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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
We've noted, in a previous post
, how much attention seems to get paid to "numbers" -- at least in terms of the number of people who show up in church on a given day. Here is another reflection, this time by David Lose, asking what we're counting
. I remain curious: what does it mean to be missional? How can we hold ourselves accountable to that goal? Do numbers matter? If so, which numbers and in what ways? Let us know what you think!
Dr. David Lose
on the future of seminaries, and theological education, with this provocative statement:
I'd argue the single most significant cause of decline is far simpler:
most seminaries are training leaders for a church and world that no longer exists
Lose references Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk's book,
The Missional Leader
, and the three zones that organizations and their leaders dwell in: the emergent, the performative and the reactive.
Ironically, it is our well-founded
Pastor and author Rob Bell has stirred the conversational pot in recent months with his newest book,
Responses to the book have varied widely, as this
sampling of reviews reveals.
Bell's fellow emergent church leaders
have also weighed in
, as has Luther Seminary's own
Dr. David Lose
Some congregations have begun engaging
in small group studies. Here a Luther seminarian shares the
they found helpful in discussing the book with congregation members.