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Leaders and congregations need a theological purpose that frees them to renegotiate established cultural norms through experimentation and spiritual practices.

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Learning to Listen – See Faithful Innovation in Action

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Training from Luther Seminary introduced faithful innovation concepts to two Wisconsin churches. Watch their story and learn more.
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Watch Mary Hess’ Boston College Presentation: “Finding Faith in the Maelstrom – Storytelling as a Source of Hope”

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"We know who we are in relation to God in large measure by the stories we share."
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Lessons in Innovation from the Old Testament

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Cameron Howard points to the Old Testament as a valuable resource for understanding times of change and the need for innovation.
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Forgive Us Our Debt (Part Two)

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Does Good Debt = Good People? Read part two of Katherine Shaner's look at the difference God's grace can make in the way we think about our money and our debts.
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Immigration and Christianity: Walls, Exiles, and Migration

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Immigration is a top-of-mind issue in the U.S. and around the globe. What effect does it have on our faith lives? And in what ways are immigration issues addressed in the Bible? Learn more.
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Innovation: From Buzzword to Renewal

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As innovation becomes a buzzword, it’s easy for church leaders to reduce it to a trend. But how might it play a powerful role in renewal?
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Leading When the Economy Falters

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Every congregation is impacted by the ebbs and flows of the economy that surrounds it. Particularly when things change relatively fast, how do we respond?
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10 ways to make your sermon more memorable

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"Doing something" with new information helps people remember better. Discover 10 ways to preach more memorable sermons by inviting action and staying confident in the gospel.
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Will the ELCA be Gone in 30 Years?

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New projections forecast just 16,000 in worship across the entire ELCA by 2041. Why is this happening and what can be done?
What's Really Causing Church Decline...and What We Can Do About It

What’s Really Causing Church Decline…and What We Can Do About It

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How can we renew the church's identity and help in join God's work in the 21st century?
Why Does the Church Need Innovation?

Why Does the Church Need Innovation?

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Michael Binder explains how the church can benefit from innovation practices such
Why Faith+Lead?

Why Faith+Lead?

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Why did we build Faith+Lead--and where do we believe God is calling?
What We're Hearing from the Church

What We’re Hearing from the Church

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What do leaders need to know, or know how to do, to be faithful and effective in a rapidly changing world?
Let Us End with Prayer

Let Us End with Prayer

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By Karen Treat Churches struggle.  Sometimes they are able to move beyond
Learning the Language of the Holy Spirit

Learning the Language of the Holy Spirit

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By D. Grace Duddy This post emerged out of the research from
Missional Lab: Church Insider, Church Outsider

Missional Lab: Church Insider, Church Outsider

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By Chase Smith In the February 2012 issue of The Lutheran magazine,
Missional Lab: Loving the Least of These

Missional Lab: Loving the Least of These

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by Eric Hoffer "We're different, here at my church. We aren't captive
Missional Lab: What's the God of the Cross Up to?

Missional Lab: What’s the God of the Cross Up to?

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By Patrick Torbit It was a hot summer evening in New Hampshire.
Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 3)

Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 3)

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By Josh Linman “Becoming missional will save the church.” Whether we want
Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 2)

Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 2)

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By Josh Linman “Becoming missional will save the church.” Whether we want

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