African Spirituality in American churches that welcome African immigrants

A conversation about Harvey Kwiyani’s study of 3 American congregations and the effect their immigrant brothers and sisters have upon them.

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Talking about Wes Granberg-Michaelson’s stories of the Holy Spirit’s work in the RCA

What did we learn from Wes about what the Spirit’s activity has taught him about leadership?

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Some conversation about Paul’s hybrid practices of hope

Lois Malcolm’s presentation: Missional Church Practices and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Hope, the Cross, and the Holy Spirit in times of conflct and anxiety

What are we hearing?

What are we thinking about this?

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Some conversation regarding the tethering of the Holy Spirit to Jesus in Acts

Allen Hilton’s presentation: The shared work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in Acts.


What are we hearing?    How are we thinking about that?


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Missional Think Tank 2012 Scottsdale Arizona!

Welcome back to the Missional Think Tank blog.
Last night at Spirit in the Desert we launched the 2012 Missional Think Tank with Dwelling in the Word (Luke 10) and a focusing presentation and conversation about the role of a holding tank in the Missional Church movevment, as well as a presentation on what Church Innovations is learning from its longitudinal study with congregations who have made three-year journeys seeking God’s missional vocation for their churches.

Attending are missional pastors, scholarly leaders, and church system executives. Our convening question: What are the practices of listening, reflecting, and consciously living in the life of the Triune God by the power of the Holy Spirit?

Conversation coming out of Dwelling in the Word and from Allen Hilton’s presentation on the shared work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in Acts is rich and real. We look forward to much more!

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Story, Narrative, and Mission

At this year’s Think Tank, we shared rich and meaningful conversation around story and missional church.  I offered a few remarks on Sunday night to frame our time of listening to God and each other around this theme. Those remarks included a story from our congregation in Buffalo Gap about a man named Don.

I’ll post a manuscript of my remarks here.  The extended version of the story about Don is available online.  You can listen to the audio file here.

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PMC pastors who told stories last night

Three spiritual leaders told stories of their congregations on Sunday night:

Ike, Ben, and Doug, flanked by Stephen and Mark

3 Partnership for Missional Church Spiritual Leaders told stories last night

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Great participants, a wondeful supper, and some true missional stories from PMC pastors that provoked conversation and questions about leadership, relationships, and things that are very hard to do.  Reunions, too – with last year attenders and with partners from long ago!

Stay tuned.   Peace. Pat Ellison

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Missional Think Tank, Dallas: here we come!

On Sunday afternoon we will launch our 2011 Missional Church Think Tank, an event for invited guests only, who come from various social locations in the church specifically to think with one another about what it means to be missional church, gathered and sent. This is the 4th year we’ve held a Think Tank rather than a conference, and we are very excited about the guests who’ve been able to accept our invitation.  I look forward to seeing many old friends and meeting many new ones as we prepare to spend 48 hours together, Sunday supper through Tuesday afternoon, listening to one another and listening for God in our conversations.  Watch this blogspot for posts throughout the event!  Peace to your house.
Pat Ellison

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Looking forward to the Think Tank

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