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1 Fishing nets or safety nets


3 Need to start outside the
church culture

4 What are the differences
in life between 1950 and 2010?

5 Going out Coming In. Christendom Spirituality Authority Authenticity Conforming Choosing Community Self reference Sunday Time Chaos Organisations Networks

6 Changing culture ‘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 British people as a whole.’ Callum Browne Death of Christian Britain

7 “ create a linguistic community which speaks to itself but gives up
responsibility to put the gospel in a language which is understood by the whole of society.”

8 Five implications for the church in Australia

9 A decline in religious affiliation
Christian % % No religion % % NCLS

10 A decline in Church Attendance
% attend at least monthly % % NCLS

11 “ 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.”

12 “ this research helps us to understand
that the further people are from church, (in terms of churchgoing) the less likely they are to attend in the future. Mission opportunities are very different when to step over the church threshold is an unknown experience…..”

13 40+, female, with a University degree, in first marriage,
The absence of the younger generation The average age of a churchgoer is 53 Typical churchgoer is 40+, female, with a University degree, in first marriage, employed or retired. NCLS

14 The rising influence of spirituality
“ The world today is as furiously religious as it ever was and in some places more so than ever.” Rise in Wiccas from in Australia was 373%.

15 Are People Searching and why?
73% of people are searching 70% of people are searching because of either the credit crunch, concern about personal finances or job insecurity

16 Changes in the church culture
Increased openness to new initiatives NCLS

17 “ 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


19 7 principles for remodelling church

20 Public worship probably isn’t the best starting point
1 Public worship probably isn’t the best starting point

21 Loving Service Forming Community Evolving Worship Evangelism and
Prayer and Support Loving Service Forming Community Evangelism and Disciple- Making Evolving Worship Listening and Following God’s call Connection

22 “ The foundation of being Christian is being community centred around
Jesus. Public worship is the consequence of this reality, not its creator.” George Lings

23 There is no return address
2 There is no return address

24 Half the picture Ends of the Earth Samaria Judea Jerusalem

25 The eccentric effects…
The ends of the earth Samaria 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

26 “ cultural diversity was built into
church for ever when so early in the church’s life the decision was taken to abandon the Jewish proselytite model.” Andrew Walls

27 3 Mission not models shape the church

28 assume that we can automatically
‘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

29 “ it is not the church of God
which has a mission but the God of mission who has a church.” Tim Dearborn

30 4 This might change US

31 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

‘…do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, beautiful as that place may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have been before.’ Vincent Donovan TOGETHER TO GOD’S FUTURE

33 “Safe, who said anything about being safe. Course he isn’t
safe. But he is good. He’s the King I tell you.”

34 Welcome the three eccentrics
5 Welcome the three eccentrics

35 The 3 eccentrics Who are the Philips? A Dangerous Deacon?
Allow space for the unknowns Discover Cornelius who evangelizes who Pray for Pauls Eccentrics will do it differently

36 The challenge of discipleship
6 The challenge of discipleship

37 Relational in its emphasis Transformational in its outcomes
Simple in its nature Relational in its emphasis Transformational in its outcomes

38 The Pattern of Jesus Life
7 The Pattern of Jesus Life

39 Incarnation Cross Resurrection

40 Which of these principles do you find most helpful? Why?
you find least helpful? Why? Any questions/comments.



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