Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal

Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal

by Jason E. Vickers
     
 

Declining memberships. Pastoral scandals. A fear of secularism and the New Atheism. Christians are worried about the church's future. Despite such despair, Jason Vickers believes the church also sits upon the cusp of renewal. Some emerging voices promise to lead the church out of decay but focus only upon its structure, while others encourage the Spirit's work to

Overview

Declining memberships. Pastoral scandals. A fear of secularism and the New Atheism. Christians are worried about the church's future. Despite such despair, Jason Vickers believes the church also sits upon the cusp of renewal. Some emerging voices promise to lead the church out of decay but focus only upon its structure, while others encourage the Spirit's work to the exclusion of all else. Minding the Good Ground organizes the multitude of voices and proposes a new way forward—rooting these renewal movements in a robust historical theology. Moving beyond quick-fix solutions, this new theological vision grounds renewal in the good and life-giving work of the Holy Spirit.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Minding the Good Ground is a thoroughly engaging work on the cutting-edge of debates about the church and renewal. Vickers' treatment of the nature, mission, and sacramental life of the church catches the heart of ecumenical and theological conversations today. The deceptively simple structure of the book is shaken to the core by a fundamental concern for renewal in, through, and beyond the church that is as foundational as it is challenging."

--Wolfgang Vondey, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Center for Renewal Studies, Regent University

"This is the best book on renewal I have read. Minding the Good Ground cuts through the pious clap trap and romantic hocus pocus and provides precisely the kind of sharp, substantial theological analysis we need. Vickers represents the work of a new generation who are coming on board to carry the torch of renewal into the future."

--William J. Abraham, Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

"We need balance between Spirit and structure whereas there is now a tendence to exalt the charismatic, the spontaneous, and condemn the ecclesial structures. As Vickers says, it is the Spirit that has inspired and guided the structures in the first place. I highly recommend this book."

--Ben Witherington, III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

"Vickers is one of the brightest, most helpful young theologians working in our church today. And, he is surely right--renewal is primarily God's self-assigned task, not ours. This wonderful book calls us to renewed theological accountability."

--Will Willimon, Bishop, North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School

"An insightful and prayerfully crafted theological vision."

--Laceye Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies, and Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow, Duke Divinity School

Theological Book Review - Taylor Worley

Vickers’ theology of church renewal will no doubt prove inspiring and invigorating for church leaders and seminarians of many different traditions.

Wesley and Methodist Studies - David N. Field

…[Vickers] provides a substantial theological interpretation of church renewal that needs to be read and pondered by all concerned for the renewal of the church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602583603
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
151
Sales rank:
884,287
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

William J. Abraham

This is the best book on renewal I have read. Minding the Good Ground cuts through the pious clap trap and romantic hocus pocus and provides precisely the kind of sharp, substantial theological analysis we need. Vickers represents the work of a new generation who are coming on board to carry the torch of renewal into the future.

Laceye Warner

An insightful and prayerfully crafted theological vision.

Wolfgang Vondey

Minding the Good Ground is a thoroughly engaging work on the cutting-edge of debates about the church and renewal. Vickers' treatment of the nature, mission, and sacramental life of the church catches the heart of ecumenical and theological conversations today. The deceptively simple structure of the book is shaken to the core by a fundamental concern for renewal in, through, and beyond the church that is as foundational as it is challenging.

Ben Witherington

We need balance between Spirit and structure whereas there is now a tendence to exalt the charismatic, the spontaneous, and condemn the ecclesial structures. As Vickers says, it is the Spirit that has inspired and guided the structures in the first place. I highly recommend this book.

Will Willimon

Vickers is one of the brightest, most helpful young theologians working in our church today. And, he is surely right—renewal is primarily God's self-assigned task, not ours. This wonderful book calls us to renewed theological accountability.

Meet the Author

Jason E. Vickers is Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including most recently The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley, Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed, and Invocation and Assent: The Making and Remaking of Trinitarian Theology.

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