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Introduction to Class History and Core Concepts. A. Dept. of World Mission zero based planning B. Formation sequence vs. cafeteria curriculum C. Emphasis.

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1 Introduction to Class History and Core Concepts

2 A. Dept. of World Mission zero based planning B. Formation sequence vs. cafeteria curriculum C. Emphasis on person and belief vs. methods HISTORY OF CLASS

3 Core Concepts A.Being versus Methods B. Formation/process versus facts and information C. Unity of Theology and PracticeReal theology versus theoretical theology D. In sum Who we are is the basis for what we do

4 Models for this Process A. CulturalVision Quest in many cultures B. Biblical1. Jesus 30 years and Mark 1:9-13 2. Discipleswith Jesus Mark 3:13-15

5 Methodology A. Combine personal analysis with theology and ministry B. Use a combination of lectures, reading, discussion, small group sharing and reporting, and spiritual retreat etc. to understand ourselves and our theology better and bring renewal All centered in 10 assessments

6 Eleven Assessments 1. Conversion/assurance 2. Six life subplots 3. Time and resource 4. Temperament 5. World View

7 11 Assessments continued 6. Damage and brokeness 7. Spiritual life and Freedom in Christ 8. Spiritual Gifts 9. Leadership and interaction style 10. Spirituality Web 11. Task type preference

8 11 Assessments Conclusion 1. All 11 factors interact in complex ways 2. Some have formal assessments and some are informal 3. You will need to carefully and honestly evaluate and record your own evaluations

9 Ministry Pyramid Bottom level is mostly hidden Middle level is partially open Top level is mostly public Note: overlapping and round edges show overlap and interconnectedness of the various elements Spiritual life Life SituationWorld View Human Relationships Theology Min- istry

10 Notes on Pyramid A. If bottom level is missing or flawed everything above is shaky and flawed B. Ministry is the goal, but is always based on what is underneath C. Most of our training focuses on ministry and people understanding and this is not best D. All parts needed for a powerful work must have balance and the whole picture E. This class deals with basic bottom elements that are often neglected

11 Conclusion 1. All of these ideas will be developed as we study. Ca. 60% personal and 60% theological 2. Who we are (personally, theologically etc.) is how we minister. 3. Theology is (auto) biography

12 Conclusioncont. Let those who are in training for the ministry never forget that the preparation of the heart is of all the most important. No amount of mental culture or theological training can take the place of this. The bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness must shine into the heart of the worker and purify his life, before light from the throne of God can shine through him to those in darkness. Gospel Workers p. 94


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