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Interview With Mark Lau Branson

2012 February 23
by Mike

Recently I spoke at a Renew Conference in Fresno, California. The guest resource leader was Mark Lau Branson from Fuller Theological Seminary, the author of Memories, Hopes, and Conversations and the coauthor of Churches, Cultures and Leadership.

I had a chance to interview Mark, part of which is in this clip:

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  1. Rob permalink
    February 23, 2012

    Thanks for this interview. I am unfamiliar with Mark Lau Branson, but I like this a lot. Love the practical advice to start with our very own neighbors!

  2. February 23, 2012

    Exactly! What I loved most about hearing Mark speak about missional living was that his principles were sprinkled with his (and his own congregation’s) attempts at compassion and hospitality. I also loved that these weren’t all miracle stories. They were full of failures, small successes, lessons learned, etc. Often when I’ve heard people talk about missional living, it’s felt like an academic exercise. With Mark, it felt like I was just peeking over his shoulder to see what God is teaching him about his neighbors.

  3. February 23, 2012

    Great interview/conversation. Missional living is really not a difficult concept to understand, it just seems so difficult to practice given our own understanding of being church (gravitating around a building) as well as living in a culture where individualism is key.

    Grace and Peace,

    Rex

  4. February 23, 2012

    Rex – I agree. This is where Mark Love helped me so much. In some ways, it shouldn’t strike us as radical (though in practice it is!).

  5. Carolyn permalink
    February 25, 2012

    Love this conversation, Mike. This is how to be salt and light in our world! I know probably half our neighbors–we live in an ever-changing neighborhood–yet this missional application by Branson makes me want to be more proactive in my neighbors’ lives. I have resisted being the American Heart Assn. (and other good groups) neighborhood representative lately after 20 years of overt disinterest on our block, but it could be a vehicle to know new people’s names, and possibly even have a personal conversation with them. O dear.

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