Category: Ecclesiology and Ecclesial Life

BOOKS

Karen L. Bloomquist Between Vision and Reality: Lutheran Churches in Transition., Wolfgang Greive 2001
Craig Nessan, Norma Cook Everist Transforming Leadership: New Vision for a Church in Mission., Minneapolis: Fortress 2008

Two Lutheran theologians, male and female, model in their writing and over 15 years of team teaching, a leadership style which builds trust, nurtures community and empowers congregations. The book covers topics from ecclesial foundations, to relational ethics and assets-based ministry. It explores power and partnership, congregational systems, spirituality, stress and the creative use of time, all towards honoring people and growth in wisdom.

Norma Cook Everist Christian Education as Evangelism., Minneapolis: Fortress 2007

A collaborative writing project of the professors of Christian Education at the ten Lutheran Seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, this book shows how education and evangelism, often pitted against one another, must go together. To carry out goals of evangelical outreach, education is essential, and education which is alive needs to spring forth in a vital sharing of the Good News.

Norma Cook Everist Open the Doors and See All the People: Stories of Church Identity and Vocation., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2005

This compact book of stories from the author‘s visits to congregations across the entire country invites people to reflect upon the nature of the Church and how congregations are called and equipped for God‘s mission. She unfolds Lutheran theology inductively so that readers, having been drawn into compelling adventure, come back home and see people with new eyes.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.