evangelism
and

transformation



     Priesthood
     outside the
         church
Priesthood:

  Helping people connect with
                         God
Priests to and for the church: clergy

Priests fro...
Priests to the Nones, the
 Dones, and the No-Funs:

“I’m not religious, but I’m
   spiritual.”


        *Don’t worry abou...
I’m NOT ...
I don’t believe organized
  religion has all the answers.

I don’t believe science,
  government, and
  econom...
I’m WORRIED ...

That strong religious identity
 makes people vicious.

That no spiritual identity
 makes people vacuous.
I’m CONFUSED ...

Absolutism leads to
 genocide.

Relativism leads to loss of
 identity.

       Is there an alternative?
Religion:
How [our] religion provides
           exclusive
   religious goods and
            services
   so human souls c...
From what kind of God would
 people need to be saved?

                         violent
unforgiving
              cruel
  ...
Religion:
How [our] brand provides
          exclusive
  religious goods and
           services
  so human souls can
    ...
Spirituality:
     How God is saving
 all creation from human
  evil ... by grace, through
              faith,
  in the w...
The Christian Religion:
Identity: Exclusive distributorship of saving
   doctrines, rituals, or membership so souls
   can...
Christian spirituality:
Identity: A way of wisdom, compassion, and
   love so creation can be saved from human
   evil
Goa...
Religion:
Other Religions: Shouldn’t exist, a mistake,
  should be critiqued and eradicated
Other Religious Leaders: Shoul...
Spirituality:
Other Religions: Part of God’s world, should be
  understood and valued, a mix of good and
  evil in need of...
You are a priest of Christian spirituality
  to the nones, the dones, and the no-
  funs around you....
                  ...
Ask about their stories.

Listen and learn without judgment.

Share your stories without jargon.

                 Invite ...
Invite and include.
                  Invite into safe spaces
   - public - social - personal - intimate

         Include...
The practice of queries...
Sharing spiritual stories ...

1. What was your religious background?
2. What have been key milestones or experiences in y...
An easy start:

How was your weekend?
Instructions:
1. Take a card and write your name in the
   blank.

2. Then pass the card to the person on
   your left.

3...
Leader: The Lord be with you!
All: And also with you!
Leader: Let us pray.
All:
Living God, you sent the Holy Spirit to
  ...
We offer ourselves to you, to be
 welcoming friends through which
 others are invited into the fellowship
 of your love, p...
Instructions:
5. Starting with the oldest person in your
   group, read the card to your neighbor to
   the right.

6. The...
With Kindness
    From “Songs For a Revolution of Hope, Vol. 1: everything must change.”
                     Words and mu...
Christ has no body here but ours.
No hands, no feet, here on earth
but ours.
Ours are the eyes though which
he looks
On th...
Ours are the hands through which
he works.
Ours are the feet on which he
moves.
Ours are the voices through
which he speak...
Through our touch, our
     smile, our listening ear,
     Embodied in us, Jesus is
     living here.
Let us go now
Filled...
Christ has no body here but ours.
No hands, no feet, here on earth
but ours.
Ours are the eyes though which
he looks
On th...
Ours are the hands through which
he works.
Ours are the feet on which he
moves.
Ours are the voices through
which he speak...
Through our touch, our
     smile, our listening ear,
     Embodied in us, Jesus is
     living here.
Let us go now
Filled...
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  • Victoria 3

    1. 1. evangelism and transformation Priesthood outside the church
    2. 2. Priesthood: Helping people connect with God Priests to and for the church: clergy Priests from and of the church: disciples
    3. 3. Priests to the Nones, the Dones, and the No-Funs: “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” *Don’t worry about “the nuns”
    4. 4. 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.
    5. 5. I’m WORRIED ... That strong religious identity makes people vicious. That no spiritual identity makes people vacuous.
    6. 6. I’m CONFUSED ... Absolutism leads to genocide. Relativism leads to loss of identity. Is there an alternative?
    7. 7. Religion: How [our] religion provides exclusive religious goods and services so human souls can be saved from God.
    8. 8. From what kind of God would people need to be saved? violent unforgiving cruel capricious exclusive or racist
    9. 9. Religion: How [our] brand provides exclusive religious goods and services so human souls can be saved from God.
    10. 10. 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.
    11. 11. The Christian Religion: Identity: Exclusive distributorship of saving doctrines, rituals, or membership so souls can be saved from God Goal: Converts, believers, souls in heaven Jesus: blessings for members, condemnation for nonmembers Clergy: Priests & pastors to and for members Laity: Consumers, satisfied customers become marketers Focus: One hour per week Social Cohesion: In-group vs. Out-group, us vs. them
    12. 12. Christian spirituality: Identity: A way of wisdom, compassion, and love so creation can be saved from human evil Goal: A world healed and transformed Jesus: Blessings for learners so they can bring blessings to everyone Leaders: Training fellow-learners to be priests and pastors to all humanity Learners: Being presence and agents of Christ, inviting and including others Focus: Way of life and goodness lived every day Social Cohesion: Come-on-in group, some of us for all of us
    13. 13. Religion: Other Religions: Shouldn’t exist, a mistake, should be critiqued and eradicated Other Religious Leaders: Should be rejected, mocked, vilified, discredited Other Religious Beliefs & Practices: Should be feared and avoided as competition with and contradiction to our own People 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.
    14. 14. 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 is Other Religious Leaders: Should be respected, honored, appreciated Other Religious Beliefs & Practices: May have much to teach us, similarities and differences may help us appreciate our own People of other religions: Receive the gifts they offer, offer the gifts we have; seek mutual understanding; collaborate for the common good of all
    15. 15. You are a priest of Christian spirituality to the nones, the dones, and the no- funs around you.... But how?
    16. 16. Ask about their stories. Listen and learn without judgment. Share your stories without jargon. Invite and include. Invite into safe spaces Include in mission and service
    17. 17. Invite and include. Invite into safe spaces - public - social - personal - intimate Include in mission and service What opportunities to invite and include exist - or need to exist - your congregation?
    18. 18. The practice of queries...
    19. 19. Sharing spiritual stories ... 1. What was your religious background? 2. What have been key milestones or experiences in your spiritual life and growth? 3. What difference has spirituality made in your life? 4. Why are you a spiritual person? 5. What role does church involvement play in your spiritual life? 6. What are you spiritual struggles/difficulties/barriers/ doubts? 7. If you’d ever like to ... - come to church with me - talk more about spirituality - tell me about your spiritual life I’d be glad to ... bring you, talk with you, hear about it.
    20. 20. An easy start: How was your weekend?
    21. 21. Instructions: 1. Take a card and write your name in the blank. 2. Then pass the card to the person on your left. 3. Identify the senior member of your group (oldest). 4. When prompted, join together in the following prayer ...
    22. 22. Leader: The Lord be with you! All: And also with you! Leader: Let us pray. All: Living God, you sent the Holy Spirit to empower your people to live Christ- like lives and join in your mission of healing and transforming the world. Fill us today with your Holy Spirit, so we may join in your mission, befriending and serving our neighbors in love and joy.
    23. 23. We offer ourselves to you, to be welcoming friends through which others are invited into the fellowship of your love, peace, and joy. (Pray in silence for the person to your right.) Gracious God, Give us the strength we need to be agents of your love. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
    24. 24. Instructions: 5. Starting with the oldest person in your group, read the card to your neighbor to the right. 6. Then that person reads to the next person, around the circle. 7. After the last person, put the card in your wallet in a place you will see it often. 8. Wait together to join in our closing song and benediction.
    25. 25. With Kindness From “Songs For a Revolution of Hope, Vol. 1: everything must change.” Words and music by Brian McLaren. 2007, Brian McLaren. Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group SESAC 2007. All rights reserved. Registered with CCLI.
    26. 26. Christ has no body here but ours. No hands, no feet, here on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes though which he looks On this world With Kindness
    27. 27. Ours are the hands through which he works. Ours are the feet on which he moves. Ours are the voices through which he speaks To this world With Kindness.
    28. 28. Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear, Embodied in us, Jesus is living here. Let us go now Filled with the Spirit Into this world With Kindness
    29. 29. Christ has no body here but ours. No hands, no feet, here on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes though which he looks On this world With Kindness
    30. 30. Ours are the hands through which he works. Ours are the feet on which he moves. Ours are the voices through which he speaks To this world With Kindness.
    31. 31. Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear, Embodied in us, Jesus is living here. Let us go now Filled with the Spirit Into this world With Kindness

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