Discerning Mission

Diversity, demographics and the common good

Ever wonder how the world around us is changing, and how we might speak of God's promise in the middle of those changes? Here's a very brief look at just some of the demographic changes facing one particular church -- the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- from the director of multicultural ministries of the ELCA:

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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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Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People

Annotation by Jeffrey Eisele.

Bass, Dorothy C. Practicing Our Faith : A Way of Life for a Searching People. 1st ed. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 1997.

My biased suspicions about a book on faith practices were that it will probably offer some way for the reader to try harder at adding spiritual workouts to one’s life in order to live a more faithful and effective life as a disciple and church member. There is some of that in Practicing Our Faith; but mostly the book is about invigorating

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Lessons from Apple?

apple logo with steve jobs image in it

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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Interim ministry as a missional opportunity

Recent Luther DMin alum, Chris Hagen, talks about his research project which sought to approach interim ministry not as an effort to help a congregation "solve a problem," but rather as an opportunity to help a congregation listen to what the Holy Spirit might be inviting them to engage.

Chris Hagen from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.

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