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New Paradigms In Ministry And Church 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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  • Dear Dr Dion Forster ,
    I am very much interested in this presentation, but I could only manage to open or download till page 12, I dont know what the problem. Woould you please send the file , if possible, to my following email address : philips_k@live.com.

    Thank You & God Bless You and Your Ministry

    Philips K
    Bandung, Indonesia
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  • What would Jesus do?
  • 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.
  • a. http://www.qaya.org/blog/?p=504 accessed 20 January 2009, 13.10
  • a. http://www.qaya.org/blog/?p=504 accessed 20 January 2009, 13.10
  • a. http://www.qaya.org/blog/?p=504 accessed 20 January 2009, 13.10
  • p.71 of Methodism in Southern Africa
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  • 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)
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  • Please see Kevin Light’s chapter ‘An Affirmative action of theological experience’ in Forster and Bentley 2008b
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  • a. http://www.qaya.org/blog/?p=504 accessed 20 January 2009, 13.10
  • a. http://www.qaya.org/blog/?p=504 accessed 20 January 2009, 13.10
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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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • p.71 of Methodism in Southern Africa
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  • Transcript

    • 1. New paradigms in ministry : Transforming the Church ALICT 2009 Dr Dion Forster http://www.dionforster.com
    • 2. Outcomes:
      • By the end of this session you should be able to:
      • Share a basic understanding of the doctrine of the Church
      • Explain the mission of the Church.
      • Identify and understand some of the deficiencies in contemporary Church structure and practice that detract from God’s mission for the Church.
      • Engage critically with a variety of perspectives on Church to bring renewed effectiveness and faithfulness to your ministry in the Church.
    • 3. 1. Prolegomenon – the Church
      • Questions for group discussion
      • What is the Church? (Theology!)
      • What is God’s mission for the Church?
      • Can you please list some practical examples of things that Churches should do to fulfill God’s mission in the world?
    • 4. The Power of focus…
      • Watch this video…
      • VERY DIFFICULT! So please count carefully, how many times is the ball passed between the players (Count, concentrate, and let’s see who wins!)
    • 5. 1.a. What is the Church?
      • ekklesia – c.f. Matt 16:18 – literally an ‘assembly, group of people’ >> Denotes ‘a people’, a ‘set aside’ group of people.
      • The early Church Acts 2:42-47.
        • Met in homes / the marketplace
        • Gathered around ‘discipleship’, not ‘discipline’
      • The word Church refers to two entities:
        • The Church (capital ‘C’) – the Church Universal
        • The churches (small ‘c’) – denominations, congregations, cell groups…
        • Which Church do you think God sees as God looks at a city?
    • 6. 1.a. What is the Church? Cont…
      • How can you identify ‘the Church’? The marks of the Church are:
        • One / Holy / Catholic / Apostolic
      • The word ‘Church’ is an English form of the Greek kuriakē , meaning "of the Lord” (The Church is most likely a shortening of kuriakē oikia ‘ house of the Lord’) >> denotes ‘a place’ (no longer ‘a people’)
      • The Church as a ‘place’ and ‘institution’ only came into being after the conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine in the 4 th century.
    • 7. 1.b. What is God’s mission and purpose for the Church?
      • The missio dei ‘God’s mission’ (please refer to Forster 2008a:71ff. ‘What is Christian Mission?’)
        • ‘ He sent his Son for this purpose and He sends the Church into the world… for the same purpose’ ( van Sanders in Forster 2008:71)
      • What was Jesus’ mission?
        • cf. Lk 4:43, 4:18-19 - The Kingdom of God!
        • Is 11:6-9, Rev 21:3-5a. God’s eternal shalom a ‘peace that passes all understanding’
    • 8. 1.b. What is God’s mission and purpose for the Church? Cont…
      • The Church’s mission is to fulfill Jesus’ mission!
        • ‘ Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ Jn 20:21
        • … to “proclaim the Gospel of Christ for healing and transformation”, and to work towards a “Christ healed Africa for the healing of the nations”.
      • Where we miss the boat…
        • Saviour AND Lord (salvation AND discipleship) cf. Matt 28:19-20
    • 9. 1.b. What is God’s mission and purpose for the Church? Cont…
      • Ask yourself a few questions:
        • What constitutes most of the activity and preaching in your Church?
        • Does your Church do the same kind of things that Jesus did?
    • 10. 1.b. What is God’s mission and purpose for the Church? Cont…
        • Do you find the kind of people that Jesus welcomed in your Church (i.e., people on the margins of society)?
        • When you listen to the people in your Church, or your minister’s sermons, do they sound like the kind of things that Jesus would say?
        • Is your Church actively establishing God’s Kingdom in your community?
        • Are we ‘One’, ‘Holy’, ‘Catholic’, and ‘Apostolic’?
    • 11. 1.b. What is God’s mission and purpose for the Church? Cont…
      • Brian McLaren… What are the ‘big issues’ in
      • No wonder the world is giving up on the Church…
      Our church… Our world… Music Poverty Dress Hunger Buildings AIDS Status Global Warming Etc…
    • 12. 1.b. What is God’s mission and purpose for the Church? Cont…
      • I believe that Jesus Christ started the New Testament Church… He started it as a community of men and women with a mission, a new purpose for their lives. He gathered them, invested in them, and then commissioned them to go and live what he had lived among them.
    • 13. 1.b. What is God’s mission and purpose for the Church? Cont…
      • If we think of the Church as a celebration service that only happens in a building on Sundays, then Jesus doesn’t fit the model. We certainly won’t be able to call him ‘Pastor Jesus’…. If the Church is more dynamic than that; if indeed living like Jesus is how we should be and do Church, then thinking of Jesus and his band of followers as a Church community helps us have a more dynamic concept of what Church is all about.
      • Floyd McClung in reference to his book ‘You see bones, I see an army: Changing the way we do Church’ (2008, Struik Christian publishers: Cape Town).
    • 14.
      • The changing landscape of Christianity and ‘the Church’…
    • 15. Bullhorn…
    • 16. Revolution or evolution? Is the Church dying or just changing? - Dr Dion Forster http://www.dionforster.com
    • 17. Recap on the Church…
      • The Church is not just an institution – rather, it is a gathering of faithful disciples.
      • The Church refers to:
        • The Church Universal
        • The churches / denominations / congregations
      • The character, or marks of the Church are:
        • One
        • Holy
        • Catholic
        • Apostolic
      • The Church has a mission:
        • God’s mission – missio dei
        • Jesus mission – to establish God’s Kingdom
        • We need to relate to Jesus as Saviour AND Lord
    • 18. The question is….
      • ‘ Is the Church dying… or is the Christian faith merely changing? ’
      • How well is your Church doing in achieving God’s mission?
      • What are some of the struggles / difficulties / problems that we face as the Church?
      • What are we getting wrong? Were do we miss the point?
      • How could your discipleship help to change this situation?
      • What can you learn and gain from your time here at ALICT in order to renew the mission of the Church?
    • 19. 2. A few facts about Church membership and attendance.
      • The two most common narratives for the modern Church are decline or split… (blog post on the mainline Church from the Archbishop of Canterbury).
      • I don’t mind Jesus, but I don’t trust his wife [bride]… (comment by a skeptical friend).
      • I no longer go to Church… It just doesn’t seem to meet my needs anymore. The pastor knows nothing about my life and work, and the Church seems to do so little to actually change society. I’m tired of programs and courses. I need something different! I still serve the Lord, but I now belong to a Christian group at work (a Christian who no longer attends Church).
      • 60% of all Churches in America will die out by 2050 (Peter Brierley in Gibbs & Coffey 2005:20)
      • The long and the short of it is… Jesus needs new PR!
    • 20. 2. How secular people feel about ‘the Church’
    • 21. George Barna
      • The major changes in spiritual practice over the past half century have been largely window dressing. Pick a trend – mega churches, seeker churches, satellite campuses, vacation Bible school, children’s church, affinity group ministries (e.g., ministries for singles, women, men young marrieds) contemporary worship music, big screen projection systems, EFT giving, cell groups, downloadable sermons, sermon outlines in bulletins, Alpha groups. Al of the above have simply been attempts to rely on marketing strategies to perform the same activities in different ways or places, or with particular segments of the aggregate population.
    • 22. A decline in Church attendance Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation…. Ruth Gledhill’s report on Church attendance in the UK (2008).
    • 23. Reasons for decline in membership and attendance
      • Martin Wellings
      • A ‘Spiritual’ understanding (when the ‘heart grows cold’)
      • A cultural understanding (related particularly to secularization)
      • Pragmatic reasons for Church decline
      • No new members joining
      • Existing members leaving the Church
    • 24. Church attendance by age
    • 25. Church attendance by age (under 15)
    • 26. What are some of the effects of Church decline?
      • A diminished capacity to transform society and influence change (we’re loosing our saltiness, and dimming our light)
      • A loss of credibility (we’re loosing our ‘voice’ – in England, Australia and most of Europe the Church’s narrative has almost no place in mainstream society)
      • Diminishing financial resources to fund mission
      • The declining Church adopts a ‘lager’ mentality (defensive of it’s position, combative of other positive contributions from secular or other religious institutions etc.)
    • 27. THE CHURCH IS IN A GENERAL DECLINE (BUT, THE SAME CAN NOT BE SAID OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH!) (GRAPHS FROM PROF. JURGENS HENDRICKS,) STELLENBOSCH
      • Enough about the rest of the world … What about South Africa?
    • 28. % Christians in SA: 1911-2001
    • 29.
      • Only12% - committed… attendance is only about 3% - 5%... Let’s be honest, most Churches plan to fail….
      YET, the reality in South Africa does NOT reflect the Kingdom of God!
    • 30. Something is wrong with this picture!
      • 79% say they’re Christian, but somehow the churches are not helping them to BE Church…
      • All is NOT lost! If they SAY that they are Christian, we should help them to become what they say they are!
      • The Gospel, and the Christ of the Gospel, have NOT lost their power!
      • BUT, we need a ‘new kind’ of Church to do this… Our current models are not working… Here’s some data on our decline.
    • 31. Christian Marketshare Mainline Denominations 1911-2001
    • 32. Church membership in population groups 1911-2001 Whites Coloureds
    • 33. Christian Marketshare AIC, Pentecostal, Other 1911-2001 Pent/Charismatic
    • 34. What makes the AIC and American style ‘Independent’ Churches so popular?
      • They are evangelical (even if their gospel is not entirely good news).
      • They offer hope (particularly in addressing the most serious FELT needs of people):
        • Prosperity doctrine offers hope in poverty
        • Healing miracles and ministry offer hope in sickness
        • Contextually African (in AIC’s)
      • They have a strong entrepreneurial leadership… (see the sigmoid curve) whereas we face significant pressure to maintain our ‘culture’ (e.g., uniforms, orders of service, hierarchies)
      • They are ‘market oriented’ (changing in accordance with needs and pressures from outside), we are internally regulated (not responding to outside pressures and needs).
    • 35. So, what’s the point!?
      • Addressing FELT needs
      • Meeting people within THEIR context
      • Offering (some) solution
    • 36.  
    • 37. A map of the world (land area)
    • 38. The spread of wealth (a representational map)
    • 39. The most impoverished places in the world (a representational map)
    • 40. Christians in the world (a representational map)
    • 41. A map of the world (land area)
    • 42. But, is there enough for all of us?
    • 43. Sustaining the world!
      • Brown, Lester 2008 (Plan B 3.0 – Mobilizing to save civilization)
    • 44.
      • Brown, Lester 2008 (Plan B 3.0 – Mobilizing to save civilization)
      Sustaining the world!
    • 45.
      • Brown, Lester 2008 (Plan B 3.0 – Mobilizing to save civilization)
      Sustaining the world!
    • 46. Military spending (a representational map)
    • 47. AIDS deaths in the world (a representational map)
    • 48. The spread of wealth (a representational map)
    • 49. The most impoverished places in the world (a representational map)
    • 50. Christians in the world (a representational map)
    • 51. What’s wrong with our method?
      • We can be sure that it is NOT the Gospel that has lost its effectiveness (the MESSAGE, and PERSON of Christ remain valid and effective)
      • However, we can be sure that the delivery, engagement, and support mechanisms have lost their impact.
      • So what we need is to find a way of engaging the world in an ‘incarnational’ manner (addressing the needs of the world, from the perspective of the world), not in a transcendent manner (pressing the concerns and needs of the Church onto the world).
      • We need a new ‘narrative’ for the Gospel. The existing still has value, but only for those ‘in the system’ (it would seem), we need a narrative that engages those outside of the system..
    • 52. The life cycle of an institution (sigmoid curve).
    • 53. The life cycle of an institution (sigmoid curve).
    • 54. 3. So, how do we turn this around?
      • Face the facts! Denial will not serve the cause of God’s mission.
      • Do our best to understand God’s mission for OUR context.
      • Gain insights and expertise to help us in retooling the DNA of the C hurch for the c hurches.
      • Have the COURAGE to make some changes (for the sake of the Gospel!)
      • Make the most of your time here…
    • 55. The SAME mission in an ever CHANGING world
      • "The gospel must be constantly forwarded to a new address because the recipient is always changing his place of residence.” Graham Gray, Bishop of York
    • 56. Questions, input and discussion
      • Please share one thing that has challenged you, perhaps something you’ve learned today, a new insight, or something you’ve resolved to do.
      • Please affirm one thing that our Church is doing well!
      • Please highlight one thing that you would like to help change in our Church during your ministry.
      • Any other inputs?
    • 57. Some suggested reading
      • Forster, DA, 2007 An uncommon spiritual path. The quest to find Jesus beyond conventional Christianity. AcadSA publishers. Kempton Park.
      • Forster, DA & Bentley, W (eds) 2008a Methodism in Southern Africa. A celebration of Wesleyan mission. AcadSA publishers. Kempton Park.
      • Forster, DA & Bentley, W (eds) 2008b What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society by Southern A f rican Methodists.
      • Gibbs, E & Coffey, I 2005. C h urch next: Quantum changes in Christian ministry. Inter Varsity Press. Leicester, UK.
      • Barna, G, & Viola, F. 2008 Pagan Christianity? Exploring the roots of our Church practices. New York. Tyndale Publishers.
      • Viola, F 2008 Reimagining Church: Pursuing the dream of organic Christianity . David Cook P u blishers. Colorado
      • Brian McLaren ‘Everything must change’,
      • Rob Bell ‘Velvet Elvis’, ‘Sex God’, Jesus save the Christians
      • McClung, F. 2008. You see bones, I see an army: Changing the way we do Church. 2008 Cape Town. Struik Christian publishers http://www.spirituality.org.za/2009/01/church-with-mission-or-missions-without.html
      • http://www.spirituality.org.za/2009/03/week-in-review-catching-up-from-within.html
      • http://www.spirituality.org.za/files/HPH09March.ppt
      • http://www.spirituality.org.za/2009/03/emerging-church-conversation-is-church.htm
      • http://www.spirituality.org.za/2009/03/four-helpful-and-sound-categories-for.html l
    • 58. it’s not just ‘tools’ … A town called Middelburg…
    • 59. let’s recap… what was Jesus’ mission?
    • 60. what did Jesus come to do?
    • 61.  
    • 62.  
    • 63. the church’s mission is Jesus’ mission – the body of Christ
    • 64. your mission?
    • 65. βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ (the kingdom of God – the authority or ‘reign’ of God)
    • 66. WWJD?
    • 67. the question is…
    • 68. WWYD?
    • 69. ‘ Send us tractors, not tracts ’ Gustavo Gutiérrez
    • 70.  
    • 71. How do you do it? There are as many approaches as there are contexts… But here are some pointers.
    • 72.
      • 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.’
      Remember this!?
    • 73.  
    • 74.  
    • 75.  
    • 76.
      • S – spiritual gift: 1 Cor 12:7 "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good", and v.11 "All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one just as he determines".
      • H – heart: 1 Samuel 12:20 says "... honour the Lord with all your heart."
      • A – abilities:
      • P – personality:
      • E – Experiences: Romans 8:28 that "In all things God works for the good of those who love him".
      • Rom 9:20-21 "What right have you, a human being, to cross-examine God? The pot has no right to say to the potter: Why did you make me this shape? Surely a potter can do what he likes with the clay?"
    • 77.  
    • 78. “ You will never find your passion until you understand what breaks God’s heart ” Lloyd Reeb
    • 79. Your S.H.A.P.E God’s Power The world’s needs Where effective and authentic ministry takes place.
    • 80. the hermeneutic circle
    • 81. The hermeneutic circle – theological reflection (your most effective tool…)
    • 82.
      • 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
    • 83.  
    • 84.  
    • 85. 3. So, how do we turn this around?
      • We must change from:
      • Living in the past to engaging with the present
      • Market driven to mission-oriented
      • Bureaucratic hierarchies to apostolic networks
      • Schooling ‘professionals’ to mentoring servant leaders
      • Following celebrities to encountering saints
      • Dead orthodoxy to living faith (orthopraxy)
      • Attracting the crowd to seeking the lost
      • Belonging to believing
      • Generic congregations to incarnational communities.
      • NB! NB! NB! Please read Church Next by Eddie Gibbs, and Reimagining Church by Frank Viola
    • 86. Some differences between established and emergent Church movements Mainline / Established Church Emergent Centralised leadership / Professional clergy (separation between clergy and laity) Organic, egalitarian governance. No separation between laity and clergy Limits certain functions to ordained / sadly renders laity largely passive (pew warmers) Makes all members functioning Priests Has a ‘go to Church’ perspective Has a ‘be Church’ perspective Prioritizes programs (frequently to educate members on efficiently and effectively maintaining the status quo) Prioritizes relationships within the community (both within the Christian community and incarnating those values into the broader community) Depends on tithing and planned giving / requires large budgets (mostly spend on buildings and pastoral staff) Requires less funding, is frequently self supporting (either bi-vocational or marketplace ministry driven) Separates Church (ecclesiology), mission (missiology) and social transformation (corporate Soteriology) Intertwines ‘belonging’ and mission. Balances personal and corporate Soteriology
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    • 95. Roughly speaking, Generation Y is defined as - 2000 1977 8 31 < Birth Date between > < Current Age >
    • 96. What’s happening to the human race?
    • 97. How do we reach them?
      • Traditional marketing does not work
      • They program their media so they are off the radar
      • Your message must appeal to M’s sense of community and trend:
        • Belonging/community (facebook, myspace, twitter)
          • Media has replaced the playground
          • They spend less face time with friends and family, but interact electronically
          • Appealing to M’s sense of community, making them feel like they belong
        • Being part of a trend
          • Unlike other generations who had (trends) thrust upon them (like WWII, Viet Nam, 9/11), Y needs to feel that they matter
      • They will tell everyone they know, now!
    • 98. How do we send the call to generation Y?
      • Traditional outreach programs must be employed
        • Schools & Universities
        • Community centers
      • Combined with the new media
        • Mobile devices – cell phone, PDA, etc (Companies like Infreeda)
        • Using new messaging tactics
          • SMS messaging
          • Voice messaging
          • Facebook
          • Twitter
          • Mixit
          • QIK
    • 99. Why Social Networking?
      • Connect with friends and acquaintances (NB! Remember that the message is CAUGHT not just TAUGHT – relationships are central to ministry!)
      • Establish new relationships…networking
      • Establish virtual friendships with others that share common goals, interests, or struggles…create support networks
      • Share your content and message with a large number of persons instantly (twitter / facebook / QIK / Youtube)
      • Show your support/raise money for a specific cause
      • Get your message out!
    • 100. A New Front Door
      • Percent of Americans who have:
        • Watched a video online – 56%
        • Looked for a place to live – 39%
        • Looked for Spiritual Information – 35%
        • Read a journal of blog – 32%
        • Tag online content – 26%
        • Post comments on article or photo – 22%
        • Download a podcast to listen later – 19%
      Pew Internet and American Life Project
    • 101. What are some examples?
      • Social Networks – Facebook, LinkedIn, mySpace
      • Microblogging – Twitter, Friendfeed
      • Instant Message – Skype, MSN Messenger
      • Photos – Flickr, Picasa
      • Feed News Reader – Digg, Google Reader
      • Blog – Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress
      • Bookmarking – Delicious
      • Video – QIK, YouTUBE
    • 102. Growth in social networking
      • There was an estimated 276% increase in Facebook users ages 35 to 54 in the last 6 months of 2008 to reach a total of 7 million (according to an article in the New York Times Magazine.)
    • 103. Overview of Facebook
      • Social networking site aimed at networking with colleagues, classmates, and acquaintances
      • Set up personal profile/home page
      • “ Friends” are requested/accepted
      • Visibility of your data is dependent on your privacy settings
    • 104. Features of Facebook
      • Status updates (“the wall”)
      • Sharing of photos and videos
      • Create notes (aka blogs)
      • Email and chat functionality within site
      • Create Events and send invitations
      • Show your support for a cause and generate interest and donations
      • Show your interests through membership in groups and pages
      • Advertise and promote your business and your product
    • 105. The 3 C’s of new media
      • Current information at your fingertips
      • Collaborative tool to rally people together
      • Carrier of viral content
    • 106. Place in Media Mix Web Traditional Emerging News paper POS Cinema Bill Boards TV/ Radio Viral UGC Electronic Games SMS News paper POS Cinema Bill Boards Web
    • 107. 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
    • 108.
      • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) cont….
      • We’ve got the WRONG methodology!
    • 109.
      • 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…
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      • 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.’
      A quick recap…
    • 111. Who Are the Players?
    • 112. “ You Can’t Save Souls In An Empty Church…”
    • 113. Quick Poll: What is currently the fastest way to build a community of followers on the internet?
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    • 115. What Is Twitter?
      • Micro-blogging platform
      • Text and links ONLY for a maximum of 140 characters
      • Everything happens in real time
      • It’s the FUSE that explodes all your social media efforts
    • 116. Why Is Twitter the Fuse?
      • It’s the easiest to learn
      • Messages are delivered in real-time
      • 100% deliverability
      • Send people INSTANTLY to other places in your network
      • Viral by nature
    • 117. Getting Started With Twitter
      • Get Your Own Name
      • Write a catchy, clear Bio
      • Customize Your Look and Pic
    • 118. Getting Started With Twitter
    • 119. How To Build Your Twitter List
      • Follow THE RIGHT people
      • Become a valued Tweeter
      • Leverage the power of retweets
      • Ask lots of open-ended question
      • Synergize your network (The Biggie!)
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      • Tip #1: Follow people who recently followed your mentors and colleagues
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      • Tip #2: Follow people who are active at the time you follow them (60/30 Rule)
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      • Tip #3: Join in on the conversations before following (up to 70% reciprocation)
    • 125.
      • Tip #4: Follow at the right times and on the right days on the right days
        • 1pm – 3pm and 8pm – 11pm
        • Weekends Rule!
    • 126.
      • Tip #5: Be Consistent!
        • Follow 30 – 50 per day at first
        • Increase to 10% once you hit 500+
        • No more than 150% following to follower ratio
    • 127. Step 2: Leverage the Power of Retweets
    • 128. How To Get Retweets
      • To get retweeted, you must FIRST retweet
      • Keep your tweets short
      • Ask for Retweets by DM
      • ALWAYS shrink your URL (tinyurl.com)
    • 129. Step 3: Go fishing! (The Secret Power of Open-Ended Questions)
    • 130. Conversation Starters
      • “ What was your favorite holiday as a child?”
      • “ Which do you use Mac or PC?”
      • “ Which super-hero is most like you?”
      • “ What do you think sucks most about ____?”
      • “ What are you having for lunch today?”
      • “ Do you prefer crunchy or smooth peanut butter?”
    • 131.
      • 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.’
      REMEMBER the reason for Media is ministry!
    • 132. Strategic moves
      • Move towards the message (@heinwine)
        • Twitter
        • Blog
        • Content (video, e-print)
      • GIVE IT AWAY!
        • Consulting, speaking, secondary sales
    • 133. One last example…
      • An example from QIK.com
      • Setting up QIK:
      • http://www.qik.com/video/581960
      • Ministry and new media
      • http://www.qik.com/digitaldion
    • 134. My Social Media System
      • Social Media = A Party
      • Your Blog = Your Home
      • ‘ Rich media’ = The conversation
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    • 151. “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
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