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In order to sustain lasting leadership at “The Experience,” this project will establish a new leadership paradigm that will be implemented through biblical education and by integrating a new communal leadership model. The Experience is a postmodern worshipping community that has grown out of the Lutheran tradition. Its ministry began in 2001 as an outreach community to the young adult culture in Aurora, Colorado. Over the last nine years of ministry the church has grown but has encountered challenges in finding a lasting leadership structure.

In order for The Experience to recalibrate its current and future ministries based upon a communal style of leadership, the first part of this paper will examine present cultural transitions and the challenges confronting leaders. It will consider the new emerging culture in Aurora and evaluate the issues that arise from it in light of how they affect the leadership of the worshipping community.

The second part of this paper will engage the biblical and theological data relevant to the specific ministry challenge at The Experience. The discussion will begin with a biblical survey of Jesus’ leadership style and the writings of St. Paul. The theological inquiry will study the historical nature of leadership in the Lutheran tradition.

In order to integrate communal leadership into the life of the ministry at The Experience, a pilot project will be created. This will be the focus of the third part of the paper. The pilot initiative will serve as a test of the new model by allowing the governing body to explore community-driven leadership. Careful consideration will be given to the structure, timeline, personnel, and assessment of this new strategy.

Content Reader: David Luecke, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Leucke, David

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Experience (Aurora, Colo.); Christian leadership; Lutheran Church; Postmodernism; Missional church movement; Emerging church movement


Missions and World Christianity


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