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.