Christopher B. James

cultivating church for a changing context

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?”


Stories, articles and videos curated by Christopher B. James on church, culture, and neighborhoods.

Quoted in "The Pastors Out to Save Millennials' Souls"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Standing at the front of a small movie theater here, Shaun Cross is doing what he believes he's supposed to be: preaching the word of God to bring urbanites closer to Jesus.

Christopher James hosted a panel on Urban Church Planting in the Pacific Northwest at the Christ & Cascadia Conference with some of the most interesting ecclesial pioneers he found in his research.

What Churches Can Learn From New Monasticism

The rise of the “new monasticism” to popular awareness in recent years might lead the uninformed to imagine that Christian communalism is a recent phenomenon. The truth is that Christians have lived in intimate community settings since the very beginnings of the Way. What is new about new monasticism is largely a matter of its historical and geographical contexts, the catchy moniker, and the recent dialog with the Benedictine tradition.