‘The reality is that mainstream culture no longer brings people to the church door. We can no longer assume that we can automatically reproduce ourselves, because the pool of people who regard church as relevant or important is decreasing with every generation’ Mission shaped church report p11
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust Acts 10 Peter and Cornelius
“ we understood mission one way and organised life to accomplish it. We have awakened to find out the mission moved on us. To keep focusing on mission, we have to turn the furniture around and face a different direction. We may even have to move into another room.” Loren Mead. The Once and Future Church
Six basic principles “From Safety nets to Fishing nets”
There is no return address or we will not be going back…. 1
‘ The defining aspect of this change of epoch is that things are no longer in their place…… we cannot simply wait for what we are experiencing to pass under the illusion that things will return to being how they were before.’ Pope Francis.
In working with young people... do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before. Christianity Rediscovered: An Epistle from the Masai (1978)
Ends of the Earth Samaria Judea Half the picture Jerusalem
The ends of the earth Samaria The eccentric effects… Judea The centre and the Acts story shift Samaria is not a return ticket story moves from a focus on Peter to Paul the Church goes west church is done differently among Gentiles
Public worship services probably are not the best starting point 2
The church is Gods gift to the world. Why are we here ?
‘ the church is missionary by it’s very nature……. the church does not have a mission a mission but the mission has a church.’ Prophetic Dialogue. Bevans and Scroeder
Church as a place where certain things take place to a body of people sent on a mission ‘ Either we are defined by mission, or we reduce the scope of the gospel and the mandate of the church.’ scope of the gospel and the mandate of the church.’ p6
Who is the church for? Who is the church by? Who is the church with?
Disciples of Jesus rather than ‘discipleship’ or attendees at church 4
‘ We would intend to make disciples and let converts happen rather than intending to make converts and let disciples happen.’ The Divine Conspiracy, p334.
1. What kind of people are we called to be as disciples of Jesus ? 2. What kind of community is capable of raising people like that? The two key questions
Church is multi level or ‘it depends what you mean by church’ 5
“ the theological doctrine of the church cannot be simply expressed in abstract terms about the churches timeless nature. It will have to provide points of departure for reforming the church, for giving it a more authentic form. Faithfulness and the fresh start are not antitheses in the history of the Spirit.” Jurgen Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit
Church as four sets of relationships. Moynagh, Church for Every Context p 106. of up in out
‘not leaving the tradition but driving to it’s heart’ Gerald Arbuckle, Refounding the Church
‘ If you want to preserve tradition don’t wear your grandfathers hat, have grandchildren.’ Pablo Picasso
Dying to live “ I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12; 23-6
You can’t predict the outcome anymore Control to chaos Answers to questions Certainty to risk
What might this mean for the structures and shape of your church?
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/