Leading Missionary Engagment in Western Contexts

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Ecclesia National Gathering 2010
The Life and Work of a Missional Leader
Collective Session #2
Bob and Mary Hopkins

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Leading Missionary Engagment in Western Contexts

  1. 1. The Life & Work of a Missional Leader<br />Leading missionary engagement in Context<br />Collective Session 2<br />
  2. 2. We could ask the Question<br /><ul><li>What do you look for in a leader?
  3. 3. Write down a dozen characteristics</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>The Life of the Leader – Character/Qualities
  4. 4. The Work of the Leader – Behaviours</li></li></ul><li>In Groups of 2 or 3<br /><ul><li>What did Jesus DO? (WDJD!)
  5. 5. What did Jesus DO for his Followers?</li></li></ul><li>Missional Leader’s Work<br />Recognising it’s God’s mission<br />Understanding the Context<br />Getting & sharing vision for calling<br />Gathering & Building team<br />Process based on discernment & planning<br />Reading Culture & find Gospel connections<br />Social engagement & strategic evangelism<br />Mentoring & multiplying disciples & leaders<br />Building Community on values & vehicles<br />More on these in focussed sessions<br />
  6. 6. 1.Recognising it’s God’s Mission<br />
  7. 7. Recognising It’s God’s Mission<br /><ul><li>The “missiodei” – “God so loved the World … – Expect an active initiating God – Love the only mission motivation
  8. 8. Finding out what God is doing & joining in!
  9. 9. Spirituality & Theology equal to the Task</li></li></ul><li>2.Understanding our Context<br />
  10. 10. Christendom Context<br />Society<br />Fringe<br />Church<br />Robert Warren – Building Missionary Congregations<br />
  11. 11. Christendom Context<br />Society<br />Fringe<br />Church<br />
  12. 12. Secular Pluralism<br />Church<br />
  13. 13. Eg. Contextual Engagement<br /><ul><li>Church of the School
  14. 14. Surfers Church
  15. 15. Church of Urban poor (VivGrigg)
  16. 16. Church of Retirement Residential Home
  17. 17. Church of families & kids (“Messy Church”)
  18. 18. Church of Handicapped
  19. 19. Church in Café culture
  20. 20. Romany/Gypsy Church
  21. 21. Iranian/Afghan asylum church</li></ul>All sorts of “fresh expressions” of church<br />
  22. 22. The NationalPopulation<br />  <br />Church<br />Fringe<br />Open De - Churched<br />Closed De - Churched<br />Non - Churched<br />Age<br />STOPstarting with the church!<br />
  23. 23. Regular attendees - at least monthly (10%)<br />Non-churched (40%)<br />Fringe - less than monthly (10%)<br />Open de-churched (20%)<br />Closed de-churched (20%)<br />Different mission fields<br />
  24. 24. Judea … the familiar?<br />Samaria … the disagreeable?<br />The ends of the earth … the unthinkable? <br />Churched <br />Non-Churched ?<br />De-Churched ? <br />Fringe ?<br />Judean Journey isn’t enough<br />Notice what happens to the old centre, and the mission shape<br />
  25. 25. 3 Missional Approaches <br /><ul><li>Attractional Church
  26. 26. Engaged Church
  27. 27. Emerging Church </li></ul>Hirsch & Frost – adapted by Hopkins<br />
  28. 28. Attractional Method<br />COME<br />
  29. 29. GO and then<br />COME<br />Engaged Method<br />
  30. 30. GO and then STAY<br />Emerging Method<br />and see what ARISES<br />
  31. 31. Changing Church Modes<br />Inherited<br />Emerging<br />Programmes<br /> Buildings<br /> Large Groups<br /> Organisation<br />People<br /> Community<br />Small Groups<br /> Relationships<br />Church =<br />Building + Priest + Stipend<br />Church =<br />People + Faith + Action<br />Robert Warren – Building Missionary Congregations<br />
  32. 32. Changed language -> Thinking<br />Mixed Economy<br /> Inherited + New Ways of Church <br />Fresh Expressions v. Church Plants<br />Mission shaping Church <br /> v. Church shaping Mission<br />
  33. 33. A Gospel principle at work<br /><ul><li>“dying to live”</li></ul>“ I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it produces many seeds”<br />John 12: 24<br />
  34. 34. A story to illustrate<br />dvd case study<br />
  35. 35. 3.Getting & sharing Vision for Calling<br />
  36. 36. Getting & Sharing Vision<br />From God<br />to the world<br />Listen<br />Own<br />GET <br />VISION<br />Voice of God<br />Voice of people<br />Sifts Vision<br />Sifts followers<br />SHARE <br />VISION<br />Confirm<br />Discern<br />Cast<br />Define<br />25<br />
  37. 37. 4.Gathering & building Team<br />
  38. 38. What IS andISN’TTeam<br />Just 4 Reporting Relationships<br />Minister<br />Music<br />Assistant<br />Admin/Secretary<br />Youth & Children<br />
  39. 39. What IS andISN’TTeam<br />10Team Relationships<br />Leader<br />Member 4<br />Member 1<br />Member 2<br />Member 3<br />
  40. 40. Team differences - the Key<br />Working<br />For<br />Working<br />Against<br />or<br />
  41. 41. 5.Processes based on Discernment in Context & Planning<br />
  42. 42. Discernment in Context<br />Discernment in Context<br />Phased Planning<br />Action<br />Planning<br />
  43. 43. 6.Reading the Culture & finding Gospel Connections<br />
  44. 44. 5 Stages of Listening<br /><ul><li>What do we know already?
  45. 45. Initial Research
  46. 46. Deeper Listening
  47. 47. Reflection and testing God’s call
  48. 48. Presentation and action</li></li></ul><li>Find Gospel Connections<br />Know your Gospel … of the Kingdom<br />“God’s total answer to the Human condition”<br />Affirming aspect<br /> - Leading into every good provision & purpose<br />Challenging aspects<br /> - Leading out of all in culture that is destructive & diminishing<br />
  49. 49. 7.Social Engagement & Strategic Evangelism<br />
  50. 50. Community Engagement<br />Social Engagement<br />- Immersion in theirs<br /> - “invading secular space”<br />
  51. 51. Strategic Evangelism<br />Strategic approach to Evangelism<br /> - Rather than our favourite method<br />Strategies of Evangelism<br /> - “Person of Peace”<br /> - Passing & permanent relationships<br /> - Proclamation & presence<br /> - God’s power & our Preparation<br />What makes Good soil Good?!<br />
  52. 52. 8.Mentoring & Multiplying Disciples & Leaders<br />
  53. 53. Mentoring Leaders<br />Mentor/apprentice<br />Formal training<br />Socialisation<br />3 Processes of Learning/Formation<br />
  54. 54. Vision & Values of Discipleship<br />Aim: A transformational journey with Jesus to become like Him<br />
  55. 55. Discipleship Process<br />Aim: A transformational journey with Jesus to become like Him<br />Discipleship Method<br />- Accountability …. “Huddles”<br />Biblical Discipleship Principles<br />- Something like “Lifeshapes”<br />
  56. 56. 9.Building Community on Values & Vehicles<br />
  57. 57. Community Values<br />Values build community … in Unity?<br /> But is it “in Context”?<br />Spoken & unspoken Values<br />- Recognised & unrecognised<br />Our Values & Their Values<br />- Contextual or Imperial<br />
  58. 58. Have you agreed Values?<br />The iceberg of assumed values<br />Sea Level<br />
  59. 59. 4 Spaces of Belonging<br /><ul><li>Intimate space accountability
  60. 60. Personal space small group
  61. 61. Social space mid-size community
  62. 62. Public space celebration</li></ul>Joseph R Meyers – The search to Belong<br />
  63. 63. The missing Social Space<br />Mid-size: extended family: synagogue<br />Able to express the culture of a context<br />- the sum of all our contributions<br />Able to re-build Community<br />- Restoring a broken society<br />
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  65. 65. 10. Summary – Leading through the “Paradigm Shift”<br />
  66. 66. Baptist etc.<br />Based on Control<br />Anglican etc.<br />Alan Roxburgh – Leadership & liminality<br />
  67. 67. Based on Release<br />Apostolic<br />Prophetic<br />Mission Movement<br />
  68. 68. Q & A <br />What Q’s does this raise for you?<br />
  69. 69. 360 degree Listening<br />

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