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The Mission Recruiters The Mission Recruiters Presentation Transcript

  • your mission
  • your mission you already have one, realize it or not. and you’re recruiting others to join in it.
  • you’re recruiting others for your personal mission or cause ...
  • you’re recruiting others for your personal mission or cause ... selfishness, leisure, complacency, prosperity, political partisanship, consumerism, apathy, fear, optimism, pessimism, safety, conformity.
  • The question is ... which mission or cause?
  • Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to recruit people for ...
  • __church attendance?
  • __church attendance? __institutional maintenance?
  • __church attendance? __institutional maintenance? __tithing and committees?
  • __church attendance? __institutional maintenance? __tithing and committees? __an exclusive hell avoidance plan?
  • __church attendance? __institutional maintenance? __tithing and committees? __an exclusive hell avoidance plan? __organ music appreciation?
  • __church attendance? __institutional maintenance? __tithing and committees? __an exclusive hell avoidance plan? __organ music appreciation? __religious squabbles & controversies?
  • OR:
  • OR: Your mission, should you choose to accept it
  • OR: Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to recruit people to
  • OR: Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to recruit people to join God
  • OR: Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to recruit people to join God in God’s ongoing mission
  • OR: Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to recruit people to join God in God’s ongoing mission to heal and beautify the world.
  • God’s ongoing mission
  • God’s ongoing mission to heal and beautify the world
  • God’s ongoing mission to heal and beautify the world =
  • God’s ongoing mission to heal and beautify the world = “the kingdom of God”
  • 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
  • Too few people realize the radical and inspiring nature of the message of the Kingdom of God.
  • Too few people realize the radical and inspiring nature of the message of the Kingdom of God. Many think it only refers to the afterlife.
  • Too few people realize the radical and inspiring nature of the message of the Kingdom of God. Many think it only refers to the afterlife. But ...
  • Jesus 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.
  • Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Many think “kingdom of God” means a religion ... But a kingdom is much bigger than a religion.
  • Remember: Kingdoms (or Empires) were the dominant social realities in Jesus’ day!
  • There was Herod ruling over Judea … and the Emperor Caesar ruling over the whole region.
  • Jesus could have proclaimed a new religion. That would have been safe. But he proclaimed a new kingdom.
  • That was a supremely dangerous thing to do. That kind of thing could get you killed!
  • A kingdom is an all- encompassing way of life in this world.
  • Our contemporary gospel is primarily 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 the development of niceness with a smaller footnote about spiritual experience with a smaller footnote about social/global transformation.
  • HEAVEN self world church
  • HEAVEN world church self
  • Our mission ...
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ...
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... fear to faith
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... fear to faith hate to love
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... fear to faith hate to love complacency to vibrancy
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... fear to faith hate to love complacency to vibrancy selfishness to otherliness
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... fear to faith hate to love complacency to vibrancy selfishness to otherliness clenched fists to open hands
  • Our mission ...
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ...
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... kingdoms/dreams/causes/ values/priorities/ways/ missions of this world
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... kingdoms/dreams/causes/ values/priorities/ways/ missions of this world to the
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... kingdoms/dreams/causes/ values/priorities/ways/ missions of this world to the kingdom/dream/cause/ values/priorities/ways/ mission of God
  • Our mission ...
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ...
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... being part of the problem
  • Our mission ... to recruit people from ... to ... being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution.
  • To recruit people for
  • To recruit people for God’s ongoing mission
  • To recruit people for God’s ongoing mission to heal and beautify the world
  • To recruit people for God’s ongoing mission to heal and beautify the world =
  • To recruit people for God’s ongoing mission to heal and beautify the world = “the kingdom of God”
  • How close is this mission to how most people define
  • How close is this mission to how most people define ... the role of the church
  • How close is this mission to how most people define ... the role of the church ...the heart of Christianity
  • How close is this mission to how most people define ... the role of the church ...the heart of Christianity ... the meaning of “evangelism”
  • How close is this mission to how most people define ... the role of the church ...the heart of Christianity ... the meaning of “evangelism” ... their personal mission?
  • The Episcopal Church of San Diego:
  • The Episcopal Church of San Diego: Playing God’s music
  • The Episcopal Church of San Diego: Playing God’s music Inviting people into the dance
  • The Episcopal Church of San Diego: Playing God’s music Inviting people into the dance Including and celebrating “the least of these”
  • The Episcopal Church of San Diego: Playing God’s music Inviting people into the dance Including and celebrating “the least of these” Recruiting people for God’s mission of healing and beautifying the world