Discerning Mission

Missional Lab: Church Insider, Church Outsider

By Chase Smith

In the February 2012 issue of The Lutheran magazine, Bishop Mike Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America contributed an article that ruffled a few feathers.  Bishop Rinehart opens up the piece, entitled “Insiders and Outsiders,” with these words:

Here's my hunch. Everything for me rises or falls on this bet. I'm putting all my eggs in this basket: The turnaround of mainline churches will happen when we in those

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Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 3)

By Josh Linman

“Becoming missional will save the church.”

Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal.

Missional Assumption 3: Faith is ignited in hearing the Gospel preached

Missional Reality 3: Faith is ignited in experiencing the Gospel practiced

This is probably the point where someone will take away my

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Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 2)

By Josh Linman

“Becoming missional will save the church.”

Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal.

Missional Assumption 2: Worship is the centerpiece of Christian life

Missional Reality 2: Discipleship is the centerpiece of Christian life

Most mainline churches missed the “attractional” church

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Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 1)

By Josh Linman

 “Becoming missional will save the church.”

Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal.

Missional Assumption 1: Becoming missional should be our priority

Missional Reality 1: Developing disciples should be our priority

This assumption is not bad. In fact, becoming a missional congregation

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