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May. 03, 2013

Rethinking “Welcome”

“A radically welcoming community seeks to welcome the voices, presence and power of all people — especially those who have been defined as The Other, pushed to the margins, cast out, silenced and closeted — so they can help to shape the congregation’s common life and fulfill the reconciling dream of God.” Stephanie Spellers, Treasurer, Canonfor Missional Vitality, Diocese ofLong
Apr. 23, 2013

As We Rethink Evangelism…

“Many church members today recognize that evangelism is vitally necessary for the church to have a future amidst widespread decline. At the same time, few prospects provoke greater dread and discomfort. This conference offers an opportunity to reframe evangelism in a grounded, holistic, accessible way for a new apostolic age.” Dwight Zscheile, assistant professor congregational mission and leadershipLuther Seminary /
Oct. 31, 2012

Remembering Reformation

There was an interesting facebook conversation on the ELCA Clergy Group this past weekend. The topic was about whether or not it is appropriate to tweet or live-blog a worship service. Clint Schnekloth (the facebook group’s moderator and one of the workshop leaders at the upcoming Consultation on the Missional Church) made this very interesting point: Tweeting or live-blogging worship “would
Jul. 20, 2012

Teaching, learning and diversity

In addition to Dr. Willie James Jennings’ lecture, we invited a panel of faculty — Dr. Eric Barreto, Dr. Amy Marga, and Dr. Christian Scharen — to “think out loud” with us on the pedagogical implications of his work for our mission together at Luther:
Jul. 20, 2012

Prairie Star Ministries

Here’s a short introduction to an innovative small church collaborative in southwestern Minnesota:
Jun. 25, 2012

On Christian Imagination

It’s hard to think of a more important book on Christian imagination than Willie James Jennings’ The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. The American Academy of Religion awarded the book its 2011 Award for Excellence in the Constructive-Reflective Study of Religion. We were privileged to host Dr. Jennings for two days of discussion and presentation on his ideas.
Jun. 06, 2012

Releasing people for ministry

What does it mean to “release” people for ministry? What if we didn’t pay people to do ministry because everyone in a community is doing ministry, but we might pay a few people to do equipping work?  
Apr. 09, 2012

Missional leadership and the Black Church

Here is the Reverend David Everett talking about his research into missional leadership and a group of very dynamic historically Black churches.
Feb. 02, 2012

Spirituality and sabbath

What are people doing on Sunday morning? That’s the question Joel Xavier asked in his research. He was particularly interested in how people’s sense of themselves as religious connected with what they choose to do on Sunday mornings. Take a listen!
Dec. 07, 2011

Embracing relevance, letting go of survival

Here’s a powerful and interesting take on the challenges facing mainline churches, from Mike Rinehart, who is the bishop of the Louisiana Gulf Coast synod of the ELCA. Among other things, he writes that: The turnaround of the mainline churches will happen when we in those churches care as much about those outside the church, as we do those inside.