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Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
Seeking goodness:renew2012
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Seeking goodness:renew2012

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Church leaders and churches have abandoned their roles as community leaders. There is a way to get it back.

Church leaders and churches have abandoned their roles as community leaders. There is a way to get it back.

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    • 1. Seeking Goodness:Shaping Congregations For TheCommon Good Sean Palmer twitter: @seanpalmer www.thepalmerperspective.com
    • 2. “We’ve Gotta Do Something About This.”
    • 3. “I’m Fine Without You.”
    • 4. PRIMARILY A PREACHERSEEKING GOODNESS: CONGREGATIONS FOR THE COMMON GOOD
    • 5. PRIMARILY A PREACHERSEEKING GOODNESS: CONGREGATIONS FOR THE COMMON GOOD
    • 6. IN SEPTEMBER 1954, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ARRIVED IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, TO ASSUME THE PASTORATE OF DEXTER AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH. HE BROUGHT WITH HIM ASMALL CACHE OF SERMONS WHICH HE HAD ALREADY PREACHED IN HIS FATHERS CHURCH IN ATLANTA AND IN THE PULPITS OFBLACK CONGREGATIONS IN THE GREATER BOSTON AREA WHILE A GRADUATE STUDENT AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY.
    • 7. IN MONTGOMERY, HE POLISHED THESE SERMONS AND, BYSEVERAL ACCOUNTS, WORKED VERY HARD AT PRODUCING ANDMEMORIZING NEW MANUSCRIPTS, WHICH HE PREACHED TO AN APPRECIATIVE IF NOT ENTHUSIASTIC CHURCH THAT WASUSUALLY ABOUT ONE-HALF TO TWO-THIRDS FILLED. THE WORD AROUND MONTGOMERY ON THE YOUNG REVEREND KING WAS THAT HE WAS A "GOOD BUT NOT GREAT" PREACHER
    • 8. WITHIN A YEAR, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WAS THE RECOGNIZED LEADER OF ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE LOCAL BLACK PROTESTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND WITHIN ANOTHER YEAR AN INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY AND THE SUBJECT OF A COVER STORY IN TIME MAGAZINE.EVERYTHING IN HIS LIFE HAD CHANGED DRAMATICALLY SAVE ONE THING: HE CONTINUED TO PREACH IN LOCAL CHURCHES. THE SERMONS THAT ORIGINATED IN HIS OWN PULPIT HE REPEATED HUNDREDS OF TIMES IN CHURCHES ALL OVER THE LAND.
    • 9. MUCH OF THE MATERIAL IN HIS SERMONS HE TRANSPOSED TO ADDRESSESAND MASS-MEETING SPEECHES, WHICH HE CONSIDERED AN EXTENSION OF HIS PULPIT MINISTRY. KING WAS A PARISH PASTOR WHO, LIKE ALL PREACHERS, WORRIED ABOUT WHERE HIS NEXT SERMON WAS COMING FROM AS HE SOUGHT TO EVANGELIZE THE MEMBERS OF HIS OWN CONGREGATION; AND HE WAS A PREACHER TO THE NATION, WHOSE ONE UNCEASING, PERIPATETIC SERMON REAWAKENED A PEOPLE TO ITS OWN IDENTITY AND ULTIMATELY TRANSFORMED THE CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE SOCIO-POLITICAL STRUCTURES OF AMERICA.
    • 10. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WAS A PRODUCT OF THE BLACK CHURCH ANDMAINTAINED A PASTORATE THROUGHOUT HIS ADULT LIFE. HE INCREASINGLY CAME TO EXPLAIN HIS PUBLIC POSITIONS AND ACTIONS AS THOSE OF A "BAPTIST PREACHER IN THE BLACK CHURCH." -- RICHARD LISCHER, DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL
    • 11. A PREACHERSEEKING GOODNESS: CONGREGATIONS FOR THE COMMON GOOD
    • 12. Preacher-To-Preacher
    • 13. Preacher-To-Preacher“...I am in Birmingham becauseinjustice is here. Just as the prophets ofthe eighth century B.C. left theirvillages and carried their "thus saith theLord" far beyond the boundaries oftheir home towns, and just as theApostle Paul left his village of Tarsusand carried the gospel of Jesus Christ tothe far corners of the Greco Romanworld, so am I compelled to carry thegospel of freedom beyond my ownhome town. Like Paul, I mustconstantly respond to the Macedoniancall for aid.” - Letter From A Birmingham Jail, MLK, Jr.
    • 14. CHURCHES & CHURCH LEADERS NO LONGER SEE THEMSELVES & THEIR CHURCHES AS CIVIC LEADERSSEEKING GOODNESS: SHAPING CONGREGATIONS FOR THE COMMON GOOD
    • 15. Merging the Horizons Church & Community Together
    • 16. Traditional Reaction #1 Criticize
    • 17. Traditional Reaction #2 Copy
    • 18. Traditional Reaction #3 Control
    • 19. Traditional Reaction #4 Consume
    • 20. Traditional Reaction #5 Create & Care
    • 21. Caring As Exiles
    • 22. Caring As ExilesChristianity is the only religion that exist for thesake of its non-adherents. - Dallas Willard
    • 23. A Word to Exiles This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: "Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
    • 24. A Word to Exiles Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
    • 25. A Word to Exiles Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. - Jeremiah 29. 4-7
    • 26. Caring As Exiles
    • 27. Psalm 122I rejoiced with those who Jerusalem is built like asaid to me, city"Let us go to the house of that is closely compactedthe Lord." together.Our feet are standing That is where the tribesin your gates, Jerusalem. go up— the tribes of the Lord— to praise the name of the Lord
    • 28. Psalm 122There stand the thrones May there be peace withinfor judgment, your wallsthe thrones of the house and security within yourof David. citadels."Pray for the peace of For the sake of my familyJerusalem: and friends,"May those who love you I will say, "Peace be withinbe secure. you."
    • 29. “...IF THE CITY PROSPERS, YOU PROSPER.”SEEKING THE GOODNESS OF THE CITY
    • 30. A Framework For Civic Engagement
    • 31. The Question You Want Answered:
    • 32. The Question You Want Answered: If you were to go to church somewhere, which church would it be?
    • 33. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?
    • 34. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unabashedly SeekIntellectuals &Creatives “He was a preacher who could hoop Kierkegaard.” - Rev. Joseph Lowery on Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • 35. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?
    • 36. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unleash & Untether Creating “Society Rooms” to care about what congregants care about.
    • 37. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?
    • 38. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unlimited Partnerships
    • 39. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unlimited Partnerships • Peninsula Clergy Network
    • 40. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unlimited Partnerships • Peninsula Clergy Network ✦ Suicide Prevention
    • 41. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unlimited Partnerships • Peninsula Clergy Network ✦ Suicide Prevention ✦ Healthy Eating
    • 42. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unlimited Partnerships • Peninsula Clergy Network ✦ Suicide Prevention ✦ Healthy Eating ✦ Disaster Preparedness
    • 43. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unlimited Partnerships • Peninsula Clergy Network ✦ Suicide Prevention ✦ Healthy Eating ✦ Disaster Preparedness ✦ Education
    • 44. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?
    • 45. Congregations For TheCommon Good - How?Unlimited Partnerships • Street Church, RWC ✦ Weekly Street Feeding ✦ Clothing & Blankets ✦ Job Skills & Search ✦ Connection & Leverage w/ Gov’t
    • 46. Unabashedly Seek Intellectuals & Creatives Unleash & Untether Congregants Unlimited Partnerships
    • 47. "Christians are indistinguishable from other men either bynationality, language or customs. They do not inhabitseparate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect,or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching isnot based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men.Unlike some other people, they champion no purelyhuman doctrine. With regard to dress, food and mannerof life in general, they follow the customs of whatever citythey happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign. 
    • 48. And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives.They live in their own countries as though they were onlypassing through. They play their full role as citizens, butlabor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country canbe their homeland, but for them their homeland,wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, theymarry and have children, but they do not expose them.They share their meals, but not their wives.  
    • 49. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens ofheaven. -- Letter to Diognetus
    • 50. SEEKING GOODNESS WWW.THEPALMERPERSPECTIVE.COM

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