Spiritual direction and missional leadership

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Here’s a very thoughtful reflection, written in the context of a spiritual direction training program, on spiritual direction as a form of missional ministry. A brief excerpt: Spurning the attractional methods of much of contemporary American Christianity, the missional church is incarnational — it seeks to be the hands and feet of God at work in the world. Frost and …

Digging deeper into missional identity

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This video explores a common struggle in many mainline churches: how can churches address their lingering “establishment” assumptions and practices in a world in which they are increasingly displaced from cultural privilege? How can churches reenvision their relationship with their neighbors in the 21st century? Dwight Zscheile proposes a more radical approach for hospitality and mission that comes from Jesus’ …

Listening for the Spirit

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Cheryl Goodman-Morris reminds us that the Spirit blows as she wills, and we must needs keep that in mind as live into Christian community: What if the process of creating a fresh church could come to us in a radical, completely unorthodox new way? What if we remembered to let the Spirit find us instead of us trying to manufacture …

Teaching, learning and diversity

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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:

Interim ministry as a missional opportunity

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Recent Luther DMin alum, Chris Hagen, talks about his research project which sought to approach interim ministry not as an effort to help a congregation “solve a problem,” but rather as an opportunity to help a congregation listen to what the Holy Spirit might be inviting them to engage. Chris Hagen from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.

Leadership lessons

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Every so often I run across interesting reflections from people outside of the “church world,” reflections that I think all of us who are seeking to serve in missional leadership could learn from. Here’s a great post about inter-cultural learning, written by Susan Campion, who is a consultant and businesswoman based in the Twin Cities. Among other aspects of her …