Practices

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Seeds Prototype: Jesus, Jazz, and Dessert Wine

Connect through music and storytelling.
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Pray at the Laundromat

Make meaningful connections in your community by showing up at the laundromat in a surprising way.
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Six Months of Dwelling in Acts 16: One congregation’s experience

Read pastor Phil Ruge-Jones insights from guiding a congregation through an in-depth study of Acts 16.
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Breakthrough Spiritual Practice: Borrow a Tool

Practice being vulnerable with your neighbors by allowing them to serve you.
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Breakthrough Practice: Eat With Your Neighbor

This breakthrough practice helps you deepen friendships with your neighbors by sharing a meal together.
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How to Make Going to a Baseball Game a Meaningful Spiritual Practice

This breakthrough practice helps you build community, show support for your neighbors, and experience God’s presence in daily life.
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How to Listen to Spiritual Stories from People Outside Your Congregation

This breakthrough practice helps you deepen relationships with your neighbors by listening to their spiritual stories.
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How to Discern God’s Presence from a Lawn Chair

This breakthrough practice helps you discern where the Holy Spirit is at work in your neighborhood–just by sitting and observing.
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How to Lead ‘Dwelling in the Word’

An ancient spiritual practice that helps locate where God is active.
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How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

Try creating a neighborhood prayer station as a simple and effective way of connecting with your community.
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Why Jesus?

Share stories of faith and listen deeply to others.

T is for teaching the Bible

The Lutheran University Press has just published the lectures from last year’s Hein-Fry series, and that series included one from Mary Hess entitled Learning

Leadership lessons

Every so often I run across interesting reflections from people outside of the “church world,” reflections that I think all

Sin, grace and popular culture

Dr. Christian Scharen, in his book Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership, writes compellingly about

B Is For Living Into Our Baptism

In this Jan. 2011 service celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord, Dr. Lois Malcolm powerfully unpacks what it means to

T is for Triune God: Circulating Around the Neighborhood

By Dwight Zscheile In the seventh century, the theologian John of Damascus used a term to describe the life of

Why church history matters for the missional church

Here’s a very brief overview of church history, engagingly presented by Dr. Patrick Keifert, that focuses on missional church issues.

M is for missio dei

By Mary Sue Dreier Missio Dei (Latin for “mission of God”) has become one of the catchphrases of the missional

M is for missional church

From Craig Van Gelder’s book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit: The church is.
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Stewardship Lesson Overview

This is an overview and guide for a series of three lessons on generosity of about 50-60 minutes. Each is