Category Archives: Books – Missional Church

Book | The Church between Gospel and Culture edited by George R. Hunsberger and Craig Van Gelder

1083968Hunsberger, George R., and Craig Van Gelder, eds. The Church between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1996.

This book is a collection of essays written in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Many of them are in response to the work of Lesslie Newbigin as he responded to the post-Christian culture of England and greater Europe. Newbigin’s questions spread to the United States and Canada, sparking theologians and church leaders to reevaluate the relationship of the church to the Gospel and to culture. These essays and the authors behind them formed the core of the Gospel and Our Culture Network in the mid 1990s. read more

Book | Constants in Context by Bevans and Schroeder

9781570755170_p0_v1_s260x420Bevans, Stephen B., and Roger Schroeder. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today American Society of Missiology Series ; No. 30. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004.


bevansStephen Bevans is Louis J. Luzbetak, S.V.D., Professor of Mission and Culture. He is a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of the Divine Word, an international missionary congregation, and served for nine years (1972-1981) as a missionary in the Philippines. He has been on the CTU faculty for 26 years.

schroederRoger Schroeder was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.) after which he worked as a missionary for six years in Papua New Guinea.  Upon earning a Doctorate in Missiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Schroeder began teaching at Catholic Theological Union. He has been at CTU since 1990. read more

Book | To Understand God Truly by David Kelsey

To Understand God TrulyKelsey, David H. To Understand God Truly: What’s Theological About a Theological School. 1st ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992.

An Appreciative Response to David Kelsey’s book To Understand God Truly | by Steve Thomason | A Term Paper Presented to Professor Patrick Kiefert | Luther Seminary | As a Requirement in Course ST8475 The Congregation | St. Paul, Minnesota | 2013

 Author and Occasion

kelseyDavid H. Kelsey was a professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School when this book was written in 1992. The book—To Understand God Truly: What’s Theological About a Theological School—was born out of ongoing conversations with Kelsey’s colleagues who sat on the Issues Research Advisory Committee of the Association of Theological Schools regarding the reformation of Theological Education. read more

Book | The Missional Church in Perspective by Van Gelder and Zscheile

Missional-Church-in-PerspectiveVan Gelder, Craig, and Dwight J. Zscheile. The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation The Missional Network. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

The Authors

Craig Van Gelder

van_gelder_craig“At age 15, Craig Van Gelder made a personal profession of faith. Three years later as a freshman in college, he answered a call to Christian ministry. Since then he has focused on helping the church participate fully in God’s mission to bring salvation to all of life.

Following college, Van Gelder worked with The Navigators for 10 years in campus and discipleship ministries throughout the South. Then he changed focus and spent a decade working as a consultant to congregations, helping with strategic planning, organizational development and needs assessment. read more