Here’s a selection of resources that are shaping the way contributors to this blog are thinking about and living out the big “What ifs” of transformation in the Lutheran Church today.


Smith and Sellon, “Pathway to Renewal: Practical Steps for Congregations

Earl Creps, “Off Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders” (Click here to see Earl’s take on renewal in his church)

Aubrey Malphurs, “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders.”

Rick Rouse and Craig Van Gelder, “A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation

Gary V. Nelson, “Borderland Churches: A Congregation’s Introduction to Missional Living.” (Canadian!)


Neue Quarterly

Modern Reformation Magazine

Ministry Tools

Forge Canada – A Missional Training Network

Clover Websites – Does your ministry have an old website?  No website?  Check out Clover.

Faith in Action: Be the Church – An excellent church-wide campaign to be in Mission for Others

Centered Life – Centered Life® helps people connect their faith to their daily lives. A tool for sustainable change in congregations and people’s lives, Centered Life is a non-denominational initiative begun in 1999, by Luther Seminary in St. Paul , Minnesota.

Advent Conspiracy – A great church-wide campaign to help us Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All.  An excellent missional activity.

True Faced – wonderful material for authentic Christian living.


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2 Responses to Resources

  1. Kelly Fryer says:


    This is a GREAT blog and a great idea. We have been friends of the ELCIC for years and I am thrilled to see this kind of conversation starting up in such a powerful way. Bishop Elaine Sauer (MNO Synod, ELCIC) suggested I check out what you’re up to and she was right — this is exciting.

    I’d like to send you some copies of our new book “The Future Starts Now: The Renewable Organization for Faith Based Groups” which introduces a post-missional, post-modern way of doing and being church together. Our principles are based on Jesus’ teachings but have also been shaped by some of the most exciting voices working outside the church, too. People like Francis Westley (Social Innovation Generation, University of Waterloo, author of “Getting To Maybe” – a fantastic book and one you may want to list on this page – it isn’t specifically about “church” but it IS about how to create transformation in complex systems like the church – I have a feeling you will love it!).

    What snail mail address can I send copies of “The Future Starts Now”?? I’d love to hear what you think about these ideas.



    • Scott says:

      Hi Kelly,
      As it seems as if no one else has replied.
      You can send them to

      307 Whiteview Road NE
      Calgary, Alberta T1Y 1P7

      I will make sure that they are distributed to the members of the group.


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