Christopher B. James

cultivating church for a changing context

Marcie Sillman talks with Christopher James of the University of Dubuque about his study of new Seattle churches and what they can tell us about the future of religion.
Kathryn Robinson's latest article in the Seattle Met features my research on New Seattle Churches: "Turns out “post-Christian” Seattle is fertile ground for new church starts."
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.
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.

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.

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 Pacific Northwest is one of the most fertile seedbeds for religious innovation and creativity in North America. To be sure, the separation of church and state has historically made North America as a whole an exceptionally open religious environment. That said, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) seems to exceed all other regions in its receptivity to religious experimentation.

Missional Acuity: 20th Century Insights Toward a Redemptive Way of Seeing

What kind of Christian spirituality is needed to foster and enliven missional living?

Interview on Portland's Rose City Forum

Andee Zommerman / Rose City Forum KKPZ
Andee Zommerman interviews Dr. Christopher B. James about his research into church planting in Seattle for this hour-long interview on the Rose City Forum, a Portland-based program. The show has recently hosted such guests as Doug Pagitt, Christian Piatt, and Rachel Held Evans.