I am a teaching assistant for Ken Carder's Spring 2010 course at Duke Divinity School entitled Local Church in Mission to God's World (PARISH 175). Here is the latest version of the syllabus. Below are the required texts.
Ken Carder, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, is a veteran pastor and retired Bishop in the United Methodist Church. 50 students signed up for the course.
Kevin Baker, the lead pastor at Reconciliation United Methodist Church in Durham, NC, is the other teaching assistant. Kevin and I are Bishop Carder's regular preceptors for his courses: Introduction to Christian Ministry and Local Church in Mission. It should be a great course.
David J. Bosch: Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005. "Bosch" is the classic missiology textbook with a dizzying range from New Testament to history to theology. It is dense, rich, almost comprehensive, controversial, and worth discussing.
Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice: Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (Resources for Reconciliation)
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008. Katongole and Rice direct the Center for Reconciliation at Duke. Chris is also blogging.
Lesslie Newbigin: The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 1978, 1995. I was just the teaching assistant for Geoffrey Wainwright's course on Newbigin. See my Lesslie Newbigin category for more posts on Newbigin. The Open Secret was crafted from lectures on missiology Newbigin gave in the UK after retiring from being a missionary and bishop in India. It's all here--election, authority, Trinitarian thinking, eschatology, capitalism, Marxism, resurrection, liberation theology, church growth, science, interreligious dialogue--classic Newbigin. "The church lives in the midst of history as a sign, instrument, and foretaste of the reign of God" (p. 110).
Tex Sample: Blue Collar Resistance and the Politics of Jesus: Doing Ministry With Working Class Whites
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006. Sample helps students think through what it means to live and minister in rural contexts. Light bulbs went on for many students as they read this book--"Oh, now I get it. It is a different culture. I had no idea."
Last year I was the teaching assistant for the course and posted the syllabus and books. Spring 2009 Ken Carder's course The Local Church in Mission to God's World books