Discerning Mission

2011 Missional Church Consultation videos

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

"Cultivating a Consequential Faith in a Consumer-Driven World: From Object to Subject to Agent"

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Finding God in the trash

Theologian Gregory Walter offers a pointed reminder:

Trash represents things used up, lost, or beyond repair.  No one is more useless than the Crucified One, whose place of execution probably also served as a rubbish heap.  These objects represent a wide range of matters:  love, pain, indifference, affection, cheap labor, and the ephemeral character of goods in our present age. Finding God in the trash means finding God calling out for reconciliation, for forgiveness, for lost hope,

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Spirituality and sabbath

What are people doing on Sunday morning? That's the question Joel Xavier asked in his research. He was particularly interested in how people's sense of themselves as religious connected with what they choose to do on Sunday mornings. Take a listen!

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Trauma and anxiety

Pat Keifert has a powerful reflection on his recent experiences with leaders across various church systems in the most recent Church Innovations newsletter. He writes about leaders who are struggling to cope with the changes they are facing, and uses the language of trauma response to name the kind of anxiety they are enduring. He also suggests some useful ways to reframe the realities we all must engage: 

In the Christian tradition we have very practical, time-tested, and powerful ways to respond

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Encountering our book of faith

The ELCA has an enormous number of resources -- a list which is growing every day -- by which congregations and persons individually can approach the Bible through the Book of Faith Project. Thanks to the thoughtful folk at the Eastern North Dakota Synod, here's a handout that lists most of the resources all in one place (including a number of the newly created Bible studies).

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