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Presented at "Faith in Our Future" - LA Diocese, Dec 2009

Presented at "Faith in Our Future" - LA Diocese, Dec 2009

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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.

    (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)

    Let’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.

    On 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.

    Modernity 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.

    The 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.
  • 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.

    (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)

    Let’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.

    On 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.

    Modernity 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.

    The 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.
  • 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.

    (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)

    Let’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.

    On 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.

    Modernity 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.

    The 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.

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  • 1. the episcopal moment: faith and our future
  • 2. Consider that we live in at least three worlds. Emerging world Now Modern world Pre-modern world Non-modern world
  • 3. New Paradigm/ it ion Model s T ran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
  • 4. New Paradigm/ it ion Model s T ran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
  • 5. ? New Paradigm/ it ion s T ran Model L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
  • 6. What will the church of the future look like? ?
  • 7. ? What will it look like? What will we create, with God’s help?
  • 8. As Episcopalians, you have unique disadvantages and advantages in this moment
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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:
  • 12. 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?
  • 13. 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?
  • 14. Needed: 3. A “we’re beginning again” spirit (renewing, not conserving, a history): Rummage sale … “total makeover” … “clean house” 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?
  • 15. Needed: 4. A “transcend and include” spirit: (above liberal or conservative) Where is the via media? 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) Where is the via media? X A C B
  • 18. Needed: 4. An “transcend and include” spirit: (above liberal or conservative) Which future do you prefer? X A C B
  • 19. 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)
  • 20. 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 …
  • 21. Needed: 5. The Holy Spirit!
  • 22. 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?
  • 23. 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?
  • 24. 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?
  • 25. What if this all came down to … your example?
  • 26. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
  • 27. 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
  • 28. There are many reasons to compare the changes in our world to a tsunami …
  • 29. There are many reasons to compare the emerging global culture to an orphaned hippo … Orphaned by modern religion … modern science … modern government … mdoern economy … technology … consumerism… “progress”…
  • 30. 1. What emotion do you feel in response to these presentations? 2. What one idea do you most want to take away and consider with others in your congregation? 3. How would you complete this sentence: I have faith that in our future, with God’s help, our church can ...