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Michael Adam Beck

Pastor. Professor. Coach. Consultant. Author.


Online Articles

Backert, Chris. “Emerging Church and Missional Church: Same Difference?” Fresh Expressions US. April 18, 2016. Accessed July 2017.

Balzer, Douglas Wayne. “Positive Deviance: Empowering Ecclesial Contextualization with Theological Praxis” D.Min. diss., George Fox University, 2012.

Recommended Books

Other Articles

Bevans, Stephen. “Ecclesiology and Missiology: Reflections on Two Recent Documents from the World Council of Churches.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 54, no. 2 (June 2015): 126–34. doi:10.1111/dial.12168.

Full Bibliography

Allen, Roland. Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 1962.


Arbuckle, Gerald A. Refounding the Church: Dissent for Leadership. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1993.


Atkins, Martyn. Resourcing Renewal: Shaping Churches for the Emerging Future. London: Epworth, 2010.


Avis, Paul D. The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Backert, Chris. “Emerging Church and Missional Church: Same Difference?” Fresh Expressions US. April 18, 2016. Accessed July 2017.

Baker, Jonny, and Cathy Ross. The Pioneer Gift: Explorations in Mission. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2014.

Balzer, Douglas Wayne. “Positive Deviance: Empowering Ecclesial Contextualization with Theological Praxis” D.Min. diss., George Fox University, 2012.


Bayes, Paul, et al. Mission-shaped Parish: Traditional Church in a Changing World. New York, N.Y: Seabury Books, 2010.


Beaumont, Susan. How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.


Beck, Michael. Deep Roots, Wild Branches: Revitalizing the Church in the Blended Ecology. Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing, 2019. 

---. Deep and Wild: Remissioning the Church From the Outside In. Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing, 2020.

---. Painting with Ashes: When Your Weakness Becomes Your Superpower. Plano, TX: Invite

Resources, 2022

---. Beck, Michael with Jorge Acevedo. A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2020.

---.Beck, Michael and Rosario Picardo, Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age: How the Church Can Prepare for a Post Pandemic World. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2021.

---.Beck, Michael and Tyler Kleeberger, Fresh Expressions of the Rural Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2022.

---.Sweet, Leonard I. and Michael Adam Beck. Contextual Intelligence: Unlocking the Ancient Secret to Mission on the Front Lines. Higher Life Publishing. 2020.

Bevans, Stephen B. and Roger P. Schroeder. Constants in Context. Orbis, 2004.

---.Bevans, Stephen. “Ecclesiology and Missiology: Reflections on Two Recent Documents from the World Council of Churches.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 54, no. 2 (June 2015): 126–34. doi:10.1111/dial.12168.


Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books, 1991.

Bolton, Bill, and John Thompson. Entrepreneurs: Talent, Temperament and Opportunity. London New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.


Bourdieu, Pierre. Pascalian Meditations. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000. 

---. The Logic of Practice. Cambridge: Polity Press. 1990.

            ---. “The Social Space and the Genesis of Groups.” Theory and Society 14, no. 6 (Nov. 1985): 723-744.

---. Bourdieu, Pierre, and Jean C. Passeron. Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1990.


Boyd, Gregory A. The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2005.

Brafman, Ori, and Rod A. Beckstrom. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations (New York: Portfolio, 2014).


Branson, Mark Lau. “Interpretive leadership during social dislocation: Jeremiah and social imaginary.” Journal of Religious Leadership 8, no. 1: 27-48., 2009.


Brueggemann, Walter. Finally Comes the Poet. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989.

---. Brueggemann, Walter. God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2016.

Castells, Manuel. The Rise of the Network Society. Oxford Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishers, 2000. 

Chilcote, Paul W. Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and 

         Charles Wesley. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 2004.


Cray, Graham. “Connecting the Centre to the Edge.” Anglican Church Planting Initiatives. July 26, 2017. 

---. Cray, Graham. Mission-Shaped Church: Church Planting and Fresh Expressions in a Changing Context. New York, NY: Seabury Books, 2010.

---. Cray, Graham, Ian Mobsby, and Aaron Kennedy. Fresh Expressions of Church and the Kingdom of God. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2012.

Croft, Steven J. The Future of the Parish System: Shaping the Church of England for the Twenty-first Century. London: Church House, 2006.

---.Croft, Steven J. Mission-shaped Questions: Defining Issues for Today's Church. New York: Seabury Books, 2010.


Davis, Michael L. 2015. “Spiritual Formation: Retrieving Perichoresis as a Model for Shared Leadership in the Marketplace.” Journal of Religious Leadership 14 (1): 105–26.


Davison, Andrew, and Alison Milbank. For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions. London: SCM Press, 2010.


Das, T. K. The Subjective Side of Strategy Making: Future Orientations and Perceptions of Executives. New York: Praeger, 1986.


Dean, Kenda C. Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.


Denning, Peter J., and Robert Dunham. The Innovator's Way: Essential Practices for Successful Innovation. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2010.


Donovan, Vincent J. Christianity Rediscovered. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books, 2003.


Downing, Crystal. Changing Signs of Truth: A Christian Introduction to the Semiotics of Communication. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic., 2012.


Friedman, Edwin H., Margaret M. Treadwell, and Edward W. Beal. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. New York: Seabury Books, 2007.


Frost, Michael, and Alan Hirsch. ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church. Peabody,

         Mass. Sydney: Hendrickson Publishers Strand Pub, 2009.


Fujimura, Makoto. Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for our Common Life. New York, NY: Fujimura Institute, 2014.

Gaze, Sally. Mission-shaped and Rural: Growing Churches in the Countryside. London: Church House Publishing, 2006.


Gibbs, Eddie, and Ryan K. Bolger. Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2005.


Goodhew, David, Andrew Roberts, and Michael Volland. Fresh!: An Introduction to Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneer Ministry. London: SCM Press, 2012.


Guder, Darrell L., and Lois Barrett. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub, 1998.


Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2017.


Harford, Tim. Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2016.


Harnish, James A. You Only Have to Die: Leading Your Congregation to New Life. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2004.

Harper, S. The Way to Heaven: The Gospel According to John Wesley. Grand Rapids, Mich. 2003.

Hauerwas, Stanley. The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame, 1983.

Heath, Elaine A., and Scott T. Kisker. Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010.

---. Heath, Elaine A., and Larry Duggins. Missional, Monastic, Mainline: A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-communities in Historically Mainline Traditions. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014.


Heifetz, Ronald A., and Martin Linsky. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

Hirsch, Alan, and Dave Ferguson. On the Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2011. 

---. Hirsch, Alan, Tim Catchim, and Mike Breen. The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

---. Hirsch, Alan. The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church. Grand Rapids, Mich:

         Brazos Press, 2006.

 ---. Hirsch, Alan. 5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ. USA: 100M, 2017.


Hollinghurst, Steve. Mission-shaped Evangelism: The Gospel in Contemporary Culture. Norwich, U.K: Canterbury, 2010.


Hunter, George G. The Apostolic Congregation: Church Growth Reconceived for a New Generation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2009. 

---. Hunter, George G. The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West—Again. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010.

Jones, Angela. Pioneer Ministry and Fresh Expressions of Church. London: SPCK, 2009.

Jones, E. Stanley. The Christ of the Indian Road (1925) (and anything he has written)

---.Christ at the Round Table (1928)

---.The Christ of Every Road (1930)

---.The Christ on the Mount: A Working Philosophy of Life (1931)

---.Christ and Human Suffering (1933)

---.Christ’s Alternative to Communism (1935)

---.Victorious Living (1936)

---.The Choice Before Us (1937)

---.Along the Indian Road (1939)

---.Is the Kingdom of God Realism? (1940)

---.Abundant Living (1942)

---.The Christ of the American Road (1944)

---.When Sorrow Comes (1944)

---.Evangelize! Why?: A Discussion of the Motives of Evangelism (1946)

---.The Way (1946)

---.Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend (1948)

---.The Way to Power and Poise (1949)

---.How to Be a Transformed Person (1951)

---.Growing Spiritually (1953)

---.Mastery: The Art of Mastering Life (1955)

---.Christian Maturity (1957)

---.Conversion (1959)

---.In Christ (1961)

---.The Word Became Flesh (1963)

---.Victory Through Surrender (1966)

---.A Song of Ascents: A Spiritual Autobiography (1968)

---.The Reconstruction of the Church – On What Pattern? (1970)

---.The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person (1972)

---.The Divine Yes (1975)


Jones, L G. Christian Social Innovation: Renewing Wesleyan Witness. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2016.


King Jr., Martin Luther. Where Do We Go from Here. Boston, Beacon Press. 1967.


Kreider, Alan. The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.

Kotter, John P. Leading Change. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012.


Kuhn, Thomas S., and Ian Hacking. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2012.


Küng, Hans. Christianity: Essence, History and Future. New York: Continuum, 1995.

---.Küng, Hans. The Church. Garden City, N.Y: Image Books, 1976.


Kutz, Matthew R. Contextual Intelligence: Smart Leadership for a Constantly Changing World. Perrysburg, Ohio: RTG Publishing, 2013.


Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002.


Liedtka, Jeanne. “Why Design Thinking Works.” Harvard Business Review. September 2018.


Lings, George. “A Golden Opportunity: Revisiting the Story So Far,” Encounters on the Edge 50 (2011).


Male, David. Pioneers 4 Life: Explorations in Theology and Wisdom for Pioneering Leaders. Abingdon: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2011.

---.Male, David. “Do We Need Pioneers” 2017.


Manning, Brennan, John Blase, and Philip Yancey. All is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2015.


Mayo, Anthony J., and Nitin Nohria. In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2005.


McGavran, Donald A. The Bridges of God: A Study in the Strategy of Missions. Eugene, Ore: Wipf & Stock, 2005. 

---.McGavran, Donald A., and C P. Wagner. Understanding Church Growth. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, 1990.


McNeal, Reggie. A Work of Heart: Understanding How God shapes Spiritual Leaders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. 

Meeks, Wayne A. The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

Meyers, Robin R. Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance. Yale University Press, 2016.

Minear, Paul S. Images of the Church in the New Testament. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970.


Moltmann, Jürgen. The Church in the Power of the Spirit: A Contribution to Messianic Ecclesiology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
---. Moltmann, Jürgen. The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.


Moynagh, Michael. Being Church, Doing Life: Creating Gospel Communities Where Life Happens. Oxford, England, UK Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA: Monarch Books, 2014. 

---. Moynagh, Michael, and Philip Harrold. Church for Every Context: An Introduction to Theology and Practice. London, UK: SCM Press, 2012.

---. Moynagh, Michael. Church in Life: Emergence, Ecclesiology and Entrepreneurship. London, UK: SCM Press, 2017.

---.Moynagh, Michael, and Richard Worsley. Going Global: Key Questions for the Twenty-first Century. London: A & C Black, 2008.

Murray, Stuart. Church After Christendom. Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2004.


Newbigin, Lesslie. Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 1986.


Nouwen, Henry. The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society. New York NY: Image Books 1990.


Odell, Jenny. How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, 2019.


Oldenburg, Ray. The Great Good Place: Cafés, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. New York Berkeley, Calif: Marlowe Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1999.


Otero, Loida I., Maldonado Pérez, Z. et al. Latina Evangélicas: A Theological Survey From the Margins. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books,2013.


Palmer, Parker J. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2004.


Pascale, Richard T. Jerry Sternin, and Monique Sternin. The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems. Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2010.

Peterson, Eugene. “Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. Grand Rapids, 2006. 

---.Peterson, Eugene H. Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Grand Rapids, Mich. Leominster, England: W.B. Eerdmans Gracewing, 1992.

---.Peterson, Eugene H. The Pastor: A Memoir. New York: HarperOne, 2011.


Polanyi, Michael. Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-critical Philosophy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962. 

——. The Tacit Dimension. New York: Anchor Books, 1967.


Potter, Phil. Pioneering a New Future: A Guide to Shaping Change and Changing the Shape of Church. Abingdon United Kingdom: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2015.


Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.


Rainer, Thom S. Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. Nashville, Tennessee: B & H Publishing Group, 2014.


Rendle, Gilbert R. Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011.
---.Rendle, Gilbert R. Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc, 2019.


Roxburgh, Alan J. Missional Map-making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass, 2010. 

---.Roxburgh. Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2011.

---. Roxburgh. Structured for Mission: Renewing the Culture of the Church. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015.

Russell, Brian D. (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2015.

Sarasvathy, Saras D., What Makes Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurial?


Savage, Sara B., and Eolene M. MacMillan. The Human Face of Church: A Social Psychology and Pastoral Theology Resource for Pioneer and Traditional Ministry. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2007.

Senge, P. M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. New York: Doubleday, 1991.


Stache, Kristine “Practice of Immersion in the Context.” Currents in Theology and Mission 38, no. 5 (2011): 362–66.


Sweet, Leonard I. Me and We: God’s New Social Gospel. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2014.

 ---.Sweet, Leonard I. Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who's Already There. Colorado Springs, Colo: David C. Cook, 2010.

---.Sweet, Leonard I. From Tablet to Table: Where Community is Found and Identity is Formed Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2014.

---.Sweet, Leonard I. 11 Indispensable Relationships You Can't Be Without. Colorado Springs, Colo: David C. Cook, 2008.

---.Sweet, Leonard I. Quantum Spirituality: A Postmodern Apologetic. Dayton, Ohio: Whaleprints, 1991.

---. Rings of Fire: Walking in Faith through a Volcanic Future. Nav Press, Tyndale. 2019 (In Press).

---. Sweet, Leonard I. The Greatest Story Never Told: Revive Us Again. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2012.


Sweet, Leonard I., and Frank Viola. Jesus: A Theography. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2012.


Sweet, Leonard I. and Michael Adam Beck. Contextual Intelligence: Unlocking the Ancient Secret to Mission on the Front Lines. Higher Life Publishing. 2020.

Taleb, Nassim N. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.

Taylor, Charles. Modern Social Imaginaries. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.


Taylor, Paul. The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown. New York, NY: Public Affairs, 2015.


The Great Opportunity: The American Church in 2050. Accessed January 15, 2019.


Turner, Victor W. The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-structure. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977.


Weems, Lovett H. Focus: The Real Challenges That Face The United Methodist Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2011.


Wells, Samuel. Incarnational Mission: Being with the World. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2018. 

---.Wells, Samuel. Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

---. Wells, Samuel. “Rethinking Service” The Cresset. Easter 2013 (Vol LXXVI, No. 4, pp 6-14)


Wesley, J. The Standard Sermons in Modern English. Kinghorn, K. C. (Ed.) Nashville, Tennessee 2002.


Wheatley, Margaret J. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999.


Willard, D. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. London: Fount. 1998.


Williams, Rowan. “Making the Mixed Economy Work.” 2011.

Wrogemann, Henning. Intercultural Theology: Intercultural Hermeneutics. Downers Grove: IVP Academic / InterVarsity Press, 2016.


Woodward, J. R. Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2012.

Wright, N. T. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. New York: HarperOne, 2008.
---.Wright, N.T. The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2016.

Woo, Jackson. One Gospel for all Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2015. 


Zscheile, Dwight J. “Disruptive Innovations and the Deinstitutionalization of Religion.”

Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 14, No. 2, (Fall 2015): 5-30. Accessed October 20,