King's College London: Emerging Church course


King's College Lodon, have an MA in Contemporary Ecclesiology.

I've been asked to teach on the 9th December within one of the modules for this M.A. on the Emerging Church.  I've just finished my outline and bibliography, details are below:

Aims & Objectives

Emerging Church: A survey of trends in thinking within the ‘emerging church’ network. This will explore theological themes underlying the movement, its relationships with established patterns within the traditional denominations, and the rediscovery and re-use of traditional forms within such churches.


1.  ‘What is the Emerging Church’: An anterior history of emerging church, it’s current status and manifestations

2.  ‘What lies beneath’: A theological mapping and critique of the emerging church

3. ‘The Market Driven Church?’: How far is the Emerging Church a critical response to the problems of ecclesiology being captivity to the logic of the market and how far is it a continuation of that problematic?

4.  ‘The Renewal of Liturgy’: A theological examination and exploration of the renewal of liturgy by the emerging church, and of how far this represents a turn to traditioned understandings and imaginations for ecclesiology.

Selected Bibliography

Barna, George. Revolution. Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 2005.

Bebbington, D. W. Evangelicalism in Modern Britain : A History from the 1730's to the 1980's: Unwin Hyman, 1989.

Cavanaugh, William T. Torture and Eucharist : Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ Challenges in Contemporary Theology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1998.

Clark, Jason P., “Consumerism and the Emerging Church” & “The Renewal of Liturgy in the Emerging Church”, Christ and Postmodern Culture, Ed. Kevin Corcoran, Baker Academic, 2010

Connolly, William E. Capitalism and Christianity, American Style. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Frost, Michael, and Alan Hirsch. The Shaping of Things to Come : Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003.

Gibbs, Eddie, and Ryan K. Bolger. Emerging Churches : Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2005.

Haykin, Michael A. G., Kenneth J. Stewart, and Timothy George. The Advent of Evangelicalism : Exploring Historical Continuities. Nashville, Tenn.: B & H Academic, 2008.

Healy, Nicholas M. Church, World and the Christian Life : Practical-Prophetic Ecclesiology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Lee, Shayne, and Phillip Luke Sinitiere. Holy Mavericks : Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Miller, Vincent Jude. Consuming Religion : Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture. New York: Continuum, 2003.

Noll, Mark A. The Rise of Evangelicalism : The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys A History of Evangelicalism. Nottingham: IVP, 2004.

________. The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith. Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity Press, 2009.

Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation : The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. 2nd Beacon Paperback ed. ed. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2001.

Viola, Frank, and George Barna. Pagan Christianity? : Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices. Carol Stream, Ill.: BarnaBooks, 2007.

Walker, Andrew & Bretherton, Luke Ed. Remembering Our Future. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2007.

Ward, Pete. Liquid Church. Peabody, Mass. & Carlisle, Cumbria: Hendrickson Publishers ; Paternoster Press, 2002.

Weber, Max, and Talcott Parsons. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2003.