Christopher B. James

cultivating church for a changing context

Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil: Theology and Practice

My first book is now available for pre-order! This book shares the findings from my research among church plants in Seattle, WA, one the nation's most unchurched cities.

Interview with Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis

I sat down with my colleague Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis to talk about my new book, Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil: Theology and Practice.

University of Dubuque May 2017 Commencement Address

May 13, 2017 - Dr. Christopher James, MDiv, PhD, assistant professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, delivered the commencement address, titled "The Question."
The Pacific Northwest is often called the "None Zone" because of the number of people who claim no religious affiliation. Yet, theologians and sociologists are paying close attention to churches in Seattle.
Dr. Christopher B. James joins Ben Katt to talk about his research on church planting in Seattle, including the unique dynamics of the so-called "None Zone," the four expressions of church that his extensive research identified (Great Commission Team, Household of the Spirit, New Community, and Neighborhood Incarnation), and the gifts and liabilities of neighborhood expressions of the church.

Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography (Review)

My review of Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography edited by Pete Ward. Originally published in Missiology: An International Review.
What practices can sustain missional practice and spiritual vitality among church planters?
In the midst of the decline of mainline denominations and the rise of the "nones" in the U.S. something surprising is happening. Church planting is booming.

Newbigin's Gospel in a Pluralist Society

A while back I was invited to speak to a group called Theology on Tap about "The Gospel in a Post-Christian World." The topic, it seemed to me, begged two questions. The first is “What is the gospel?” and the second is “Where are we? What is this post-Christian world in which we live?”
The church is in the midst of a season of dramatic cultural and religious shifts. Led by Dr. Christopher James and Dr. Alan Roxburgh, this Doctor of Ministry Cohort at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will go on a journey of discerning the unique character of our emerging context, learn what kind of faithful leadership it requires and develop the critical spiritual and missional practices that equip us to join God’s mission in the midst of our communities and neighborhoods.