List #3 of Topics at HUMANA 2.08

I’ve asked Thorsten Moritz (vita below) to consider the following topics of conversation at HUMANA 2.08. These are based
on conversations with Thorsten over the last couple of years.

# Why single leadership in a church is unbiblical (based on Thorsten’s challenge that there are no single leaders in the scriptures) (and maybe even unhealthy).
# Single and Plural Leadership from a biblical perspective
# Why what we call church is not church (based on our conversation last Feb about the mistake of calling our Sunday morning gatherings a church)
# What is a church and what is her mission?
# Why mega churches fail the definition of what it means to be a church

THORSTEN MORITZ. Over the past 11 years, Thorsten Moritz has taught at the University of Gloucestershire, England; Leipzig University and the Freie Theologische Akademie, both in Germany; as well as in five Romanian cities. He authored a monograph about hermeneutics in Ephesians, A Profound Mystery, and articles on the gospels, Ephesians, hermeneutics, and consumerism. He is currently writing the Mark commentary for the Two Horizons commentary series as well as another monograph on New Testament ecclesiology. His professional associations include the Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge, England), the Arbeitskreis fur evangelikale Theologie (Tubingen, Germany), and the Society of Biblical Literature. Thorsten and his family currently live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Bethel Seminary’s DMin

Hollywood, Ca

I’m in LA because this week I met for the last time with my Doctor of Ministry cohort from Bethel Seminary. I’ve immensely enjoyed co-leading this cohort with my brother, Erwin, and getting to know the leaders that are a part of it. At the end of the week, one of the students put it something like this: It’s kind of like camp when you’re a kid. You want to go home but you’re already missing the experience.


The program is focused on “Creating an Entrepreneurial Ethos, Developing the Art of Improvisation, and Discipling Innovation”.

Thanks to Sam Rima, director of Bethel’s Doctor of Ministry program, and Erwin McManus, Cultural Architect of Mosaic, for inviting me to contribute. My part is over. But, the cohort now continues their work of writing, writing and rewriting. Best to all of you.

See you in the Mystic…


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Amazing Week

One of the most amazing IMN 7-Day Mentoring Immersions, the first in Florida, has now concluded. The next 7-Day Immersion this year is ramping up for Los Angeles, California beginning on April 26 and concluding on May 2.
Apply now if you’re interested in being a part of the 2007 cohort.


The new IMN conference was spectacular in every way. The International Mentoring Network set a very high bar for experience design and production. David Arcos of Mosaic in Los Angeles and Leader of the Urban Poets told us: “This is by far the coolest venue we’ve ever danced in”.

The Voxtropolis World Music Jam at House Blend Cafe was a hit. Stay tuned to for video of the event featuring Jason Sharp, Jettison Never and Chasing Jonah.

See you in the mystic,


Culture Code – Part 3

American Culture, Shopping, and Christmas


I hate to shop.
My wife loves to shop.
That’s marriage.

Cultural Anthropologist and Marketing Guru, Clotaire Rapaille, writes (The Culture Code) about why people around the world live and buy as they do. Each culture, he tells us, has a code that if discovered can tap into the deep unconscious impulses that motivate our behavior.
So let’s dip our toe into the cold deep water of culture and test out what a deeply American activity like “shopping” might mean. The American Culture Code for shopping, according to Rapaille, is “RECONNECTING WITH LIFE.”

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Engaging the Dark Side: How far is too far?

Special update for readers of “Into the Mystic…”
from: Alex McManus

New Article: “Engaging the Dark Side: How far is too far?” by Alex McManus. Chime in with your thoughts.

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See you in the mystic…


Politicizing Human Suffering

Welcome back.

Last Sunday night, CNN anchor, Carol Lin, three times baited televangelist, TD Jakes, in an attempt to solicit a “race-based” criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of the deluge in New Orleans.

CNN anchor, Carol Lin

Lin’s interview focused on comments made by Kanye West at a fund raiser in NYC last Friday. West who is referred to as one of the smartest guys in the hip-hop world announced: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Kanye West

TD Jakes didn’t take the bait offered him by Lin of CNN. In fact, unlike West, Bishop Jakes came across like a thinker and a leader with a focus on the issue of fixing the problem not the blame. Later after the immediate crisis, Jakes suggested, we can analyze the processes and what went wrong.

Bishop TD Jakes

I’ve never bought any music by West or any sermons by Jakes…most likely never will. But I’m with TD Jakes on this one. This is the time to focus on bringing people together in an effort to help the city and people of New Orleans.

Katrina didn’t measure the ethnicity of the city she was about to devour. America will prove as well that the ethnicity of the city is irrelevant when it comes to generously helping people in need.

Wise up West. You’ve become a force for harm on this one. It’s not about race. It’s about helping the hurting.

What do you think?

Into the Mystic…

Alex McManus