to God calling

In a world full of noise, distraction and overload, we are called to listen to God’s world, to God’s Word, to God’s people.

Deep listening comes first -- so that action is grounded, intentional and transformative.

Discerning Mission

New religion and media MA degree


Here's Mark Vitalis Hoffman at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg talking about the new masters degree in religion and media that Gettysburg and Luther are entering into together. I'll be co-teaching the first course in the program with Kristin Largen from Gettysburg. That course will take place in an intensive two week format at the end of August on Gettysburg's campus. I hope you'll share news of this opportunity with missional leaders -- Gettysburg is even offering great funding

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Missional church planting

Nice to see that The Christian Century is finally able to see what some of us in this movement have known for a long time -- God is drawing forth new communities all over the place! We particularly enjoy seeing our own Mary Sue Dreier quoted approvingly.

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Looking Beyond Place: The Missional Church of Flows

By Sandy Troyan, MA Senior in Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary

Edited & posted by Keith Long, MDiv Senior concentrating in Children, Youth and Family Ministry and Congregational Leadership and Mission at Luther Seminary

The conversation is alive, yet holds two dominate perspectives:

1. I am aware that the world around me is different. Things look different. People are different. And the very nature of our wants and needs are much different.

2. I am aware of the world

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Remembering Trayvon Martin

How do we, in the missional church movement, deal with the pain we feel as we listen to the discussion following the shooting of Trayvon Martin?  I fear that silence here could be misinterpreted. I think that those of us who carry white skin privilege can not remain silent. Silence is complicity, as the bumper sticker says.

Racism killed Trayvon Martin.

Yes, an individual Florida man held up his gun and pulled the trigger. But that man's life was shaped and formed by a country founded

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A missional imagination

Gary Simpson offers some insights into how the confessional and missional are spliced together:

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