Theological Resources


missional-ecclessiologyMissional Ecclesiology [PDF]

The ways in which American Christians “do church” are shaped largely by what we believe church to be. Our theology determines our methodology. So as we plant new churches, it will do no good to try and reform the ways in which we do church without addressing the fundamental question of what church is. This essay seeks to engage Scripture with the theological question, “What is ‘the church?’”

Church Planting ProspectusChurch Planting Prospectus [PDF]

This document is the original church planting prospectus for what later became known as Coram Deo Church. It was written by Bob Thune in 2005 for the elders and leaders of Christ Community Church, where Bob was serving as a teaching pastor. In order to maintain this sense of historical context, all original dates, timeline, and contextual references have all been preserved.

Deacons: A Theological StudyDeacons: A Theological Study [PDF]

The leadership of Christ’s church is a matter of crucial theological importance. Scripture cautions us to be on guard against church leaders who teach false doctrines (1 Tim. 1:3-7). In spite of these warnings, the average Christian’s understanding of biblical church leadership is anemic at best and nonexistent at worst. Thus, it is important for the eldership of a local church to articulate biblically and theologically its position on matters of church leadership.

Why We Use Liturgy in WorshipWhy We Use Liturgy?  [PDF]

Visitors to Coram Deo’s worship gathering will immediately recognize the use of liturgy in our worship. We follow a definite pattern every week. We employ scripted confessions, creeds, prayers, and professions of faith to structure to our worship. The question is: why? This short essay seeks to answer that question for those new to this type of worship and also for those called to lead it.

Eve Jackson
Eve Jackson
Eve Jackson
Eve Jackson



the-money-seriesThe Money Series  [Purchase at GRN]

The Money Series is a practical 6-week study that connects the gospel to issues of spending, debt, and financial stewardship. In our field testing, we’ve found that it tends to be much more productive and fruitful in a group setting. Financial struggles can be a “taboo topic.” Many people make financial decisions in isolation – and suffer the consequences in isolation. Bringing these things to light in community helps provide encouragement, accountability, and healing.

living-on-mission Living On Mission [Purchase at GRN]

Adopting a missional ministry philosophy is one thing; living it out practically is another. The people in your small group or church might say they want to live a missional life – but what does that look like? How can you create missional rhythms within everyday life? Living on Mission is a 4-week group experiment designed to immerse your community in four rhythms: celebration, listening, generosity, and hospitality. Each week has readings, reflections, and exercises to help you learn and practice these rhythms. The goal is to help you practically and tangibly reorient your life around the mission of God.


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