It's hard to think of a more important book on Christian imagination than Willie James Jennings' The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. The American Academy of Religion awarded the book its 2011 Award for Excellence in the Constructive-Reflective Study of Religion.
We were privileged to host Dr. Jennings for two days of discussion and presentation on his ideas. Here's the video of his main lecture, held December 9, 2011.
What does it mean to "release" people for ministry? What if we didn't pay people to do ministry because everyone in a community is doing ministry, but we might pay a few people to do equipping work?
Here is the Reverend David Everett talking about his research into missional leadership and a group of very dynamic historically Black churches.
Gary Simpson offers some insights into how the confessional and missional are spliced together:
A Faithful Future: A Conversation about the missional church and the first third of life
The Seventh Annual Consultation on the Missional Church, held Nov. 4-5, 2011
Here is a list of videos and discussion resources first posted on FirstThird.org, Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary.
- Preview Video: Dr. Terri Elton discusses the Missional Church and the First Third of Life
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