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  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show. \n\n(Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)\n\nLet’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms. \n\nOn the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap. \n\nModernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational. \n\nThe only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.\n
  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show. \n\n(Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)\n\nLet’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms. \n\nOn the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap. \n\nModernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational. \n\nThe only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.\n
  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show. \n\n(Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)\n\nLet’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms. \n\nOn the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap. \n\nModernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational. \n\nThe only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.\n
  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show. \n\n(Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)\n\nLet’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms. \n\nOn the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap. \n\nModernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational. \n\nThe only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.\n
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Claremont denominational future Claremont denominational future Presentation Transcript

  • Christian futures:Congregations and Denominations
  • Christian futures: Three scenarios
  • Three possible futures: Increasing pan-religious contraction Conservative religious resurgence Death and Resurrection
  • Three possible futures: Secularization De-secularization Emergence
  • Three possible futures: Continuing pan-religious contraction - Shrinking numbers - Wrinkling members - Low retention - Low evangelization - Constrained leadership - Institutional collapse
  • Three possible futures: Conservative resurgence - Nativism/Tribalism - Immigration fears - American domination - Terrorism fears/revenge - Historic replays/holy war - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  • Three possible futures: Death/Resurrection - Theological reformation - Liturgical reformulation - Missional reorientation - Post-national, post-partisan identity/ethos - Spiritual-social movement (Peace, planet, poverty) - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  • Which future(s) should you prepare for?Could all three coexist? Which future seems most likely? Which future(s) should you help create/participate in? What role is your denomination playing?
  • Denominations
  • What Denominations Do Well:Embody Ethos: Brand name, virtuesConserve Treasures: Wisdom, values, memoriesSupport Relationships: Local, regional, national, globalProtect Physical Assets: Buildings, colleges, camps, properties, etc.Protect Human Assets: Professional development, insurance, pensions, etc.See/Solve Problems: Financial, demographic, etc.Setting Policies: Ordination, discipline, etc., so bad things don’t happen again.
  • What Denominations Can Do Better:Evolve Ethos: Emerging identities around mission and valuesEnhance Treasures: Keep learning, addingExpand Relationships: Age, race, culture, classLeverage Physical Assets: For mission, sometimes through liquidationDevelop Human Assets: Recruitment, networking, training, supportSee/Set New Goals: For mission, transformation, formationCreating New Policy Zones: So creative things can start happening again.
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesWe have an identity crisis ...expressed in a branding failure. Missional Faith Communities Ecclesial Communities, Spiritual Growth Communities Proposal: A progressive Christian common brand. Not old conservative. Not old liberal. Something creative and new.
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesEnhance Treasures: Write new commitments and creeds to support them e.g. The Belhar Confession Living Traditions keep doing what their heroes did.
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesEnhance Treasures: Write new commitments and creeds to support themExpand Relationships: Recruit talent outside your denomination, race, class, culture. e.g. Cuban Methodists Fresh Expression What will happen to younger Evangelicals? What about new leadership models?
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesEnhance Treasures: Write new commitments and creeds to support themExpand Relationships: Recruit talent outside your denomination, race, class, cultureLeverage Physical Assets: Direct funds from asset sales into new church development You have more wealth than you need; it is just frozen in the wrong places. Legacy Churches/Legacy Funds Sarah & Elizabeth Funds“You can always get your way if you offer enough ways.”
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesEnhance Treasures: Write new commitments and creeds to support themExpand Relationships: Recruit talent outside your denomination, race, class, cultureLeverage Physical Assets: Direct funds from asset sales into new church developmentDevelop Human Assets: Give everyone an annual 4-week learning sabbatical 1. Monastic Retreat/Spiritual Direction 2. Conference/Learning Community 3. Vision Visits/Field Trips 4. Work Among the Poor ... so that ministry isn’t an office job
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesEnhance Treasures: Write new commitments and creeds to support themExpand Relationships: Recruit talent outside your denomination, race, class, cultureLeverage Physical Assets: Direct funds from asset sales into new church developmentDevelop Human Assets: Give everyone an annual 4-week learning sabbaticalSee/Set New Goals: Focus on behaviors, not results Contacting inactives Conducting Listening Dinners for Church Dropouts Joining non-church social groups Pastoral Health Checklist/Plan
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesEnhance Treasures: Write new commitments and creeds to support themExpand Relationships: Recruit talent outside your denomination, race, class, cultureLeverage Physical Assets: Direct funds from asset sales into new church developmentDevelop Human Assets: Give everyone an annual 4-week learning sabbaticalSee/Set New Goals: Focus on behaviors, not resultsCreating New Policy Zones: Create a future denomination alongside/within the present one What struggles to survive will destroy what struggles to be born, unless ... Knowing what you know, if you could start over, what would you do?
  • Denominational Leaders Gone Wild:Evolve Ethos: Change your name; add namesEnhance Treasures: Write new commitments and creeds to support themExpand Relationships: Recruit talent outside your denomination, race, class, cultureLeverage Physical Assets: Direct funds from asset sales into new church developmentDevelop Human Assets: Give everyone an annual 4-week learning sabbaticalSee/Set New Goals: Focus on behaviors, not resultsCreating New Policy Zones: Create a future denomination alongside/within the present one
  • What’s missing today is ahigh-quality discourse onrethinking the design andevolution of the entiresystem from scratch.
  • What’s missing today is ahigh-quality discourse onrethinking the design andevolution of the entiresystem from scratch. The quality of results produced by any system depends on the quality ofawareness from which the people in the system operate. (Otto Scharmer)
  • The essence of struggle is neither endurance nordenial. The essence of struggle is the decision tobecome new rather than simply to become older. Itis the opportunity to grow either smaller or largerin the process. There is, then, a gift hidden in thetravails of forced change. It is the gift of beginningagain: conversion. - Sister Joan Chittister, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope, p. 22
  • Three possible futures: Death/Resurrection - Theological reformation - Liturgical reformulation - Missional reorientation - Post-national, post-partisan identity/ethos - Spiritual-social movement (Peace, planet, poverty) - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  • Christian futures:Congregations and Denominations
  • Christian futures: movements and institutions
  • we need a theology ofinstitutions & movements
  • Institutions: Organizations which conserve the gains made by past social movements.
  • Social MovementsOrganizations which call current institutions to make progress towards new gains.
  • TraditionsThe shared stories, values, practices, and beliefs from which movements and institutions draw inspiration, direction, validation, and motivation.
  • Both movements and institutions...Organize for their purposeNeed one anotherAre frustrated with one another
  • Without movements ...Institutions stagnate ... Without institutions ...Movements evaporate ...
  • Some movementssuccessfully inject their values into the institutions they challenge Other movementscreate their own institutions, or pass away
  • Vital movementscall people to passionate, sacrificial personal commitment Sustainable institutionscreate loyalty across generations through evocative rituals & traditions
  • What are the downsides of institutions? What are the signs of institutions gone bad?What are the downsides of movements? What are the signs of movements gone wild?
  • What are the differences between institution founders and defenders/preservers?What are the differences between movement founders and defenders/ preservers?
  • Did Jesus start a movement or an institution or both?What institutions did Jesus challenge? How?What was his goal in “I will build my ecclesia?”
  • Did Paul lead a movement or an institution or both?What institutions did Paul challenge? Create? How?What was his goal in constant travel?
  • Did St. Francis start a movement or an institution or both?What institutions did Francis challenge? Create? How?Why did he celebrate “lady poverty?”
  • Did Martin Luther start a movement or an institution or both?What institutions did Luther challenge? Create? How?What was his goal in “Here I stand?”
  • Did John Calvin start a movement or an institution or both?What institutions did Calvin challenge? Create? How?What was his goal in “Institutes ...”?
  • What is the status of our Christian movements today?What is the status of our Christian institutions?Which should be our priority?
  • What kinds of personal commitments do movements invite? How do they solicit and maintain commitment?What kinds of personal commitments do institutions invite, and how do they solicit and maintain them?
  • Catholic movementsCatholics as inclusiveEcclesiolae en ecclesiaProtestants as protestorsProtestants as pro-testifiersProtestant movements and institutions
  • Do not merely try to bring others to where you are, as wonderful as that place might be.But do not leave them where they are either. Instead, go with them to a place neither you nor they have ever been before. Fr. Vincent Donovan (adapted)
  • What is being done?
  • 1. Creating marginal zones for far-reaching experimentation. Using your polity to support missional ecclesiologies working on new economic/training/ support/connection models.
  • your polity missional ecclesiologies new economic models new training modelsnew support/connection models.
  • 2. Sequestering funds for these new lines of ministry.
  • 3. Attracting new people in new ways to the new zone. “Bring in a new day with new people.” New leaders, new members
  • 4. Thinking garden, not tree.
  • 5. Thinking in terms of refounding, not preserving, renewing, or restoring. Truly Protestant, truly catholic
  • 6. Thinking differently about denominational identity and ethos: Calvin’s creative example Reformed as edgy (not stodgy) Presbyterian as empowering (not bureaucratic)
  • Liturgical Social Action Evangelical Charismatic
  • Constricting Prosperity-Gospel CombativeEvangelicals Pentecostals FundamentalistsNostalgic Mainline Contracting RomanProtestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  • Constricting Prosperity-Gospel CombativeEvangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos?Nostalgic Mainline Contracting RomanProtestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  • Constricting Prosperity-Gospel CombativeEvangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos?Nostalgic Mainline Contracting RomanProtestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  • Constricting Prosperity-Gospel CombativeEvangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos?Nostalgic Mainline Contracting RomanProtestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  • thisconvergence creates emergence
  • a newspiritual identity
  • NotMilitant Religious RightInstitutional Religious Left
  • NotMilitant Religious RightInstitutional Religious Left But Evangelical passion mixed with progressive social vision of common good, “beloved community”
  • NotConservative anti-science biasOld Liberal anti-spiritual bias
  • NotConservative anti-science biasOld Liberal anti-spiritual bias But Both pro-learning and pro- spirituality
  • NotStrong Hostile IdentityWeak Benevolent Identity in relation to other faiths ...
  • NotStrong Hostile IdentityWeak Benevolent Identity in relation to other faiths ... But Strong, theologically-rooted benevolent spiritual identity as neighbors, peacemakers
  • NotJesus as weaponJesus as embarrassment
  • NotJesus as weaponJesus as embarrassment ButJesus as bringer of good news of the kingdom of God
  • A lot depends on the emergence Liturgical Social Action of Evangelical this Charismatic new identity.
  • 6. Thinking differently about denominational identity and ethos:Think bigger than Presbyterian/Reformed to Mainstream Protestant;
  • 6. Think bigger than Mainstream Protestant, to (???) Christian;
  • 6. Think bigger than Christian, to disciples of Jesus.
  • 6. Think bigger than disciples of Jesus, to Kingdom of God/New Creation.
  • 7. Trust and move with the Holy Spirit.
  • Do not merely try to bring others to where you are, as wonderful as that place might be.But do not leave them where they are either. Instead, go with them to a place neither you nor they have ever been before. Fr. Vincent Donovan (adapted)
  • Where do you see the most momentum?Where do you see the biggest obstacles?What do you “hear” in your heart?
  • Christian futures:Mission and Social Justice
  • What is the question taking The Human shape inside the Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as“spiritual but not religious?” is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • “Can you accept me where I am and gently, wisely lead me The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as to a better way of life is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, so I can play my part exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his in building a better world?” can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • spiritual emptiness corrupt leadership poverty disease ignorance hunger and malnutrition climate changeconflicts Financial Instability Water/ emergencies Sanitation subsidies/trade barrierspopulation/ migration communicable GLOBAL diseases education governance/ corruption hunger education FOUR gender inequality child mortality maternal health environmental sustainability ethnic conflicts terrorism weapons of massdestruction organized crime networks energy demands clean water population growth authoritarian regimes
  • HeatSolar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
  • Compiling and integrating thelists of global emergencies... The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as1. Planet is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves,2. Poverty exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his3. Peace can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves4. Religion your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • How do Presbyterian followers of Christ engage their The Human Conventional View God created the world as perfect, Emerging View God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as communities with each crisis? is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves,1. Planet exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his2. Poverty can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves3. Peace your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news.4. Religion 1 2 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • Planet ... Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • Poverty ... Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • Peace Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • Religion Conventional View Emerging View The Human God created the world as perfect, God created the world as good, but Situation: What but because our primal human beings – as individuals, and as is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and contains will be destroyed, and confused, like sheep without a shepherd, the souls of all human beings – wandering farther and farther into except for those specifically lostness and danger. Left to themselves, exempted – will be forever human beings will spiral downward in punished for their imperfection sickness and evil. in hell.1 Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. that my Father punished me on God graciously invites everyone and the cross so He won’t have to anyone to question and reject what they punish you in hell. Only if you have been told and instead follow a new believe this will you go to path. Trust me and become my disciple, heaven when everyone else is and you will be transformed, and you will banished to hell.”2 This is the participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
  • HeatSolar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Framing Story
  • Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  • Neither [violent] revolution nor[political] reformation can ultimatelychange a society, rather you must tella new powerful tale, one sopersuasive that it sweeps away theold myths and becomes the preferredstory …
  • … one so inclusive that it gathers all thebits of our past and our present into acoherent whole, one that even shinessome light into the future so that we cantake the next step…. If you want tochange a society, then you have to tell analternative story.
  • … one so inclusive that it gathers all thebits of our past and our present into acoherent whole, one that even shinessome light into the future so that we cantake the next step…. If you want tochange a society, then you have to tell analternative story.
  • … one so inclusive that it gathers all thebits of our past and our present into acoherent whole, one that even shinessome light into the future so that we cantake the next step…. If you want tochange a society, then you have to tell analternative story. - attributed to Ivan Illich (Austrian former priest, philosopher, social critic, 1926-2002)
  • What are our shared
  • What are our sharedvalues/beliefs
  • What are our sharedvalues/beliefsbehaviors/habits
  • What are our sharedvalues/beliefsbehaviors/habitsprojects/initiatives
  • What are our sharedvalues/beliefsbehaviors/habitsprojects/initiativestrainings/reinforcements
  • What are our sharedvalues/beliefsbehaviors/habitsprojects/initiativestrainings/reinforcements that send us out and keep us engaged?
  • What are our sharedvalues/beliefsbehaviors/habitsprojects/initiativestrainings/reinforcements that send us out and keep us engaged?
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...Where is the new leverage?
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...Where is the new leverage? Community organizing/empowerment
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...Where is the new leverage? Community organizing/empowerment Fair trade/ethical buying
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...Where is the new leverage? Community organizing/empowerment Fair trade/ethical buying Mission partnerships
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...Where is the new leverage? Community organizing/empowerment Fair trade/ethical buying Mission partnerships DIY mission support
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...Where is the new leverage? Community organizing/empowerment Fair trade/ethical buying Mission partnerships DIY mission support Demonstration/civil disobedience
  • People, communities, publics, and superpublics ...Where is the new leverage? Community organizing/empowerment Fair trade/ethical buying Mission partnerships DIY mission support Demonstration/civil disobedience
  • Christian futures: A hopeful movement
  • What’semerging?
  • a conversation becoming a movement
  • Some ways to think of the church that isemerging - As center a… a fringea stage a n d a r a n g e.
  • a stage
  • Consider that we live in at least three worlds. Emerging world NOW Modern worldPre-modern worldNon-modern world
  • ion sit T ran L ate ion sit Old T ran y E arlParadigm/ Model
  • ion sit T ran L ate ion sit Old T ran y E arlParadigm/ Model
  • New Paradigm/ ion Model sit T ran L ate ion sit Old T ran y E arlParadigm/ Model
  • New Paradigm/ ion Model sit T ran L ate ion sit Old T ran y E arlParadigm/ Model
  • The Churches of Tomorrow The Churches that are emergingThe ChurchesWe Know
  • The Churches We Love and Respect The Churches of Tomorrow The Churches that are emergingThe ChurchesWe Know
  • As center
  • Liturgical Social Action Evangelical Charismatic
  • a fringe
  • Is this “the emerging church?” pentecostal A new “sliceAnglican of the pie?” catholic baptist
  • Or are these the churches that are emerging? pentecostalreformed A new ring on catholic the tree… baptist
  • All must deal with the realities of today’s world pentecostalreformed catholic baptist PLANET POVERTY PEACE RELIGION
  • emergence and convergence
  • Conservative way Modern CrisisMedieval church Liberal way from Nancey Murphy, “Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism”
  • “evangelical” Modern CrisisMedieval church “mainline” from Nancey Murphy, “Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism”
  • Increasing Polarization Conservative wayMedieval church Modern Crisis Liberal way
  • Increasing Polarization Conservative wayMedieval church Modern Crisis Liberal way
  • The Post-Liberal, Post-Evangelical Convergence Conservative wayMedieval church Modern Postmodern Crisis Interruption Liberal way
  • Conservative way A Generous Orthodoxy?ModernCrisis A Missional Liberal way Church?
  • Conservative wayModernCrisis Liberal way
  • At hea! -a "eological movement seeking to transform ex#ting in$itutions ar%nd Jesus’ messa of "e kingdom of God
  • Christian futuresand Denominations
  • Christian futures: A critical choice
  • Conventional Church-going ChristiansSpiritual Atheists but not AgnosticsReligious
  • Typical Reaction ATTACK! ATTACK! Conventional Church-going ChristiansSpiritual Atheists but not AgnosticsReligious
  • Alternate Response Listen/Learn Listen/Learn ? ? Conventional Church-going ChristiansSpiritual Atheists but not AgnosticsReligious
  • “I don’t feel the need for religion or spirituality.” The New Atheists/Agnostics
  • I’m NOT ...Interested in preserving unprovable beliefs.Interested in defending religious violence.
  • I’m WORRIED ...That strong religious identity makes people vicious.That no spiritual identity makes people vulnerable to persecution by the religious.
  • I’m CONFIDENT ...Religion is the problem.Reason is the answer.
  • “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” The SNR/Nones ...
  • I’m NOT ...I don’t believe organized religion has all the answers.I don’t believe science, government, and economics have all the answers either.
  • I’m WORRIED ...That strong religious identity makes people vicious.That no spiritual identity makes people vacuous.
  • Religion: How [our] religion provides exclusivereligious goods and services so human souls can be saved from God.
  • From what kind of God would people need to be saved? violentunforgiving cruel capricioustribal or racist
  • Religion:How [our] brand provides exclusive religious goods and services so human souls can be saved from God.
  • Spirituality: How God is saving all creation from human evil ... by grace, through faith, in the way of wisdom, compassion, and love,inviting our participation.
  • The Christian Religion:Identity: Exclusive distributorship of saving doctrines, rituals, or membership so souls can be saved from GodGoal: Converts, believers, souls in heaven, political powerJesus: blessings for members, condemnation for non-membersClergy: Priests & pastors to and for membersLaity: Consumers, satisfied customers become marketersFocus: One hour per weekSocial Cohesion: In-group vs. Out-group, us vs. them
  • Christian spirituality:Identity: A way of wisdom, compassion, and love so creation can be saved from human evilGoal: A world healed and transformedJesus: Blessings for learners so they can bring blessings to everyoneLeaders: Training fellow-learners to be priests and pastors to all humanityLearners: Being presence and agents of Christ, inviting and including othersFocus: Way of life and goodness lived every daySocial Cohesion: Come-on-in group, some of us for all of us
  • Religion:Other Religions: Shouldn’t exist, a mistake, should be critiqued and eradicatedOther Religious Leaders: Should be rejected, mocked, vilified, discreditedOther Religious Beliefs & Practices: Should be feared and avoided as competition with and contradiction to our ownPeople of other religions: Seek to avoid or convert and assimilate. If they won’t convert, ignore, shame, or inconvenience. If they become a threat, defeat and “cleanse” them.
  • Spirituality:Other Religions: Part of God’s world, should be understood and valued, a mix of good and evil in need of growth and maturity - just as ours isOther Religious Leaders: Should be respected, honored, appreciatedOther Religious Beliefs & Practices: May have much to teach us, similarities and differences may help us appreciate our ownPeople of other religions: Receive the gifts they offer, offer the gifts we have; seek mutual understanding; collaborate for the common good of all