Declining memberships. Pastoral scandals. A fear of secularism and the New Atheism. Many Christians are worried about the church’s future. Despite widespread and growing despair, Jason Vickers believes the church always sits upon the cusp of renewal. Some emerging voices promise to lead the church out of decay but focus only upon its existing structures, while others encourage the Spirit’s work in new prophetic movements to the exclusion of all else. Minding the Good Ground organizes the multitude of voices and proposes a new way forward, rooting these movements in a robust theological vision that grounds renewal in the good and life-giving work of the Holy Spirit.
Jason E. Vickers is Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed, Invocation and Assent: The Making and Remaking of Trinitarian Theology, The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley, and The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism. He is an ordained elder on the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and President-elect of the Wesleyan Theological Society.