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Being and Becoming   the 21st Century ChurchBrentwood Presbyterian | Bruce Reyes-Chow           slideshare.net/breyeschow
Symbol of Unknown    Originhttp://bit.ly/NjFLEi      #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
Why Bother?        Genesis 17-18 . . .        Will a son be born to a man 100 years        old and a woman the age of 90?"...
Who are you?morning people or night owlsages: under 90, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20best decade: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 0...
about.bruce              #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
21C Culture ShiftsAuthority and “t”ruth:  from a single source of authority to  an open source of discernment.  eg . . . h...
21C Culture ShiftsMobility and Commitment  from a life-long commitment to  “place” to an expectation of  transience and ch...
21C Culture ShiftsSpirituality and Public Engagement  from a silent understanding of  separating church and state to an  i...
21C Culture ShiftsStructure and Adaptability:  from a mindset of methodology and  “steps” to a of spirit of approach and  ...
Example // Structures Terms of service: x years, but w/permission to leave; How F2F time is used: life-giving work, spirit...
21C Culture ShiftsTechnology and Community:  from geographic clustering and  isolation to broad global community.  eg . . ...
Example // Technology  Evangelism/Yelp: Be where people find for other  important living resources.  Pastoral Care/Facebook...
21C Culture ShiftsInfluence and Social Capital:  from a monolithic presence and  mindset to a niche reality and  opportunit...
Example // Niche ChurchWe must shift from a grandand monolithic self-understanding to one thatembraces a niche culturethen...
21C Culture Shifts Authority and Truth | From single-source, top-down authority to equalized and flattened discernment. Mob...
Questions and Comments Questions, Comments, Reflections Connect with Bruce   twitter.com/breyeschow   facebook.com/breyesch...
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These are the slides I used for an hour-long Christian Education program at Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, CA. We talked about culture shifts in general and technology, structure and evangelism in particular.

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    1. 1. Being and Becoming the 21st Century ChurchBrentwood Presbyterian | Bruce Reyes-Chow slideshare.net/breyeschow
    2. 2. Symbol of Unknown Originhttp://bit.ly/NjFLEi #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    3. 3. Why Bother? Genesis 17-18 . . . Will a son be born to a man 100 years old and a woman the age of 90?" Abraham gave the best of what he had . . . Sarah laughed . . . God is NOT done with us and is continually asking us to birth new, irrational and unexpected things. What are we being asked to birth, to give and to know? #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    4. 4. Who are you?morning people or night owlsages: under 90, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20best decade: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’schildhood faith tradition: presbyterian, methodist, baptist,COGIC, catholic, non-denominational, none, other . . .main role: teaching elder, ruling elder, deacon, youth worker,choir, mission, administration, education, worship, buildingdistance to BPC: 10 min, 30 min, hour, 2+ hourschurch longevity?: till the end, >10 years, >5 yearstechnology: email, texting, facebook, twitter, blogging, googledocs, skype, dropbox, pinterest, instagram, spotify,foursquare, doodle, yelp #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    5. 5. about.bruce #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    6. 6. 21C Culture ShiftsAuthority and “t”ruth: from a single source of authority to an open source of discernment. eg . . . how we explore and discern Scripture, politics, culture, worship, decision making, etc. changes. SO WHAT? The church can flatten authority structures and open up decision making processes that takes seriously our belief that we best discern the Mind of Christ and the Will of God . . . together. Photo by carbonnyc #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    7. 7. 21C Culture ShiftsMobility and Commitment from a life-long commitment to “place” to an expectation of transience and change. eg . . . we change how we perceive a person’s commitment in terms of longevity. SO WHAT? The church can adapt to the rhythms of life, the changing value of longevity, how time is committed and how tasks accomplished. Photo by carbonnyc #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    8. 8. 21C Culture ShiftsSpirituality and Public Engagement from a silent understanding of separating church and state to an increased move to a public expression of faith and politics. eg . . . we acknowledge political realities while encouraging personal discernment. SO WHAT? The church can equip people to live their faith across all aspects of their lives: public and private. Photo by wy_jackrabbit #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    9. 9. 21C Culture ShiftsStructure and Adaptability: from a mindset of methodology and “steps” to a of spirit of approach and adaptability. eg . . . Changes how we structure our communal lives: congregation and councils. SO WHAT? The church can embrace structures that are flexible, responsive and life-giving. Photo by 31878512@N06 #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    10. 10. Example // Structures Terms of service: x years, but w/permission to leave; How F2F time is used: life-giving work, spiritual study and big-picture thinking; How responsibilities are given: projects, areas, and latitude to shift foci; How meetings are held: purposeful and creative setting; How “business” is done by using social media platforms and other time-saving technologies; Assumptions of the group: trusting, honest and permission giving; #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    11. 11. 21C Culture ShiftsTechnology and Community: from geographic clustering and isolation to broad global community. eg . . . our understanding and experience of community, privacy and social interaction is broadened. SO WHAT? The church can embrace and integrate technology so communities and individuals may best engage with the breadth of human experience and expression. Photo by splityarn #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    12. 12. Example // Technology Evangelism/Yelp: Be where people find for other important living resources. Pastoral Care/Facebook: Use lists to keep up with the daily lives of members. Worship/Pinterest: Collect ideas for worship, chancel arts and other ideas. Admin/Doodle: Group choices that are clear, trackable and communal. Communication/Group.me: Group texting and conference calling. Community/Instagram: Connecting for visual people. #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    13. 13. 21C Culture ShiftsInfluence and Social Capital: from a monolithic presence and mindset to a niche reality and opportunity for growth. eg . . . denominational evangelism strategies will change. SO WHAT? The church can manifest itself across “niche” faith communities - a multitude of expressions and experiences: theology, styles, settings, etc. Photo by glamhag #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    14. 14. Example // Niche ChurchWe must shift from a grandand monolithic self-understanding to one thatembraces a niche culturethen... ...develop, discover andembrace multiplemanifestations of what itmeans to be the church. #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    15. 15. 21C Culture Shifts Authority and Truth | From single-source, top-down authority to equalized and flattened discernment. Mobility and Commitment | From exclusion determined by longevity, to inclusion based on gifts. Structure and Adaptability | From rigid method-based organizations to flexible and adaptive structures. Spirituality and Public Engagement | From an assumed personal faith to a public expression of beliefs. Technology and Community | From being geographically bound to being relationally expansive. Influence and Social Capital | From the monolithic assumptions to niche expressions. #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
    16. 16. Questions and Comments Questions, Comments, Reflections Connect with Bruce twitter.com/breyeschow facebook.com/breyeschowpage patheos.com/blogs/breyeschow/ slideshare.com/breyeschow THE DEFINITIVE-ISH GUIDE FOR USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CHURCH Shook Foil Books, 2012 #PCUSA | @BREYESCHOW
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