections, being awed by its breathtaking views, and letting it form and inspire you.

With Reverend Shane Bishop – pastor, history nerd, regular guy, and fellow traveler just like you – as your guide, you will better understand the landscape of 1 Peter, see things you might have missed while reading on your own, and feel more confident navigating its pages.

Written to new converts in the early church who were learning how to withstand persecution, 1 Peter holds deep wisdom for our modern times where there is more pressure than ever to comply and conform to the culture around you. You will learn how to live peacefully in a society that thinks differently from you; find perspective, encouragement, and hope for when being a Christian is challenging, countercultural, and misunderstood; and hold onto eternal hope when your faith comes with a cost.

Part commentary, part historical nonfiction, part story that you can’t put down, Trail Guide to the Scriptures take you verse-by-verse through a book of the Bible while showing you what it means for your life today. With each book broken into “episodes” that pull you into the plot, you will discover how engaging and exciting Scripture can be and learn what it says for yourself and how it applies to your life today.

Get ready to reach new heights in your faith and find encouragement to hold onto Jesus no matter what the world throws your way.

Trail Guide to the Scriptures: 2 Peter

Trail Guide to the Scriptures: 2 Peter is your step-by-step guide to traveling the path of 2 Peter and uncovering the treasures it holds: traveling its twists and turns, climbing its challenging sections, being awed by its breathtaking views, and letting it form and inspire you.

With Reverend Shane Bishop – pastor, history nerd, regular guy, and fellow traveler just like you – as your guide, you will better understand the landscape of 2 Peter, see things you might have missed while reading on your own, and feel more confident navigating its pages.

Written to new converts in the early church who were learning how to withstand persecution, 2 Peter offers warnings so that the church may continue to grow in “grace, peace, and knowledge” of God. Peter wants to remove any and all obstacles that might slow down the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Part commentary, part historical nonfiction, part story that you can’t put down, Trail Guide to the Scriptures take you verse-by-verse through a book of the Bible while showing you what it means for your life today. With each book broken into “episodes” that pull you into the plot, you will discover how engaging and exciting Scripture can be and learn what it says for yourself and how it applies to your life today.

Get ready to reach new heights in your faith and find encouragement to hold onto Jesus no matter what the world throws your way.