Living into God's Kingdom

May 21, 2014By Sara Jane WalkerUncategorized

When I arrived at St. Matthew’s, St. Paul in September 2005, I was delighted to encounter men, women and children not only of Norwegian, Swedish, and Irish ancestry, but also from Uganda, Nigeria, Jamaica and the Philippines. The Holy Spirit had placed our church close to the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, … Read More

A Proposal: Abbots & Abbesses

May 20, 2014By Sara Jane WalkerUncategorized

If the North American church is to become a missionary movement in our culture, it will need a leadership that is not primarily shaped by executive, administrative and expert roles. These leaders will need to become more like Abbots and Abbesses; men and women whose vocation is cultivating local movements of God’s people. This is … Read More


May 19, 2014By Adam LangUncategorized

Articles, Stories & Reviews Leading Church Systems (Systems Leadership) Leadership Stories Book Reviews Learning a New Way of Learning Reflections on Denominational Structure Learning How to Lead in New Ways The Space in Between The Munk Debates & Denominations Transformation & Church Systems A Proposal Marilyn Robinson, Denominations & God's Future Mission by Walking Around … Read More

Church Systems

May 12, 2014By Sara Jane WalkerUncategorized

We believe that God is at work in the world and that congregations have a future.  Executive leaders have an important role and calling in moving from being regulatory agencies to supporting, championing and actioning real change and engagement in their systems. This is hard work!  It requires robust theological reflection and engagement in the … Read More

Eyes Open

May 9, 2014By Sara Jane WalkerUncategorized

“What’s the most interesting and the most challenging thing you’ve discovered so far?” The answer surprised me: “The most interesting thing is that it’s vague,” he replied. “It’s also the most challenging.” I must admit, I wasn’t expecting that answer. I don’t think I’ve ever heard “vague” and “interesting” in the same sentence before. This … Read More

Vocation: A Call from the Outside

May 8, 2014By Sara Jane WalkerUncategorized

Josh Smith, a pastor from California, tells some of the story of the church plant he has been involved in in Monrovia, CA. Josh reflects on the importance of being called forth, that vocation is not something from the inside, but is the Spirit calling us from and into the local. Craig Hartsburg Womens Jersey