The Once and Future Church

Join us for a book discussion of The Once and Future Church: Reinventing the Congregation for a New Mission Frontier by Loren B. Mead. The book examines the growth of the church, the evolution of mission and evangelism through different eras of the church’s life, and the roll in society. It is a short but full read. Join us for a live, interactive, weekly discussion, Thursday’s 11:30-1:00 (Eastern).  

For connection information or for questions, please complete this brief contact form: The Once and Future Church Book Study.

  • June 18- Chapter 1: “The Challenge of the Congregation” and Chapter 2: “Paradigms Lost”
  • June 25- Chapter 3: “Cracks in the System”
  • July 2- Chapter 4: “The Reinvention of the the Church”
  • July 9- Chapter 5: “Principles and Strategies for Building the Future Church and Some Signs of Its Presence” and Chapter 6: “Where in the World Is the Church Going.”

Mission Driven – Update

In these days where we have sheltered in place, we have been called for a season to remain behind closed doors for the love of our neighbor. We dearly miss the opportunity to gather face to face and to have the gift of a building we can regularly use. It has been a profound challenge not to gather face to face in this season. It has renewed our gratitude for the abundance with which we have been blessed and strengthened our prayer for the persecuted church around the world, for whom this is the norm.

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Welcoming Our New Global Worker in Kenya

In January 2020, the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) received William as a Global Worker through the World Mission Prayer League. William continues with his role in overseeing WMPL missionaries assigned to Africa, while also serving the NALC in building, forging, nurturing, and promoting her growing partnerships in Africa, and specifically serving on the ground in Kenya. Margaret now serves as a missionary in leadership training and support for the diaconal ministry of the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church, with a focus on teaching and capacity-building for God’s mission in Africa. She also collaborates with other Prayer League co-workers in Africa. For these reasons, William and Margaret are grateful for the opportunity to use their God-given gifts to give back to the church in Africa and overseas. Please pray that the Lord might raise more workers for Africa in many areas: witness, teaching, and leadership development.

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The Academy – April 2020

The NALC is committed to the renewal of all our congregations, working to develop and deliver resources that challenge and open the NALC to the work of the Holy Spirit in our ministry and mission.

Bishop John Bradosky writes: “Instead of talking about the process of discipleship, we would like to examine the context of discipleship.  What is the nature of Christian community that nurtures people as faithful followers of Jesus, equips them to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus and provides for their growth and development as disciples of Jesus?  Following the amazing miracle of Pentecost, Peter’s bold preaching, explaining who Jesus is and what He has done for them and the transformation of more than 3,000 people who came to faith in Jesus we read these important words about the formation of the community that was able to sustain and grow the Church, the body of Christ.”*

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