Unleashed Resources

Here you'll find resources for participants in this year's Unleashed cohort. Questions? Contact Sylvia at  or 262.786.7051 ext 712.


Module 1: Mission

Week 1

Your Unleashed explorations will begin by absorbing the concept of the four chapter gospel. Please read all nine posts on the blog listed below. They are a series called “Is your gospel missing something?” in which the four chapter gospel is explained. As you read, question yourself about where you might have stunted the gospel.


Week 2 

As you go through this week, look for where you see God at work, bringing his restoration. Take some notes. In celebration of God’s sovereignty over creation watch this 6 minute video by Louie Giglio. Even if you’ve never heard of laminin before, from now on you’ll be a laminin superfan! Plan to discuss your thoughts on laminin during your time with the cohort.


Week 3

The young Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adiche, gives a 20 minute talk about the danger/power of telling the story of any one, any people, anything with just one point of view. Her personal experiences are excellent illustrations of the shallow understanding of people groups that comes from hearing just one storyline. There are clear consequences that can follow from seeing life through single-story perspectives. Watch her talk on your own and come up with discussion ideas you can share with your group.


Week 5 

You will be listening to a 30-minute talk by Reverend Brenda Salter McNeil from the 2011 Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit. She will exhort church leaders to press forward through catalytic events that shake the world as we know it. When “landscape changers” present themselves, the people of God must move with them not shrink back. They are God’s way of directing His people with power so that the gospel is at the front lines of the battle raging on earth.

Summary notes: http://www.liveintentionally.org/2011/08/11/2011-global-leadership-summit-session-3a-notes-brenda-salter-mcneil/

To purchase the GLS 2011 DVD: http://www.willowcreek.com/ProdInfo.asp?invtid=PR35086&f=x

DVD is also available in the Elmbrook Church Resource Library

Module 2: Vocation

Week 1

Redefining Work

1. To lay the foundation for this module’s work, begin by watching this 30-minute talk by Tim Keller. It will establish a framework for discussing WORK properly and biblically. The artificial separation of what we do to earn our living from what we do “for God” has weakened the witness of the church. Tim Keller is an important voice for the movement in the church bringing us back to reality.

Redefining Work - (27.45 minutes)

2. Take a look at this 3-minute video in which the artist renders some provoking images to remind us that work=worship by God’s design.

"Work as Worship" by RightNow Ministries


Week 2

When you have 20 minutes to watch and reflect a bit, check out this TED talk given by an Italian Red Cross employee in Afghanistan. He tells the story of a patient of the orthopedic clinic in which he works. It’s the story of healing on a number of levels, but it intersects our topic where the speaker describes the healing of human dignity. After you watch and think, answer for yourself - what truths from this week does this simple story of human interaction illustrate?
Ted Talk: There Are No Scraps of Men


Week 4

"The Faces of Faith & Work.” The goal behind this blog series is to explore what a Biblical doctrine of work looks like in concrete practice. These stories are very different from one another. As you read a few, though, you’ll feel a common thread in the words and actions of the people involved. Journal a few notes about what they have in common. 

The Faces of Faith and Work blog

Module 3

 No resources for this module at this time.

Module 4: Culture


As you read from Andy Crouch’s book Culture Making, familiarize yourself with his website for culture making. It's all about "celebrating and informing those who cultivate and create." Not only does it host the archive of all of Andy's past articles, it's also his blog and commentary highlighting culturally creative and significant goings-on from all corners. Andy is one of the smartest cultural observers and thinkers in the Christian world today, so this site gives you something of a current newsfeed of the things that Andy's reading and reflecting on.



Week 1

Take a look at this 19-minute talk as Andy Crouch and some colleagues from Dallas Theological Seminary discuss the definition of culture.


Week 2

This is the second part of the podcast with Andy Crouch and two colleagues from Dallas Theological Seminary. They discuss how a church/individual influences culture and how knowledge "culture making" should affect teaching and leading. (22 min.)


Week 3

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy
Do you have a 3, 12, 120 with whom you are making culture? Culture making requires leadership but it also requires followers. Leadership is over-glorified when everyone thinks they are leaders. Just as important as the leader is the first follower. There is no movement without the first follower. We're told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow. When you find someone doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.



Week 4

1. How To Resolve Conflict & Restore Relationships
Learn how to resolve conflict & how to restore broken relationships with Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. In this message, Pastor Rick talks about the seventh Beatitude—how God blesses peacemakers. Learn what the Bible says about the importance of conflict resolution and discover seven ways to restore broken relationships in your life.


2. Thriving in Babylon
In Thriving in Babylon, Larry Osborne explores the “adult” story of Daniel to help us not only survive, but actually thrive in an increasingly godless culture. Here Pastor Osborne looks at:

  • Why panic and despair are never from God
  • What true optimism looks like
  • How humility disarms even our greatest of enemies
  • Why respect causes even those who will have nothing to do with God to listen
  • How wisdom can snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat

For those who know Jesus and understand the full implications of the cross, the resurrection, and the promises of Jesus, everything changes – not only in us, but also in our world.


Week 5

Unconditional (movie to watch together). Available on Netflix.

Module 5: The City


This short video provides an excellent introduction to Module 5 - Gospel and the City. Please share this with your Cohort, followed by the Andy Crouch video below this.

Love the City from Redeemer City to City on Vimeo.

Before you start this module, please take a look at this five minute introduction to the theme of The City, a short talk by Andy Crouch. What he says summarizes module 5 and poses questions you will want on your mind during this leg of the journey.



  • What is God’s purpose for humans?
  • What is the "flourishing" of the city?
  • How do humans undermine God’s purpose for cities?
  • Are there places in my city in which I glimpse God already bringing about redemption?
  • Where are places that I come into intimate contact with deep need, places in which God must intervene decisively? 

Week 1


"Why God Made Cities," by Tim Keller
By going to the website below you can receive, for free, the ebook "Why God Made Cities" by Tim Keller. It is a short read, essentially a sermon, which makes the case for why God’s people must be earnest about living the gospel in the big cities of this world. God loves the people-packed city; this is why His people should as well.



"A Vision for Our Cities," by Al Barth
Please take a look at this Q talk that outlines the reasoning behind why all Christians have to concern themselves with what happens to the cities of our world. This article is one of many Q talks that may interest you; look over the website (especially going to the homepage to learn what the “Q” group is all about) and see an array of articles that discuss human flourishing. 



Week 2


This Is Our City
This Is Our City, a multi-year project of Christianity Today, seeks to spotlight in reporting, essays, and documentary video how Christians are responding to their cities' particular challenges with excellence, biblical faith, and hope. From 2011 to 2013 they profiled six cities in depth. Each differs from the other in size, economic climate, ethnic and racial composition, and in their history of Christian presence, leadership or abdication, at crucial moments. But they all have stories worth telling. Take as much time as you like to read through the stories presented on this site.


2. Below is a selection of articles that will challenge and deepen your “theology of place”. Where you live and how you live there matter very much. The church’s discussion about all this is well captured by the Q society. Besides the articles noted here, you will want to go to qideas.org and click on the menu item “cities” to see their full list of very interesting videos and essays.



Week 3

For the third installment of its four-part series “Super Skyscrapers”, PBS turns to what will be China's tallest building – Shanghai Tower. The tower is shaping how we think about building and inhabiting cities. As urban space shrinks, this extraordinary building showcases how vertical cities will revolutionize the way we live, work and protect ourselves from potential threats. This is a must watch!



Week 4 

We all choose to be the kind of neighbors that we want to be through the ways in which we interact with each other in our local streets and spaces. In so doing, we choose to make our neighborhood the place that it is. What kind of place do you choose to create?

It’s crazy how few of us know our neighbors—their names, their phone numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online "social" networking has only made it easier to avoid face-to-face contact in the real world. What might we be missing? Collaborators, friends, emergency contacts, sugar? What does this mean for society? As Harvey Milk said, "If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods." So, let's do something about it.

"Just Step In: Joining God as He Heals Your City"
As God builds your church, He has a very unique personality in mind for it that is designed to engage your community in very specific ways. But if you’re not careful, you can miss it. In our fast-paced culture, you may feel pressured to define that design before you ever hit the ground. God has been preparing your community for a long time, and He has invited you to step into what He has prepared. He wants you to join Him in what He is already doing. This “5 P” approach to city engagement Rich Gorman writes about in his new eBook will help you to think differently about your city and lead you to reimagine the ways God is inviting you to join Him as he heals your city for His glory.

Key highlights:

  • Detailed look at the dynamics of a community critical to engaging a city: power centers, economy, celebration, pain areas and gatekeepers (Person of Peace)
  • A simplified process for understanding these dynamics called the 5 Ps: Power, Pennies, Parties, Pain, Person of Peace
  • How Jesus interacted with these five dynamics
  • How to discern and identify the unique personality God has designed for your church and how it fits into your community
  • How to exegete a culture, community and city so that your church can join God in what He is already doing in your community
  • Inspiring, real-life stories of how a church has engaged the pain areas of its city
  • Practical application for connecting the 5 Ps and seeing God work them together for His glory

The above content was borrowed from the Exponential website where you can download the Just Step In eBook for free:


Week 5

Interact with Isaiah, who tells a tale of two cities: the strong city and the lofty city. The former is divine, available through salvation, and based on peace and joy. The latter is human, self -created, and based on pride and accomplishment. Christians are called to seek the peace and prosperity of the city, both in prayer and as servants of society, looking forward to the final and eternal heavenly city where the trials of this world will cease. Redeemer Presbyterian Church is all about city engagement; seeking to renew the city spiritually, socially and culturally. Listen to a series of sermons by Timothy Keller on city renewal.


Each episode of "This is My City" finds Tim and Thomas finding a local who is willing to show them what life is like in Lisbon, Beirut, Beijing and five other global metropolises. This is a show about what cities mean to the people who live in them , brought to you in a most personal way. It’s not about seeing the sights but about seeing the soul of the city. It’s a show about what cities mean to the people who live in them.