My research will focus on adult spiritual formation in suburban ELCA churches. It will specifically explore how the discussion of the social Trinity might impact the congregation’s understanding and practice of spiritual formation, with the hope that it might move the congregation into a fuller missional imagination. The specific research question is:
How might an increased awareness and understanding of the social Trinity impact the ideation and praxis of spiritual formation in suburban ELCA congregations?read more
The core research for the Deep in the Burbs project is based on Participatory Action Research Methodology. Last Thursday the final congregation signed onto the project. Now the objective is to recruit one group of 8-12 people from three different congregations, comprising a team of 24-36 people total.
The listening/exploring sessions begin on February 24, so I need to get this team assembled. If you are interested in joining the team, click the button below.
The Deep in the Burbs Research Team meets for the last meeting of Phase One next Monday. It’s hard to believe we are almost done with these weekly meetings. The team came up with some great ideas for projects to do over the next seven months. We are all praying about it and asking for discernment to know what God is up to in all of this. Exciting stuff!
In other words, I want to know if the Trinity has any impact or connection to how suburban people—specifically people in suburban ELCA congregations—think about and practice spiritual formation. I ask the question because I am interested in the missional church and I believe the recent conversation about the Trinity, and its connection to the missional imagination, is an extremely important topic for the life, health, and future of the ELCA in the suburban context.read more