Christian Futuring

Robert J. Duncan, Jr., DMin


Dr. Duncan is the President & Professor of Leadership & Speciliaed Ministry at Northwind Seminary and Northwind Institute.


Rob served as President and Professor of Religion at Bacone College from 2002-2013. He is a retired United Methodist Clergy and a Clergy Member of the American Baptist Churches USA & Presbyterian Church USA.


While at Bacone he hosted a conference on Christian Futuring based on a course he taught in the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Drew Theological School.


Bacone College Hosted ‘Christian Futuring’ Summit

by Jay Gary, Sep 28, 2007

How can the church be aware of its assumptions and plan for its future? Based on his work with Cassidy Dale, Dr. Robert Duncan has written an engaging book entitled Trajectory: Plotting a course to Christian futures. Now Duncan has gathered the first of several Leadership Summits on this field, to help denominational leaders, pastors and DMin students grapple with the stages and common stumbling blocks ministers and churches face as they move into the future.

Bacone is using everything in its power to redefine the playing field for emerging Native Americans and equip them for 21st century vocations. The church needs to reframe its role in missional ways, to empower the development of whole regions, whether economic, workforce, and community development. The trajectory that Bacone is taking in this is encouraging in becoming a learning organization for the 21st century.

Presbytery used Futuring to Become the Presbytery Know for Mission

The Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery engaged train|act|grow consults to lead them through a futuring project.

At the conclusion of the project, the consultants presented three scenarios of future ministry emphasis.

The Presbytery chose the scenario that included a trajectory toward becoming the Presbytery know for mission. This included local church mission, presbytery-wide mission projects, participation in national mission projects, and support of international missions.

The Presbytery approved this plan and has implemented a train-the-trainer program to support training local churches in Asset-Based Community Development.