This is a preliminary sketch I did when I was preparing to write the Paper “Catching the Wind: A Theory of Strategic Action.” This has everything to do with communicative rationality.
A Term Paper Presented to Dr. Craig Van Gelder
As a Requirement in Course LD8910 The Hermeneutics of Leading in Mission
St. Paul, Minnesota
This essay presents my theory of strategic action. It explores how to lead a missional congregation through the process of decision-making and taking action in the world. I will communicate my theory by using the metaphor of a sailing vessel.1 The church is a sailing vessel that has been called to take a journey of exploration with God into this wonderful and turbulent world of postmodernity.
- I first encountered this metaphor when reading Leonard Sweet’s book Aqua Church in 2000.[Leonard I. Sweet, Aquachurch (Loveland, CO: Group Pub., 1999).] I use his basic metaphor, but I have modified it for my own purposes. [↩]