Discerning Mission

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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A Social Faith: Millennials and Bingo Night

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

When my husband and I moved to small-town Minnesota, an hour away from our closest family and friends, I suddenly found myself without the people who made me feel like a whole person. I was living in a town where I knew no one and no one knew me. It was a very isolating feeling. Since all these

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An Evangelism Experiment - Popup Dinner, Anyone?

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

The third thing we were to take away from Rethinking Evangelism was an evangelism experiment to actually try, for realz, when we got back home.

Table setting at Twin Cities Popup DinnerAs we were considering what we might do, these words of wisdom stuck out to all of us -- let these experiments be an end within themselves. 

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Rethinking Evangelism - Recap Question Two

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership. Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

Why is faith in Jesus essential for life today?

This question was hard for me because the slightly suspicious, post-modern Millennial that I am is very skeptical of any answer that sounds like anything trying to prove to anyone that Jesus is their Lord and Savior and that he is going to forgive

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Rethinking Evangelism - Recap Question 1

Courtney Young is a graduate of Luther Seminary - M.Div. with an emphasis in Congregational Mission and Leadership.  Missional, a Millennial, and a new mother, Courtney shares her thoughts with us here:
 

It's hard to recap a conference with so many different angles and perspectives on a topic that is huge all by itself -- evangelism. It is especially hard at a conference that refused to spoon-feed attendees any easy answers. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'll offer my thoughts on the

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