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

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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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Should numbers count?

Festival of Homiletics - photo by LutherSeminary

One of the terms from the Luther Seminary "insider language" book that used to be bug me a lot was when people would start their description of their church by saying something like "we worship 200 on Sunday." I would immediately wonder: 200 what? Who are you worshiping?

Eventually I began to understand what people meant by that phrase, or perhaps just got more inured to it. In any case, the issue of "numbers" continues to fascinate pastoral leaders. Consider this post , for instance, where James

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Leadership lessons

Magnifying Glass

Every so often I run across interesting reflections from people outside of the "church world," reflections that I think all of us who are seeking to serve in missional leadership could learn from. Here's a great post about inter-cultural learning , written by Susan Campion , who is a consultant and businesswoman based in the Twin Cities. Among other aspects of her vocation, she mentors high school students at the High School for the Recording Arts . She shares six lessons she learned from her time

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Young people asking big questions

The Meaning of Life

Dr. Michael Jinkins, the president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary , notes that : " Young adults are searching for meaning that is not just of their own making and for purpose that transcends. They are looking for answers to life’s most persistent questions, the Big Questions, and they are finding in themselves longings unmet in a culture obsessed with itself and lacking a reference point for meaning beyond its own preoccupations.

The fact that the parents of many of these young people

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