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Missional leadership emerges when we bring our ideas, hopes, failures and dreams into focus through dialogue and shared inquiry.

By gathering people together for imaginative struggle, we learn what’s working and what’s not in our rapidly changing ministry contexts.

Discerning Mission

Thinking Deeply about Relationship

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Dr. Terence Fretheim

The word "relationship" pervades current reflections about God in the life of the church. What do we mean when we speak of "relationship?" How adequate is our understanding of the God-human relationship for our missional commitments and conversations? What will we teach our children about the relational God of the Bible, especially the God of the Old Testament?

Dr. Fretheim presented on this topic at the 2011 Missional Church Consultation Nov. 5, 2011, at Luther Seminary.

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Embracing relevance, letting go of survival

Here's a powerful and interesting take on the challenges facing mainline churches, from Mike Rinehart, who is the bishop of the Louisiana Gulf Coast synod of the ELCA. Among other things, he writes that:

The turnaround of the mainline churches will happen when we in those churches care as much about those outside the church, as we do those inside. To embrace relevance, we will have to let go of survival.

What do you think? 

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Training leaders for a world that no longer exists

World Map 1689 — No. 1

Dr. David Lose weighs in on the future of seminaries, and theological education, with this provocative statement:

I'd argue the single most significant cause of decline is far simpler: most seminaries are training leaders for a church and world that no longer exists.

Lose references Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk's book, The Missional Leader, and the three zones that organizations and their leaders dwell in: the emergent, the performative and the reactive.

Ironically, it is our well-founded confidence

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Pentecost on the Prairie

Listen as Laurie Skow-Anderson talks about the challenges of moving from a uniracial congregation to a more multiracial one:

Laurie Skow-Anderson: "Pentecost on the Prairie" from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.

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Lessons from Apple?

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I'm fascinated by this reflection in the Harvard Business Review blog. James Allworth dares to suggest that the pursuit of profit alone is not the key to innovation, and that Apple demonstrated this very clearly and beautifully:

When describing his period of exile from Apple — when John Sculley took over — Steve Jobs described one fundamental root cause of Apple's problems. That was to let profitability outweigh passion: 'My passion has been to build an enduring company where people

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