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Changing Eras: From the Church Era to the Kingdom Era

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God is stirring this generation like no other to understand his Kingdom. And, as we respond, He moves us from being locked in our building, inwardly focused to our communities, our nation and our world!

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Changing Eras: From the Church Era to the Kingdom Era

  1. 1. Kingdom Transformation Juanita Berguson
  2. 2. God is moving us from the Church Era to the Kingdom Era. In the Church Era, each local church worked to fulfill their individual part of advancing the Kingdom of God. In the Kingdom Era, followers of Christ across cities and regions will cooperatively work to advance the Kingdom of God.
  3. 3. The Church Era <ul><li>Today most churches are inwardly focused. </li></ul><ul><li>We spend 98% of our time and resources... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing the number of people who attend our services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caring for those who attend services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building space for our services </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Kingdom Era <ul><li>Our focus will shift from having services to building people who serve God and others. </li></ul><ul><li>People who can, in the course of every day living </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead disciplined and godly lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effectively lead others to Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effectively train others to be skilled followers of Christ </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What changes will occur? <ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From teaching to training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organizing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From board led churches to leaders of an ever expanding number of new works </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spending and resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From facility centric to focusing on things that advance the Kingdom ‘out there’ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Assess our training skills <ul><li>If we are going to move from teaching to training, lets rate our effectiveness in training in the 5 key equipping areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Lets use a 1 - 5 scale: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 means we need help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 means we are doing great </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Evangelism <ul><li>How effective are we at... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training our people to effectively share Christ in their homes, at work and in the context of their daily lives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capturing and utilizing testimonies, the God stories that occur as Christ impacts us and our world? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate your church between 1 and 5 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Discipleship <ul><li>How effective are we at... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making disciples, or skilled followers who can share Christ and follow him in a trained, mature, disciplined way? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making disciples who can effectively reproduce themselves ‘out there’ in the context of their day to day lives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate your church between 1 and 5 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Vision and Mission <ul><li>How effective are we at... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping our people find the special work that God has called them to and fulfilling their destiny? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipping our people to help those who they are training to be skilled followers to find and fulfil their destiny? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate your church between 1 and 5 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Truth. Defending against cults, evolution and world philosophies. <ul><li>How effective are we at... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipping our people to effectively defend against the attacks that come from those world philosophies that challenge the truth? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipping our people to help those who they are training to be skilled followers who know how to contend for the truth? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate your church between 1 and 5 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Planting and Building <ul><li>Our biggest challenge is that our wineskins grow old and ineffective </li></ul><ul><li>Even a Sunday School class, after 2 years tends to become ineffective at assimilating new members. Relationships ‘gel’ and there is little room for newcomers. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Planting and Building continued <ul><li>To advance the Kingdom, we need to improve our works that already exist. </li></ul><ul><li>We need new works to address needs that are not being met. </li></ul><ul><li>We need new works to replace works that have aged and will “break” if changed. </li></ul><ul><li>How effective is your church at equipping people to support and begin new works and to </li></ul><ul><li>improve existing works? </li></ul>
  13. 13. The City or Regional Church Emerges <ul><li>The Church in Ephesus and the Church in Corinth were the believers in the region. They worked together to advance the Kingdom. </li></ul><ul><li>We want to build a coalition of organizations and individuals who work together to advance the Kingdom in our region. </li></ul>2
  14. 14. Problem Statement <ul><li>For the most part, believers are not fully equipped in the 5 Key Functions. </li></ul><ul><li>Believers should not only be fully equipped in these 5 Key Functions, they should be able to, in turn, develop other skilled followers. </li></ul>
  15. 15. What is the solution? <ul><li>God has promised to provide us people who can equip us in the 5 Key Functions. Those people and functions are: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Apostles to teach us to plant and support new works </li></ul><ul><li>2. Prophets to stir us to find and fulfill our purpose and to defend the truth </li></ul><ul><li>3. Evangelists to help us be Good News Messengers </li></ul><ul><li>4. Pastors to teach us to live right, to provide care and service </li></ul><ul><li>5. Teachers to equip us to teach others </li></ul>
  16. 16. Who cannot solve the problem? <ul><li>Can I? </li></ul><ul><li>- “No.” </li></ul><ul><li>Can you? </li></ul><ul><li>- “No.” </li></ul><ul><li>Can your or my ministry? </li></ul><ul><li>- “No.” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Who can solve the problem? <ul><li>God himself provides those that equip. </li></ul><ul><li>If we will properly join together, we can -TOGETHER! - solve the equipping problem. </li></ul><ul><li>We can grow -individually and corporately- as God intends us to grow if the body joins together and functions in the 5 key areas. </li></ul><ul><li>“ From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” </li></ul><ul><li>Eph. 4:16 </li></ul>
  18. 18. See the end at the Beginning <ul><ul><li>The need to connect is directly in proportion to the size of our vision for the region! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we envision individuals fully equipped in the 5 functions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If so, we will see the need to connect across the region to tap into individuals who are skilled at developing others in each of the 5 key functions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As leaders connect across the region, they will demonstrate how important it is to collaborate to build the Kingdom. This provides a ‘model’ for others to follow! </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. The big question - Are we committed? <ul><ul><li>To PERSONAL Ministry, a deliberate ministry to other individuals? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PUBLIC Ministry, deliberately serving in our congregational meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REGIONAL Ministry, receiving and -as we are able- serving others throughout the region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders: providing training for people in the 5 Key Functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All: growing in the 5 Key Functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All: serving our communities </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Committed to connecting. <ul><ul><li>Are we committed to connecting... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...to improve our function </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...to support the function of others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...to extend the Kingdom </li></ul></ul></ul>

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