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With Missional Leadership

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

'being' church...

"The challenge of reconstructing evangelism will not be an easy task. For the gospel to which evangelism invites persons is, by the standards of the Enlightenment, incredible; according to the logic of the market, it is cost-ineffective; measured by modern, liberal notions of the social, it is uncivil; by the standards of an aesthetics formed by the capitalist discipline of desire, it is repulsive; and by the chaplaincy standards of Christendom, it may prove to be neither useful nor helpful."

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Rethinking "Welcome"

"A radically welcoming community seeks to welcome the voices, presence and power of all people — especially those who have been defined as The Other, pushed to the margins, cast out, silenced and closeted — so they can help to shape the congregation’s common life and fulfill the reconciling dream of God."

Stephanie Spellers, Treasurer, Canon
for Missional Vitality, Diocese of
Long Island / Keynote Presenter

For Stephanie Spellers the secret of evangelism begins in the margins

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As We Rethink Evangelism...

"Many church members today recognize that evangelism is vitally necessary for the church to have a future amidst widespread decline. At the same time, few prospects provoke greater dread and discomfort. This conference offers an opportunity to reframe evangelism in a grounded, holistic, accessible way for a new apostolic age."

Dwight Zscheile, assistant professor
congregational mission and leadership
Luther Seminary / keynote presenter


The Rethinking Evangelism conference brings nationally known

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Christ in the keyboard...

The new issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics arrived in our inbox yesterday. Along with an excellent set of essays about the interface of religion and technology, the email included this photo illustration of an 'enter' key shaped as a cross. The juxtaposition of the cross (the place where God meets us through Christ in our deepest despair) with a keyboard key (a symbol of efficiency and finality... 'click enter and you're done') brings to mind the paradox of living in this high-tech age where

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I want my, I want my, I want my MTV....

In his daily post on his in the meantime blog, Luther Seminary professor David Lose hits the proverbial Refomation nail on its digital media head.

Just a little post-Enlightenment missional nostalgia in honor of Reformation Day, check it out.

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