A New Master of Arts in Theology and Mission at Northern Seminary – Changing the Face of Seminary Training


Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring much more of pastors than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the ministry skills of preaching, teaching, counseling and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community. And not only are new skills needed, but a new way of teaching them is needed.  We need a less expensive way that keeps future church leaders from being burdened with debt.  And we need a training that fits into th … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 2

Well, I meant to have this up a week or so ago, but alas, work got the best of me.So here's the substance of my review of David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw's book, Prodigal Christianity. (For background, see Part 1.)In the last post, I highlighted a few minor gripes. In this post, I plan to do some major glowing as I survey the substance of the book. As mentioned, in Prodigal Christianity Dave and Geoff have managed to summarize my own ministry journey over the last 10 years, and the … [Read more...]

Review: Prodigal Christianity, Part 1

Some books show up at just the right time.In a recent review of Creating a Missional Culture by J.R. Woodward, I wrote about how the practical stories and ecclesial exhortations in the book felt like the timely, comforting voice of God to me in the midst of fresh heartache from closing our church plant, Dwell, last August.Prodigal Christianity by my two friends David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw has been a well-timed book, to be sure.But in a different sort of way.It hasn't been a pe … [Read more...]