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In a world filled with idols vying for people’s allegiance, communities can easily lose their capacity to listen to and care for each other. The purpose of this project is to explore the various forces attempting to dominate life in Treynor, Iowa, in order to help neighbors to examine their own priorities and discover together a new imagination of Sabbath life and practices.

Utilizing the frameworks of Appreciative Inquiry and the Missional Change Process, a small group of leaders from Zion Congregational Church led two-session interviews with their neighbors. These interviews asked questions about faith and life in the Treynor community and explored the relationship between neighbors and the potential idols of work, sports, and consumerism. These interviews found that when neighbors spent time listening to other neighbors, their captivity to life-stealing forces lessened as they become more aware of the competing claims for their allegiance and instead began dreaming about Sabbath life and practices together.

This project humbly attempts to remind the larger church that there is life beyond the supermarket of idols in which we find ourselves; an alternate imagination of life can be awakened, one that is rooted in Sabbath practices flowing out of a primary relationship with God. May God lead us all in discovering this new imagination, as neighbors listen to each other and challenge the status quo.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Roxburgh, Alan

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Church, Sabbath



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