Mark Lau Branson's Class Blog

Student participation in Fuller Seminary classes

• Missional Churches & Leadership

This is an introductory course (offered once or twice each year)  on biblical, theological, and practical matters in ecclesiology and leadership. The work of lay and clergy leadership is explored in relationship to congregation formation, spiritual formation, and mission formation. All participants in a church are to be formed into an “interpretive community” that is engaged with God personally and corporately in spiritual formation and in missional life.

Concepts: a practical theology approach to the theological praxis of missional ecclesiology and leadership. Skills: theological reflection and interpretive skills relevant to congregational life & leadership. Conation: commitment and habits fronting church development and redevelopment


Branson, Mark Lau. Memories, Hopes, and Conversations. Alban, 2004.

Branson, Mark Lau, and Juan Martínez. Churches, Cultures, and Leadership. InterVarsity Press, 2011.

Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus and Community. Fortress, 1984.

Roxburgh, Alan, and M. Scott Boren. Introducing the Missional Church. Baker, 2009.

Green, Colin, and Martin Robinson. Metavista: Bible, Church & Mission in an Age of Imagination. Paternoster, 2008.


Anderson, Ray. The Soul of Ministry. Westminster John Knox, 1997.

Roxburgh, Alan, and Fred Romanuk. The Missional Leader. Jossey Bass, 2007.

Willhauck, Susan, and Jacqulyn Thorpe. The Web of Women’s Leadership: Recasting Congregational Ministry. Abingdon, 2001.

Willimon, William. Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry. Abingdon, 2002.

Yoder, John Howard. Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World. Discipleship Resources, 1994.


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