Discerning Mission

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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Myths of "missional"

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.

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Missional outreach in rural contexts

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.

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A volatile God, or a forgiving God?

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

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Missional leadership and the Black Church


Here is the Reverend David Everett talking about his research into missional leadership and a group of very dynamic historically Black churches.

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