Change seems to be especially necessary in the areas of theological envisioning; worship, spirituality and (local) church culture; and organizational structures. These areas have a direct impact on leadership, while also having consequences for leader education. This study aims to describe and analyze views on these topics in the so-called ‘Emerging-Missional Conversation’ that is currently under way in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among other countries. Based on an exploration of this ‘conversation’ and views therein on missional leadership and leader education, challenges are formulated for protestant institutes that aim to educate future leaders of the church.
Robert J.A. Doornenbal (1966) is senior lecturer in Theology & Culture and certified supervisor in the Academy of Theology at Ede Christian University of Applied Sciences (Christelijke Hogeschool Ede). He lives in Ede, the Netherlands, close to the crossroads that is pictured on the cover of this book. Crossroads is his practical theological PhD dissertation, defended at the VU University Amsterdam.