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Like new glasses

A lay leader in a congregation I know well, whose pastor of two years has been preaching and embodying the missional church, recently literally bumped into me at a shop near our home. After we greeted one another, I asked her how it was going at her church. She smiled and said, “I can’t speak […]

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Call for Comments

Hilary’s delightful blog and article in the Church Innovations’ newsletter at http://www.churchinnovations.org/05_news/pii_v10_i2/pii_v10_i2_livingston.html  have made me hungry to hear what ideas and innovations were sparked at last month’s Think Tank meeting. Pittsburgh Young Missional Pastors who are talking with one another anyway – what are you saying this week?  What early church practice are you working on this […]

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From Holding Tank to the Busyness of Life

It’s nearly a month since we met in Pittsburgh in our Missional Think Tank.  Back in daily life, I have been on the lookout for stories and pictures and accounts of the missional church and how it looks.  And I’m curious about what everyone else has been finding.   What are you seeing and hearing?   Peace […]

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Cohort notes are being posted

and these cohort catergories are ready for your use.  Enjoy connecting with the other members of your group and continuing the conversation. Please visit the Resources Page to download them.

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Appreciation and planning ahead

A hearty congratulations and warm thanks to the fine folks at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary who were such wonderful hosts for this year’s Think Tank. What a beautiful campus, what beautiful hospitality! We are grateful. And we eagerly anticipate being together again next year, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, in Dallas, Texas. We at Abilene Christian […]

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Home Again

                 Now back at my desk at Church Innovations, I am recalling the faces of particular young persons in the “Missional Pastors” and “Leaders under 35” cohorts. I am thinking of their body language as they met in breakout sessions within the large plenary space we all shared.  I am thinking of the words they […]

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Sitting differently:hearing differently

You’ve got content and you’ve got form.  Let’s talk form – the manner of sitting with one another, listening to one another. OK – first night’s plenary session was in a big room with people sitting all over. Second session – Monday morning – a fishbowl containing a person from each cohort, others from the cohort […]

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Fishbowl

Fishbowl Plenary, Monday morning 4/12/10 Think Tank We’re making you uncomfortable by continually changing the plenary seating arrangements… How does the church relate to the academy? Does seminary turn people into pastors or mini-professors? Some seminary professors press us into academic training, some press us to help local churches become the ground zero for doing […]

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Networking – the Think Tank between Think Tanks

How will our emerging relationships with one another keep going between now and next January when we have the chance to meet one another again?  It must be possible. Peace. Pat Taylor Ellison

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Long timers and young leaders

I have been working with church leaders for over 20 years.  Back in my first year of this work, many of the particiants in this year’s Think Tank were about 3 years old.  And here’s something interesting and hopeful: these young leaders are not anti established church. Some of them feel the church has not been […]

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