Discerning Mission

In light of Mark 9: how do we engage suffering?

How do we help missional congregations take suffering seriously? How do we help each other to enter into our pain, and the experiences of those who are "the least among us"? We'd love to share examples from your congregations.

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Innovate, listen, revitalize

Check out this great new -- FREE -- e-book resource: Renew52. It's 50+ ideas for revitalizing your congregation, from leaders under the age of 50. The list of contributors is beyond stellar, and these are thoughtful essays you can use to catalyze a committee discussion, inspire your council, or just nurture your own spirit.

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Benedictine practices and emerging adulthood

Cheryl Fleckenstein shares insights from her DMIN research project, which explored Benedictine spiritual practices with emerging adults (particularly prayer, lectio divina, and work).

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Choosing faith over fear


Steve Cloer offers a nuanced and appreciative reflection on the missional transformation underway at Southside Church of Christ, in Forth Worth, TX. His article appears in the latest MissioDei Journal, which has many other excellent articles. Check it out!

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Digging deeper into missional identity

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' incarnation.

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