5 Paradigms And Kingdom Business For Alict August 2009

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As society changes it is necessary to change the way in which we do ministry. The Church dominated model, where ministry is done almost exclusively in and through congregations, needs to be …

As society changes it is necessary to change the way in which we do ministry. The Church dominated model, where ministry is done almost exclusively in and through congregations, needs to be strengthened and further developed by empowering Christians to do ministry in their places of work and study! We spend most of our waking hours at work, or at school, or in our community and home. Furthermore, if we are honest, the majority of Churches do not equip and facilitate ministry beyond the interests of their congregational needs.

This presentation was prepared for a group of international students on the African Leadership in Community Transformation school in Cape Town. I prepared it based on my experience as a minister in the marketplace. I serve as a chaplain to a large construction company (the Power Group http://www.powergrp.co.za). I hold a doctorate in theology and science and am an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa - so, this presentation draws together:

- Theology
- Biblical and scriptural injunctions on ministry
- An understanding of economics and justice
- Neuroscience (showing how and why we do certain things)
- Research on the Church and the Christian faith

You can find out more about me and my work at http://www.spirituality.org.za - please see the blog at http://www.spirituality.org.za/blogger.html

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  • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) 1/3
  • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) cont…. 2/3
  • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) cont…. 3/3 5"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.’ (Luke 10:5-9)
  • Christianity is the world's biggest religion, with just over 2 billion followers worldwide.
  • Mapped here is state military spending. This covers the costs of military personnel, including recruitment and training, supplies, weapons and equipment, and construction. Also included is spending on military assistance to other territories. In 2002 state military spending was estimated at US$789 billion worldwide. In 2002 the United States was the largest military spender, spending almost 9 times more than the second biggest spender, Japan. In that year the United States spent US$353 billion; 45% of all state military spending worldwide. "Many of them, so as to curry favour with tyrants, for a fistful of coins, or through bribery or corruption, are shedding the blood of their brothers." Emiliano Zapata, 1911
  • Deaths given this diagnosis are all due to HIV infection that has progressed to AIDS. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, was first identified in 1981 in Los Angeles in the United States. In 2002 nearly 80% of the 2.6 million deaths from AIDS occured in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease, usually untreated, caused more than 6000 deaths every day and accounted for almost one in five of all deaths and half of the deaths of adults aged 15 to 59 years. Globally in males AIDS is second only to Illnesses of the newborn U049 Map 408, in causing lost years of healthy life, and in females it is third, after Illnesses of the newborn U049 Map 408, and Pneumonia U039 Map 404. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which slowly destroys the body's defences against diseases (the immune system). When this has happened you have AIDS and certain infections and certain cancers can easily develop and easily be fatal. AIDS is spread sexually, in semen and other genital secretions, and the person's blood is also infectious. People are infectious any time after the initial infection with HIV, long before AIDS occurs, which takes on average 10 years. In 2002 HIV/AIDS caused 4.0% of deaths in children under 15 years, 14.1% of deaths in adults aged 15 to 59 years (table 5) and 9.6% of all deaths in very poor territories with low life expectancy (table 4c). Global Burden of Disease estimated in 2002 AIDS to cause 5.8% of all Male, 5.7% of all Female and 9.2% of all Very poor territory burden of disease (Disability Adjusted Lost Years, table 7). HIV/AIDS caused 5.1% of all deaths worldwide in 2002 or 469 deaths per million people. This does not include deaths due to tuberculosis in people who have HIV/AIDS.
  • Christianity is the world's biggest religion, with just over 2 billion followers worldwide.

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  • 1. Transforming Business to Kingdom Business Dr. Dion Forster Power Group of Companies / Global day of prayer / Unashamedly Ethical http://www.dionforster.com
  • 2. A case study: Graham Power and the Power Group of Companies.
  • 3. The company
    • Started in 1983
    • Currently the largest privately owned construction and development company in South Africa.
    • Annual turnover of 1.4 Billion rand
    • 1500 employees.
  • 4.  
  • 5.  
  • 6. The Power of One… God is the One!
  • 7. A theology of work and worship: 5 Paradigms for Kingdom Business Dr. Dion Forster Power Group of Companies / Global day of prayer / Unashamedly Ethical http://www.dionforster.com
  • 8. Let’s get ‘real’ about our faith…
    • The Bar owner and the Church members…
    • What would we do if EVERYONE turned up?
  • 9. DESTINY, WORK AND WORSHIP
    • Do not let your occupation block your destiny; instead, allow your destiny to shape your business by turning it into your ministry.
    • - Ed Silvoso
  • 10. Your work and life for God’s purposes and blessing!
    • Paradigm 1 - God’s discipleship plan is for more than just individuals. (Matthew 28:18-20)
    • “ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… ” (Matt. 28:18-20)
  • 11. Doing your work for God’s purposes and blessing!
    • Paradigm 2 – Everything has been ‘redeemed’, and so it needs to be ‘reclaimed’ (Luke 19:10)
    • “ For the son of man came to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10)
    • “ For it was the Father's good pleasure …to reconcile all things to Himself …whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Col 1:19-20)
  • 12. Doing your work for God’s purposes and blessing!
    • Paradigm 3 - God views every Christian as a minister, and so work can be worship! (Col 3:23-24)
    • “ Whatever your task , put yourselves into it, working for the Lord and not for your masters,‌ since you know that you will receive your reward from the Lord; you serve‌ the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23)
    • The ‘worship switch’… ON or OFF?
  • 13. Doing your work for God’s purposes and blessing!
    • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places, and get salt out of the salt shaker. (Matthew 16:18-19)
    • “ Upon this rock will I build my Church , and the gates of hell will not overpower it…” (Matthew 16:18-19).
    • Building the Church is what Jesus does… Taking his Kingdom and gospel all over the earth is what we’re commanded to do… - Ed Silvoso
  • 14.
    • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) cont….
    • We’ve got the WRONG methodology!
  • 15.
    • Jesus’ methodology (Luke 10:2-9).
    • When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.’
    • … .Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you,
    • … Heal the sick who are there and
    • … tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.’
    I will pay you a salary NOT to preach…
  • 16.
    • Preaching the truth without love is like giving someone a good kiss when you have bad breath. No matter how good your kiss is, all the recipient will remember is your bad breath!
    • - Ed Silvoso
  • 17. Doing your work for God’s purposes and blessing!
    • Paradigm 5 - True transformation must be tangible and visible.
    • The Gospels recall two incidents when Jesus wept, once for a friend, and another time for a city. His tears show how deeply he loves individuals and cities (groups, structures etc.).
    • What would the most tangible and visible expression of God’s love be in your context?
    • What is REALLY good news to the poor?
    • Remember the ‘methodology’ of Jesus… Bless, Fellowship, Minister, Preach…
  • 18. Doing your work for God’s purposes and blessing!
    • God’s discipleship plan is for more than just individuals. (Matthew 28:18-20)
    • The marketplace has been ‘redeemed’, and so it needs to be ‘reclaimed’ (Luke 19:10)
    • God views every Christian as a minister, and so work can be worship! (Col 3:23-24)
    • God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19)
    • True transformation must be tangible and visible
  • 19. QUESTIONS? DR. DION FORSTER HTTP://WWW.DIONFORSTER.COM HTTP://WWW.UNASHAMEDLYETHICAL.COM
  • 20. ECONOMICS AND KINGDOM BUSINESS.
  • 21. Kingdom Business! Working for God’s purpose!
    • A few questions:
      • What is God’s purpose for Business?
      • What is the relationship between ‘the marketplace’ and ‘the Church’?
  • 22. Kingdom Business! Working for God’s purpose!
    • The economy of God…
      • Economics
        • Oikos (household)
        • Nomos (to manage)
      • “ The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,        the world, and all who live in it” (Ps 24:1)
      • There is enough….
      • God expects us the ‘manage’ His ‘household’
    • What the world’s economy looks like!
  • 23.  
  • 24. A map of the world (land area)
  • 25. The spread of wealth (a representational map)
  • 26. The most impoverished places in the world (a representational map)
  • 27. Christians in the world (a representational map)
  • 28. A map of the world (land area)
  • 29. Kingdom Business! Working for God’s purpose!
    • So, let’s ask the questions again…
      • What is God’s purpose for Business?
      • What is the relationship between ‘the marketplace’ and ‘the Church’?
    • Clearly, there is something wrong with these pictures!
  • 30. Jesus’ “Mission Statement”
    • Lk 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me,       because he has anointed me       to preach good news to the poor.    He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners       and recovery of sight for the blind,    to release the oppressed,      19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
  • 31. But, is there enough for all of us?
  • 32. Sustaining the world!
    • Brown, Lester 2008 (Plan B 3.0 – Mobilizing to save civilization)
  • 33.
    • Brown, Lester 2008 (Plan B 3.0 – Mobilizing to save civilization)
    Sustaining the world!
  • 34.
    • Brown, Lester 2008 (Plan B 3.0 – Mobilizing to save civilization)
    Sustaining the world!
  • 35. Military spending (a representational map)
  • 36. The difference between development and growth… GREED!
    • Growth is frequently motivated by greed!
  • 37. An example. South Africa – an upper-middle income country…
    • Julian May (2002:2) states,
    • “ South Africa is an upper-middle-income country with a per capita income similar to that of Botswana, Brazil, Malaysia or Mauritius. Despite this relative wealth, the experience of the majority of South African households is either one of outright poverty , or of continued vulnerability to becoming poor. Furthermore, the distribution of income and wealth in South Africa may be the most unequal in the world.”
  • 38. The strongest economies on the continent…
    • (Gauteng is bigger than Morocco!) KZN is bigger than Sudan and Tunisia…)
    •  
    • 23 rd strongest economy in the world!
  • 39. BUT!
    • “… Poverty, unemployment, housing shortages, inadequate education and training, illiteracy, health needs and numerous other problems still stand in the way of progress and prosperity and improved quality of life…”(FW de Klerk in Webb 1994: 120)
  • 40. Consider this!
  • 41. AIDS deaths in the world (a representational map)
  • 42. The spread of wealth (a representational map)
  • 43. The most impoverished places in the world (a representational map)
  • 44. Christians in the world (a representational map)
  • 45. Changing the way we do business (for the Kingdom’s sake!)
    • Two basic problems (there could be more):
      • The problem of Greed in business!
      • The problem of the Church that doesn’t understand God’s role for business!
  • 46. Two basic thesis:
    • Thesis 1: Greed is part of human nature (it is ‘hard wired’)…
  • 47. A few basic facts about GREED and the Brain.
    • Greed is ultimately part of human nature…
    • Max Otte supports his statements with some scientific studies, as expected from a professor. Among others he describes an experiment where students were asked questions concerning financial investments while having their heads in a MRI scanner.
    • One of the questions was whether they wanted 100 dollars now or rather 110 dollars in 4 months. The MRI scanner then showed which parts of the brain were especially active during the answering of the questions. Every time, the test subject was “greedy”, i.e. wanted the 100 dollars immediately, the cerebellum exhibited a high level of activity. In the history of evolution the cerebellum is a very old part of the brain which is also found in reptiles—one could say it contains our primary rudimentary instinct. However, those test subjects who decided for the 110 dollars in 4 months exhibited a high level of activity in the cerebrum that is used for conscious thinking.
  • 48. The ‘old brain’
  • 49. The 3 basic questions of every ‘old brain’
    • Survival is key…
      • Can I eat it? Will it eat me?
      • Can I mate with it? Will it mate with me?
      • Can I recognise it? (recursive loop)…
    • BUT, not only survival, but efficiency!
    • However, it is clear that there are some individuals and systems that change this cycle…
  • 50. Thesis 2: Because of survival and energy efficiency there MUST be a value transaction to change behaviour.
    • The question is…
    • What is the VALUE?
    • Can ‘healthier’ values be facilitated or taught?
  • 51. A case study: Graham Power and the Power Group of Companies.
  • 52. The company
    • Started in 1983
    • Currently the largest privately owned construction and development company in South Africa.
    • Annual turnover of 1.4 Billion rand
    • 1500 employees.
  • 53. This shifts in Graham’s life:
    • A conversion to the Christian faith in 1999
    • Wealth and money in 2000 / 2001  Graham Power Charitable Trust.
    • The formation of the Power Group Charitable Trust Fund
  • 54. Some implications:
    • Personally no longer motivated by greed:
      • Wealth is capped
      • Has entered into a ‘higher’ value proposition  obedience to the principles of the Christian faith.
      • Examples:
        • Gives away 51% of personal income
        • Chose not to list the Power Group
    • The company can make decisions based on a bigger value transaction.
      • The 100 year dream
      • The Group’s purpose ‘To improve the lives of people in Africa through infrastructure development’
  • 55. Where the Church misses the point …
    • Business is NOT just a cheque book for C h urch ministry!
    • We focus almost exclusively on ‘individual discipleship’ “For the son of man came to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10)
    • Congregations and ‘the Church’
    • Pastoring only ‘the saved’ & missing ‘the lost’
  • 56. A reminder: The 5 paradigms for Kingdom Business.
    • God’s discipleship plan is for more than just individuals. (Matthew 28:18-20)
    • The marketplace has been ‘redeemed’, and so it needs to be ‘reclaimed’ (Luke 19:10)
    • God views every Christian as a minister, and so work can be worship! (Col 3:23-24)
    • God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19)
    • True transformation must be tangible and visible
  • 57. The Power Group
    • Internal Kingdom Strategy:
      • Disciple
      • Transform the Spiritual Climate (Prayer and intercession)
      • Evangelise
      • Work can be worship!
      • Choose!
  • 58. The Power Group
    • External Kingdom Strategy
      • Reclaim
      • Transform
      • Evangelise
        • People
        • Systems
  • 59. QUESTIONS?
  • 60. Transforming Business to Kingdom Business Dr. Dion Forster Power Group of Companies / Global day of prayer / Unashamedly Ethical http://www.dionforster.com