Vol 4:11 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 7: Surprised by Resurrection

It is obvious that resurrection was a surprise to the disciples – obvious because their response was one of bewilderment and fear, even though Jesus had shared with them that he would rise in three days. Mark’s Gospel ends with the women, who discovered the empty tomb and encountered the angelic messenger, “trembling and bewildered” fleeing the tomb and saying nothing to anyone because...

Vol 4:10 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 6: Making Space for God’s Spirit

The thing about leading is that we tend to carve out a space for us to have influence in the lives of others. Yes, the kind of influence we seek to have may involve cultivating consensus, be motivated by love, show hospitality, and be expressed in a climate of mutual submission, but the question still remains, for whom are we making space? Often, whether we admit it or not, we are making space...

Vol 4:9 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 5: Mutual Submission

Rarely when we think about leadership and leading, do we think of submission. After all those who lead are seen as leaders because they have followers who, more or less, submit to their leadership. But I contend that mutual submission is an integral part of mission and leading Christ’s community – mission and submission go hand in hand. Mission cannot happen without submission. On the one...

Vol 4:8 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 4: Showing Hospitality

Jesus in Matthew 28 expressed, “As you go about living your lives, be about making disciples . . . .” As we go about living our lives, as we do what we do during our weeks, we are to be living in such a way that we exemplify the way of Christ Jesus, demonstrate the presence of God’s reign, and participate with people in such a way that we walk alongside of them interpreting and guiding...

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