Thursday, July 28, 2005

postgraduate emerging church research

Bryan has emailed, asking for research citations (ie postgraduate research, not some lightweight fluff) regarding the emerging church, as he begins to prepare for his Ph.D. This is what I am aware of. Have I missed anything?

Baker, Jonny, “The Labyrinth. Ritualisation as Strategic Practice in Postmodern Times.” MA thesis, Kings College, 2000.

Flores, Aaron, “An exploration of the Emerging Church in the United States.” MA thesis, Vanguard University, 2005.

Guest, Matthew. “Negotiating Community: An Ethnographic Study of an Evangelical Church.” PhD thesis, Lancaster University, 2002.

Taylor, Steve. “A New Way of Being Church.” PhD thesis, Otago University, 2004.

Note of clarification: Thanks for the comments already. I too am aware of lots of books and journal articles, but in this post I am looking only for post-graduate primary research. Not to be elitist, but because this was the context of the email request.

Posted by steve at 04:03 PM


  1. Possibly related would be material published by Heidi Campbell, who until recently was part of the University of Edinburgh’s “Media and Theology Project”. I know she’s published material looking at media, internet, club culture and it’s effects upon the church/spirituality.

    ATLA, or even Google, should turn stuff up.

    Comment by stepheng — July 28, 2005 @ 5:32 pm

  2. Perhaps this resource list might also be useful:
    Earl Creps, Emerging Culture/Emerging Church: A Select Resource List (Oct 2004). This is 104 pages long of some 1700 items (books, journals etc). It is available as a pdf from

    Comment by philjohnson — July 28, 2005 @ 8:27 pm

  3. Ian Mobsby MA which will be finished by December is entitles ‘Fresh Expressions of Church: How are they authentically Anglican?’

    Comment by gareth — July 28, 2005 @ 11:24 pm

  4. See Gerardo Marti, _A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church_ (Indiana University Press, February 2005), postgrad research in the sense that this was Gerardo’s dissertation.

    Comment by Phil Sinitiere — July 30, 2005 @ 3:26 pm

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