Building a Culture of Formation
Last Friday, Transform Minnesota hosted NAE President Dr. Walter Kim at our annual board retreat. Dr. Kim spoke to the Transform board and 50 invited church leaders about being faithful witnesses and contributing to cultural flourishing in a post-Christian era.
“Having a comprehensive Gospel in the head is not enough. What does it mean to form people?”
Dr. Kim also encouraged the leaders to move their mentality from programs to ethos. This can be done by considering what culture they want to create, what relationships they want to foster, and what types of experiences they want to curate within their congregations. They can also begin to think more creatively and expansively about culture and the meaning of cultural flourishing when they look at Christianity and practice from the view of another culture.
The group was also able to hear from local leaders about the impact of culture changes in Minnesota. Rev. Richard Coleman of Wayman AME Church spoke to how these conversations are playing out in the arena of racial justice, while Kara Stromberg, Superintendent of the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, spoke to responding to culture change at a denominational level.
Throughout the day, the group had opportunities to flesh out the content through table discussions and Q&A with Dr. Kim.