Mark Lau Branson's Class Blog

Student participation in Fuller Seminary classes

• Congregation as Learning Community

This is a course on biblical, theological, and practical foundations for creating a learning community in which the whole people of God, laity and clergy, are formed to participate in God’s love for the world. Many aspects of a church’s life and activities (worship, small groups, story telling, education, spiritual disciplines, leadership) will be viewed regarding their role in forming and equipping the congregation toward gospel faithfulness. Topics include ecclesiology and missiology, the relationship between personal and corporate formation, intergenerational and intercultural life, multiple intelligences, social construction, and spiritual formation.


  • Budde, Michael. The (Magic) Kingdom of God. Westview, 1997.
  • Everist, Norma Cook. The Church As Learning Community. Abingdon, 2002.
  • Pazmino, Robert. Latin American Journey. United Church Press, 1994.
  • Van Gelder, Craig. The Ministry of the Missional Church. Baker, 2007.
  • Wimberly, Anne Streaty. Soul Stories: African American Christian Education. Abingdon, 1994.


  • Berryman, Jerome. Godly Play. Augsburg Fortress, 1995.
  • Branson, Mark Lau. Memories, Hopes & Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change. Alban, 2004.
  • Brueggemann, Walter. The Creative Word. Fortress, 1982.
  • Devries, Mark. Family-Based Youth Ministry (rev.ed.). InterVarsity, 2004.
  • Dozier, Verna, ed. The Calling of the Laity. Alban, 1988.
  • Foster, Charles. Educating Congregations. Abingdon, 1994
  • Long, Thomas. Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian. JosseyBass, 2004
  • Morris, Danny & Charles Olsen. Discerning God’s Will Together. Alban, 1997.
  • Ng, David & Virginia Thomas. Children in the Worshiping Community. John Knox Press, 1981.
  • O’Connor, Elizabeth. Servant Leaders, Servant Structures. Servant Leadership School, 1991.
  • Palmer, Parker. The Company of Strangers. Crossroad, 1983.
  • Roxburgh, Alan. The Sky Is Falling: Leaders Lost in Transition. Allelon, 2006.
  • Van Engen, John, ed. Educating People of Faith. Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Westerhoff, John H. Will Our Children Have Faith? Rev. ed. Morehouse, 2000.
  • Yaconelli, Mark. Contemplative Youth Ministry. Zondervan, 2006.
  • Yoder, John Howard. Body Politics. Discipleship Resources, 1994.

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