PLNU Center for Pastoral Leadership_School of Theology_Christian Ministry

Dear Church Leader:

We hope you are safe and healthy in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic.  We are thinking and praying for you during these challenging days.  Also, this is a very important week in the life of the Church-it is holy week!  As we continue our journey

of suffering to the cross, may we be renewed by the power of the resurrected Christ!

Since we are staying at home more these days we thought it might be helpful to hear about some of the recent book publications by faculty in PLNU’s School of Theology & Christian Ministry. The faculty are providing a video to introduce their book publications.   The videos are being posted on PLNU’s Youtube playlist at

The first video is by Dr. Mark Maddix, Dean of the School of Theology and Christian MInistry. His book is co authored by James Estep and Jonathan Kim,  Understanding Faith Formation: Theological, Congregational, and Global Dimensions (Baker, October 2020).(Link to Amazon).

Dr. Maddix explores the challenges of faith formation in the midst of growing secularism of society, the rise of the nones, and biblical illiteracy. He addresses these issues by suggesting five practices for congregational faith formation. You can access the video at:

Here is a list of the upcoming videos each Monday for the next seven weeks:

April 13-Brad Kelle, The Bible and Moral Injury: Reading Scripture Alongside War’s Unseen Wounds (Abingdon, 2020).

April 20-Rebecca Laird, Discerning the Signs of the Times from Discernment (HarperOne, 2013).

April 27-Kara Lyons, NBBC on Philemon Commentary (Foundry, 2019)

May 4-Michael Lodahl, The Lord’s Prayer (Foundry, 2020).

May 11-Bob Smith, NBBC Colossians (Foundry, 2019)

May 18-Sam Powell, The Trinity: Wesleyan Theology Series (Foundry, 2020)

May 25-Montague Williams, Church in Color: Youth Ministry, Race, and the Work of Theology (Baylor University Press, 2020).

If we can be a resource to you and your congregation in any way, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Grace and Peace,
Mark Maddix