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.
Coalter, Milton J., John M. Mulder, and Louis Weeks. Vital Signs: The Promise of Mainstream Protestantism. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1996.
Hadaway, C. Kirk. Behold I Do a New Thing: Transforming Communities of Faith. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2001.
Hunsberger, George R., and Craig Van Gelder. The Church between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1996.
Hunter, James Davison. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Keifert, Patrick R. Welcoming the Stranger: A Public Theology of Worship and Evangelism. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992.
________. We Are Here Now: A New Missional Era, a Missional Journey of Spiritual Discovery. Eagle, ID: Allelon Publishing, 2006.
Kelsey, David H. To Understand God Truly: What’s Theological About a Theological School. 1st ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992.
Lange, Dirk G. Trauma Recalled: Liturgy, Disruption, and Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.
Miller, Donald E. Reinventing American Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997.
Putnam, Robert D., and David E. Campbell. American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.
Robinson, John P., and Geoffrey Godbey. Time for Life: The Surprising Ways Americans Use Their Time. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.
Scharen, Christian Batalden. Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2008.
Simpson, Gary M. Critical Social Theory: Prophetic Reason, Civil Society, and Christian Imagination Guides to Theological Inquiry. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.
Van Gelder, Craig. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000.
Volf, Miroslav. After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity Sacra Doctrina. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1998.
Wind, James P., and James Welborn Lewis. American Congregations. 2 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Wuthnow, Robert. After Heaven: Spirituality in America since the 1950s. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.