Discerning Mission

A missional imagination

Gary Simpson offers some insights into how the confessional and missional are spliced together:

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Discerning mission: The Holy Spirit's new challenge and opportunity

By Gary Simpson

In his August 5, 2011, letter to the rostered lay leaders and pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson highlighted the calling "to discern together" what the ELCA's 2011 LIFT Report (Living Into the Future Together) confesses is our "missionary God." It's no accident that the Holy Spirit's renewed call to apostolic mission meets congregations and leaders straining to get a handle on discernment.

The turn to discernment lies in a newly emerging

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Lutheran Songs Today

Last month the Center for Missional Leadership held an event on Luther's campus entitled Lutheran Songs Today, that brought together a diverse group of wildly creative songwriters. Eventually we hope to edit this video down into smaller, more easily accessed segments, but for now you can get at least a taste of the event here.

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