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40 Great Books on Missional-Ecumenism

ACT3 Network is often asked to provide a recommended list of books on the church, mission and unity. This list of our Top 40 ranges from popular, fairly easy-to-read volumes, to a few major texts in the field. Though not an exhaustive list it is intended as a guide to help you gain a balanced perspective on missional-ecumenism.

Ten books are marked with an asterisk (*) to suggest them as resources of an introductory nature.

*Armstrong, John H. Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ’s Mission is Vital to the Future of the Church (2010).

*Armstrong, John H. The Unity Factor: One Lord, One Church, One Mission (2011).

*Belcher, Jim. Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional (2009).

Bevans, Stephen. Models of Contextual Theology (2002).

Blauw, Johannas. The Missionary Nature of the Church: A Survey of the Biblical Theology of Mission (1962).

Boardman, George Dana. The Church: The Divine Ideal (reprint, 2008)

Bosch, David. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (1992).

Braaten, Carl E. and Robert W. Jenson. The Catholicity of the Reformation (1996)

Bromiley, G.W. The Unity & Diversity of the Church (1958)

German National Bishops’ Conference and Daniel R. Smith. Communio Sanctorium: Official German Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue (1999).

Gittins, Anthony J. Reading the Clouds: Mission Spirituality for New Times (1999).

Gittins, Anthony J. Called to Be Sent: Co-Missioned As Disciples Today (2008).

Guder, Darrell. The Continuing Conversion of the Church (2000).

*Guder, Darrell, ed. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (1998).

*George, Timothy and John Woodbridge. The Mark of Jesus (2005)

Gros, Jeffrey, Eamon McManus and Ann Riggs. Introduction to Ecumenism (1998)

Harmon, Stephen R. Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (2010)

Hunsberger, George R. and Craig Van Gelder, eds. The Church Between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America (1996).

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Creed (2003).

Kasper, Walter. That They All May Be One: The Call to Unity Today (2004)

Kasper, Walter. Searching for Christian Unity (2007)

*Kasper, Walter. A Handbook of Spiritual Ecumenism (2007)

*Koch, George. What We Believe and Why (2012).

Koivisto, Rex. One Lord, One Faith (reprint/revised, 2010)

Minear, Paul. Images of the Church in the New Testament (1960).

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Household of God (1953).

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission (1978).

Newbigin, Lesslie. Foolishness to the Greeks (1986).

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (1989).

Roxburgh, Alan J. and Fred Romanuk. The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (2006).

Roxburgh, Alan J. and M. Scott Boren. Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (2009).

Seitz, Christopher R. Nicene Christianity: The Future for a New Ecumenism (2004)

*Stetzer, Ed. Sent: Living the Missional Nature of the Church (2006).

Van Beek, Huibert. Revisioning Christian Unity (reprint, 2009).

*Van Engen, Charles. God’s Missionary People: Rethinking the Purpose of the Local Church (1991).

Van Gelder, Craig and Dwight J. Zscheile. The Missional Church in Perspective (2011).

Van Gelder, Craig. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit (2000).

Van Gelder, Craig. The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit (2007).

Van Gelder, Craig. The Missional Church in Context: Helping Congregations Develop Contextual Ministry (2007).

*Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathan. New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today’s Church (2008).