Good overview of recent history. Must reference. missionalchurchnetwork.com/history-of-missional-church/
I start my final course this week. It is The Congregation with Dr. Patrick Kiefert.
These are the books assigned: (I’ll created annotated bibliography links as I read them throughout the semester)
Ammerman, Nancy Tatom. Studying Congregations : A New Handbook. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.
Ammerman, Nancy Tatom, and Arthur Emery Farnsley. Congregation & Community. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997.
Chaves, Mark. Congregations in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.
Halldorf, Joel. “Unity through Spirit and Praxis: An Unsystematic Approach to Pentecostalism and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” Ecumenical Review 59, no. 4 (2007): 483-490.
This morning I was following some trails along the lines of Christopraxis. An underlying question that has been following me along this research project has been one regarding the Holy Spirit. Why do we not speak more of the praxis of the Spirit, as well as the praxis of Jesus? I realize that Christopraxis is vitally important, because Jesus did not call us to come up with great doctrinal statements about God, but to actually live in a way that glorifies God through love for the other. However, in our lived reality, it is not the physical presence of Jesus in our daily experience that propels our lives, it is the presence of the Holy Spirit that animates our lives. Yes, the physical presence of Jesus in the eucharist is vitally important as we are gathered around the risen body of Jesus and sent into the world as the incarnated Gospel. Yet, it is only through the power of the Spirit that this is possible. Would it not be better to speak of the praxis of Spirit rather than the praxis of Jesus? Jesus is our exemplar, but it is the pluriform and polycentric action of the Spirit at work in, around, and through us that brings the presence of God’s reign into particular and peculiar places. (see Welker. God the Spirit)