Missional Conversations with … Bob Cornwall


Bob CornwallI sat down recently to do a Skype videochat interview with Rev. Dr. Bob Cornwall, from Central Woodward Christian Church in Troy, Michigan. Bob has been a conversation partner for me over the last several years, and one of the first people I even knew in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Bob has been for me — and for many others — a “bridge” person, engaging in the emerging missional church movement and conversation as a deeply rooted, fairly traditional pastor of an average-sized congregation affiliated with a mainline denomination. He’s got a foot in both worlds, and he’s very conversant with both audiences.

Bob is someone I appreciate very much, and I’m grateful to call him a friend and a co-conspirator in the missional renaissance that’s taking ahold of the Disciples of Christ. I was honored to help organize the “Missional Church” track at the Disciples’ General Assembly this summer in Nashville, and Bob was one of the practitioners and discussion facilitators who made that time really rich and rewarding for everyone who participated. (Thanks to Dale Lature who captured much of the missional sessions from General Assembly on video, including Bob Cornwall’s table discussion on the second day!)

In this conversation, Bob and I discuss Tony Jones’ new book The Church Is Flat, and Bob unpacks some of the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and how it relates to this missional moment we are living in right now.

Without further adieu, here’s my conversation with Bob Cornwall — featuring my snazzy new intro title/music and rolling credits at the end (let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!):



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Posted on 11-17-2011

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