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  • 1. the anglican moment: preparing leaders for tomorrow’s church today
  • 2. Consider that we live in at least three worlds. Emerging world Now Modern world Pre-modern world Non-modern world
  • 3. Consider that we live in at least three worlds. Emerging world Now Modern world Pre-modern world Non-modern world The Table The Book The Screen The Sword The Gun The Bomb
  • 4. ? New Paradigm/ it ion s T ran Model L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
  • 5. New Paradigm/ it ion Model s T ran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
  • 6. New Paradigm/ it ion Model s T ran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
  • 7. As Anglicans, you have unique disadvantages and advantages in this moment
  • 8. Advantages 1. A Via Media Mindset: Many Anglicans never fully surrendered to modern rationalism: openness to mysticism, experience 2. A Celtic Mindset: Vestiges of non-Roman Christianity 3. A Diverse Mindset: Space to differ 4. A Liturgical Mindset: Space to experience God, bonding to meaning, beauty of worship, participatory
  • 9. Disadvantages 1. An Upper-Class Mindset: Elitist, “civilized,” uniform, one-size fits all, propriety 2. An Institutional Mindset: Centralized, controlled, change-resistant, risk averse, bureaucratic - averse to charismatic leadership 3. A Christendom Mindset: Parish/geography, people ought to come to us 4. A Bi-polar Mindset: Cold-war: Liberal-conservative
  • 10. Advantages Disadvantages 1. A Via Media 1. An Upper-Class Mindset: Mindset: 2. A Celtic 2. An Institutional Mindset: Mindset: 3. A Christendom 3. A Diverse Mindset: Mindset: 4. A Bi-polar 4. A Liturgical Mindset: Mindset:
  • 11. Needed: 1. A “bring them in” spirit (not merely welcoming within a caste): Diversity, innovation Welcoming all seekers … Inviting friends, relatives, associates, neighbors … What would it take for you to be excited about inviting your friends to church? What embarrasses or concerns you?
  • 12. Needed: 2. A “let’s experiment” spirit (not institutional): Entrepreneurial, self-organizing, evolutionary, experimental -- Adding experiments (for 4-8 weeks) -- Adding new services -- Planting new congregations (inside existing?) -- Adding new models or examples (Fresh Expressions, Anglimergent) Who says “no” to new ideas? Who can say “yes?” Who can bring new ideas?
  • 13. Needed: 3. A “we’re beginning again” spirit (renewing, not conserving, a history): Demography, adaptive, agile Rummage sale … “total makeover” … “clean house” Physical architecture - social architecture - spiritual architecture Would you rather be motivated by desperate necessity … or surging creativity? What would your church look like if it could seize the possibility of a total makeover?
  • 14. Needed: 4. A “transcend and include” spirit: (above liberal or conservative) Where is the via media? A C B
  • 15. Needed: 4. An “transcend and include” spirit: (above liberal or conservative) Where is the via media? X A C B
  • 16. Needed: 4. An “transcend and include” spirit: (above liberal or conservative) Where is the via media? X A C B
  • 17. Needed: 4. An “transcend and include” spirit: (above liberal or conservative) Which future do you prefer? X A C B
  • 18. Do not merely try to bring others to where you are, as wonderful as that is. But do not leave them where they are either. Instead, go with them to a place neither of you have never been. Fr. Vincent Donovan (adapted)
  • 19. Needed: 1. A “bring them in” spirit (not merely welcoming within a caste): Diversity, innovation 2. A “let’s experiment” spirit (not institutional): Entrepreneurial, self-organizing, evolutionary, experimental 3. A “we’re beginning again” spirit (renewing, not conserving, a history): Demography, adaptive, agile 4. A “transcend and include” spirit: (above liberal or conservative) … PLUS …
  • 20. Needed: 5. The Holy Spirit!
  • 21. Needed: 5. The Holy Spirit! People aren’t seeking religion - they’re seeking spirituality. You can’t give what you don’t have. (you have to smoke what you’re selling) People need to experience - God, worship, transformation, calling, belonging, participation in God’s creative and healing mission in our world … Are you eager to become a “sample” of what God wants to do in the lives of others?
  • 22. Needed: 1. A bring-them in spirit: 2. A let’s experiment spirit: 3. A we’re beginning again spirit: 4. A transcend and include spirit: 5. The Holy Spirit … OK … but how?
  • 23. Needed: A radically new/old understanding of the gospel …
  • 24. Our contemporary understanding of Christianity is … MEMBERSHIP IN A TROUBLED, CONFLICTED, CHANGE-AVERSE, AND EXPENSIVE INSTITUTION with a large taboo against holding certain political and social convictions. with a bias toward being good citizens with a concern for religious education with a seldom-spoken of dream of joining God in the healing of the world.
  • 25. Or … INFORMATION ON HOW TO GO TO HEAVEN AFTER YOU DIE with a large footnote about increasing your personal happiness and success through God. with a small footnote about character development with a smaller footnote about spiritual experience with a smaller footnote about social/global transformation.
  • 26. heaven self church Self-enhancement world in this life and the next
  • 27. heaven world church self
  • 28. God’s love, joy, peace, justice world church self
  • 29. Conventional churches of personal spirituality or institutional tradition. Two Denominations: Intentional Churches dedicated to saving creation from human sin, beginning with us. *Including people!
  • 30. We may have rightly lost confidence in the privatized/institutionalized gospel … Two Denominations: We need to (re)gain confidence in Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom of God.
  • 31. After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news! Mark 1:15
  • 32. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • 33. It does NOT teach us to pray … May we come to your kingdom when we die. May we all go to heaven where, unlike earth, your will is done.
  • 34. Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom calls us to make (or form) disciples who become agents of change in our world … It is not simply a call to preserve institutions, create “Christians” or “Episcopalians” or whatever.
  • 35. What would you be willing to give, risk, sacrifice, and try in order to build a community dedicated to this vision of forming disciples as agents of the kingdom (or dream, or dance, or regenerative economy …) of God?
  • 36. All around us are people who would be better off as true disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • 37. And our world would be better off if it was filled with more people who are learning to live and love in the way of Jesus Christ.
  • 38. Most people don’t want to be far from God … without peace and without hope in the world … disconnected from others … … part of the problem and not part of the solution.
  • 39. But they don’t want to be Religious fanatics either … Or the religiously lukewarm … … sowing judgment and fear … … afraid to think … … dividing the world into “us” versus “them.”
  • 40. But how will they find faith … If nobody understands? If nobody listens? If everybody is too busy with “church business” (or fights)? … If everybody complains about the problem but doesn’t become part of the solution?
  • 41. Who will create safe spaces for people to explore God’s call to become vibrant disciples of Jesus Christ?
  • 42. Will our churches be those spaces? Will our homes be those spaces? Will restaurants and gardens and offices and hallways be those spaces? What would happen if we risked everything to get this one thing right?
  • 43. You may be surprised to learn …
  • 44. You may be surprised to learn …
  • 45. You may be surprised to learn … That the Episcopal Church is committed to this goal of discipleship. Its goal is not merely to make Christians, believers, or Episcopalians, but to form disciples and apostles of the kingdom of God.
  • 46. The Apostle's Creed
  • 47. The Apostle's Creed
  • 48. The Apostle's Creed Do you believe in God the Father?
  • 49. The Apostle's Creed Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty,
  • 50. The Apostle's Creed Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  • 51. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
  • 52. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
  • 53. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
  • 54. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
  • 55. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
  • 56. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
  • 57. He descended to the dead.
  • 58. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
  • 59. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven,
  • 60. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • 61. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
  • 62. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
  • 63. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit,
  • 64. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
  • 65. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
  • 66. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
  • 67. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
  • 68. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
  • 69. The Questions & Responses
  • 70. The Questions & Responses Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
  • 71. The Questions & Responses Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will, with God's help.
  • 72. Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
  • 73. Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? I will, with God's help.
  • 74. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
  • 75. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
  • 76. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? I will, with God's help.
  • 77. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
  • 78. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
  • 79. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God's help.
  • 80. A special call to Episcopal Seminaries:
  • 81. A special call to Episcopal Seminaries: Preparing people to manage dwindling churches?
  • 82. A special call to Episcopal Seminaries: Preparing people to manage dwindling churches? Or to engage in a growing mission?
  • 83. Spirituality
  • 84. Spirituality Community
  • 85. Spirituality Community Mission
  • 86. Seminar Disciple-making Community building Community Organizing Monastery Mission Agency
  • 87. This isn’t about a program. It’s not just something to add to your budget. What if it were as simple as the passion and the commitment to set an example.
  • 88. What if this all came down to … your example
  • 89. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
  • 90. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Slow-moving … isolated … Ancient-looking withdrawn in its shell … won’t stick its neck out
  • 91. There are many reasons to compare the changes in our world to a tsunami …
  • 92. There are many reasons to compare the emerging global culture to an orphaned hippo … Orphaned by religion … science … government … the economy … technology … consumerism… “progress”…
  • 93. -formation? What could happen in our world if we turned back outward toward our neighbors - with good news, hope, gentleness, and respect?
  • 94. a poem by sam shoemaker
  • 95. I stand by the door. I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out, The door is the most important door in the world - It is the door through which people walk when they find God.
  • 96. They creep along as if blind, With outstretched, groping hands. Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door, Yet they never find it… So I stand by the door.
  • 97. The most tremendous thing in the world Is for men and women, boys and girls, to find that door - the door to God. The most important thing any of us can do Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands, And put it on the latch -
  • 98. The latch that only clicks And opens to the person’s own touch. People die outside that door As starving beggars die, On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter - Die for want of what is within their grasp.
  • 99. They live, on the other side of it - live because they have not found it. Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it, And open it, and walk in, and find God… So I stand by the door.
  • 100. There’s no use my going way inside, and staying there, When so many are still outside and they, as much as I, Crave to know where the door is. And all that so many ever find Is only the wall where a door ought to be.
  • 101. Go in, great saints, go all the way in - Go way down into the cavernous cellars, And way up into the spacious attics - It is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
  • 102. Go into the deepest of hidden casements, Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood. Some must inhabit those inner rooms, And know the depths and heights of God. And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
  • 103. Sometimes I take a deeper look in, Sometimes venture in a little farther; But my place seems closer to the opening… So I stand by the door.
  • 104. There is another reason why I stand there. Some people get part way in and become afraid Lest God and the zeal of His house devour them. For God is so very great, and asks all of us. And these people feel a cosmic claustrophobia
  • 105. And want to get out. “Let me out!” they cry. And the people way inside terrify them more. Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled For the old life, they have seen too much: Once taste God, and nothing but God will do any more.
  • 106. Somebody must be watching for the frightened Who seek to sneak out just where they came in, To tell them how much better it is inside. The people too far in do not see how near these are To leaving - preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
  • 107. Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door, but would like to run away. So for them, too, I stand by the door. I admire the people who go way in. But I wish they would not forget how it was Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
  • 108. The people who have not yet even found the door, Or the people who want to run away again from God. You can go in too deeply, and stay in too long, And forget the people outside the door.
  • 109. As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place, Near enough to God to hear God, and know God is there, But not so far from people as not to hear them, And remember they are there, too. Where? Outside the door -- Thousands of them, millions of them.
  • 110. But - more important for me - One of them, two of them, ten of them, Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch. So I shall stand by the door and wait For those who seek it. “I had rather be a door- keeper…”
  • 111. So I stand by the door. (Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 - 1963)
  • 112. So I stand by the door. (Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 - 1963)
  • 113. A wild idea … You can do this. In your home. Without permission. See what happens. Maybe enlist a few co-conspirators. But keep it a secret as long as possible.