I am in my third year of the Doctor of Ministry program for the Missional Leadership cohort at Fuller Theological Seminary.

where I’ll spend a week each January for the next four years

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.

The program is taught by

Alan is part of the Allelon network and has written many books.

Mark serves on the faculty at Fuller, is part of the Missional Network, and is the author of various books.













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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!