Bibliography on Discernment
Discerning the Leadership of Christ in the Church Today
(a working bibliography--appreciation to Chuck Conniry and his bibliographic research and consultation)
Anderson, Paul N. With Christ in Decision Making (pamphlet). Newberg, OR: Barclay Press, 1992.
Anderson, Ray Sherman. The Soul of Ministry: Forming Leaders for God's People. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Know Press, 1997.
Avery, Michel. Building United Judgment: A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making. Madison, WI: Center for Conflict Resolution, 1981.
Bandy, Thomas G. Kicking Habits: Welcome Relief for Addicted Churches. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1997.
Barr, William and Rena M. Yocum, eds. The Church in the Movement of the Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans, 1994.
Bazerman, Max H. Judgment in Managerial Decision Making. New York, NY: Wiley, 2002.
Brandstätter, Hermann, James H. Davis, and Heinz Schuler, eds. Dynamics of Group Decisions. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1978.
Brown, David G. Member Roles, Leadership Style and Decision Models: A Small Group Decision Making Focus. Newberg, OR: George Fox College Department of Continuing Education, 1990.
Chacko, George Kuttickal. Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: An Applied Statistics Approach. New York, NY: Praeger, 1991.
Chambers, Harry. No Fear Management: Rebuilding Trust, Performance, and Commitment in the New American Workplace. Boca Raton, FL: St. Lucie Press, 1998.
Cobble, James F. Jr. The Church and the Powers: A Theology of Church Structure. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1988.
Collins, Barry E. A Social Psychology of Group Processes for Decision-Making. New York, NY: Wiley, 1964.
De Pree, Max. Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997.
Dougherty, Rose Mary. Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1995.
Drucker, Peter Ferdinand. The Effective Executive. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1967.
__________. The Essential Drucker. New York, NY: Harper Business, 2001.
Farnham, Suzanne G. Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishers, 1991.
Flaherty, John E. Peter Drucker: Shaping the Managerial Mind. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline; The Path to Spiritual Growth, revised. New York/San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2002.
Fox, William M. Effective Group Problem Solving: How to Broaden Participation, Improve Decision Making, and Increase Commitment to Action. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1987.
Friesen, Garry. Decision Making & The Will of God; A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View. Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1980.
Frohlich, Mary. Will the Church of the Twenty-First Century be a Holy and Discerning People? Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1995.
Green, Tova. Insight and Action: How to Discover and Support a Life of Integrity and Commitment to Change. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1994.
Gula, Richard M. Moral Discernment. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1997.
Hahn, Celia A. Uncovering Your Church's Hidden Spirit. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 2001.
Hall, Brian P. The Personal Discernment Inventory: An Instrument for Spiritual Guides. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1980.
Harder, Leland. Doors to Lock and Doors to Open: The Discerning People of God. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1993.
Hare, Paul A. "Group Decision by Consensus: Reaching Unity in the Society of Friends." Sociological Inquiry 43, 1 (January 1973): 75-84.
Harper, Michael. Gifted People: Discerning Your Supernatural Gifts and Learning How to Use Them. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Books, 1990.
Hawkins, Thomas R. The Learning Congregation: A New Vision of Leadership. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1997.
Hays, Richard B. The Moral Vision of the New Testament. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1996.
Heckscher, Charles and Anne Donnellon, eds. The Post-Bureaucratic Organization: New Perspectives on Organizational Change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1994.
Heifetz, Ronald. Leadership without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994.
Herrington, Jim. Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000.
Hesselbein, Frances, Marshall Goldsmith, Iain Somerville, eds. Leading Beyond the Walls. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
Higgins, E. Tory, ed. Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles. New York, NY: Guilford Press, 1996.
Hinson, E. Glenn, ed. Spirituality in Ecumenical Perspective. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993.
Janis, Irving Lester. Decision Making: A Psychological Analysis of Conflict, Choice, and Commitment. New York, NY: Free Press, 1977.
__________. Stress, Attitudes, and Decisions: Selected Papers. New York, NY: Praeger Publishers, 1982.
Johnson, Ben Campbell. Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders. Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans, 2001.
__________. Discerning God's Will. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Know Press, 1990.
__________. Imagining a Church in the Spirit: A Task for Mainline Congregations. Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans, 1999.
Johnson, Ben Campbell and Glenn McDonald. Imagining a Church in the Spirit: a Task for Mainline Congregations. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999.
Johnson, David W. Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1997.
Johnson, Luke Timothy. "Decision Making as a Theological Process: The Necessity and Difficulty of Discernment." Sewanee Theological Review 39 (Michaelmas 1996): 353-61.
__________. Scripture & Discernment: Decision-Making in the Church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1996.
__________. Living Jesus; Learning the Heart of the Gospel. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.
Jolson, Marvin A. Quantitative Techniques for Marketing Decisions. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1973.
Jones, Rufus. "The Sense of the Meeting." In The Quaker Reader, ed. Jessamyn West, 411-15. New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1962.
Kepner, Charles Higgins. The Rational Manager: A Systematic Approach to Problem Solving and Decision Making. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1965.
Kinnamon, Michael K. "Discerning God's Presence in History: Lessons from Auschwitz, Hiroshima, and Vietnam." Lexington Theological Quarterly 32 (Fall 1997): 135-75.
Klein, Gary A. Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998.
Koontz, Gayle Gerber. "Meeting in the Power of the Spirit: Ecclesiology, Ethics, and the Practice of Discernment," in The Wisdom of the Cross: Essays in Honor of John Howard Yoder, ed. Stanley Hauerwas. Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans, 1999.
Lawson, James. Rules for Reaching Consensus: A Modern Approach to Decision Making. Amsterdam; San Diego, CA: Pfeiffer & Company, 1994.
Libanio, J. B. Spiritual Discernment and Politics: Guidelines for Religious Communities. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003.
Lohman, Cheryl A. Leadership, Motivation and Decision Making: A Study of a Small Volunteer Task Group. Newberg, OR: George Fox College Department of Continuing Education, 1993.
March, James G. A Primer on Decision Making: How Decisions Happen. New York, NY: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994.
Martin, Scott D. Group Decision Making: Survey of 35 Hewlett Packard Supervisors. Newberg, OR: George Fox University Department of Continuing Education, 1997.
McEwan, Elaine K. Leading Your Team to Excellence: How to Make Quality Decisions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 1997.
McKinney, Mary Benet. Sharing Wisdom: A Process for Group Decision Making. Allen, TX: Tabor Publishing, 1987.
Milco, Michael R. Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership: Case Studies in Biblical Decision-Making. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1997.
Morley, Barry. Beyond Consensus: Salvaging the Sense of the Meeting. Pendle Hill Pamphlet no. 307. Wallingford, PA: Pendle Hill Publications, 1993.
Morris, Danny E. Yearning to Know God's Will. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1991.
Mueller, Joan. Faithful Listening: Discernment in Everyday Life. Kansas City, Mo: Sheed and Ward, 1996.
Olsen, Charles M. Selecting Church Leaders: A Practice in Spiritual Discernment. Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books, 2002.
__________. Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1995.
Oswald, Roy M. Discerning Your Congregation's Future: A Strategic and Spiritual Approach. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1996.
O'Toole, James. Leadership A to Z: A Guide for the Appropriately Ambitious. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.
Parker, Stephen E. Led by the Spirit: Toward a Practical Theology of Pentecostal Discernment and Decision Making. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996.
Patz, Alan L. Strategic Decision Analysis: A General Management Framework. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1981.
Paulsell, William O (ed.). Listening to the Spirit; A Handbook for Discernment.
Pedersen, Paul. Decisional Dialogues in a Cultural Context: Structured Exercises. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997.
Pelton, Warren J. Tough Choices: The Decision-Making Styles of America's Top 50 CEOs. Homewood, IL: Dow Jones-Irwin, 1990.
Phillips, Gerald M. Teaching How to Work in Groups. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1990.
Poloma, Margaret M. The Assemblies of God at the Crossroads: Charisma and Institutional Dilemmas. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 1989.
Poorman, Mark L. Interactional Morality; A Foundation for Moral Discernment in Catholic Pastoral Ministry. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1993.
Punshon, John. Testimony and Tradition: Some Aspects of Quaker Spirituality. London, UK: Quaker Home Service, 1990.
Ratliff, Bill. "Spirituality & Discernment: A Call to Pastoral Theologians." Journal of Pastoral Theology 7 (Summer 1997): 81-97.
Reynolds, Thomas J. and Jerry C. Olson, eds. Understanding Consumer Decision Making: The Means-End Approach to Marketing and Advertising Strategy. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum, 2001.
Robbins, Harvey. The New Why Teams Don't Work: What Goes Wrong and How to Make it Right. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000.
Robinson, Stephen Daryl. God at our Planning Table: Spiritual Discernment as a Viable Alternative for Church Planning and Programming. D.Min. Thesis. Wesley Theological Seminary, 1989.
Rohr, Richard. Enneagram II: Advancing Spiritual Discernment. New York, NY: Crossroad, 1995.
Schwenk, Charles Ransom. Identity, Learning, and Decision Making in Changing Organizations. Westport, CN: Quorum Books, 2002.
Shawchuck, Norman. Marketing for Congregations: Choosing to Serve People More Effectively. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1992.
Sheeran, Michael J. Beyond Majority Rule: Voteless Decisions in the Religious Society of Friends. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1983.
Simon, Julian Lincoln. Developing Decision-Making Skills for Business. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2001.
Sims, Ronald R. Ethics and Organizational Decision Making: A Call for Renewal. Westport, CN: Quorum Books, 1994.
Slocum, Robert B. "The Holy Spirit and the Life of the Church: A Comparison of Montague and Moule," Anglican Theological Review 82:2 (Spring 2000): 445-52.
Snyder, Monteze. Building Consensus: Conflict and Unity. Richmond, IN: Earlham Quaker Foundations of Leadership Program, 2001.
Steffen, Donna. Discerning Disciples; Listening for God's Voice in Christian Initiation. New York, NY / Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1997.
Stortz, Martha Ellen. Pastorpower. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1993.
Strecker, Georg. The Johannine Letters: A Commentary on 1, 2, and 3 John, trans. Linda M. Maloney; ed. Harold Attridge. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1996.
Susskind, Lawrence, Sarah McKearnan, and Jennifer Thomas-Larmer, eds. The Consensus Building Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Reaching Agreement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999.
Swindoll, Charles R. The Mystery of God's Will. Waco, TX: Word Publishing, 1999.
Tagliere, Daniel A. How to Meet, Think, and Work to Consensus. Amsterdam; San Diego, CA: Pfeiffer, 1992.
Taylerson, Mark. I Come to Do Your Will; Christian Discernment Through the Heritage and Tradition of the Church. Vertias Publications, 2002.
Trueblood, D. Elton. "The Quaker Method of Reaching Decisions." In Beyond Dilemmas: Quakers Look at Life, ed. Sceva Bright Laughlin, 104-24. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1937.
Turk, Dennis C. and Peter Saslovey, eds. Reasoning, Inference, and Judgment in Clinical Psychology. New York, NY: Free Press; London, UK: Collier Macmillan Publishers, 1988.
Turner, Max. The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts Now and Then. Cumbria, Scotland: Paternoster Press, 1996.
Verhey, Allen. Remembering Jesus: Christian Community, Scripture, and the Moral Life. Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans, 2002.
Volf, Miroslav and Dorothy C. Bass, eds. Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. Grand Rapids, MI: W. B. Eerdmans, 2002.
Vroom, Victor Harold. Leadership and Decision-Making. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1973.
Wattles, Jeffrey. The Golden Rule. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Weaver, Richard G. Managers and Facilitators: A Practical Guide to Getting Work done in a Changing Workplace. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 1999.
Weems, Lovett H. Jr. Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture and Integrity. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1993.
Wert, Newell J. Dimensions of Decision. Nashville, TN: Graded Press, 1968.
Wheatley, Margaret J. Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2002.
White, Penny Isaacs. The Importance of Communication, Decision-Making and Ethics in the Workplace. Newberg, OR: George Fox College Department of Continuing Education, 1990.
Wicks, Robert J. Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 2000.
Willard, Dallas. Hearing God; Developing a Conversational Relationship with God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999.
Wood. Laurence W. "History and Hermeneutics: A Pannenbergian Perspective." Wesleyan Theological Journal 16 (Spring 1981): 7-22.
Zens, Jon. "Discernment, Dialogue and Decision-Making in the Church." Searching Together 13:3 (Autumn 1984): 1-29.