This reading list along with the Frameworks for Teaching are compiled to assist you in knowing the field of study and in making selections to enhance your background. These lists are only a starting point ... You are encouraged to study deeply and broadly in the topics explored in your study. For reading requirements, please refer to the Reading Checklist. You will know the areas in which you need to do more study and are encouraged to go deeper there. You may make selections among titles with similar content or find yet other titles. You are encouraged to study deeply and broadly in the topics explored in your study.
World changes lead us as Christian disciples to seek new ways to communicate our understanding of our faith and God’s mission in our day. It is a stimulating time, a time for ethical questioning and the clarification of values, a time for discovering and comprehending in new ways the deepest affirmations and insights in our scriptural and church heritage about God and God’s relation to the world. As study leaders in Mission u: Learning Together for Transformation of the World, it is important that we are informed and challenged by the insights of others in fields that enhance our study leading beyond the “content” of the subject we teach. Thus, the listed books and resources are drawn from a wide spectrum of authors reflecting a variety of current perspectives. The viewpoints expressed do not imply an official position of nor endorsement by United Methodist Women or The United Methodist Church.
Biblical Background for Covenant
The Covenanted Self, Walter Brueggemann, Fortress, 1999.
A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: 2nd Edition, Bruce C. Birch, Walter Brueggemann, Terence E. Fretheim, and David L. Petersen. Abingdon, 2005.
An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible, Walter Brueggemann. Fortress, 2009
Covenant: The History of a Biblical Idea, Delbert R. Hillers. Johns Hopkins, 1969
To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to the Christian Faith, Martin B. Copenhaver. Pilgrim, 2002
Theological Understanding of Covenant
Central Things, Gordon W. Lathrop. Augsburg Fortress, 2005
Christianity 101: Tracing Basic Beliefs, James W. White. Westminster John Knox, 2006
God Does Not Foreclose: The Universal Promise of Salvation, David Lowes Watson, Abingdon, 1990
Gracious Voices: Shouts & Whispers for God Seekers, William P. McDonald. Discipleship Resources, 1996
Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering as God's People, Going Out in God's Name, Ruth A. Meyers. Eerdmans, 2014
Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture, Walter Brueggemann. Westminster John Knox, 2013
Covenant in United Methodism
By Water and the Spirit: Making Connections for Identity and Ministry, Gayle Carlton Felton. Discipleship Resources, 1997
Celebrating God's Love: Living into Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships, Donald E. Messer, editor. Abingdon, 2015
Justice in Everyday Life: A Look at the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church, Neal Christie, Discipleship Resources, 2014
Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church's Witness, Darryl W. Stephens. University of Tennessee Press, 2016
One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal, Magrey deVega. Abingdon, 2016
One Faithful Promise: Participant Guide: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal, Magrey deVega. Abingdon, 2016
One Faithful Promise: The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal, DVD 60 min., Abingdon, 2016
Perfecting Unity, Glen Alton Messer II. Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships.
This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion, Gayle Carlton Felton. Discipleship Resources, 2005
Wesleyan Essentials in a Multicultural Society, Ted A. Campbell and Michael T. Burns. Abingdon, 2004
What Does It Mean to Be United Methodist? DVD (37 minutes) and Leader's Guide, John D. Schroeder. Abingdon, 2004
But I Don't See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race, Bruce Reyes-Chow. Bruce Reyes-Chow, United Methodist Women, 2013
The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly, George McClain, Tilda Norberg, and Nancy Kruh, editor. 2013
Called as Partners in Christ's Service: The Practice of God's Mission, Sherron Kay George. Geneva, 2004
Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus, with 2 DVDs and a study for small groups, Mike Slaughter. Abingdon, 2011
A Christian Justice for the Common Good, Tex Sample. Abingdon, 2016
Claiming Earth as Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith, Andrea Cohen-Kiener. Skylight, 2009 (Reading Program 2011)
A Disciple's Path: Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church: A Guide for United Methodists. Leader guide and CD-ROM, James A Harnish, Justin LaRosa, Barbara Dick, Abingdon, 2012
Dismantling Privilege: An Ethics of Accountability, Mary Elizabeth Hobgood. Pilgrim, 2009
Eight Life-Enriching Practices of United Methodists, Henry H. Knight III. Abingdon, 2001
Faithful Witnesses: United Methodist Theology of Mission, John Edward Nuessle. General Board of Global Ministries, 2008 (Reading Program 2010)
Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change, Larry A. Golemon, editor. Alban, 2010
Going Global: A Congregation's Introduction to Mission Beyond Our Borders, Gary V. Nelson, Gordon W. King, Terry G. Smith. Chalice, 2011
Guide for Covenant Discipleship Groups, Gayle Turner Watson. Discipleship Resources, 2000
Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries, Eric H. F. Law. Chalice, 2013
How to Act Like a Christian, Leith Anderson and Dan Collison with leader's guide and DVD. Abingdon, 2006
Living as United Methodist Christians: Our Story, Our Beliefs, Our Lives, Andy and Sally Langford. Abingdon, 2011
Living Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Culture, Larry A. Golemon, editor. Alban, 2010
Loving and Serving Others: The Practice of Risk-taking Mission and Service, Robert Schnase. Abingdon, 2014.
The Misfit Mission: How to Change the World with Surprises, Interruptions, and All the Wrong People, Scott Chrostek. Abingdon, 2016 (In Review for Reading Program 2018)
Mission-Shaped Spirituality: The Transforming Power of Mission, Susan Hope. Church House, 2006
New Life Through Shared Ministry: Moving from Volunteering to Mission, Judith A. Urban, Alban 2013
One: A Small Group Journey Toward Life-Changing Community with Leader Guide and DVD, Nick Cunningham with Trevor Miller. Abingdon, 2016
Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried, Ronald J. Sider. Brazos. 2015
Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines, Sandhya Rani Jha. Chalice, 2015 (Reading Program 2017)
Receiving God's Love: The Practice of Radical Hospitality, Robert Schnase. Abingdon, 2014.
Sacraments & Discipleship: Understanding Baptism and the Lord's Supper in a United Methodist Context, Mark W. Stamm. Discipleship Resources, 2001
The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places (with leader guide and DVD), Hannah Adair Bonner
A Theology of Mutuality: A Paradigm for Mission in the Twenty-first Century, Glory E. Dharmaraj, Jacob S. Dharmaraj. United Methodist Women, 2014
Three Simple Rules for Christian Living, Jeanne Torrence Finley. Abingdon, 2008
Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living, Reuben Job. Abingdon, 2007 (Reading Program 2010)
Three Simple Questions: Knowing the God of Love, Hope, and Purpose, Rueben P. Job. Abingdon 2011. With a DVD and A Six-Week Study for Adults by Pamela C. Hawkins.
Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, Drew G.I. Hart. Herald, 2016 (in review for Reading Program 2018)
A Way of Life in the World: Spiritual Practices for United Methodists, Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. Abingdon, 2004