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.”

The Academy – March 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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The Academy – February 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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Sent To The Shadows – The World Mission Prayer League

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Luke 2:4-6, ESV

Our Christmas cards and children’s programs generally paint a peaceful and serene picture of that evening in Bethlehem when our Savior Jesus was born so long ago. In the candle- scented quiet of our homes or the festooned interiors of our churches, it’s easy to imagine that this is how it was. History, however, tells of our Savior being born into a setting quite unlike this. So does archeology.

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