Sometimes things change and they are never the same again. This looks like one of those times. Life moves on. And so should we…….
The first task of the leader is to define reality. Max De Pree Max De Pree
The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it will change. The leader adjusts the sails.
1.Missional leadership is the key 2.Most models repackage old paradigms 3.Discontinuous change is the norm 4.Congregations still matter 5.Leaders need new capacities & frameworks 6.A church is a unique organisation Alan Roxburgh. The Missional Leader
this majority (66%) presents a major this majority (66%) presents a major challenge to churches. Most of them are unreceptive and closed to attending church; churchgoing is simply not on their agenda. simply not on their agenda. Churchgoing in the UK Report 2007
What is taking place is not merely the continued decline of organised Christianity but the death of the culture which formerly conferred Christian identity upon the people as a whole. Callum Browne Death of Christian Britain
Four enduring features? Dissatisfied –Not grumbler but wanting change for the better Visionary –Looks beyond what is to what could be Hopeful –Change is possible and this inspires others Risk takers –Acts on convictions and out of comfort zones Stuart Murray: Ch 7 Planting Churches: who?
Listening, praying & loving in the Kingdom Building community Exploring Jesus together Becoming Christ like together centred on Him Underpinned by prayer, on going listening and relationship to the wider church Building team
Able to pray, listen and discern if Christian mission is about, seeing what God is doing and joining in…. then discernment & the cultivating of an environment which enables discernment are the leadership capacities most needed at this time. Graham Cray, The Discerning Leader Grove Book 2010
1.Membership 2.Influence 3.Integration and fulfilment of needs 4.Shared emotional connection Sense of community is a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group and a shared faith that members needs will be met through their commitment to be together. D.McMillan and D.Chavis. A sense of community
Evangelist do the work of an evangelist. envision encourage equip example
Ecclesial former How do we communally express what is happening to us as we meet Jesus? re infect the world with worship
Reorientating- looking out Reconnecting- walls down Recreating-sending out
Questions for discussion? What does re-orientation mean for you? Reconnection? Recreating? Any questions
What are the key characteristics of missional leaders?
People who know when to stay or go The final missionary step as regards the people, and The final missionary step as regards the people, and the most important lesson we will ever teach them the most important lesson we will ever teach them -is to leave them.
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