Discerning Mission

Reflecting on ecclesiology and ethnography

Back in May, Dr. Chris Scharen hosted a two-day conference at Luther which explored the interplay of ecclesiology and ethnography. Here Dr. Terri Elton offers some reflections on the meeting, and poses questions worth pondering:

What does it mean to bridge theology, in particular ecclesiology, and the social sciences? Is pursing such a bridge even a worthy endeavor? What motivates the search for this bridge? What benefit does such a pursuit have for the greater good?

In the room, ruminating on such

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Ecclesiology and ethnography

How might qualitative research engage with theological research in a congregational setting? Dr. Pete Ward has some suggestions:

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How To Start a Church Without Money

Humble Walk mission developer, Rev. Jodi Houge, reflects on the benefits of being broke.

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Good question: what's the difference between worshiping together and worshiping at the same time?

From time to time we plan to post a "good question" at this blog, and deliberately invite responses. (We're overjoyed, of course, whenever anyone responds to any post here.)

This time I thought we could ask the same question Jodi-Renee Adams is asking in her very thoughtful blog essay on worship and spiritual formation. Amongst other questions she asks "what's the difference between worship together and worship at the same time?" Her essay offers a very thoughtful reflection on ecclesiology.

What

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