Presentation on theme: "Becoming the Disciples that Tomorrow Requires Living and Telling the Story David Schoen – Congregational Vitality and Discipleship"— Presentation transcript:
Becoming the Disciples that Tomorrow Requires Living and Telling the Story David Schoen – Congregational Vitality and Discipleship firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Exodus 3:13 - 15 Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, `What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. (Yahweh)
The Future Question God will be what the future demands, but,……. Will we be the churches and disciples that tomorrow requires?
Missional Discipleship The Church exists to serve Gods Mission Mission as Missio Dei, UCC Committee on Structure, 1992 The church of Jesus Christ is the instrument and sign of Gods mission and realm. Gods mission is calling and sending us, the as church of Jesus Christ, to be to be a missional church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves.
Evangelism in the 21st Century Missional, Relational & Conversational Missional in purpose Relational in outreach Conversational in witness in person and online
Missional in Purpose Vital disciples clear sense of purpose Vital disciples are sent people Vital disciples reach out beyond themselves reclaim Biblical focus on neighbors Vital disciples multiply new disciples/ministries/congregations
Reclaiming the Biblical focus on NEIGHBORS Hebraic Scripture focuses on neighbors Ten Commandments and Torah Leviticus 19:18 You shall love your neighbor as yourself Jesus commandment -You shall love your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind and your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27 Love of God and love of neighbor combined Jesus, Paul and James extend neighbor to all humankind (with some surprises)
No Matter Who You Are, or Where You Are on Lifes Journey, You Are Welcome Here!
Who are they, and where do they come from? (Revelation 7:14) MissionInsite Demographics http://missioninsite.com/ flexible web based information system comprehensive socioeconomic and lifestyle data interactive mapping platform strategic information resource for ministry
How to use MissionInsite Map your congregation homes Learn their mosaic types Compare to communities, learn your niche Gear programs, small groups to meet population needs and interests Track guests and friends Cluster home groups
Missional in Purpose Relational in Outreach The days of waiting for people to us to welcome them in church are over. Instead of waiting inside, we go outside Bridge the gap by building relationships
Missional Outreach Joining God in the Neighborhood by Alan Roxburgh Modeled on Jesus sending disciples Luke 10: 1- 12 Go Local Leave your baggage at home Dont move from house to house Eat what is set before you Listen people into speech
Missional Outreach Walk or Drive your neighborhood Watch for where God is at work Take notes, make a map, collect contact data Who lives where What are community needs Who are allies and good neighbors Do this again and again Talk to your neighbors What are the hopes and challenges of neighbors How can the church be a good neighbor?
Relationship Building Hang out with your community Meet neighbors where they gather Spend Sunday morning with your neighbors Soccer matches, Lowes, Coffee Shop, Exercise Pastors office in a coffee shop, fast food, bookstore. Have meetings outside the church. Bible/book studies in coffee shop, book store Council meetings in neighborhood context Engage in conversation, build relationships, Collect data of names/addresses/e-mails
Missional Outreach Go to where the unchurched are: Pastor experience of going to bar. I stopped wondering about how to draw younger folks into my church and started focusing on how to draw my congregation out of its building and into relationship with the world outside its doors.
Joining God in the Neighborhoo Getting Started Develop New Eyes for Your Neighborhood Teach Radical Neighborliness – No matter who you are, or where you are on lifes journey… Listen to Neighborhood Stories Discern What God is Up to in the Neighborhood Get Involved What am I/We learning - What Do I/We Do Next?
Relational in Outreach Conversational in Witness Conversational ministry is central to the future of the church in 21 st Century Count conversations, not conversions Brian McLaren, More Ready than You Think
Conversational Ministry The postmodern world calls for disciples who reach out to a world that is hungering for good conversation about faith, values, hope, meaning, purpose, goodness, beauty, truth, life after death, life before death and God. Engaging in everyday faith conversations will not only help others become disciples, it will help us become disciples, who know and love the stillspeaking God more than ever.
Conversational in Witness Spiritual Seekers want to talk. Holy Conversations – Richard Peace We are the ones not talking. Reverence for God – silence and service. Unbinding the Gospel – Martha Reese Evangelism is faith-sharing. An unchurched world doesnt know why we do what we do and believe what we believe.
Love Your God and Neighbor The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Witness and Discipleship, Scott. J. Jones, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2003 If we love our neighbor and our God We will share our still speaking faith and community with them. If we love our neighbor and our God We will share our faith in appropriate ways and time.
E. Word = Elbow The e.word today is elbow. Jim Griffith Still today the way most folks find a community of faith is when they are invited to come and brought by a friend or neighbor.
Still Speaking Conversation and Invitation with Neighbors Informal moments at work, shopping or…. Be attentive for moments for a still speaking word Become a Still Speaking Voice Wear your still speaking witness Home dinners with neighbors First Welcomers New Neighbors Public Worship Ashes to Go
Are You Ready to Talk? Why do you love your church? What impact has believing in God and following Jesus made in your life? How is God still speaking in your life?
Are You Ready to Talk? Unbinding the Gospel Pray, pray, pray Vital evangelism comes out of vital relationship with God? Keep a journal Create an evangelism support group Practise witnessing in church
Eight Challenges Richard Peace We need to learn how to talk about Jesus We need to create spaces within which both seekers and committed Christians can explore together their spiritual journeys. We need to learn how to invite others We need to move beyond our stereotypes, fears and negative experiences of evangelism for new creative and wholistic ways of outreach.
Eight Challenges Richard Peace We need to heal the split evangelism and justice issues so it is a both/and and not an either /or. We need to find the energy to engage in and to sustain an outreach ministry. We need to stay open to transformation, our own transformation even as we invite others to be transformed. We need to learn how to discuss all of this in non-theological terms.