Church-going Insider or
Gospel-carrying Outsider? A Different View of Congregations,
a book by
Judith McWilliams Dickhart, published in 2002. Dickhart details how
congregations can become strong as they focus identity and programming on
members' daily ministries.
The Empowering Church,
"We keep trying to do mission from inside church buildings. That's not where
most of the action is. If we really want to reach more people in God's
beloved world, we should put as much energy into recognizing Christians as
Gospel-carrying outsiders as we do in cultivating them as church-going
a reprinted excerpt from a book by Davida Foy Crabtree, published in 1989.
This excerpt is the whole of Chapter V, "The Renewal of the Church."
Theological and Biblical
Perspectives on the Laity
"With [Jesus Christ's] words, 'This is my body, broken for you,' he
established us as the Body of Christ ... The 'you' of whom he speaks is
plural, not singular. The time was coming in which his disciples would be
scattered rather than gathered, and communion ministers to the scattered
Body as well as to the gathered Body. Today we gather for worship and
sacrament, then scatter for ministry, bonded by our shared communion."
An essay by Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., first published in 1975. Stuempfle
explores the laity in the early church, the laity and the reformation, and the
laity in the church today.
Who in the World . . . Quien
en el Mundo
"This essay ... will focus in a particular way on the special role of that
vast majority among the people of God who are called to ministries other
than the public proclamation of the Word and the administration of the
sacraments. To do so is neither to forget nor to minimize the essential
ministry of the clergy. It is, rather, to give visibility to that vast body
of Christians through whom the grace and truth of God, proclaimed and served
in a special way by the ordained, reach directly into the life of the
An activity book for children grades 3-6, published in 2002. The 24-page
book incorporates input from the students of Pilgrim Lutheran School in Chicago,
well-known illustrator Elyse J. Kennard and ELCA staff.
With delightful illustrations and
both Spanish and English prompts, the book's pages draw children into deep
thought and sharing about their present and future ministries as God’s people.
It takes seriously the idea that children are already in ministry, even as they
look forward to adulthood.
An assortment of helps for parents
and teachers completes this unique resource that can help children assess and
celebrate their unique ministries in God’s world.
Ordering information: This Imagining
Book for Children can be ordered by sending a check (made payable to SPLASH,
postage and handling are included) to Ministry in Daily Life, ELCA Vocation and
Education unit, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631. Prices: $4.00 per copy
(1-5 copies); $3.50 (6-19 copies); $3.00 per copy (20 or more copies).
For Church-going Insider or
Ordering information: This 156-page paperback can be ordered by sending
a check for $14.00 (made payable to SPLASH!; postage and handling are included)
to Ministry in Daily Life, ELCA Vocation and Education unit, 8765 W. Higgins
Road, Chicago, IL 60631.
For Theological and Biblical
Perspectives on Faith
Ordering information: This booklet is available free of charge through
the Vocation and Education unit, ELCA.