Discerning Mission

Do denominations have a future?

Long time followers of the missional church conversation will know that we have been grappling for some time with the challenges of institutionalized Christianity. Are denominational structures useful? Are there ways in which the decline of denominations might be opening up new room for the Spirit? These are questions we've long struggled with, yet they have not been particularly mainstream or popular questions. Imagine our surprise, then, when a column by Ross Douthat in the NYTimes evoked a full fledged and passionate debate across various social media David Lose has a nice round-up of some of the issues.

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