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Doing missional work requires a vision for how to engage your community, clearly articulated and intentionally shared.

It also takes on-the-ground practices that deepen connections within the community and strengthen individuals to move ahead in shared ministry.

Discerning Mission

Missional Lab: Church Insider, Church Outsider

By Chase Smith

In the February 2012 issue of The Lutheran magazine, Bishop Mike Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America contributed an article that ruffled a few feathers.  Bishop Rinehart opens up the piece, entitled “Insiders and Outsiders,” with these words:

Here's my hunch. Everything for me rises or falls on this bet. I'm putting all my eggs in this basket: The turnaround of mainline churches will happen when we in those

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Missional Lab: Loving the Least of These

by Eric Hoffer
 

" We're different, here at my church.  We aren't captive to the world."  Have you ever encountered such a place? A Christian community where they see themselves as something special, something holy, something different? Sometimes these places are wonderful, filled with wonderful people with wonderful hearts doing wonderful things for those in need. Quite often, though, when we call ourselves different, we establish boundaries between us and them

In her book,

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Missional Lab: What's the God of the Cross Up to?

By Patrick Torbit
 

It was a hot summer evening in New Hampshire. I was sitting cross-legged on the floor of the sanctuary of my internship  congregation. Tied to my right wrist was an orange bandana.  Surrounding me was my tribe, about fifteen energized third and fourth graders. On second thought, energized might be an understatement. It was the end of Vacation Bible School, and the curriculum we were using invited us to ask the kids for their “God sightings,” that is,

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Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 3)

By Josh Linman

“Becoming missional will save the church.”

Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal.

Missional Assumption 3: Faith is ignited in hearing the Gospel preached

Missional Reality 3: Faith is ignited in experiencing the Gospel practiced

This is probably the point where someone will take away

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Missional Lab: Roadblocks that Wreck the Church (Part 2)

By Josh Linman

“Becoming missional will save the church.”

Whether we want to admit it or not, many mainline pastors and denominations are banking on this idea. In our race to become missional, we have allowed some key assumptions to endure that are actually roadblocks to renewal.

Missional Assumption 2: Worship is the centerpiece of Christian life

Missional Reality 2: Discipleship is the centerpiece of Christian life

Most mainline churches missed the “attractional” church

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