Ken Carder's course The Local Church in Mission to God's World books

I am the preceptor (teaching assistant) for retired United Methodist Church Bishop Ken Carder’s course “The Local Church in Mission to God’s World” this semester at Duke Divinity School. Here are the books on the reading list and his syllabus.... Read more →

The research behind my post at Out of Ur: Missional vs. Attractional: Debating the Research

See the post I coauthored with the editors of Leadership Journal at the Out of Ur blog: Missional vs. Attractional: Debating the Research What do the numbers say? It depends who you ask. by Url Scaramanga & Andy Rowell Summary:... Read more →

A wider target: Deconstructing and redeploying the Seeker Sensitive Service planning of The Purpose Driven Church

In 1995, Rick Warren published The Purpose Driven Church. It was perhaps the most influential book in church circles in the decade. It was the definitive "how-to" manual of how grow a megachurch. In it, he presented Donald McGavran's "Church... Read more →

Ecclesiology Dissertations: Volf and Bonhoeffer on thinking theologically about the church

Miroslav Volf's book After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (originally published in German in 1996) was "a dissertation required for a postdoctoral degree" (p. xi) and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Sanctorum Communio was his doctoral dissertation... Read more →

The missional ecclesiology of Rowan Williams

I have posted below for download the paper I finished recently on the missional ecclesiology of Rowan Williams, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Communion. The question I was asking was, "What would Rowan Williams be... Read more →

Willow Creek's Discipleship Problem: How to Fix the Seeker-driven Church

Update, December 10, 2007 As I suspected, the interpretation and methodology of the Reveal study are deeply flawed. I like Willow Creek's ministry model but they have really bungled this survey. See the Review of Reveal by Bradley Wright, a... Read more →