About

Why "Jesus Dust"?
There's an old saying from around the time of Jesus, that a good disciple is one who stays close enough to be covered in the dust kicked up by the feet of the Rabbi they follow.  I post here in hopes that I, and others, might be covered in the dust stirred by Jesus.

About Me
My name is Christopher B. James.  I am Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where I oversee the Master of Arts in Mission and Discipleship. I hold a PhD in Practical Theology from at Boston University School of Theology with a dual-concentration in Church; Society and Evangelism and a connection with Center for Global Christianity and Mission.  My research interests include: ecclesiology, congregational studies, missional theology, evangelism, spiritual formation/discipleship, contemplation and action, American Evangelicalism, Lesslie Newbigin, and church planting/new monasticism/emerging church. 


Through my work, I hope to bring together contemporary movements in missional ecclesiology and spiritual formation in the context of the church.  You can read the research I proposed in my PhD application here. My dissertation--New Churches in the None Zone--explores the dynamics of ecclesial identity, spirituality, and mission in new Seattle churches

My personal website is chrisbjames.com. My CV is available on LinkedIn, and some of my published works are on Academia.

If you'd like to contact me regarding questions or invitations to teach, speak, or publish, click here.