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Book | We Are Here Now by Patrick Keifert

478373Keifert, Patrick R. We Are Here Now: A New Missional Era, a Missional Journey of Spiritual Discovery. Eagle, ID: Allelon Publishing, 2006.

The Author

kiefertPatrick Keifert is Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also been an adjunct professor at the School of Law, Hamline University, St. Paul, since 1984.

Ordained in 1978, Keifert served congregations in Chicago, Washington state, Wyoming and Minnesota. He has been the general editor of the Journal of Law and Religion, and served on the editorial boards of Word & World and dialog. read more

Book | Testing the Spirits edited by Patrick Keifert

9780802807403Keifert, Patrick R. Testing the Spirits: How Theology Informs the Study of Congregations. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2009.

The Authors

Ronald W. Duty

Pat Taylor Ellison

David Fredrickson

Donald Juel

Patrick Keifert

Lois Malcolm

Gary Simpson

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Three Shifts (from Van Gelder’s Foreword)

  1. The return of the congregation to theological education.
  2. The role of the Bible in the life of congregations.
  3. The role of congregations living in their particular contexts as public moral companions

Congregational Studies Research Team (CRST) Mission Statement

“We are a theological learning organization in direct partnership with congregations, church leaders, and teachers. In concert with the Spirit of God, this partnership seeks to build up and empower congregations for mission by engaging with them in a process of conversation and action involving spiritual discernment and theological reflection about the necessary behaviors, skills, beliefs, and knowledge base for faithfully and effectively bringing people to a public identity in Christ.”⁠1 read more

Book | Which Way to Lutheran Unity by John Tietjan

41c2ToBOwUL._SY300_Tietjen, John H. Which Way to Lutheran Unity? A History of Efforts to Unite the Lutherans of America. Saint Louis: Concordia Pub. House, 1966.

The Author

John Tietjen

TietjenJohnJohn H. Tietjen (June 18, 1928 – February 15, 2004) was a Lutheran clergyman, theologian, and national church leader in the United States. He is best known both for his role in the Seminex controversy which roiled the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the mid-1970s, and for his efforts on behalf of Lutheran unity that resulted in the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).⁠1 read more