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“The Top Ten Reasons This Will Never Work”: On Leading Change in the Church

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Tweet Several times, after presenting to a group of pastors on re-shaping the practice of the church for Mission, I lead a closing session where I ask pastors to share their top reasons for why “this will never work.” Last

Posted in Missional Leadership

“Evangelism Must Change”: We’re not in Christendom America Anymore- Missional Learning Commons 2014.

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Tweet The Missional Learning Commons arrives Nov 7,8 at Westmont Commons, Westmont IL. Come one! come all! as we discuss from a variety of lens what it means to proclaim the good news of what God has done and is

Posted in Missional Leadership, Missional learning commons

Proclaiming the Gospel: Overcoming the Post Billy Graham Syndrome

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Tweet Billy Graham has had a profound impact on the culture of Christianity in the United States. Billy’s ministry drew (hundreds of) thousands to Christ as he highlighted the personal relationship with God offered through Christ via the substitutionary atonement.

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Posted in Evangelism, Gospel, Missional, Missional Leadership, Post-Attractional, Post-Christendom

On A Third Way on LGBTQ Issues: Some Differences Between Wendy VanderWal-Gritter and Myself

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Tweet A couple weeks ago Jonathan Merritt (of RNS) interviewed Wendy VanderWal-Gritter about “a third way–for Christians on the ‘gay issue.’” Wendy is the author of the new book Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church. She’s exec

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Posted in Ecclesiology, LGBTQ Issues, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist

On Posting Dirty Laundry … about Mark Driscoll and other asundry mega church pastors.

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Tweet Recently, on Twitter and Facebook, I linked to a blog post from the former Director of Resurgence, Mike Anderson, on his departure from Mars Hill Church and his association with Mark Driscoll. It was a revealing post. It could

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Posted in Ecclesiology, Incarnational, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist

Learning how to be funny for the Kingdom: What a Christian pacifist can learn from Muhammad Ali About Witness

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Tweet Zizek, the cultural political theorist, teaches us there is no point in confronting an ideological field head on. The person who is firmly subjectified by the discourse, where his or her identity is so interwoven within its coordinates, can

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Posted in Cultivating Mission, Ideology and Witness, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist, Zizek

Stop Compartmentalizing Your Life

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Tweet I offer this advice to pastors and Christian leaders. But it’s especially important to the lives of bi-vocational ministers/church planters for the Kingdom. Stop compartmentalizing your life. I think ‘compartmentalizing’ is the default mechanism. When we get too busy,

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Posted in Bi-Vocational Leadership, Church Planting, Missional Leadership

World Vision and The Public Sport of Evangelical In-Fighting

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Tweet Watching Christians fight over LGBTQ relations has become entertaining sport for much of North American media. Because the average N American thinks about sex as a form of self-expression, such fighting appears incoherent. When churches start exhibiting vitriol, and

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Posted in Incarnational, LGBTQ Issues, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist, World Vision

Membership Has Its Practices: Membership in Missional Communities After Christendom

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Tweet Yesterday morning I posted on Twitter (@fitchest) : The local church doesn’t demand sanctification upon joining. It requires commitment to the communal processes of sanctification upon joining To me this is worth thinking about because it gets at the

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Posted in Church Planting, Incarnational, Missional, Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership, Neo-Anabaptist, Post-Christendom

The Failed Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation: The Lesson for Christian Mission

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Tweet I have an involuntary knee-jerk reaction whenever I’m asked to support putting the power of the state behind a Christian moral conviction. And so, I naturally reacted negatively last week when I heard about the passage of the Arizona

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Posted in Incarnational, Missional, Missional Leadership, Post-Christendom
David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
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Prodigal Christianity
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