Missional Church Conversation … On TBN?

Did you know that Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne have their own TV show … on TBN?!? That’s right. “Red Letter Christianity” airs Mondays at 9:00pm EST, Tuesdays at 2:30am EST, and Fridays at 12:30pm EST, although you can watch a lot of previous episodes online. I think Tony looks a little more comfortable on [Read More...]

Making the Missional Shift in Worship? [VIDEO]

There are a number of conferences out there called “Shift” (or that have “Shift” in their titles), but did you know there’s an annual retreat called Shift specifically for progressive Christian worship leaders, pastors, musicians, etc., organized by a new group called the Progressive Christian Artist Network (PCAN)? And it’s happening again July 25-28 at [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...]

Practicing for the World to Come [VIDEO]

Dale Lature, from CommuniCast.tv, was at Wild Goose Festival 2012 last week, speaking about Occupy Theology and interviewing people about the Occupy movement. In this interview, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove shares his thoughts: “The things that excite me right now are the little experiments that are happening, where people are forming new kinds of communities. People are [Read More...]

Missional Monday [Late Edition]: The Goose Has Flown, Streaming Conference, Remembering Francis DuBose

Here’s a late Monday night recap of last week’s major highlights from the missional conversation: The second annual Wild Goose Festival has come to a close, and I’m back home now, showered (once again), and putting together this late edition. One of the many highlights of this year’s East Coast festival for me was on [Read More...]

Meet Kathy Escobar

One of my all-time favorite missional practitioners (who hates the word missional, by the way!) is Kathy Escobar, co-pastor of The Refuge in Broomfield, Colorado, and author of Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus (2011, Civitas Press). Kathy has been a co-conspirator with me in the TransFORM Network for the past [Read More...]

The Great Forge Write-Off [VIDEO]

Here’s that big announcement I mentioned would be coming yesterday from the Forge America network, in partnership with InterVarsity Press and the Sentralized conference: Lance Ford mentions “one or more” people could win a book contract with IVP, but you have to attend the Sentralized conference, September 27-29 in Kansas City, and you have to [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...]

Can Megachurch Small Groups Be Missional?

I’m always fascinated by what Leonard Sweet has to say, and his comments in this recent interview with Steve Gladen, Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Community Church, were no exception. Len suggests that “this missional component is huge” for the content of large church small group gatherings: “The download today is not just ‘your [Read More...]

David Fitch on Missional – Livestream Today at 4pm ET

The new Missio Alliance network is holding its first regional event at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, NY, today. David Fitch is speaking on the topic “The Future of the Church: Emerging, Neo-Reformed, Missional?,” and the event is being livestreamed online starting at 3:55pm ET. Watch the livestream [Read more...]


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