The Missional Church : A Denominational Case Study

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Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Abstract

How does a denomination reorient itself to a fresh call to mission? One congregation at a time!

That is the surest answer to growing expectations that new missiological imperatives must reshape the life of North American denominations. If mission is to alter the shape and life of the church today, regardless of its polity, that change will be evidenced primarily at the congregational level.

This congregational focus does not relieve other assemblies and denominational structures from the need of mission-mandated change. It demands of them the creation of an intentional and supportive climate. Denominational structures may need to undergo radical change, but those changes can never be the final goal. Rather, they must enable, encourage, and nurture changes which are finally evidenced in the daily life of congregations.

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Mission of the church; Church and the world; Church renewal -- Reformed Church; Reformed Church in America
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