Basic Tools 27: Some reading for ministry and mission in daily life

1958 – Hendrik Kraemer, A Theology of the Laity, Westminster – the central place of the laity in the church and its mission

1966 – Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (available through Amazon) – the Christian in daily life

1971 – Mark Gibbs and Ralph Morton, God’s Lively People (available through Amazon) – “world-oriented” Christians

1972 – Paul Althaus, The Ethics of Martin Luther, Fortress Press, “Stations and Vocations (The Orders),” pp. 36-42 – Luther’s “many and various stations in life”

1976 – William Temple, Christianity and Social Order (available through Amazon) – Christian ethics in public life

1981 – Mark Gibbs, Christians with Secular Power (available through Amazon) – as worker and as citizen

2002 – A. Wayne Schwab, When the Members are the Missionaries: An Extraordinary Calling for Ordinary People, Member Mission Press – 15 stories of members on mission and how to focus a congregation on supporting the daily missions of each member

2003 – Robert Benne, Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life, Fortress Press, pp. 131-222 – Luther’s mission fields of marriage and family, work, public life, and the church

2006 – Brian D. McLaren, The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything, Thomas Nelson – living the Kingdom of God in daily life; moving toward the ministry / mission of each member in daily life

2008 – Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why, Baker Books – understanding and coping with emerging changes in church life

2010 – A. Wayne Schwab and Elizabeth S. Hall, Living the Gospel: For Individuals and Small Groups, Member Mission Press – a workbook for When the Members . . . (above) with background and activities to discern one’s missions at home, at work, in the community, in the wider world, in leisure, in spiritual growth, and in church life

2012 – Diana Butler Bass, Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, Harper One, 2012 – “performing faith;” moving toward the ministry / mission of each member in daily life

2015 — Demi Prentiss and Fletcher Lowe, Radical Sending:  Go to Love and Serve, Morehouse Publishing, Paperback, “As congregations explore their their emerging visions, they need support in “equipping the saints” for their day-to-day lives and ministries beyond the doors of building.  So often churches fail to focus on the baptismal calling to “go” into the worlds of work, family, and community.”