Realizing Church is an empirial investigation into how three Norwegian parish priests take part in congregational leadership. Based on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, leadership is viewed as intimately connected to mundane routines and material objects. The book finds that the priests contribute to leadership through their work to give differing communities a coherent shape, negotiation of their own leader subject nodes, and through discussions, processings and realizations of the object of activity - of Church.
Realizing Church contributes to pastoral theology, and to the fields of leadership-as-practice and religious leadership.
Fredrik Saxegaard is associate professor, and head of the program for professional study of theology, at Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society in Oslo.