Monday, July 16, 2007

D. Min. Week at Luther Seminary!


This is the week I'm in class at Luther Seminary for my d. min. program in congregational mission and leadership here in St. Paul, MN. Two weeks each year we get together for our on-site cohort work with several other students, one week in July and another in January. We're immersed in a theological whirlwind of missional church imagination. We're wondering around multiple thoughts, from Western to Eastern perspectives of Trinitarian theology and everything in between; and how various theological ecclesiological assumptions inform our way for being/doing church.


A couple simple, initial and yet profound nuggets...

"A missional church discerns God's activity in the world and gets on board with what God is already doing."

"Getting people into church is not the end of God's mission, for the horizon of God's kingdom is beyond the church and into God's world."

We enter into prayer each morning with the seminary community at Chapel of the Cross and enjoy the beautiful artistic expressions scattered throughout the seminary landscape.

2 comments:

tamie said...

How was the rest of your time at Luther? And how have the last couple weeks been since you've posted?

isipwater said...

"A missional church discerns God's activity in the world and gets on board with what God is already doing."

The above quote has a modernistic flavor. That is, the church can simply grasp what God is doing and just do more of it. Sounds like the Nike slogan...