Discerning Mission

Ecclesiology and ethnography

How might qualitative research engage with theological research in a congregational setting? Dr. Pete Ward has some suggestions:

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Mission as a lens for embracing diversity

Dan Anderson recently completed his PhD in CML at Luther. HIs research explored worship practices in a variety of emerging church contexts:

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On Christian Imagination

It's hard to think of a more important book on Christian imagination than Willie James Jennings' The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. The American Academy of Religion awarded the book its 2011 Award for Excellence in the Constructive-Reflective Study of Religion.

We were privileged to host Dr. Jennings for two days of discussion and presentation on his ideas. Here's the video of his main lecture, held December 9, 2011.

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Good read: Dwight Zscheile's 'People of the Way'

Alan Roxburgh has posted a favorable review of Dwight Zscheile's new book, People of the Way

Zscheile is an Episcopal priest who is assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary.

In People of the Way, he draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought and practice, plus contemporary experience to craft a vision for mission that addresses the church's post-establishment, post-colonial context. With stories, practices and concrete illustrations, Zscheile

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Releasing people for ministry

What does it mean to "release" people for ministry? What if we didn't pay people to do ministry because everyone in a community is doing ministry, but we might pay a few people to do equipping work?

 

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