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Reading List for Comprehensive Exams

20130703-090137.jpgThe following list represents the books I must internalize for my comprehensive exams this September. There are 94 primary sources. These are the ones I am expected to cite and work into my argument. There are 73 supporting sources. It will go well for me the more of these I can include. That makes a total of 167 books. This list will form the core of the literature review for my dissertation.

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Guess what I’ll be doing this summer!

Primary Sources

Ammerman, Nancy Tatom, and Arthur Emery Farnsley. Congregation & Community. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997. read more

Book | The Essence of the Church by Craig Van Gelder

9780801090967Van Gelder, Craig. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000.

The Author

“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

Book | The Ministry of the Missional Church by Craig Van Gelder

Van Gelder, Craig. The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2007.

Author

read about Craig Van Gelder in this post.

The Ministry of the Missional ChurchMy Thoughts

This book covers the bulk of the material we discussed in the class that Van Gelder taught called The Hermeneutics of Leading in Mission. Our conversations centered around Van Gelder’s model of Spirit-Led decision making in the last half of the book. Our final project for that class required each of us to write our own theological theory of strategic action. You can see mine here. Ministry was a sort of sequel to Van Gelder’s first book The Essence of the Church. In Ministry of the Missional Church he emphasizes the centrality of the Holy Spirit in gathering, shaping, and sending the church to participate in God’s mission to bring God’s redemptive reign to the world. read more