Missional Monday: Hipps Passes, Mainline Numbers, Memorial Day

Here’s a quick recap of the major highlights from the missional conversation last week: Shane Hipps announced his impending departure from the Mars Hill Church community in Grand Rapids, Michigan (a.k.a., Rob Bell‘s former church). The church’s elders decided to redefine the Teaching Pastor role to preaching 40 Sundays per year (instead of the 25 [Read More...]

Missional Pentecost

My friend (and fellow Disciple) Bob Cornwall has posted his sermon for Pentecost Sunday, which includes this beautiful exhortation: “The wait is over. The Spirit has come. We are now empowered to fulfill our calling to be God’s missional people, declaring in word and deed the mighty works of God.” [Read more...]

How To: Start a Neo-Monastic Community

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a leading voice and practitioner in the new monasticism stream of the emerging missional church. Elsewhere here on Patheos today, he shared this simple advice on how to create a new neo-monastic community: “You can learn about community elsewhere. But you can only make it happen — you can only ever have [Read More...]

Missional Is Not a New Program

Alan Roxburgh, speaking at the Inhabit Conference in Seattle earlier this year: “Many of you have a deep intuitive understanding that this disruptive Spirit is up to something, and that something that the Spirit is up to — that resides in the mystery of God, that we cannot quantify, we can’t turn into a workbook, [Read More...]

Is Nextdoor.com the Killer App for Being Missional in the Suburbs?

The New York Times recently featured Nextdoor.com, calling it “a neighborhood-based social network.” The site is not yet available everywhere, but it does claim to be in more than 2,000 neighborhoods across the country. Harvard sociology professor Robert J. Sampson, who writes about “the enduring significance of place,” is quoted in the article, saying: “There’s [Read More...]

The Mainline Needs Many More Missional Communities

Nurya Parish has done an amazing job of crunching the numbers on the current rate of decline of the Episcopal Church. She did her research project in response to a recent manifesto on the coming collapse of the Episcopal Church and in correlation to data released by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which produced [Read More...]

Missional Places: Indianapolis

I’m in Indianapolis for a few days this week, and, although I’m stuck at a conference center for meetings most of the time, I am enjoying the people I’m with. I’m also getting a chance to connect with some friends who live here in Indy and who are engaged in the missional church conversation. I [Read More...]

10 Myths About the Missional Church

At the recent Funding the Missional Church conference, organized by JoPa Productions and held in Minneapolis, Tony Jones gave a presentation on his “10 Myths About the Missional Church.” In classic David Letterman style, here they are: Missional is trying to put the conventional church out of business — Not so, says Dr. Jones. Missional [Read More...]

Your New Daily Devotional on God’s Mission

The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, chief pastor to the 2.4 million Episcopalians in the U.S. and 15 other countries around the world. In the introduction to her new book Gathering at God’s Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith, she gives a [Read More...]

The Unlearning of Listening

Nathan Hill from The Table community in East Dallas, Texas, posted this short video interview with Luther Seminary PhD student John Ogren, in which Ogren gives this intriguing insight, “We want church plants to succeed so we put a lot of emphasis on strategy, planning, [and] working stuff out. So, unfortunately, a lot of times [Read More...]


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