I am in my third year of the Doctor of Ministry program for the Missional Leadership cohort at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Western culture is experiencing seismic changes. Many of the core beliefs that have served society for the last 300 years are fading from prominence. The world is becoming increasingly connected. Institutions are losing their credibility to many. The internet has created an environment of instant, almost infinite access to information. The church is not immune to these changes.
The Missional Leadership Cohort trains ministry professionals to work in these turbulent times. It equips pastors and Christian leaders to lead communities of faith during these times. Students learn to discern which parts of the Christian faith have been coopted by the Modern Era and which are authentic representations of the Gospel that Jesus lived and presented to the world.
As we learn about the shifts of our culture, and their influence on our faith, we also learn how to lead during times of transition and anxiety. The missional leadership cohort will equip church workers to assess the condition of their churches compared to the needs of their community, and help people join with God in his mission.
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Below is a list of my required reading to date. Year 1 focuses on issues of leadership and understanding our socio-cultural context. Year 2 examines ecclesiology and developing missional leaders. Year 3 examines missiology and developing frameworks for creating missional change in our own contexts.
I finish my third year on August 1, 2015. Upon completion, I begin work on my dissertation/final project. Following an approved project proposal, I can begin some missional experiments in our church and community in early 2016. I’ll write about these experiments for my final project in the later portion of 2016 and early 2017. The earliest I can possibly graduate is spring, 2017!
Underlined titles are books that have been particularly meaningful. I haven’t read everything on here yet. So it’s possible I haven’t found it meaningful simply because I haven’t gotten to it yet!
Year 3 Reading List
Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood, Mark Lau Branson & Nick Warnes
Bourgeios Utopias, Robert Fishman
Education for Critical Consciousness, Paulo Freire
Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder, Ken Greenberg
Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry the Way of Shared Praxis, Thomas Groome
The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, John McKnight & Peter Block
Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development, Bryant L. Myers
Leadership Can Be Taught, Sharon Daloz Parks
The Art of Neighboring, Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon
Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood, Alan Roxburgh
Faith-Rooted Organizing, Alexia Salvatierra & Peter Heltzel
Understanding Culture: And Introduction to Anthropological Study, Philip Salzman
Constructing Local Theologies, Robert Schreiter
Doing Local Theology: A Guide for Artisans of a New Humanity, Clemens Sedmak
The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities, Richard Sennett
Learning From Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies, Robert Weiss
The Local Church, Agent of Transformation: An Ecclesiology for Integral Mission, Tetsunao Yamamori & C. Rene Padilla
Year 2 Reading List
Mandate to Difference, Walter Brueggemann
Borders of Baptism, Michael Budde
Models of the Church, Avery Dulles
The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy, Roger Finke & Rodney Stark
The One, the Three, and the Many, Collin Gunton
Another City, Barry Harvey
A Better Hope: Resources for a Church Confronting Capitalism, Democracy, and Postmodernity, Stanley Hauerwas
An Introduction to Ecclesiology, Veli-Matti Karkkainen
Jesus and Community, Gerhard Lohfink
Systematic Theology: Ethics, James McClendon
The Open Secret, Lesslie Newbigin
Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, Lesslie Newbigin
Servant Leaders, Servant Structures, Elizabeth O’Connor
Structures for Mission-Shaped Formation, Alan Roxburgh
Introducing the Missional Church, Alan Roxburgh & Scott Boren
The Essence of the Church, Craig Van Gelder
Missional Church in Perspective, Craig Van Gelder & Dwight Zscheile
Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship, Paul Wadell
Colossians Remixed, Brian Walsh, Sylvia C. Keesmaat
Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World, John Yoder
For the Nations, John Yoder
Year 1 Reading List
The Missional Church in Context, Ed. Craig Van Gelder
The Sky is Falling: Leaders Lost in Transition, Alan Roxburgh
The Systems View of the World, Erwin Laszlo
Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity, Stephen Toulmin
Modern Social Imaginaries, Charles Taylor
Consuming Life, Zygmunt Bauman
The Consequences of Modernity, Anthony Giddens
Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism, James Smith
Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry & Congregational Change, Mark Lau Branson
Leadership on the Line, Ronald Heifitz & Marty Linsky
Surfing the Edge of Chaos, Richard Pascale
Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, Peggy Holman
Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture, Lesslie Newbigin
The Character of Theology, John Franke
Texts under Negotiation, Walter Brueggemann
The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World, Alan Roxburgh & Fred Romanuk
Missional Map-Making, Alan Roxburgh
Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church, William Cavanaugh
Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, Ed. Darrell Guder
The Politics of Discipleship: Becoming Postmaterial Citizens, Graham Ward
Churches, Cultures & Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities, Mark Lau Branson & Juan Martinez
To Know as we are Known, Parker Palmer
The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, Peter Berger & Thomas Luckmann
If this reading list isn’t overwhelming, remember that when it’s done, I still have my final project! This is the degree that will never end. Please pray that God would continue using the time I spend in the program to mold me and teach me. Thanks for the support!