Presentation on theme: "Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery Behold I do a new thing! Even now it springs forth do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 …I will make a new covenant…I will."— Presentation transcript:
Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery Behold I do a new thing! Even now it springs forth do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 …I will make a new covenant…I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31 selected
What might we do? Attend to our own spiritual practice Surrender laugh, experience joy, pause to enjoy a fresh brewed cup of Jo Sacred Pauses, yoga, mindfulness meditation, going on a protest march, whats helping you? Attend to your congregations Spiritual Practice Declare a fast – Advent, daily practice of asking What is God showing me? What is God asking us to do about it? Journal the experience and share in Groups weekly Richard Bott – Board takes up a discipline of prayer Unbinding the Gospel Program – Martha Grace-Reese
#2. Getting Missional Responding to what God is doing
What can we do? Privilege narratives of hope – go to Greenbelt Ask: Where is energy/vibrancy in our community? Where is the intersection of need and passion? Host 360 Stakeholders process – invite community leaders to your strategic planning session, or interview them What do you think the role of our church is in the community? What do you see? What would you like to see? Tools: Environics Ministry Report Asset Mapping Appreciative Inquiry NCD Survey, IMNA Survey
#3. Getting EPIC E - xperiential P - articipative I - mage Rich C - onnectional Blessing of the hands
Awareness Test If its not messy its probably dead. EPIC is part of a larger shift in perspective
3 Influences of Change Modern Post Modern EDGEEDGE Mechanistic Analytical/Rational Top Down Text Based … Organic/Fluid Experiential/Mystical Communal TGIF
EPIC E - xperiential P - articipative I - mage Rich C - onnectional Greebelt Festival: Where faith, arts, and justice collide!
Hillhurst United Church / The Swell Hillhurst United Church 1 – 44s, 2 – 6:33
Reflection Where have you experimented with aspects of EPIC ministry in your context? (Experiential, Participative, Images, Connection) What is the next step?
What can we do? Engage the creativity of young people Connect with local artists Reclaim/Reframe ancient rituals – Sponge liturgy – Cloth prayer – Tear cloth into individual strips, Tie prayers into the strips then tie together – Prayers of the People Connect with stories of emerging ministries
Reflection List as many social enterprises as you can think of? (any enterprise that makes a better world and also creates revenue streams) Which of these connects most strongly with your congregations mission and gifts?
What can we do? Invest in support social entrepreneurs Get summer students on federal grants Think of ways your current connections with social enterprise can create relational space Bi-vocational connections