Here's a short introduction to an innovative small church collaborative in southwestern Minnesota:
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:
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.
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?