The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes is president and professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ.
M. Craig Barnes is the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary. He began his presidency in January 2013, and also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. Barnes earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981 and his Ph.D. in church history from the University of Chicago in 1992.
Before becoming president of Princeton, Barnes was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while also serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He previously served pastorates in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings, and in congregations across the country. He is the author of eight books and serves as a columnist for The Christian Century.
His writing and academic work reflect his deep commitment to the theological formation of pastors to lead the church in changing times.
Body and Soul: Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism (Faith Alive Publishers, 2012)
The Pastor as Minor Poet (Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008)
Searching for Home (Brazos Press, A Division of Baker Book House Company, 2003)
An Extravagant Mercy (Servant Publications, Vine Books, 2003)
Sacred Thirst (Zondervan Publishing House, 2001)
Hustling God (Zondervan Publishing House, 1999)
When God Interrupts (InterVarsity Press, 1996)
Yearning (InterVarsity Press, 1991)
When I speak at denominational gatherings, pastors often ask me to say something about the future of the church. The subtext of their invitations is, "If you have any ideas for survival, let us know."
The future of the church is a question that makes it way deep into my bones. I worry too. But the church has never looked less attractive than when it dresses in anxiety. Historically that's when we've made our worst mistakes. Fear makes us desperate. We throw the little money and energy that remains into trendy programs that make no substantive change. Or worse, we become fixated on finding someone to blame for our demise. These are expressions of despair, which is where anxiety lands after it slides to the bottom.Read full article...
The Rev. M. Craig Barnes is pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.More...