Canoeing The Mountains – GCS Book Study

The Great Commission Society’s Mission Connectors team is about encouraging congregations and mission districts to make relational mission connections. The vision of the NALC that every congregation is in relationship with at least one local, one domestic, and one global mission partnership. Our team helps by preparing mission-focused resources and training, being available to coach leaders and teams, and by calling every mission district and mission region, at least once a year. The purpose of these calls is to pray with the leaders, to hear how the Holy Spirit is moving in their district, and to encourage them as they serve God’s kingdom.  

In our most recent calls, people have shared the joys and frustrations of being mission-driven during a global pandemic. We’ve rejoiced with people in their flexibility, innovation, and commitment to sharing the gospel. We prayed with them as they shared frustrations and struggles in discerning and trialing and adapting to what ministry and mission look like today.  

In response, we’re engaging with an excellent resource and offer a book discussion on “Canoeing The Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger.  Bolsinger explains that the explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt in their journey when they expected the Pacific Ocean and instead found the Rocky Mountains.  The year 2020 brought many unexpected things, and the question remains as healing continues – will we embrace the opportunities that God has laid before us?  In Canoeing the Mountains, Bolsinger offers “a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.”

Join the GCS MissionConnectors Team from January 7 – February 11th on Thursday’s from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ET.  This virtual small group will be asking questions about your current reality, God’s Intended Future, and looking at action steps for all of us as disciples to move in that direction in our calls. To register or for more information: Canoeing The Mountains.


  • January 7th: Chapter 1
  • January 14th: Chapters 2 and 3
  • January 21st: Chapters 4, 5, and 6
  • January 28th: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
  • February 4th: Chapters 12 and 13
  • February 11th: Chapters 14 and 15

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