Discerning Mission

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 both a deep and broad conversation among my classmates and me about how to help churches sharpen their practices and theology so they

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Hey, Church: Time for a Makeover?

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:
 

Last year when I was taking a class on revitalizing churches, we read Diana Butler Bass' book Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith. Each chapter discussed one aspect of missional life or what she calls "signposts of renewal." The chapter that

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Sunday Morning Worship: Duty or Delight?

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:

 

Two observations I've had since I am not being paid to be at church on Sunday morning:

First, Sunday morning is the only day of the week that my husband, a pharmacist, is guaranteed not to work. It is the only day we have to sleep in together, to have a slow morning, and a big breakfast. It

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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 me feel like a whole person. I was living in a town where I knew no one and no one knew me. It was a very isolating feeling. Since all these

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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.

Table setting at Twin Cities Popup DinnerAs we were considering what we might do, these words of wisdom stuck out to all of us -- let these experiments be an end within themselves. 

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