Discerning Mission

Training leaders for a world that no longer exists

World Map 1689 — No. 1

Dr. David Lose weighs in on the future of seminaries, and theological education, with this provocative statement:

I'd argue the single most significant cause of decline is far simpler: most seminaries are training leaders for a church and world that no longer exists.

Lose references Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk's book, The Missional Leader, and the three zones that organizations and their leaders dwell in: the emergent, the performative and the reactive.

Ironically, it is our well-founded confidence

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Finding a Welcome Community

Dee Pederson talks about building cross-cultural relationships in Saint Cloud, Minn., forming the connective tissue between members who don't share the same culture or language.

Dee Pederson: Many Cultures and Languages from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.

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Pentecost on the Prairie

Listen as Laurie Skow-Anderson talks about the challenges of moving from a uniracial congregation to a more multiracial one:

Laurie Skow-Anderson: "Pentecost on the Prairie" from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.

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Lessons from Apple?

apple logo with steve jobs image in it

I'm fascinated by this reflection in the Harvard Business Review blog. James Allworth dares to suggest that the pursuit of profit alone is not the key to innovation, and that Apple demonstrated this very clearly and beautifully:

When describing his period of exile from Apple — when John Sculley took over — Steve Jobs described one fundamental root cause of Apple's problems. That was to let profitability outweigh passion: 'My passion has been to build an enduring company where people

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Interim ministry as a missional opportunity

Recent Luther DMin alum, Chris Hagen, talks about his research project which sought to approach interim ministry not as an effort to help a congregation "solve a problem," but rather as an opportunity to help a congregation listen to what the Holy Spirit might be inviting them to engage.

Chris Hagen from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.

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