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Forming Church, Forming Mission

Posted by Mark Lau Branson on October 15, 2010

From 1985 to 2000 Nina and I were active in a United Methodist church in Oakland. The church had experienced serious decline and we were among a few new arrivals who began to experiment with alternatives for life and mission. After we moved to Pasadena I was invited to a meeting in Germany sponsored by the Council on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches. The purpose of the week was to connect church leaders from several continents who were engaged in the missional church discussion (picking up on the writings of Newbigin, Guder, Van Gelder, Hunsburger, and others.) I was asked to provide a case study on our Oakland experience; that presentation is the basis of this article: Forming Church, Forming Mission in the International Review of Mission vol 92 (April 2003).


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