Does Traditional Church Need to Be Broken for Folks to Find Abundant Life?

Tripp Hudgins launched his new show “Busted Stuff” on Sogo today with a conversation about “abundant life” and the anxiety many (especially those in the mainline) are feeling about denominational decline and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated (“nones”): What do you think about Tripp’s suggestion that the traditional way of doing church may need [Read More...]

Missional, Like A Boson! or Physicsleship: What Can We Learn From the Higgs Discovery?

The big news last week was the 99.999999% certainty that scientists have located the so-called “God particle,” a.k.a. the Higgs boson (which is apparently more like a field than a particle but whatever). People in all sectors of society are now beginning to try and make sense of the implications of this major scientific discovery, [Read More...]

Dinner Church at St. Lydia’s [VIDEO]

St. Lydia’s is a progressive ELCA/Episcopal church that worships around a meal every Sunday night in Brooklyn, New York. Pastoral minister Emily Scott explains the concept of “dinner church”: “Our central act at St. Lydia’s is to gather together around a meal and around a table. The idea is that when we’re at this table [Read More...]

Will the PCUSA Move Away from Geographic Organization for “Missional Purposes”?

Christianity Today is reporting: “A Presbyterian Church (USA) commission has voted 15-5 to allow non-geographic presbyteries. The move, which would allow churches to choose their own groupings for ‘missional purposes,’ follows defections over the denomination’s vote to ordain noncelibate gays and lesbians. The recommendation needs approval at the General Assembly this June.” CT has compiled [Read More...]

Love God and Love Your Neighbor [VIDEO]

Could it really be that simple? and that difficult? That’s the message of a cool new video produced by the Fund for Theological Education, which calls it “an open invitation for a new generation of leaders to hold the church accountable by becoming a part of it.” Become a part. Participate. The question is: Will [Read More...]

7 Ways to Disrupt Your Church

As some have suggested, it might take some disruptive innovation to get an existing church to think missionally, so here’s some helpful hints on how to do that (from Fast Company magazine): Totally eliminate your industry‚Äôs persistent customer pain points — What practices exist in your church that drive people crazy? Identify these practices and [Read More...]

Young Adults Are Demanding a Missional Shift

If you’re wondering what the urgency is for existing churches to make the missional shift for the sake of younger generations (and also why I’m actually very excited about the missional potential of these younger leaders), just read “a letter from an exhausted/exasperated young person who has a complicated love/hate relationship with the church (part [Read More...]

Ed Stetzer’s Advice to the Anglican Church in North America

The Anglican Church in North America held its “Assembly 2012” this past week at the Southern Baptist Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. And Southern Baptist missiologist Ed Stetzer was one of the convention’s keynote speakers, speaking three times on “The Local Congregation” to the 700 delegates from 16 countries gathered. Stetzer gave the ACNA [Read More...]

Disrupt Your Church’s Status Quo … Or Else?

Michael Frost suggests that existing churches need to make some sort of radical change in order to disrupt the natural state of church ministry (a.k.a., the status quo) in order to successfully make the missional shift: “If you want to be a different sort of person, you’ve got to remove some of those structures that [Read More...]

What Can the Missional Mainline Learn from the Underground Church in China?

Here’s a fascinating new interview with Alan Hirsch, of the Forge Network, conducted by Sean Gladding for Asbury Seminary, a United Methodist seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. In this first part of the interview, Gladding asks Hirsch if he has any hope for the mainline (specifically the United Methodist Church) in making the missional shift, and [Read More...]


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