Missional Leadership Lab

A hybrid practice group

Dates: 2019-20 online and in-person meeting dates to be announced

Looking to connect with others who are trying on new ways of joining up with God’s mission? Join a community of other ECMN Episcopalians and journey together as you try out different practices and share learnings. Try new experiments in your faith community, and reflect on what you discovered through “success” as well as “failure.” Monthly online readings will deepen your faith and challenge your imagination about what the Holy Spirit is up to around us, and how the people of God can join in!

Who should join in? 

  • Lay and/or ordained leaders from any ECMN faith community, excited to try out missional experiments in their faith communities.
  • Anyone interested in learning more about some of the practices comprising the Way of Jesus and how those practices can deepen their lived faith as well as the life of their faith community.
  • Those in formation for Holy Orders
  • Familiarity with the basics of Missional Leadership will be very helpful — if you’ve taken ‘Missional Leadership I’ or read books by Alan Roxburgh, Dwight Zscheile, you have what you need to get started here.

How does this ‘lab’ work?

  • Read and Respond Online: The online meeting space is structured in monthly segments, with a few chapters to read, a discussion question to respond to on the Moodle page, and the chance to engage in dialogue with other members.
  • Practice in your Context: Get together weekly with other members of your faith community for about an hour (in person, or by phone or video — at a time that suits you!) to read Scripture, pray, reflect, and try out the practices you are reading about. You may want to set a typical weekly gathering time and place. You can invite other members of your faith community to join you for these conversations and experiments!
  • Conversation with Lab Participants: Two in-person gatherings and two videoconference meetings (dates and locations listed above) will bring together the members of the group to try out new missional practices, deepen relationships with other Episcopalians across Minnesota, and reflect together on what you’re learning from the experiments in your faith community.
  • Final Reflection: Take time to bring your learnings together, and share them, through a structured written reflection. (Bonus:This is a great way to share your experience with others in your faith community!)

Facilitator: The Rev. Blair Pogue, D.Min., Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul

Coming soon: Link to Missional Leadership Lab: Monthly Schedule of Readings and Responses


Joining God, Remaking the Church, Changing the World by Alan Roxburgh (Morehouse, 2015)

The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age by Dwight Zscheile (Morehouse, 2014)

Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations by Suzanne Farnham, Stephanie Hull, and R. Taylor McLean

People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity by Dwight Zscheile

Time Commitment: Expect to practice roughly one hour per week, to read roughly 2 hours per month, and to spend some time writing your own responses and in conversation with others on a monthly basis.

Financial Cost: There is no cost to join in this online practice group. It costs ECMN roughly $3,000 to offer this course, and we welcome donations that will allow us to offer this opportunity again next year. You can make a check out to Episcopal Church in Minnesota, 1101 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis MN 55411.

Registration coming soon.

PogueThe Rev. Blair Pogue, D.Min. has been the rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul since 2005. Before that she was the Associate Rector for Adult Christian Formation at Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia. A desire to understand God’s missional nature as well as the changing nature of church leadership led her to undertake a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership and Mission at Luther Seminary. She grew up in a secular family in Southern California, and is interested helping those inside and outside the church participate in God’s life more fully by developing a biblical imagination and engaging in intentional spiritual practices including prayer, simplicity, discernment, hospitality, generosity, gratitude, and reconciliation.

Students, access the Moodle course page here.

What previous participants said:

“The Lab did two things for me that were really helpful. It raised relevant/challenging questions about the mission of our faith communities – what it can/should be; and it provided lots of practical, doable ideas for how to help our communities live that mission. I find myself applying the insights I gained all the time in small and big ways.”

-The Rev. Larry Bussey

“Missional Leadership Lab is the right balance of reading and practice for any person who seeks a deeper experience of being church in the world. The readings, online discussions and the experiments from month to month helped me connect tradition and theology with real practical applications in real time. I learned how to read scripture closely, share the Good News with others, walk with others in community, and envision church in new ways. I learned again that I was a disciple of Jesus who called me to follow him in the Way.”

– The Rev. John Sullivan