hopeful visions of the missional church
hopeful visions of the missional church
restoring paradise
Hopeful Visions of
    the Missional
          Church:

    Imagining and
         Enacting
What remains?
what if the dreams
are in the hearts of
your members?
and your heart too?
practicing
discernment
Not merely a process of strategic
planning - but of spiritual
receptivity:
A story about a community garden
A story about a dirty Costa Rican town ...
A story about homeless folks in San
Francisco ... (Take This Bread)
A story about HIV in Dominican
Republic ...
A story about skateboarders in
London ...
A story about an unemployment
support group in DC area ...
imagine this question
      being asked
in a church near you:
  What would it look
  like if the reign of
 God were welcom...
There are many reasons to
compare our churches to an
old male tortoise …
There are many reasons to
compare our churches to an old
male tortoise …
              Slow-moving … isolated …


        ...
There are
many reasons
to compare
the changes
in our world
to a tsunami
…
There are many reasons to
  compare the emerging global
culture to an orphaned hippo …


       Orphaned by religion …
   ...
-formation?
 What could happen in our world
      if we turned back outward
toward our neighbors - with good
    news, hop...
The Lord’s Prayer


1. Our Father above us
 and all around us …

2. May Your unspeakable
 Name be revered.
3. Now, here on earth
 may Your
 commonwealth come.

4. On earth as in
 heaven may Your will
 be done.
5. Give us today our
 bread for today.

4. Forgive us our
 wrongs as we forgive.
3. Lead us away from
 the perilous trial.

2. Liberate us from the
 evil.
1.For the kingdom is yours
 and yours alone.
2. The power is yours and
 yours alone.
3.The glory is yours and
 yours alone...
5. Now, here on earth may your
  commonwealth come.
4. Here on earth may your
  dreams come true.
3. Hallelujah
2. Hallelu...
Cultivating Mission-
shaped Congregations
a poem by sam
shoemaker
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 -

...
They creep along as if blind,

With outstretched, groping
hands.

Feeling for a door, knowing
there must be a door,

Yet t...
The most tremendous thing in the
world

Is for men and women, boys and
girls, to find that door - the door to
God.

The mo...
The latch that only clicks

And opens to the person’s own
touch.

People die outside that door

As starving beggars die,

...
They live, on the other side of
it - live because they have
not found it.

Nothing else matters
compared to helping them
f...
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 k...
Go in, great saints, go all the
way in -

Go way down into the
cavernous cellars,

And way up into the spacious
attics -

...
Go into the deepest of hidden
casements,

Of withdrawal, of silence, of
sainthood.

Some must inhabit those inner
rooms,

...
Sometimes I take a deeper
look in,

Sometimes venture in a little
farther;

But my place seems closer to
the opening…

So ...
There is another reason why I stand
there.

Some people get part way in and
become afraid

Lest God and the zeal of His ho...
And want to get out. “Let me out!” they
cry.

And the people way inside terrify them
more.

Somebody must be by the door t...
Somebody must be watching for the
frightened

Who seek to sneak out just where they
came in,

To tell them how much better...
Somebody must watch for those who have
entered the door, but would like to run
away. So for them, too,

I stand by the doo...
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 de...
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 f...
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...
So I stand by the door.



(Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 -
1963)
So I stand by the door.



(Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 -
1963)
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    1. 1. hopeful visions of the missional church
    2. 2. hopeful visions of the missional church restoring paradise
    3. 3. Hopeful Visions of the Missional Church: Imagining and Enacting
    4. 4. What remains?
    5. 5. what if the dreams are in the hearts of your members? and your heart too? practicing discernment
    6. 6. Not merely a process of strategic planning - but of spiritual receptivity: A story about a community garden
    7. 7. A story about a dirty Costa Rican town ...
    8. 8. A story about homeless folks in San Francisco ... (Take This Bread)
    9. 9. A story about HIV in Dominican Republic ...
    10. 10. A story about skateboarders in London ...
    11. 11. A story about an unemployment support group in DC area ...
    12. 12. imagine this question being asked in a church near you: What would it look like if the reign of God were welcomed here?
    13. 13. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
    14. 14. 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
    15. 15. There are many reasons to compare the changes in our world to a tsunami …
    16. 16. There are many reasons to compare the emerging global culture to an orphaned hippo … Orphaned by religion … science … government … the economy … technology … consumerism… “progress”…
    17. 17. -formation? What could happen in our world if we turned back outward toward our neighbors - with good news, hope, gentleness, and respect?
    18. 18. The Lord’s Prayer 1. Our Father above us and all around us … 2. May Your unspeakable Name be revered.
    19. 19. 3. Now, here on earth may Your commonwealth come. 4. On earth as in heaven may Your will be done.
    20. 20. 5. Give us today our bread for today. 4. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive.
    21. 21. 3. Lead us away from the perilous trial. 2. Liberate us from the evil.
    22. 22. 1.For the kingdom is yours and yours alone. 2. The power is yours and yours alone. 3.The glory is yours and yours alone. 4.Now and forever, amen.
    23. 23. 5. Now, here on earth may your commonwealth come. 4. Here on earth may your dreams come true. 3. Hallelujah 2. Hallelujah 1. Amen.
    24. 24. Cultivating Mission- shaped Congregations
    25. 25. a poem by sam shoemaker
    26. 26. 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.
    27. 27. 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.
    28. 28. 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 -
    29. 29. 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.
    30. 30. 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.
    31. 31. 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.
    32. 32. 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.
    33. 33. 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.
    34. 34. 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.
    35. 35. 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
    36. 36. 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.
    37. 37. 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.
    38. 38. 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
    39. 39. 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.
    40. 40. 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.
    41. 41. 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…”
    42. 42. So I stand by the door. (Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 - 1963)
    43. 43. So I stand by the door. (Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 - 1963)
    44. 44. The Church Question

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