Discerning Mission

Exploring scholarly approaches to mission

The international journal Missiology , the premier journal in the field, has made its current issue ( January 2013 ) available for free online this month. If you're curious about the scholarly discussion on missional leadership -- and we hope you will be -- check it out. In particular our own Terri Elton has an excellent piece on the intersection of missiology and youth ministry , and there are compelling pieces on narrative engagement , undergraduate perceptions of mission , and hip hop theology in

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Practicing discipleship with youth

 

Terri Elton offers a compelling argument for how to practice discipleship with youth in a missional context.

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Reflecting on ecclesiology and ethnography

Back in May, Dr. Chris Scharen hosted a two-day conference at Luther which explored the interplay of ecclesiology and ethnography . Here Dr. Terri Elton offers some reflections on the meeting, and poses questions worth pondering:

What does it mean to bridge theology, in particular ecclesiology, and the social sciences? Is pursing such a bridge even a worthy endeavor? What motivates the search for this bridge? What benefit does such a pursuit have for the greater good?

In the room, ruminating on

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Adolescent Identity in the midst of Malls and Amazon.com — living in an alternative economy

My imagination has been captured lately around how identity is formed and shaped within our current culture. In particular, I have been concerned about the messages children, youth and young adults are encountering. As Christians, we have particular ideas around what it means to be a child of God, yet the consumer culture in which we live explicitly and subtly tries to shape our identity around that of consumer.

Recently I had the opportunity of contributing a piece to the Journal of Lutheran Ethics,

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A Faithful Future: Event Preview

Seventh Annual Consultation on the Missional Church

November 4-5, 2011

A Faithful Future

How does the church remain faithful, while also being open and imaginative?

The church finds itself at an important crossroads. Aspects of church are being questioned, new challenges are stressing current practices and old answers are not sufficient for current circumstances. In the midst of this reality, however, some believe that the future of the church has great promise.

Those participating in the Missional Church conversation

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