What the Confessional Church Should Learn From the Missional Church: Mobilization of Laypeople

In what will be the final post on what the missional and confessional wings of the church should learn from each other, this final topic is one I’ve become familiar with over the last two years. The literature and lectures from missional gurus radically emphasize the necessity to mobilize God’s people to be on mission. […]

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What the Missional Church Should Learn From the Confessional Church: Union With Christ and Justification

Today’s topic is one that is dear to my heart and Christian walk.  I became a Christian when I was 13, but it wasn’t until my college years that I was confronted with the centrality of the gospel in the Christian life, particularly the doctrines of union with Christ and justification. My RUF Campus Minister […]

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What the Confessional Church Should Learn From the Missional Church: Organic Models

While the missional movement has its origins in mainline Protestant liberalism, Karl Barth, and Leslie Newbigin (and has been ‘hijacked’ in ways by evangelical megachurches), the most innovative and fruitful models of the missional church have been organic models. Whether it is Mike Breen and 3DM’s work on discipleship huddles and missional communities, Neil Cole’s […]

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What the Missional Church Should Learn From the Confessional Church: Theological Creativity Within Orthodoxy

Some sectors of the missional movement can move the boundaries of orthodoxy more than others.  In particular, those who might align with Emergent Village and some of its thinkers (especially Brian Mclaren) think that theological creativity equals pure novelty. In other words, the way to move the church forward is to question, bend, and perhaps […]

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What the Confessional Movement Should Learn From the Missional Movement: Leanness

Today’s blog might intrigue both confessionalists and missionalists as it might not be apparent what is meant by the term ‘leanness’.  I am borrowing a concept from the entrepreneurial world (thanks to my friend, Andy Stager), where books like Lean Startup and Rework have challenged business owners on whether the industrial, production line mentality is the best way to […]

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