Discerning Mission

Introducing Missional Lab Series: Join the Conversation

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

In the spring of my senior year at Luther Seminary, I took a course called "Transforming Congregations for Mission," taught by Mary Sue Dreier. The class launched both a deep and broad conversation among my classmates and me about how to help churches sharpen their practices and theology so they

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Hey, Church: Time for a Makeover?

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

Last year when I was taking a class on revitalizing churches, we read Diana Butler Bass' book Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith. Each chapter discussed one aspect of missional life or what she calls "signposts of renewal." The chapter that

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An Evangelism Experiment - Popup Dinner, Anyone?

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

The third thing we were to take away from Rethinking Evangelism was an evangelism experiment to actually try, for realz, when we got back home.

Table setting at Twin Cities Popup DinnerAs we were considering what we might do, these words of wisdom stuck out to all of us -- let these experiments be an end within themselves. 

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Rethinking Evangelism - Recap Question Two

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

Why is faith in Jesus essential for life today?

This question was hard for me because the slightly suspicious, post-modern Millennial that I am is very skeptical of any answer that sounds like anything trying to prove to anyone that Jesus is their Lord and Savior and that he is going to forgive

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Rethinking Evangelism - Recap Question 1

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

It's hard to recap a conference with so many different angles and perspectives on a topic that is huge all by itself -- evangelism. It is especially hard at a conference that refused to spoon-feed attendees any easy answers. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'll offer my thoughts on the

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