Theological Reflection and Implications for Missional Leadership

I began this dissertation by stating that I am a suburban pastor who loves the suburban context and seeks to help lead the ELCA into a missional spirituality for the suburbs. The Deep in the Burbs (DITB) project was an exercise in structuring space for busy suburbanites to experience the social Trinity and dream new dreams for spiritual formation in the ELCA suburban context. The previous chapter focused on the raw data and attempted to articulate the findings from the research. We saw that the increased awareness and understanding of the social Trinity did have an impact on the research team’s (RT) ideation and praxis of spiritual formation. In this chapter I will ask the more direct questions: how? and so what? What implications might these findings have for the academy and the missional leader?

Framing the Findings

  • Finding One: Relationships
    • Frame One: Relationships in Time
    • Frame Two: A Shift to Relationality
    • Frame Three: An Expanded Definition of Neighbor
  • Finding Two: Reflection
    • Frame One: Reflection in Time
    • Frame Two: Transcending One’s Own Frames
    • Frame Three: Reflecting on the Frame
  • Finding Three: Awareness of the Holy Spirit
    • Frame One: The Spirit and Time
    • Frame Two: The Structure of the Spirit
    • Frame Three: Expanding the Horizon of the Spirit
  • Reframing the Frames

Implications for Leadership in the Missional Church

  • Stewarding Power
  • The Communicative Zone

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