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  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show.

    (Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)

    Let’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms.

    On the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap.

    Modernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational.

    The only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show.

    (Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)

    Let’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms.

    On the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap.

    Modernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational.

    The only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show.

    (Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)

    Let’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms.

    On the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap.

    Modernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational.

    The only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a violent collision of two distant galaxies which triggered massive amounts of star formations in a spectacular fireworks show.

    (Accessed on November 15, 2004 from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/sg_images/hubble_pic_browse.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/stars_galaxies/stargazing/stargazing_image.html&h=286&w=400&sz=13&tbnid=aS9vjMk1n4QJ:&tbnh=85&tbnw=118&start=4&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplanetary%2Bcollision%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D)

    Let’s draw a parallel. When 2 worlds collide in space, it creates a galactic fireworks show. When 2 worldviews collide, the effects are similar in the social, cultural, and spiritual realms.

    On the lower left you see the leadership paradigm belonging to modernity. On the upper right you see the leadership paradigm belonging to postmodernity. Notice these are such distinct models that there is no overlap.

    Modernity was characterized by organizations that were centralized, hierarchical, vertical, mechanistic, executive-oriented, bureaucratic, rigid and transactional. Postmodern organizations are decentralized, flattened, horizontal, team-based, organic, fluid, flexible and transformational.

    The only connector is the fact that we are in transition from one to another. And it is this period of history, the transition, that we currently find ourselves in. And it’s bound to be a painful journey for leaders who care to make the trek. But as Ronald Heifitz of Howard University’s Leadership Education Project asserted, “There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain. Leadership is one of them.” That statement could never be more true than when applied to this most challenging period of worldview transition.











































  • Emergingmissionalchurch

    1. 1. emerging missional churches
    2. 2. For Ourselves: Almighty and ever-living God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with us as we take counsel for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    3. 3. For Guidance: O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path we may not stumble… By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
    4. 4. Where are we in the history of faith? Harvey Cox: Three Ages - A. Age of Faith B. Age of Beliefs C. Age of the Spirit Phyllis Tickle: Great Fall of Rome, Great Schism, Great Reformation ... Great Emergence Ancient (Patristic), Medieval, Modern, Postmodern
    5. 5. Where are we in the history of faith? Harvey Cox: Three Ages - A. Age of Faith B. Age of Beliefs C. Age of the Spirit Phyllis Tickle: Great Fall of Rome, Great Schism, Great Reformation ... Great Emergence Ancient (Patristic), Medieval, Modern, Postmodern
    6. 6. What’s emerging?
    7. 7. Some ways to think of the church that is emerging - As center a… a fringe a stage a n d a r a n g e.
    8. 8. a stage
    9. 9. Consider that we live in at least three worlds. Emerging world NOW Modern world Pre-modern world Non-modern world
    10. 10. it ion s Tran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
    11. 11. it ion s Tran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
    12. 12. New Paradigm/ it ion Model s Tran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
    13. 13. New Paradigm/ it ion Model s Tran L ate it ion ra ns Old yT rl Ea Paradigm/ Model
    14. 14. The Churches of Tomorrow The Churches that are emerging The Churches We Know
    15. 15. The Churches We Love and Respect The Churches of Tomorrow The Churches that are emerging The Churches We Know
    16. 16. As center
    17. 17. Liturgical Social Action Evangelical Charismatic
    18. 18. a fringe
    19. 19. Is this “the emerging church?” pentecostal A new “slice Anglican of the pie?” catholic baptist
    20. 20. Or are these the churches that are emerging? pentecostal reformed A new ring on catholic the tree… baptist
    21. 21. Or are both forms of the church that is emerging? pentecostal reformed catholic baptist How will they relate?
    22. 22. a r a n g e.
    23. 23. D Eastern Orthodox E Roman Catholic E P Anglo-Catholic E Anglican C C Lutheran L E Presbyterian S Methodist I O Baptist L O Pentecostal G House, Cell, Storefront Y Micro, quantum, liquid, ghost, ephemeral, unconscious, etc .
    24. 24. D Eastern Orthodox E Roman Catholic NOTE: E P Anglo-Catholic Protestant History - E Downward Expansion Anglican C C Lutheran L Power becomes more E Presbyterian widely distributed; S Methodist control is increasingly I limited. O Baptist L O Pentecostal G House, Cell, Storefront Y Micro, quantum, liquid, ghost, ephemeral, unconscious, etc .
    25. 25. D Eastern Orthodox E Roman Catholic QUESTION: E P Anglo-Catholic What happens when E various levels learn Anglican from one another? C C Lutheran L E Presbyterian What happens when S Methodist people inhabit various I levels at once? O Baptist L O Pentecostal G House, Cell, Storefront Y Micro, quantum, liquid, ghost, ephemeral, unconscious, etc .
    26. 26. D E NOTE: THE EARLY E CHURCH BEGAN P AT THE BOTTOM E AND EXPANDED C UPWARD OVER 3 C CENTURIES … L E S I O L O G EARLY HOUSE Y CHURCHES JESUS AND DISCIPLES … ITINERANT COMMUNITY
    27. 27. D Eastern Orthodox PERHAPS GOD’S E GOAL IS Roman Catholic E DIVERSIFICATION - P Anglo-Catholic NOT DIVISION E Anglican C NOT UNIFORMITY C Lutheran L BUT E Presbyterian FLEXIBILITY FOR S Methodist MISSION I O Baptist L O Pentecostal G House, Cell, Storefront Y Micro, quantum, liquid, ghost, ephemeral, unconscious, etc .
    28. 28. emergence and convergence
    29. 29. Conservative way Modern Crisis Medieval church Liberal way from Nancey Murphy, “Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism”
    30. 30. “evangelical” Modern Crisis Medieval church “mainline” from Nancey Murphy, “Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism”
    31. 31. Increasing Polarization Conservative way Medieval church Modern Crisis Liberal way
    32. 32. Increasing Polarization Conservative way Medieval church Modern Crisis Liberal way
    33. 33. The Post-Liberal, Post-Evangelical Convergence Conservative way Medieval church Modern Postmodern Crisis Interruption Liberal way
    34. 34. Conservative way A Generous Orthodoxy? Modern Crisis A Missional Liberal way Church?
    35. 35. Conservative way Modern Crisis Liberal way
    36. 36. What will happen?
    37. 37. What will you and I do?
    38. 38. A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
    39. 39. choluteca river bridge after hurricane mitch, honduras, CA 1998
    40. 40. In your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect... 1 Peter 3:15-16
    41. 41. 2500+ BC Prehistoric World
    42. 42. 2500+ BC Prehistoric World
    43. 43. 2500 BC - 500 AD 500 BC 1 AD 500 AD Ancient World Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman empires
    44. 44. 2500 BC - 500 AD 500 BC 1 AD 500 AD Ancient World Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman empires
    45. 45. 2500 BC - 500 AD 500 AD - 1500 AD 500 BC 1 AD 500 AD 1500 AD Ancient World Medieval World Printing/Gutenberg Caravel/Transport Guns/Infantry/Artillery New Economy Copernicus/Galileo Reformation/Luther
    46. 46. 2500 BC - 500 AD 500 AD - 1500 AD 500 BC 1 AD 500 AD 1500 AD Ancient World Medieval World Printing/Gutenberg Caravel/Transport Guns/Infantry/Artillery Copernicus/Galileo Reformation/Luther
    47. 47. 1500 AD - 2000 AD 1950 AD - ??? 1500 AD 1750 AD 2000 AD Medieval World Modern World Postmodern World Print/Screen/Internet New Science New Weapons New Transportation New Economy New Spirituality
    48. 48. 1500 AD - 2000 AD 1950 AD - ??? 1500 AD 1750 AD 2000 AD Medieval World Modern World Postmodern World Print/Screen/Internet New Science New Weapons New Transportation New Economy New Spirituality

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