2015 Missional Commons: The Mission of Preaching

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November 6-7, 2015

(Friday Night and Saturday until 3p)

What is Missional Commons?

It’s not a conference.

It’s where missionally-driven leaders gather to talk shop around a topic.  – Dave Fitch

Good answer Dave. It’s really not a conference.
We don’t have fancy name-tags (though we like to get to know each other).
There won’t be a big band. (ok, maybe a guitar).
This ain’t a big ‘ol thing (we think limiting the seats to double-digits helps the discussion).
We don’t hire in big flashy speakers. (but those who speak are doing real mission in real places).
You aren’t flashy either (you’re working out the mission of God in your context. Hey—maybe that is flashy.)

If you’re okay with that, we’re okay with you.

Come engage the challenging questions that come from real-life missional practitioners. Join us at the Missional Commons.

The Mission of Preaching Nov 6-7, 2015

2015 Missional Commons: The Mission of Preaching

In an image driven culture, why do we still craft sermons?
What good can a Sunday sermon have when everyone is bombarded by other messages all week long?
What is preaching for anyway?

It may seem counter-intuitive. Preaching has been associated with drawing a crowd into a building. Preaching, it would seem, reaches only Christians. Who else who be interested in listening to a sermon? Preaching then, it would seem, is for established churches. It works to keep people coming to a church building. Surely this works against the missional impulse?   – Dave Fitch, Reclaiming the Mission


David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He’s married to Rae Ann and they have one child, a son Max.  He is also  the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community– a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In 2014 he moved with his family to Westmont IL to join in with a church planted from Life on the Vine, Peace of Christ Church, Westmont.

Mandy Smith. Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book, The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP) will be out in November 2015. Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm.

Tara Beth Leach lives in the western suburbs of Chicago along with her husband, Jeff, and her rambunctious toddler boys, Caleb and Noah. A Nazarene Pastor, Tara Beth has served in churches in Upstate New York, Naperville, IL, and now serves as Director of Women’s Ministry at Christ Church of Oak Brook, a non-denominational church in a western suburb of Chicago. Tara Beth is also a student at Northern Theological Seminary where she also works as a Teaching Assistant for Scot McKnight.

Matt Tebbe trains leaders to build Jesus-shaped cultures in their churches, communities, and homes using simple, reproducible tools. He’s also a bi-vocational church planter in Fishers, IN at The Table. He blogs at www.submissionallife.com He lives in the greater Indianapolis area with his wife and two kids.


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