Discerning Mission

Missional Lab: How to Help People (Like Me) Who Hate Change

By Kristin Eisele

When I was seven years old my parents brought home a new set of dishes. It was awful. It was change. I cried. When we changed cars, when I had to get a new winter coat, when my favorite television program was canceled, I cried. Imagine my enthusiasm at the change required of the church in this era.

And yet, I really do want to be a part of what God is up to. Reflecting on my resistance to change along with my desire to be a part of God’s mission, I began to identify specific

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Introducing Missional Lab Series: Join the Conversation

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:
 

In the spring of my senior year at Luther Seminary, I took a course called "Transforming Congregations for Mission," taught by Mary Sue Dreier. The class launched both a deep and broad conversation among my classmates and me about how to help churches sharpen their practices and theology so they

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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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Being missional is being present

Being present is at once the most basic part of being a pastor, and the hardest. Here's a poem of a day from a sole pastor. I'll give you the conclusion to entice you to read the whole piece:

The truth is, honey, we're all wiping out all the time. There's a little bit of everything every day. Sometimes we can hide it under cute trouser jeans or behind the grace of a hopeful outing. But don't be fooled. We're all in it.

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Diversity, demographics and the common good

Ever wonder how the world around us is changing, and how we might speak of God's promise in the middle of those changes? Here's a very brief look at just some of the demographic changes facing one particular church -- the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- from the director of multicultural ministries of the ELCA:

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