Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation

(Dwight J. Zscheile). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012.
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Dwight Zscheile, Luther Seminary Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership, edited this fourth installment in the Missional Church series that is based on the content of the sixth annual Missional Church Consultation at Luther Seminary. Contributors discuss different facets of spiritual formation and describe what spiritual formation looks like within the missional church context. Zscheile first provides a theological framework for spiritual formation from the missional church perspective. Contributors then discuss different facets of spiritual formation, such as discernment, worship and prayer, and scripture. One chapter sees discipleship in privileged congregations as “dispossession” and welcoming the stranger. Another chapter addresses faith development with young people, particularly teenagers. If being a missional church requires a “reordering of identity and communal life, a pushing out into the world,” then this resource’s spiritual exploration of what that means makes this a vital part of the conversation for Christian missional church novices and experts.