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Off the Beaten Track Youth work, Church and mission in a post Christian society.

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1 Off the Beaten Track Youth work, Church and mission in a post Christian society

2 My Journey In working with young people do not try to call back to where they were and do not call them to where you are as beautiful a place as that may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before. Vincent Donovan Christianity Rediscovered

3 Motivating Theologies Contextualisation v Imperialism Incarnation vDistance Relational vPresenational CaughtvTaught Good newsvThe Good News MissionvEvangelism JourneyvDecision Evangelicalv Liberal ProtestantvCatholic LiteralvFigurative

4 My Motivating Theology -Vincent Donovan In working with….. -Full relationship restoration -Incarnation -John 10 v10 -Amos 5 v 21 – 24 -Generous Orthodoxy -Process Ecclesiology Motivating Theologies What’s Yours?

5 Culture is Shifting -Enlightenment – Postmodernity -Globalisation -Truth is less fixed -Decades of rapid social change -Paradigm Shift Sub culture and fortress church

6 Shifting Sands Apocalyptic paradigm of primitive Christianity (New Testament) Hellenistic paradigm of the Patristic era (to approx. 600) The medieval Roman Catholic paradigm (to approx. 1500) The Protestant Reformation paradigm (to approx. 1750) The modern Enlightenment paradigm (to approx. 1950) The emerging post modern and post Christian paradigm (now emerging) Patristic John 3:16 Medieval Catholic Luke 14:23 Protestant Reformation Romans 1:16 Modern Enlightenment Acts 16:9, Matt 24:14

7 Four ways the Church responds to change in culture. The Garden - keep the same message and methods The Park - keep the message but change the methods The Glen - change the message, but not the methods The Meadow - change the message and the methods. Sweet, Leonard et al The Church in Emerging Culture: Five perspectives Zondervan 2003

8 Christian Mission is in a time of transition God is a missionary God who crosses frontiers towards the world. (Bosch) The word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood. (Jn 1 - The Message) Mission and Community

9 What is Church? Church is Mystery (Eph 5 v 31and 32) Described analogically e.g. body, vine, etc Images suggest ‘attitude and a course of action’ John 10 v10

10 What is Youth work and Mission? Process and Outcome Kingdom Centred New place Ontological Imperative

11 Two sides of the same coin Youth work and mission - New place - Kingdom Centred - Process and Outcome - Ontological Imperative Church - Church is Mystery (Eph 5 v 31and 32) - Described analogically e.g. body, vine, etc - Images suggest ‘attitude and a course of action’ - John 10 v10

12 Blended Approach Ontological Imperative attitude and a course of action Process and Outcome

13 A New Analogy of church for a post-Christian Society The City on the HillThe Journey to the City On the Hill You may have life in All its fullness

14 Tacking towards the City Tacking – a zigzagging process to enable a sailing vessel to progress forward into the wind Tacking - helping young people and society become more fully human, by a process of purposeful, deliberate and informal interactions

15 Tacking towards the city Tacking towards the city The city on the hill is lit by the ethics of Christ The journey helps you recognise the light You may loose sight of the city from time to time and can only see the distant glow You are always moving even when alone but at some point you will need to travel with others

16 Tacking Everyday Conversation The litter in the area The News Yourself The Past Experiences The Local Adverts Others Environment The Media The Council

17 Jesus and Tacking Conversations whilst walking Mary’s Anointing Water into Wine Calling the Disciples Woman at the well Being Alone Feeding of the 5000 Zak the taxman Challenging the Pharisees Who do you say I am?

18 Tacking into the Wind Personal Development - The growth of the individual, moving towards becoming more Christ-like and fully human. Becoming okay with questions and doubts, accepting different viewpoints but still maintaining relationships with people. Group Development - The growth of the group, becoming friends and community, developing openness and acceptance of one another, and a willingness to stay part of the group even though you may disagree. Societal Development - Being prepared to challenge the accepted, working towards a more equal and fair society. In order for this area to be effective conscientisation must take place in the personal development area. Spiritual Development - developing an awareness of Christ in others and the world around you. Perhaps pointing this out and using the awareness to facilitate the developmental areas above.

19 Youth Work and Tacking

20 ‘To be an active agent of the kingdom is our highest calling. The kingdom generates new forces of righteousness, justice and peace through the means of servanthood and self-giving love… We begin to test things by a biblical judgement and the church is slowly led from conformity to community and change’ Jim Wallis

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