The Power of
Partnership
How A Small Church Made a
Big Difference In Its
Community
Our town

 Economic
  transition
 Educational
  extremes
 Affluence and
  poverty
 Small town,
  rural setting
Our congregation
Our concerns in 2004

 No community gathering place
 No after-school programs
 No arts programs for kids
 Limited cult...
Our progress by 2009

 Boys and Girls Club
 Soundcheck
 Chatham Arts
   Community Music School
   Visual Arts program...
1. Intentional decision to
engage our community


   “The world is
    my parish.”

     -- John Wesley
2. Identified need for
       partnerships and collaboration

 Wedid not
 have:
  Money
  Manpower
  Experience
Theology of Collaboration




  8
Theology of Collaboration

 Collaborators in the missio Dei.
 Pragmatism is not the criteria for
  mission.
 Scripture ...
Characteristics of
Collaboration
   Chooses self-limitation
       Incarnation
   Values “otherness” –
       affirmat...
3. Listened and learned
 Parents & leaders > Music program
 Artists & educators > Soundcheck
 Business leaders > Boys &...
4. Gave up control

 Example: Boys & Girls Club
 “At table as equals.”
 Maintained our principles.
5. Dropped our hidden
agendas.
   Church growth
       It’s not about us.
   Evangelism
       New eyes, new language,...
Results: Boys & Girls Club
   Dec 2005
   200+ enrolled
   40-120 per day
   4 staff
   Community
    involvement
  ...
Results: B&G Club, cont’d
   Art
   Computer skills
   Scouts
   Tutoring
   Life Skills
   Recreation
Results: Chatham Arts
        Community Music School
   Virginia Tech
   Renaissance Music
    Academy
   Professional ...
Results: Soundcheck
Results: Chatham Cares
The Community Center




 19
Grand Opening




 20
Bringing Chatham Together




 21
Budgets Per Year
 Boys & Girls Club: $60K
 Music School: $75K
 Chatham Cares: $120K
 Soundcheck/Drama: $3K


 Total  ...
Our approach

 Start with what we have
 Listen to others
 Make others’ dreams come true
 Enhance our community
 Provi...
“People notice what you’re
doing.” - MLK Day 2008




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What’s next?

   ‘Care of souls’ and missional church:
     Contextual
     Incarnational
     Addresses communal issu...
Pastoral Care Model

   Two aspects in care:


      Spiritual            Psychological




           26
Social Gospel Model

    Two aspects to action:


Spiritual               Sociological




     27
Care of Souls Model

   Three aspects of care and action:


     Spiritual              Sociological



                P...
The church as abbey
   Worship
   Arts
   Learning
   Spiritual direction
   “Least of these”
   Peace & Justice
  ...
In the cloud...

   Confessions of a Small-Church Pastor
        http://chuckwarnock.com

   twitter.com/chuckwarnock

...
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This is the presentation I made to students at Duke Divinity School's Rural Church Colloquium on Thursday, Oct 22, 2009.

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    1. 1. The Power of Partnership How A Small Church Made a Big Difference In Its Community
    2. 2. Our town  Economic transition  Educational extremes  Affluence and poverty  Small town, rural setting
    3. 3. Our congregation
    4. 4. Our concerns in 2004  No community gathering place  No after-school programs  No arts programs for kids  Limited cultural events  Large underserved population
    5. 5. Our progress by 2009  Boys and Girls Club  Soundcheck  Chatham Arts  Community Music School  Visual Arts program launch  Chatham Cares, Inc.  The Community Center
    6. 6. 1. Intentional decision to engage our community  “The world is my parish.” -- John Wesley
    7. 7. 2. Identified need for partnerships and collaboration  Wedid not have:  Money  Manpower  Experience
    8. 8. Theology of Collaboration 8
    9. 9. Theology of Collaboration  Collaborators in the missio Dei.  Pragmatism is not the criteria for mission.  Scripture guides us.  Community forms us.  Practice emerges from theology.  The future of God is found among the people of God.
    10. 10. Characteristics of Collaboration  Chooses self-limitation  Incarnation  Values “otherness” –  affirmation without assimilation  Recognizes that which unites us –  Our common calling (vocation)  Commits to companionship on the journey –  “fellowshippers”  Re-unifies Creation –  Sacred/secular, divine/human
    11. 11. 3. Listened and learned  Parents & leaders > Music program  Artists & educators > Soundcheck  Business leaders > Boys & Girls Club  Churches > Community Center
    12. 12. 4. Gave up control  Example: Boys & Girls Club  “At table as equals.”  Maintained our principles.
    13. 13. 5. Dropped our hidden agendas.  Church growth  It’s not about us.  Evangelism  New eyes, new language, new love  Reward  It won’t pay for itself.  Doing good is its own reward.
    14. 14. Results: Boys & Girls Club  Dec 2005  200+ enrolled  40-120 per day  4 staff  Community involvement  Budget: $60K/yr
    15. 15. Results: B&G Club, cont’d  Art  Computer skills  Scouts  Tutoring  Life Skills  Recreation
    16. 16. Results: Chatham Arts Community Music School  Virginia Tech  Renaissance Music Academy  Professional faculty  Jan 2006  30 diverse students  Violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice
    17. 17. Results: Soundcheck
    18. 18. Results: Chatham Cares
    19. 19. The Community Center 19
    20. 20. Grand Opening 20
    21. 21. Bringing Chatham Together 21
    22. 22. Budgets Per Year  Boys & Girls Club: $60K  Music School: $75K  Chatham Cares: $120K  Soundcheck/Drama: $3K  Total budgets: $258K
    23. 23. Our approach  Start with what we have  Listen to others  Make others’ dreams come true  Enhance our community  Provide new experiences  Value the arts
    24. 24. “People notice what you’re doing.” - MLK Day 2008 24
    25. 25. What’s next?  ‘Care of souls’ and missional church:  Contextual  Incarnational  Addresses communal issues  Less educational, more relational  Fills gaps in social fabric  Makes meaning of life 25
    26. 26. Pastoral Care Model  Two aspects in care: Spiritual Psychological 26
    27. 27. Social Gospel Model  Two aspects to action: Spiritual Sociological 27
    28. 28. Care of Souls Model  Three aspects of care and action: Spiritual Sociological Psychological 28
    29. 29. The church as abbey  Worship  Arts  Learning  Spiritual direction  “Least of these”  Peace & Justice  Economics  Hospitality George Hunter  Rule of life The Celtic Way of Evangelism  The world
    30. 30. In the cloud...  Confessions of a Small-Church Pastor  http://chuckwarnock.com  twitter.com/chuckwarnock  Facebook.com/chuck.warnock  chuckwarnock@gmail.com 31
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