Category: Ecclesiology and Ecclesial Life

Ecclesiology and Ecclesial Life filtered by type: Books

Martha Stortz Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes as a Compass for Discipleship., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2008

Each chapter in Blessed to Follow is structured around a similar pattern: appeal to experience; biblical stories; Jesus: the one blessing and the one blessed; disciples: blessed to be a blessing; practice: the blessing made real. Includes questions for discussion and additional resources.

Kirsi Stjerna The Role of the Bishop, Changing Models for a Global Church., Minneapolis: Kirkhouse Publishers 2002

Perspectives on the office of bishop in the global Lutheran church, papers from the Luther Colloquy 2000 at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA – editing and epilogue.

Susan Karen Hedahl Listening Ministry: Rethinking Pastoral Leadership., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2001

This book presents a unique blend of theological reflection on listening, new and tested research on listening as it relates to church leadership, and suggested forms of listening education and skills assessment in a continual effort to locate and understand listening as the heart of effective and faithful ministry.

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda Public Church: For the Life of the World., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2004

Moe-Lobeda explores what it means for the ELCA to play a role in public life today. Sections focus on what it means to be a public church, obstacles to being a public church in public life, power for being public church, and providing public leadership. For the followers of Jesus, the ”way of living” in public is a gift of God to the church.

Margaret A. Krych The Ministry of Children’s Education: Foundations, Contexts, and Practices., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2004

This highly anticipated resource establishes the importance of children’s education to the life of today’s faith communities. A very readable textbook, it presents foundations for education in the faith, explores contexts in which contemporary faith is nurtured, and suggests practical helps for creating programs that work in congregations.

Nelvin Vos, Norma Cook Everist Where in the World Are You? Connecting Faith and Daily Life., Bethesda, Md.: The Alban Institute 1996

The Reformation concept of the ―Priesthood of all Believers‖ has yet to be fully realized. These Lutheran scholars, a lay man and a clergy woman, provide a Trinitarian approach to the question of ―What in the world is God doing?‖ Using a variety of styles and methods, they help people reflect on and be empowered for ministry in daily life.

Norma Cook Everist Ordinary Ministry, Extraordinary Challenge: Women and the Roles of Ministry., Nashville: Abingdon 2000

Professor Everist invited 25 diverse women engaged in the full range of parish ministry to show how they lead and serve, using the themes of “Trusting God,” “Liberating Christians,” “Living Vocation,” and “Nurturing Community.” The theological questions arise from the contextual realities as the women exercise ministerial leadership in the public world.

Norma Cook Everist The Difficult But Indispensable Church., Minneapolis: Fortress 2002

The authors, the faculty of Wartburg Theological Seminary, demonstrated the unity of the church in its diversity. A peer among them, Professor Everist encouraged authors in content and process to deepen their differences, not hide them, thus modeling how the church can be the body of Christ in the midst of its greatest challenges. As difficult as it is, we need one another.

Norma Cook Everist The Church as Learning Community: A Comprehensive Guide to Christian Education., Nashville: Abingdon 2002

Based on the ecclesiological foundation of the gift of being teachers and learners together, this book address providing a trustworthy learning environment, methods, faith development, lifelong learning, confirmation ministry, teacher training, and the public vocation of educational ministry. It has an underlying Lutheran viewpoint for ecumenical use in parish, college and seminary.

Norma Cook Everist Church Conflict: From Contention to Collaboration., Nashville: Abingdon 2004

Rarely are books about conflict written by women theologians. This book provides a theological core for seven responses to conflict: avoidance, confrontation, competition, control, accommodation, compromise and collaboration, showing positive as well as negative uses of each. Part One examines images, types and patterns of conflict and helps people look at their personal histories of conflict and potential leadership roles.