Leadership on the Other Side

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leadership on the other sideBy William M. Easum, Bill Easum.

Abingdon. 2000

ISBN 0687085888, 9780687085880

In an engaging, direct style, the author opens a portal to the “OtherSide,” that place beyond the Christendom Era and its mechanistic, by-the-numbers approach to church life. It’s a bumpy ride, with treasured assumptions, privileges, and traditions shattered along the way. Yet on the “OtherSide” lies a church radically transformed, resonant leadership of the Spirit, and ready to lay aside everything that does not help it accomplish the one thing that matters: introducing people to the love of God in Jesus Christ.


The Teaching Ministry of Congregations

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the teaching ministry of the congregationsRichard Robert Osmer
Westminister John Knox. 07/2005
ISBN-10: 0664225470
ISBN-13: 9780664225476

In this important and groundbreaking book, Richard Osmer develops a practical theology of the teaching ministry. He begins by exploring the teaching ministry of the apostle Paul, identifying in Paul’s letters to his congregations the core tasks of the teaching ministry: (1) catechesis; (2) exhortation; and (3) discernment. Next he presents case studies of the teaching ministries of three contemporary congregations, one in the US, one in Korea, and one in South Africa, developing interpretive perspectives on the teaching ministry. Finally he focuses on the development of action-guiding models and guidelines and explores helpful methods for guiding the teaching ministries of one’s own particular congregation.

This long-awaited textbook will become a classic in Christian Education courses in seminaries as well as in Christian Certification courses.

Mandate to Difference

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mandate to differenceMandate to Difference. An Invitation to the Contemporary Church

Walter Brueggemann

Westminister John Knox. 01/2006
ISBN-10: 0664231217

“If you cringe at the boisterous, cocky new sound of religion in politics, if you worry about the divisiveness of ‘red’ and ‘blue,’ and if you are vexed that too many people claim to be speaking directly for Christ, you might think that our Christian faith is all about getting the moral issues right and leveraging others to think and act the right way, as do we. But if you think that, you are very wrong, because such contemporary loud posturing is not so much about faith as it is about anxiety and maintaining control in the world. Our faith . . . is not about pinning down moral certitudes. It is, rather, about openness to wonder and awe in glad praise.”

—from chapter 1

In this his newest work, renowned Walter Brueggemann sets forth a new vision of the Christian church in today’s world. Based on recent speaking engagements surrounding his critical passion and conviction—that the church in this moment must set itself in tension with the rest of the world—the essays in Mandate to Difference call the church to courageously defy political polarization, consumerism, and militarism. “If this is God’s world and if the rule of love is at work,” he writes, “then our mandate is not to draw into a cocoon of safety; rather, it is to be out and alive in the world in concrete acts and policies whereby the fearful anxiety among us is dispatched and adversaries can be turned to allies and to friends.”

Mandate to Difference has been chosen as one of the Best Religious Books of 2007 by the Massachusetts Bible Society.

The Study of Evangelism

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The stud of EvangelismThe Study of Evangelism: Exploring a Missional Practice of the Church

Paul W. Chilcote (editor), Laceye C. Warner (editor).

Eerdmans 2008

ISBN: 978-0-8028-0391-7


Christians and communities of faith today are rediscovering evangelism as an essential aspect of the church’s mission. Many of the resulting books in the marketplace, however, have a hands-on orientation, often lacking serious theological engagement and reflection. Bucking that how-to trend, The Study of Evangelism offers thirty groundbreaking essays that plumb the depths of the biblical and theological heritage of the church with reference to evangelistic practice. Helpfully organized into six categories, these broad, diverse writings lay a solid scholarly foundation for meaningful dialogue about the church’s practice of evangelism.


Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Divisions in a Consumer Church

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By Paul Louis Metzger

Eerdmans 2007

ISBN: 978-0-8028-3068-5

Many Americans think that race problems are a thing of the past because we no longer live under the Jim Crow laws that once sustained overt structures of segregation. Unfortunately, says Paul Louis Metzger, today we live under an updated version of segregation, through the subtle power of unchallenged norms of consumer preference.
Consumerism affects and infects the church, reinforcing race and class divisions in society. Intentionally or unintentionally, many churches have set up structures of church growth that foster segregation, such as appealing to consumer appetites. Metzger here argues that the evangelical Christian church needs to admit this fault and intentionally move away from race, class, and consumer segregation.
Challenging the consumerism that fosters ethnic and economic divisions and distorts evangelical Christianity, Consuming Jesus puts forth a theologically grounded call to restructure the church’s passions and practices, transforming the evangelical imagination around a nobler, all-consuming vision of the Christian faith.
Visit the Consuming Jesus blog created by the The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins at: http://consumingjesus.org/