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Our Common Contexts
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Our Common Contexts

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Your keys to better understand the macro setting of your ministry

Your keys to better understand the macro setting of your ministry

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  • 1. Our Common Contexts Your Keys to Better Understand the Macro Setting of Your Ministry John S. Oliver
  • 2. Some Observations <ul><li>Each of these observations can be </li></ul><ul><ul><li>investigated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>researched </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>challenged </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good starting point for an innovative ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the web and thus within the reach of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>all sorts of people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>worldwide </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 3. Technological <ul><li>Society is changing rapidly. </li></ul><ul><li>Advancing technology leads to new products and services. </li></ul><ul><li>New product and services impact all areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>entertainment </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Stress Related <ul><li>People feel stressed. </li></ul><ul><li>They feel there are too many demands on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>affections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Excessive stress can bring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>confusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>overwhelm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>burnout </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Emotional <ul><li>Factors of the emotional pressure cooker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rapid changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multiple pressures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uncertain future </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Amidst the swirling chaos people long for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>acceptance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>unconditional love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>respect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>belonging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>purpose </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Moral <ul><li>Our society is in moral decline. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is no longer the moral compass. </li></ul><ul><li>Popular media and public schools endorse what the Bible calls sin. </li></ul><ul><li>Carnal pleasures dominate short term choices. </li></ul><ul><li>Long term consequences are rarely considered.   </li></ul>
  • 7. Martial <ul><li>Divorce rate is about 50 percent. </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce always hurts the children. </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage is under attack in the courts. </li></ul><ul><li>Many are attempting to redefine family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>insurance </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Human Energy <ul><li>Many people do not have plenty of time, money or energy to do what is important to them. </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s parents, teachers and pastors are already stretched to the maximum. </li></ul>
  • 9. Youth <ul><li>Children are pressured to grow up fast. </li></ul><ul><li>Children spend on average less than 15 minutes per week one-on-one with their parent. </li></ul><ul><li>Teens face temptations that their parents and grandparents never knew. </li></ul><ul><li>Teens are seeking spiritual answers but typically not in traditional churches. </li></ul><ul><li>Today there are all kinds of alternative lifestyles and unorthodox religions that are accepted. </li></ul>
  • 10. Demographic <ul><li>In our cities there people from all over the globe. </li></ul><ul><li>The birth rate of these minorities is higher than Anglos. </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary schools are full of children that speak all kinds of languages at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Our common culture is undergoing a multi-cultural transition. </li></ul>
  • 11. Societal <ul><li>Improvements in communication and transportation makes this become more of a global village every year. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike previous generations we need to understand and relate well in a pluralistic and global society. </li></ul><ul><li>This trend will continue and America’s dominance in all areas is not guaranteed. </li></ul>
  • 12. Shape the Future <ul><li>The city of twenty years from now will be very different from what we see today. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we get ready? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we take constructive steps of action? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we pass along to the next generation a healthy faith in Jesus Christ that is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>genuine </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>living </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reproducing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 13. Business as Usual? <ul><li>Business as usual is no longer acceptable for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>corporations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>government agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>secular nonprofits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>missions agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why should business as usual be acceptable for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>local churches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ministry leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>parents </li></ul></ul>
  • 14. Now is the Season <ul><li>May the Body of Christ gather to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>pray </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gather </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>talk &amp; listen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>try new methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keep the biblical message </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Your Next Step <ul><li>Get more </li></ul><ul><ul><li>general guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practical applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>valuable links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brown Bag Hub </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.BrownBagHub.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Online Ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.LearningOnlineMinistry.org </li></ul></ul>

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