-The Cost of Discipleship 1959 SCM Press You must read these! Classics on what it means to be in discipleship and follow Jesus.
+ Bass, Dorothy C., Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People, 2010 Jossey- Bass. Chapters on a variety of faith practices with a mainline Protestant perspective.
+ Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time.
Butler- Bass, Diana- The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church 2004 Alban
-Christianity for the Rest of Us 2009 Harper Collins These books help show how mainline faith communities are growing by embracing centrist faith and classic Christian practice
Chan, Fransis Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples 2012 David C Cook–the text of this book, videos and lots of free resources available at www.multiplymovement.com Plain language, easy to understand, and practical help for helping a congregation engage in disciple making. Heavy emphasis on being actively engaged in the bible. From a centrist Evangelical perspective.
Foss, Michael Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church 2000 Fortress
-Real Faith for Real Life: Living the Six Marks of Discipleship 2004 Augsburg Fortress
-From Members to Disciples: Leadership Lessons from the Book of Acts 2007 Abington
- The Disciples’ Joy 2007 Augsburg Fortress These books provide practical teaching for congregations to build a well-rounded life of discipleship for the community.
Idleman, Kyle. Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus, 2011 Zondervan. Asks the tough question – Are you a fan or follower of Jesus?
Platt, David; Radical Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream 2010 Multnomah
-Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God 2011 Multnomah. A call to be active disciples in a culture that may not always value or respect it. From a conservative Evangelical perspective
Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, 1998 Harper Collins.
-Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World, 1981 Harper Collins.
-Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith, 1998 Harper Collins. http://www.renovare.org/ Renovare website --Examines classic Christian practices, such as prayer, fasting and worship as ways we live out being followers of Jesus.
Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Sabbath, 1951 Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. Brilliant, classic exploration of Jewish theology of Sabbath.
+ Hicks, Douglas A. Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy.
*Honeycutt, Frank G. Sanctified Living: More than Grace and Forgiveness, 2008 Augsburg Fortress.. A Lutheran pastor takes on the difficult and contentious (for Lutherans) topic of sanctification – “growth in the Holy Spirit, actual progress and maturity in the Christian life.”
Huston, Paula. Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit. 2011 Ave Maria Press. Daily meditations and practices to help simplify various aspects of life.
Keating, Thomas Manifesting God: 2005 Lantern. One of many books on Centering Prayer by Father Thomas Keating, who has worked ecumenically and interdenominationally to lead and teach this very practical prayer method.
+Long, Thomas G. Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian
+ Miller-McLemore, Bonnie. In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice.
+ Paulsell, Stephanie. Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice
Peterson, Eugene The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction 1989 Eerdmans A great book about how prayer practice matters for church leaders.
+ Saliers, Donald and Emily Saliers. A Song to Sing, A Life to Live: Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice.
Wangerin, Walter Jr. Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God, 1998 Zondervan. Accessible discussion of the basics of prayer.
+ Wolfteich, Claire E. Lord, Have Mercy: Praying for Justice with Conviction and Humility.
Practicing our Faith www.practicingourfaith.org -From the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a project of Lilly Endowment based at Valparaiso University.
Bible Gateway http://www.biblegateway.com/ -A searchable site with over 100 bible translations- you can always have a bible around.
Enter the Bible http://www.enterthebible.org - -Great resource from Luther Seminary with summaries, outlines, background information, issues, and themes for every book of the Bible.
Jacobson, Diane, Mark Allen Powell and Stanley N. Olson, Opening the Book of Faith: Lutheran Insights for Bible Study, 2008 Augsburg Fortress. Basic primer on how Lutherans understand the Bible with some sample studies.
Jacobson, Rolf A., Karl N. Jacobson and Hans H. Wiersma, Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms, 2009 Augsburg Books. Informative, fun and occasionally snarky descriptions of Biblical terms and people.
Lucado, Max and Randy Frazee, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, 2011 Zondervan. Selections from the Bible with summary transitions in 31 chapters, designed to avoid repetition and tedium. Includes discussion questions.
Olive Tree Bible https://www.olivetree.com/ A Powerful Bible Application for IOS, Android and Windows that allows users to search and download purchased and selected free content to any electronic device
Mission and Evangelism
Campolo, Tony & Mary Albert Darling Connecting Like Jesus 2010 Jossey-Bass. Contains a large section on sacred listening and storytelling.
Frost, Michael & Alan Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church. A book about contextualization. perhaps the source for all those churches and bible groups meeting in pubs around the world.
*Fryer, Kelly A. Reclaiming the “C” Word: Daring to be Church Again. 2006 Augsburg Fortress. From the Lutheran Voices series. Thoughtful and challenging discussion of what it means to be church in a changing world.
Howard Merrit, Carol Tribal Church: Ministering to the Next Generation 2007 Alban. How we can minister to the generations by engaging their culture
Keller, Timothy J. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City 2012 Zondervan. A book about being clear about your congregation’s mission while being open to the community around you.
Mallory, Sue, The Equipping Church: Serving Together to Transform Lives 2001 Zondervan In line with the priesthood of all believers, this book shows what can happen when ministers (lay and ordained) equip and unleash people to minister in ways consistent with how God made them.
Niehbuhr, Richard, Christ and Culture 1951 Harper and Row .You must read this! How Christian communities relate to their world, and how this can affect ministry and theology.
Pastor Keith Anderson http://pastorkeithanderson.net/ - A great blog about ministry in the digital Age from a SEPA Synod pastor
Reese, Martha Grace, Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism, 2nd Ed. 2008 Chalice Press. Reese grounds evangelism and witness in prayer. Changes our perspective from growing the church to growing in faith. Evangelism grows out of our faith.
Spellars, Stephanie, Radical welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation 2006 Church Publishing. Asks the hard question: who’s not here (due to marginalization)? Explores how to welcome the Other into church in ways that honor the other.
Stone, Bryan P., Evangelism after Christendom: the Theology and Practice of Christian Witness 2007 Brazos Press. Comprehensive overview on Evangelism (definitions, histories, context, and nature), emphasizing that evangelism is not a program but a way of life.
Van Gelder, Craig, The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit. 2007 Baker Books. Combines theology and organizational theory to re-imagine the purpose of the church as participating in God’s mission.
Our Lutheran Witness
Jacobson, Rolf. A. Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, 2008 Augsburg Books. Accessible and funny explanations of all those big words pastors throw around from “Absolution” to “YHWH.”
The Lutheran Handbook, 2005 Augsburg Fortress. Practical and fun instruction on basic Lutheran church stuff. Includes “How to Memorize a Bible Verse” and “How to Avoid Getting Burned at the Stake.”
Emergent Church Perspectives
Bell, Rob. Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person who Ever Lived. 2011 Harper One.
-Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality. 2007 Zondervan.
-What We Talk About When We Talk About God. 2013 Harper One.
-Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, 2005 Zondervan.
Belcher, Jim, Deep Church; A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional 2009 Intervarsity. A prominent orthodox Calvinist pastor wrestles with the emergent church movement in a thoughtful way.
Bolz-Weber, Nadia Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint 2013 Jericho Books. A heartfelt, but irreverent meditation on the constant need to doubt, accept, and grow spiritually. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/
Chalke, Stephen A Matter of Integrity-The Church, Sexuality and Inclusion an Open Conversation - 2013 Amazon Digital Services. A leading voice of the emergent church in the UK his latest two books are available as a pdf for free at http://www.oaisisuk.org
- Restoring Confidence in the Bible: Can we use the Bible as a reliable moral and spiritual guide in our twenty-first century globalised world? 2014 Amazon Digital Services
-The Lost Message of Jesus 2004 Zondervan
Claiborne, Shane & Jim Wallis The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical 2008 Harper Collins. Living an active faith in our contemporary culture.
Claiborne, Shane &Tony Campolo -Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? 2012 Harper Collins. Just what the title says
*Frambach, Nathan Emerging Ministry: Being Church Today 2007 Augsburg Fortress From Lutheran Voices- how the emergent church and Lutheranism intersect
McLaren Brian D. A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith 2010 Harper One. How our Faith is being transformed in the postmodern era
-A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, emergent/unfinished Christian 2006 Zondervan.
Red Letter Christians http://www.redletterchristians.org a diverse blog about living out a Jesus centered Faith from Tony Campollo, Shane Claiborne and others.
*Daubert, Dave and Tana Kjos. Reclaiming the “V” Word: Renewing Life at Its Vocational Core, 2009, Augsburg Fortress. Practical ways to explore your individual sense of vocation in a Lutheran context.
Peterson Eugene, Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity 1987 Eerdmans. A classic book about how the vocation of the pastor and the call of discipleship come together.
Great series of short books (less than 100 pages) with short chapters, including questions for discussion and reflection, with scripture readings and prayers. Great for small group study or Council devotions.
+ The Practices of Faith Series
This series was developed by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a project of Lilly Endowment based at Valparaiso University. Both books and website explore twelve time-honored practice s shaped by the Christian community over the centuries and still richly relevant to contemporary experience. These Christian practices are shared activities that address fundamental human needs and that, when woven together, form a way of life that is faithful and has integrity.