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Oct. 24, 2013

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

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 3: Faith is ignited in hearing the Gospel preached Missional Reality
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:
Oct. 03, 2013

Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 1)

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 1: Becoming missional should be our priority Missional Reality 1: Developing
Sep. 27, 2013

Missional Lab: Failure Is a Necessity

By Brigitte Leininger The corporate world is learning to embrace failure, turning it into a positive exploration of opportunity. This article explores the newfound mentality of what it means to fail in the secular workspace, and what that same type of failure means for the church. Is it possible to look at failure in the same way — a source
Sep. 26, 2013

Introducing Missional Lab Series: Join the Conversation

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:   In the spring of my senior year at Luther Seminary, I took a course called “Transforming Congregations for Mission,” taught by Mary Sue Dreier. The class launched
Sep. 26, 2013

Missional Lab: How to Help People (Like Me) Who Hate Change

By Kristin Eisele When I was seven years old my parents brought home a new set of dishes. It was awful. It was change. I cried. When we changed cars, when I had to get a new winter coat, when my favorite television program was canceled, I cried. Imagine my enthusiasm at the change required of the church in this