Discerning Mission

Leadership lessons

Magnifying Glass

Every so often I run across interesting reflections from people outside of the "church world," reflections that I think all of us who are seeking to serve in missional leadership could learn from. Here's a great post about inter-cultural learning, written by Susan Campion, who is a consultant and businesswoman based in the Twin Cities. Among other aspects of her vocation, she mentors high school students at the High School for the Recording Arts. She shares six lessons she learned from her time

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The woman at the well

Well, in the village of Segou

It's about time that people really read this text (John 4:5-42), rather than simply projecting onto it their fears about immorality. David Lose has a great reflection on it up at the Huffington Post. Here's an excerpt:

"Why? Because Jesus has 'seen' her. He has seen her plight -- of dependence, not immorality. He has recognized her, spoken with her, offered her something of incomparable worth. He has seen her -- she exists for him, has worth, value, significance and all of this is treatment

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Missional church in perspective

The Missional Church Perspective

Last month Dr. Dwight Zscheile gave an excellent brief overview of his new book, authored jointly with Dr. Craig Van Gelder, The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation.

The book will be published in Spring 2011, and in the meantime Dr. Zscheile has agreed to post his powerpoint slides here.

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Young people asking big questions

The Meaning of Life

Dr. Michael Jinkins, the president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, notes that: "Young adults are searching for meaning that is not just of their own making and for purpose that transcends. They are looking for answers to life’s most persistent questions, the Big Questions, and they are finding in themselves longings unmet in a culture obsessed with itself and lacking a reference point for meaning beyond its own preoccupations.

The fact that the parents of many of these young people do

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Spiritual praxis and mission

The 2010 Missional Church Consultation included a wonderful presentation by the Rev. Karen Ward that engaged issues of spiritual praxis and mission.

Watch it here.

We invite you to add comments or questions to this blog post.

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