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?
Tony Jones offers up ten myths of the missional church. Kind of a fun take on it all, and I particularly appreciated his critique of the sacred/secular divide: "there aren't 'thin places,' every place is a 'thin place'!"
This same blog post has a great link to a Storified version of the Funding the Missional Church conference.
Here's a great site full of useful -- and free! -- resources
for engaging in outreach and evangelism in rural contexts. The site is written specifically for the UK context, but there is much that is applicable across rural contexts globally.
Clint Schekloth has a very thoughtful post this week, written in response to a sincere question that was framed in this way: "Why does God seem so volatile and irritable in the Old Testament, yet forgiving and merciful in the New Testament?" Clint's answer is deeply helpful, and I commend it in its entirety to you. Here's a brief excerpt:
I think the most fair response is that, where the OT covers a broad swath of history, and looks for salvation history in the call of a nation and all the vicissitudes …
Here is the Reverend David Everett talking about his research into missional leadership and a group of very dynamic historically Black churches.