Self identity Who am I? How do I identify myself as a pioneering leader? Who does the church think I am?
It is important that they are not pressed into becoming ministers of existing churches but are deployed in pioneering contexts” MSC p134 ‘ Need to identify, select and train pioneer church planters for lay and ordained ministries….. Recommendation 11 Recommendation 11
2006 Guidelines “candidates who have the necessary vision and gifts to be missionary entrepreneurs, to lead fresh expressions of church and forms of church for an appropriate culture.”
2011 Criteria for Pioneer Ministry Demonstrable maturity & robustnessDemonstrable maturity & robustness Demonstrable self motivationDemonstrable self motivation Demonstrable track record of innovationDemonstrable track record of innovation and initiative and initiative Demonstrable ability to workDemonstrable ability to work collaboratively in a team
If pioneering is a highly elastic concept “ If pioneering is a highly elastic concept that requires different capabilities in different settings, is there a risk of not discovering potential pioneers if the notion is stereotyped.” Mike Moynagh Mike Moynagh
Pioneering teams ‘ one of the great myths of entrepreneurship has been the notion if the leader as a lone hero… The reality is that successful entrepreneurs either built teams about them or were part of a team throughout.’ Thomas Cooney, What is an Entrepreneurial Team
Ephesians 4; 11-12. ‘the gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some evangelists and some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Unity- Diversity-Maturity
Ephesians 4; 11-12. apostles = entrepreneur prophet = questioner evangelist = communicator pastor = humaniser teacher = systematizer Frost and Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to come.p175
Apostle- one who is sent Concerned for overall vigour and extension of Christianity by direct mission and church planting. Entrepreneur, pioneer, strategist, innovator, visionary. Apostle
Prophet The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us. Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination, 1978 Guard the covenant relationship
‘ As for you always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.’ 2 Timothy 4v5. Evangelist Recruit to the cause
Questions for discussion? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these arguments using Ephesians 4. What might be its limitations theologically and practically ?
‘ This 10 to 15 % of the population should be the leaven that affects the whole.The leaven is not able to do ‘ This 10 to 15 % of the population should be the leaven that affects the whole. The leaven is not able to do its job because our institutions and bureaucratic systems prevent it. The problem lies deep. Our education system, including theological colleges, are all too often learning regimes rather than talent spotters or developers. Our institutions stifle entrepreneurial initiative.’ p4
‘Releasing the entrepreneurial talent among Gods people is the greatest task facing the church today.’ p4
‘A person who habitually creates and innovates to build something of recognised value around perceived opportunities. p12 they are people they are people habitualhabitual creative and innovativecreative and innovative buildersbuilders build something of valuebuild something of value build using opportunitiesbuild using opportunities
Six FACETS of an entrepreneur Focus Focus AdvantageAdvantage CreativityCreativity EgoEgo TeamTeam SocialSocial
by James Fisher & James Koch Studied 230 CEOs 100 of whom founding CEOs Greenwood Press, 2008
‘ It does mean that academic knowledge concerning entrepreneurship seldom is the factor that determines whether or not one becomes an entrepreneur.’ p16
‘ Managers work within facts entrepreneurs work ahead of facts.’ They think and act differently
confident confident decisivedecisive energeticenergetic disrupt status quodisrupt status quo visionaryvisionary risk takerrisk taker not give upnot give up ‘ The essence of entrepreneurial behaviour is risk taking.’ risk taking.’ p38
Questions for discussion? In what ways do you find the concept of missionary entrepreneur helpful ?
‘There can be no constructive change at all, even in church, unless at all, even in church, unless there is some form of dissent. there is some form of dissent. By dissent I mean simply the proposing of alternatives…. and a system that is not continuously examining alternatives is not likely to evolve creatively.’ Gerald Arbuckle, Refounding the Church
Questions for discussion? Which of these dangers have you experienced? Can you think of other dangers?
Disturb us Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Sir Francis Drake http://davemale.typepad.com/churchunplugged/