Keifert, Patrick R. Testing the Spirits: How Theology Informs the Study of Congregations. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2009.
Three Shifts (from Van Gelder’s Foreword)
- The return of the congregation to theological education.
- The role of the Bible in the life of congregations.
- 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