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The Missional Journey Update

  1. 1. The Missional Journey<br />Being the Presence of Christ<br />Ircel Harrison<br />Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />
  2. 2. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />How Things Have Changed<br />“We’re not in Kansas anymore!”<br />
  3. 3. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />The Missional ContextFrom Loren Mead, The Once and Future Church<br />Christendom<br />Unity of church, state, and society<br />Need for uniformity<br />Mission: a far off enterprise<br />Laity: obey rules, maintain order<br />Post-Christendom<br />Church marginalized by state and society<br />Diversity of belief<br />Mission: at our door<br />Laity: do mission and ministry<br />
  4. 4. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />The Missional Context<br />First, we live in a time of discontinuous change. <br />Second, we are in transition, but we don’t know the destination.<br />Third, “The Spirit of God is among the people of God; therefore, the wisdom to address the challenges of witness and mission in a discontinuous environment exists among the people and needs to be called forth within each and every community.”<br />--Alan Roxburgh<br />
  5. 5. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />What is a missional church?<br />
  6. 6. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />“The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning”<br />--Emil Brunner<br />
  7. 7. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />Missional Church: The Basics<br />CHURCH – The church is.<br /> Community created by the Spirit as Holy and Human.<br />MINISTRY – The church does what it is.<br /> Community led and taught by the Spirit.<br />ORGANIZATION – The church organizes what it does.<br /> Organization as contextual and provisional.<br />
  8. 8. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />The Marks of a Missional ChurchFrom The Missional Journey: Being the Presence of Christ<br />Missional churches make disciples.<br />Missional churches embrace a biblical worldview.<br />Missional churches engage in spiritual formation.<br />Missional churches maintain dependence on God.<br />Missional churches celebrate the presence and promises of God.<br />Missional churches passionately proclaim the Gospel.<br />
  9. 9. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />The Marks of a Missional Church<br />Missional churches model authentic community.<br />Missional churches think and act locally and globally.<br />Missional churches develop and deploy suffering servants.<br />Missional churches look long term.<br />
  10. 10. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />OK, so what are we going to do about it?<br />
  11. 11. A NEW WAY TO DO CHURCHFrom a concept by Alan Roxburgh<br />Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />
  12. 12. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />The Missional Church—A Balance<br />High Tech – High Touch<br />Outreach – Inreach<br />Presence – Passion<br />Practical – Theological<br />Absolute Truth – Ambiguous Truth<br />Process -- Program<br />
  13. 13. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />Patterns of the Missional Church<br />Pattern 1: Missional Vocation<br />Pattern 2: Biblical Formation and Discipleship<br />Pattern 3: Taking Risks as a Contrast Community<br />Pattern 4: Practices that Demonstrate God’s Intent for the World<br />Pattern 5: Worship as Public Witness<br />
  14. 14. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />Pattern 6: Dependence on the Holy Spirit<br />Pattern 7: Pointing Toward the Reign of God<br />Pattern 8: Missional Authority<br />(From Lois Y. Barrett et al. Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness)<br />
  15. 15. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />A Missional Church and Its CommunityFrom Ten Paradigm Shifts Toward Community Transformation<br />From building walls to building bridges.<br />From measuring attendance to measuring impact.<br />From encouraging the saints to attend the service to equipping the saints for works of service.<br />From “serve us” to service—from inward to outward focus.<br />From duplication of human services and ministries to partnering with existing services and ministries.<br />From fellowship to functional unity.<br />
  16. 16. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />A Missional Church and Its Community<br />From condemning the city to blessing the city and praying for it.<br />From being a minister in a congregation to being a minister in a parish.<br />From anecdote and speculation to valid information.<br />From teacher to learner.<br />
  17. 17. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />The Missional Church<br />The church of today MUST know its field of possibilities and plan accordingly!<br />Profile FIRST then <br />Plan with Relevance!<br />
  18. 18. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />The Missional Church—A Challenge<br />Very few churches will thrive in the 21st century because we are . . .<br />Too nice to sweat<br />Too proud to cry<br />Too stubborn to change<br />Too sophisticated to laugh<br />Too busy to celebrate<br />
  19. 19. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />“A ship is safest in port, but that’s not what ships are for.”<br />
  20. 20. Ircel Harrison Pinnacle Leadership Associates<br />For additional information, contact Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowshipwww.tncbf.org or 1-888-661-8223<br />

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