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1 Its a Whole New World Church & Culture in 21 st Century David Schoen Evangelism Ministry Team Local Church Ministries United Church of Christ Including material used with permission from Rick Morse, V.P. New Church Ministry, Christian Church (DOC) Church Extension © 2007 All rights reserved









10 ITS A WHOLE NEW WORLD Taxes done in India McDonalds order taken 2 states away Hundreds of marketing choices in any area Instant communication 44% of Christians change traditions/denominations 60-80% Unchurched

11 Result of Karl Fischs, Colorado high school teacher, study on this rapid change So how much have things changed?

12 Churches are stressed today: Generational Challenges Birth rates Cultural factors Church changes What does it all mean to the Church?

13 More generations today than ever… Gen Z (11-0) Millennials ( 28-12) Survivors (29-49) Boomers (50-67) Silents (68-85) Builders (86+) Each generation has unique events that formed it, and a different view of life.

14 Dominant values and behaviors of older boomers and older groups Whatever is right for the group is right for me Appreciate sameness (i.e. Traditional liturgy) Committee structures that are tried and true Deferred pleasure until you have what you need to make the purchase Spirituality of place Organize as a group to form a block (tenacious about position) Circle the wagons; get people on your team to protect whats important Get it done! 35% of the US Population

15 Dominant behaviors of young boomers and younger groups: Ask first, what is good for the individual Individualized style and differentiation Appreciate Difference/multiple choices Trained to look for segments of population so that one size never fits all See themselves as the correctors of the previous generations Spirituality of journey…find spiritual insight wherever they are and in relationship, not primarily place Tribal 65% of the US Population

16 Churches didnt use to worry about generations… Founders Their children Grandchildren & families A few transplants Stephen Compton

17 Many Churches have Lost a generation or 2: Churches do not anticipate loosing youth…(even though that has been the pattern for 40 years) Young adults report: Relocation after college or school Difficulty in assimilation because church style IF they visitlittle generational affinity Most mainline youth become unchurched Roof and McKinney

18 Another part of the issue is membership orientation Pay dues…sign line EXPECT care, access, privilege, control, service by staff…etc. Loses vision for a mission that can be characterized by Gods love in Christ for the world. It is Exclusive The post-modern world has little interest in membership organizations POWER SURGE, Michael Foss

19 The result is aging congregations While the younger cohort equals 65% of the population, they are only on average about 30% of existing congregations Growing Gaps in understanding

20 Age of Protestant Populations – Total Population Total Protestants Nondenom Charismatic Churches Nondenom Evangelical Churches Church of God in Christ Assemblies of God American Baptist Churches Southern Baptist Convention African Methodist Episcopal United Methodist Church Ev. Lutheran Church of America Disciples of Christ Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod Presbyterian Church in America Episcopal Church in the USA Presbyterian Church USA United Church of Christ Anglican Church

21 Birth Rates: Since the pill Anglo birth rates dropping / / Mainline Anglos have a very low birth-rate due to aging populations VERY Little Biological Growth!

22 There has been significant change in our racial-ethnic population Racial ethnic composition of most neighborhoods has changed since 1960 Many congregations have little or no affinity with their neighbors

23 Racial ethnic growth must be recognized Ethnic growth: In the next 50 years the US Pop. Will grow by 50%. 90% of that growth will be people of color In 2000, Hispanics became the largest racial ethnic minority The US has the 3 rd largest Spanish speaking population By 2050 there will be no majority racial group By 2100 Hispanics will be the largest group

24 Racial Ethnic Birth Rates: African Am Native Am Asian Pac. I Hispanic 22.6 (Anglo 11.7) Per 1000 Most future growth will be in Racial Ethnic congregations

25 There is also a shifting attitude towards organized religion 65% of the US population cannot remember a time when clergy were respected. Denominational loyalty means nothing to most people. The average person believes that no particular religion has claim to truth.

26 Shifting attitudes towards faith

27 Since 1991 adult population in the US grew by 15%. During that same period the unchurched population grew by 92%! 75 million US adults do not attend church 'Unchurched' Americans say church is 'full of hypocrites' consider Christianity to be more about organized religion than about loving God and people, …unchristian. Unchurched USA

28 New Generations – Outsiders to Christian Faith Age% OutsidersPopulation to Christianity 61+23%12 Million %21 Million %34 Million %24 Million

29 44 percent -- agreed that "Christians get on my nerves. Vast majority of young non-Christians view Christianity as anti-gay, judgmental hypocritical, unwelcoming, too political, out of touch. But 78 percent said they would be willing to listen to someone who wanted to tell them about his or her Christian beliefs. Almost three-quarters percent -- agreed that God "actually exists and an even larger percentage percent -- said they believed they could have a good relationship with God without church involvement.

30 21 st Century Culture and Church Change from Modern to Postmodern World Its a Whole New World – Anthony Robinson Reason Where moderns wanted their preachers to explain mystery, post-moderns want to experience mystery. Optimism & Objectivity Post-moderns are not so sure that salvation is around the corner or that objective science and technology are our saviors. What some call objective truth, is the interest of the powerful and privileged.

31 21 st Century Culture and Church Change from Modern to Postmodern World Post-Modern - Modern World is crumbling Universality & The Grand Story Post-moderns revel in the local, indigenous and the particular. Post-moderns tend to be skeptics about this big story. Small stories, particular stories, and different versions of reality appeal to the post- modern mind.

32 21 st Century Culture and Church Change from Modern to Postmodern World While modernity was liberating and powerful in many ways, it was also and especially for Christianity, reductive. highly moral, but not especially spiritual modern Christianity explained miracle and mystery (away) and proposed moral values and lessons as universal truth. What was missing was spiritual connection and experience, the experience of a sacred, numinous, transcendent Other.

33 Postmodern Culture and Church Christianity in North America has moved (or been moved) away from its position of dominance loss not only of numbers but of power and influence within society. Rather than occupying a central and influential place, North American Christian churches are increasingly marginalized, in our urban areas they represent a minority movement It is now a truism to speak of North America as a mission field. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, Edited by Darrell Guder, the Gospel and Our Culture Network

34 21 st Century Culture and Church Reaching 21 st Century Populations Make it spiritual and experiental. Make it personal, real and authentic Make it about mission and ministry not committees Make it possible in busy lives


36 What does it all mean to the Church? We are all at a threshold, a kairos moment: Where will we be in 2020?

37 It means CHANGE!

38 Congregational life has changed too: Mimeograph Yellow pages Volunteers Hospital visits Organ Stairs Committees Budgets

39 It means CHANGE! PHYLLIS TICKLES basis thesis is that every 500 years, the Church goes through a rummage sale, and cleans out the old forms of spirituality and replaces it with new ones. Play Video

40 Change = Opportunity

41 In these tough times…. There is a future for the church The stillspeaking God calls us to be Churches that the tomorrow requires Churches that tough times demand Missional in purpose Relational in outreach Conversationl in witness

42 Missio Dei – Mission of God The real problem is much more deeply rooted than programmatic and methodological solutions. It has to do with who we are and what we are for. The real issues of the church are spiritual and theological. In The Other Side of 1984: Questions for the Churches Bishop Leslie Newbigin analyzed the challenge presented by the changing context of Western society. What had once been a Christendom society was now clearly post-Christian and in many ways anti- Christian. The missiological consensus that Newbigin focused on may be summarized with the term missio Dei, mission of God.

43 Missional Church 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 church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves.

44 Vital Churches in 21 st Century Local Churches are Missional Communities, moving from membership based social organizations to discipleship forming missional communities. Our mission focus is transforming lives, by transforming both individuals and wider social culture.

45 Difference between church with mission and missional church Mission in 20 th Century became program of church Mission boards emerged Mission workers became professional Mission work become financial support Mission arena was someplace else Our challenge today is to move from church with mission to missional church.

46 Missional in Purpose Vital congregations clear sense of purpose Vital congregations are sent churches Vital congregations reach out beyond themselves Vital congregations reproduce and plant new congregations

47 Vital congregations discern Gods call and mission The greatest characteristic of a vital congregation is the ability to articulate and live Gods purpose. What is God calling this church to be and do at this time, in this place, with the gifts we have on this corner of Gods realm that we are placed?

48 Identity and Mission Reverend Otis Moss III from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago speaks on Church Vitality and Discipleship grow/video/otis-moss.html grow/video/otis-moss.html

49 Missional Purpose Cathedral of Hope UCC The Mission of the Cathedral of Hope is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion. We are a people of compassion We are a people of inclusion We are a people of liberation We are a people of hope We are a people of Jesus

50 Missional in Purpose What is Your Mission Statement? Mission Statement should be: 7 – 9 words or less Engaging Compelling Visionary True

51 Missional in Purpose Relational in Outreach Ministry in 21 st Century is Relational Build community with those outside the church Get to know the unchurched people and culture

52 Relational in Outreach Bridge the gap by building relationships The days of waiting for people to come to church to welcome them are over. Instead of waiting inside, we go outside

53 Relational in Outreach What do you think when you hear the word…. EVANGELISM ?

54 Celtic Evangelism In The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West... Again, George Hunter writes about the difference between what he describes as the evangelism approach in Roman and Celtic Christianity.

55 Celtic Evangelism Roman Model Celtic Model Presentation Fellowship Decision Ministry and Conversation Fellowship Belief, Invitation to Commitment

56 Belonging and Believing Christianity is more caught than taught! As Professor Robin Gill observes, belonging comes before believing. For this reason, evangelism is now about helping people to belong so that they can believe.

57 Missional Outreach Go to where the unchurched are: Coffee shops, Book stores Parks, Gyms 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.

58 Go Forth…. Into the Virtual World. In Asia, Europe and North Americaan entire generation has experienced the Internet as a means for maintaining relationships with family and friends. The Internet is a lifeline for users whose mobility is limited by disability, chronic illness or advanced age. The Internet is where we can find and engage seekers.

59 The Socialization of the Web You Now Control the Message! The socialization of the web… now forcing a renaissance that is transforming information distribution, human interaction and everything….. Brian Solis, Unveiling New Influencers 6/29/2009

60 Modern day example

61 Costs are nominal or FREE!

62 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

63 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 Christians, it will help us become better Christians, who know and love the still speaking God more than ever.

64 Conversational in Witness Spiritual Seekers want to talk. Holy Conversations – Richard Peace We are the ones not talking. Reverence for God – silence and service. Tell it Like it is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony - Lillian Daniel An unchurched world doesnt know why we do what we do.

65 Conversational in Witness Buzz Marketing Evangelism One beggar telling another where there is food Come and See!

66 Witness and Invitation UCC-Style Tricking the church into Evangelism – Taking it back! What do you say when someone asks you about your comma? For us it means Gods not stuck. God still has more light and truth for us today. My church believes that God is still speaking to us today. It means that no matter how bad things are in my life or in the world, God is in the midst of it.

67 Are you still speaking?

68 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?

69 God is still speaking, Through you and me!

70 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.

71 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.

72 Where will we be in 2020….? The still speaking God calls us to become Churches that the Future Requires Missional in purpose Relational in outreach Conversational in witness

73 And in Conclusion…… Seven Missional Lessons God is calling the Church to be a missional community in an unchurched world. Missional congregation is to be a sign and instrument of Gods realm in its community. Missional congregation listens for and seeks out the still speaking God in culture and its community. Missional congregation finds transformation and vitality in its location.

74 Missional congregation is driven to discern, articulate and live Gods calling and purpose for church and community. Missional congregation is relational and conversational in outreach. Missional congregation engages cultures tools, especially the web to reach out to world of seekers. And in Conclusion…… Seven Missional Lessons

75 Resources for Missional Congregations Vitality Resources on Its a Whole New World Anthony Robertson Vitality Interviews Vitality Powerpoint - Retreat Resources Web ministry resources resources-for-internet-ministry.html MissionInsite demographics

76 Two questions Where are the signs of vitality in your congregation? What one thing stood out for you from this presentation and what might it mean in your congregation?

77 In these tough times…. There is a future for the church The stillspeaking God calls us to be Churches that the tomorrow requires Churches that tough times demand Missional in purpose Relational in outreach Conversationl in witness

78 Thank You! Thank you for your Vital Leadership Thank you for Your Support of Changing Lives: Thats Our Churches Wider Mission


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