People of the Way

Renewing Episcopal Identity

Dwight J. Zscheile

May/2012, 160 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819220905



• Addresses church-wide conversation on Anglican identity and mission: who are we and why are we here?
• An accessible resource from a scholar and priest in active parish ministry

 Study guide included, download here

There is a renewed conversation about identity and mission in American Anglicanism today, based on the recognition that the church’s context in the U.S. has dramatically changed. The legacies of establishment, benefactor approaches to mission, and the ‘national church’ ideal are no longer adequate for the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century church.

But if the Episcopal Church is no longer the Church of the Establishment and the benefactor model of church is dead, what is the heart of Episcopal mission and identity?

Scholar and Episcopal priest Dwight Zscheile draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought and practice, plus contemporary experience to craft a vision for mission that addresses the church’s post-establishment, post-colonial context. With stories, practices and concrete illustrations, Zscheile engages readers in re-envisioning what it means to be Anglican in America today and sends readers out to build new relationships within their local contexts.

Dwight J. Zscheile is professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary and associate priest at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Recognized as one of the leading theologians in the Episcopal Church today, Zscheile also serves on the Episcopal Church's Special Task Force on Structure. In addition to People of the Way; he is co-author with Craig Van Gelder of The Missional Church in Perspective, and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation. He lives in North Oaks, Minnesota.

People of the Way is a work of sheer genius, an absolutely essential addition to the library of anyone seriously concerned about the future of the Episcopal Church.  I cannot recommend it more highly.  —Ian Markham, President and Dean, Virginia Theological Seminary

Churches everywhere are reassessing their mission and future in light of diminishing attendance and the reality that they no longer reflect their neighborhood. They need this book.  —Anthony Guillen, Missioner for Latino/a Ministries in The Episcopal Church


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