The Ekklesia Project does a number of things. Probably the most important thing we do is talk with one another about being faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Such conversation cannot be controlled or orchestrated, and neither can discipleship. But it can be promoted in a variety of ways. Here are the ways we seek to promote conversation and discipleship:
Every July we hold a three day Gathering (so far we’ve been meeting in Chicago). We come together around a topic for worship, fellowship, lectures, workshops, and a whole lot of fun. We also hold regional gatherings at other times and places.
We are continuing to develop a formational process for congregational discipleship. In July 2007, we completed a pilot project with six local pastors and congregations from around the country. In July 2008, we will begin working with a second round of congregations. The project, directed by Phil Kenneson, includes the development and use of a new formational curriculum, and the use of pastor-scholar teams to resource the each pastor and congregation.
We publish occasional pamphlets which intend to foster conversation about faithful discipleship in the local church. These run the gamut from discussions of church membership, marriage and congregational singing, to theological reflections on memory, just war, and ecology.
We are working to promote the publication of books that encourage our vision of vigorous ecclesial discipleship. Working with Brazos Press, we have helped to bring forth a series called The Christian Practice of Everyday Life. Our Academic Book series, for more theoretical theological volumes, was launched this year with Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.
We maintain a weblog on this website. It seeks to bring together relevant theological commentary from our contributing editors and from the wider electronic world. It regularly reflects on the news of the day from an EP perspective, asking what the news we are offered might look like from an angle that is God-centered, church-centered, peace-centered, and political. In so doing, we hope that our commentary helps members of the church to think more critically and theologically, and to see daily events and ideas in new ways.