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 of Jesus.
My name is Christopher B. James. I am PhD Candidate at Boston University School of Theology in Practical Theology with a dual-concentration in Church & Society and Evangelism. 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 congregations. You can read the research I proposed in my PhD application here. With my dissertation, I intend to describe and reflect theologically and constructively on the implicit and explicit ecclesiology, missiology and spirituality of new Seattle church plants.
I am currently an Instructor at Boston University School of Theology (Evangelism in Contemporary Cultures) and an Adjunct Instructor at Endicott College. Meanwhile, I'm a Teaching Assistant for a BUSTH core Master's course called "Reading the World: Theology, History, Contexts." I recently worked as a church partner for Monvee, an innovative internet technology helping churches provide customized spiritual growth plans for those in their community.
I am certified ready to receive a call as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). My work and educational history is available on LinkedIn. My statement of faith is available here. You can read a bit about my spiritual journey here.
You can view a sample sermon which I preached on Maundy Thursday at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church here and hear a talk given at a Men's Retreat on misplacing identity in work here.
I'm married to Lindsay, a gifted and passionate chaplain at Endicott College and mother of our beloved daughter, Ginny.
Click here to contact me regarding questions or invitations to teach, speak or publish.