Integration and Imagination

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By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary What will future leadership in the church entail? That’s the question our faculty are asking as we think about redesigning theological education. With my colleagues this weekend, we had the chance to name moments where students were living into the kind of leadership we …

The political novelty of God

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I can’t resist this quote from John Howard Yoder, which is cited in David Fitch’s blog on mission and ecclesiology: The political novelty that God brings into the world is a community of those who serve instead of ruling, who suffer instead of inflicting suffering, whose fellowship crosses social lines instead of reinforcing them. The new Christian community in which …

M is for missio dei

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By Mary Sue Dreier Missio Dei (Latin for “mission of God”) has become one of the catchphrases of the missional church conversation. The phrase itself has a story to tell which illustrates the insights, importance, and implications it has for our future as a church in mission. Missio Dei was coined to express the essence of the conversation when Christian …

M is for missional church

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From Craig Van Gelder‘s book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit: The church is. The church does what it is. The church organizes what it does. The interrelationship of all three aspects is important to understand. The church is. The church’s nature provides the framework and foundation for understanding the essential character of the …