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Mar. 27, 2018

Stewardship vs. Funding the Church — Part I

In my course, “Starting New Missional Ministries” students have an assignment in which they respond to the prompt, “In a world of conflicting values, pluralistic leanings, and abundant choice, why does church matter?” Try it yourself. It’s a tough question, but an essential one for us — both individually and for our churches collectively. In a way, Steve Oelschlager’s post
Oct. 17, 2013

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

By Josh Linman “Becoming missional will save the church.” Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal. Missional Assumption 2: Worship is the centerpiece of Christian life Missional Reality 2:
Aug. 20, 2013

A Social Faith: Millennials and Bingo Night

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary – M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:   When my husband and I moved to small-town Minnesota, an hour away from our closest family and friends, I suddenly found myself without the people who made
Aug. 13, 2013

An Evangelism Experiment – Popup Dinner, Anyone?

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary – M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:   The third thing we were to take away from Rethinking Evangelism was an evangelism experiment to actually try, for realz, when we got back home. As we
Aug. 01, 2013

Rethinking Evangelism – Recap Question 1

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary – M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:   It’s hard to recap a conference with so many different angles and perspectives on a topic that is huge all by itself — evangelism. It is especially
Jun. 18, 2013

Hearing, Seeing and Tasting God – the senses and evangelism

From his key role in helping lead the South African Duch Reformed Church out of its Apartheid-era inwardness to his leadership in exploring new ways to convene church (check out the Open Door Cafe) or hospitably listen, Pastor and Professor Jannie Swart is on the leading edge of evangelism.    Join Jannie Swart at the Rethinking Evangelism conference at Luther Seminary July
Jun. 10, 2013

I have no strategy for you… but I have some pretty good stories to tell… Nadia Bolz-Weber

What’s in a story? Perhaps even more to the point, how does God use the stories of our own lives to bring hope and life, love and peace to a struggling world? How might story be an entry point to relationship and true sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ? Join Nadia Bolz-Weber at the Rethinking Evangelism conference at Luther Seminary July
May. 08, 2013

‘being’ church…

“The challenge of reconstructing evangelism will not be an easy task. For the gospel to which evangelism invites persons is, by the standards of the Enlightenment, incredible; according to the logic of the market, it is cost-ineffective; measured by modern, liberal notions of the social, it is uncivil; by the standards of an aesthetics formed by the capitalist discipline of
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 /