1 Corinthians 13
I will show you the most excellent
way./
      Follow the way of love./

If I speak in the tongues of men and
of angels,/
...
And if I have prophetic powers,/
     and understand all mysteries
     and all knowledge,/
     and if I have all faith, ...
If I give away all I have,/
     And if I deliver my body to be
     burned, /
but have not love, I gain nothing./

Love i...
Love is not irritable or resentful;/
Love does not rejoice at wrong, but
rejoices in the right./
     Love bears all thing...
As for prophecies, they will pass away;/
As for tongues, they will cease;/
     As for knowledge, it will pass away./
For ...
When I was a child, I spoke and
thought and reasoned like a child,/
    But when I became an adult,/
    I gave up childis...
So faith, hope, and love abide, these
three;/
        But the greatest of these is
        love./

I will show you the mos...
What remains?
What needs to be left behind?
What needs to be “recycled” for the benefit of
 new life?
What needs to sprout up “on the other side?”
Cultivating Mission-
shaped Congregations
How things should be

        Tension


         How things are
How things are

        Tension


       How things were
How things can be


         Tension


                   How things are


                             Tension


        ...
churches in
intentional tension:
ten characteristics of
churches in
transition/
transformation
What are the characteristics?


1. Formed by the triple narrative of creation,
liberation, and reconciliation


2. Celebra...
4. Loves Jesus as the Word of God, and
reads the Bible through Christ.


5. Preaches (and creatively translates) the
gospe...
6. Rediscovers the church as a
disciple/apostle-forming community.


7. Talks honestly about sexuality,
calls to sexual sa...
9. Practices Christ-like
neighborliness toward people of
other faiths.


10. Welcomes questions, pursues
this unending que...
imagine this quest
    conversation
      friendship
hosted and facilitated
 in a neighborhood
  church near you
The Mission-Shaped
                  Church:

A School/Studio of Love ...



               Loving God

         Loving ne...
Loving God

       Loving neighbors



How much - and how - do
       we teach these
            essentials?
How to love God ...

              not just ...



How to love neighbors ...

              not just ...
1 Corinthians 13
I will show you the most excellent
way./
      Follow the way of love./

If I speak in the tongues of men and
of angels,/
...
And if I have prophetic powers,/
     and understand all mysteries
     and all knowledge,/
     and if I have all faith, ...
If I give away all I have,/
     And if I deliver my body to be
     burned, /
but have not love, I gain nothing./

Love i...
Love is not irritable or resentful;/
Love does not rejoice at wrong, but
rejoices in the right./
     Love bears all thing...
As for prophecies, they will pass away;/
As for tongues, they will cease;/
     As for knowledge, it will pass away./
For ...
When I was a child, I spoke and
thought and reasoned like a child,/
    But when I became an adult,/
    I gave up childis...
So faith, hope, and love abide, these
three;/
        But the greatest of these is
        love./

I will show you the mos...
Loving God
- with all your heart
- with all your mind
- with all your soul
- with all your strength

Loving self
- Being a...
Loving God
- with all your heart
- with all your mind
- with all your soul
- with all your strength
Loving Self
- Being a friend to yourself
- Self-care/Soul-care
- Self-knowledge/examination
- Self-discipline/development/...
Loving Others
- Neighbor, brother/sister, friend
- Stranger, alien, and other
- Outcast and enemy
- Nonhuman “neighbors” -...
What educational goals?
What overt curriculum?
What covert curriculum?
What learning methods and styles?
What learning env...
What Scope and Sequence?

Birth - Age 5

Age 5 - 11

Age 12 - 18

Age 18 - 29

Thirties

Forties

   etc.
A New Catechism

A. How do you grow your love for
God?

B. How do you grow in self-
knowledge?

C. How do you develop deep...
A New Catechism

E. How do you love the alien or
stranger?

F. How do you love the outcast?

G. How do you love the antago...
A wild idea …

You can do this.

In your home.

Without permission.

See what happens.

Maybe enlist a few co-conspirators...
Spirituality
Spirituality




Community
Spirituality




Community             Mission
Loving God


                 Loving
               outcast,
              stranger,
Loving One      enemy,
Another       ...
Seminar


                               Disciple-making
Community building




               Community Organizing


Mona...
Seminar


                               Disciple-making
Community building



    Studio of Love
               Community...
There are many reasons to
compare our churches to an
old male tortoise …
There are many reasons to
compare our churches to an old
male tortoise …
              Slow-moving … isolated …


        ...
There are
many reasons
to compare
the changes
in our world
to a tsunami
…
There are many reasons to
  compare the emerging global
culture to an orphaned hippo …


       Orphaned by religion …
   ...
-formation?
 What could happen in our world
      if we turned back outward
toward our neighbors - with good
    news, hop...
Cultivating Mission-
shaped Congregations
a poem by sam
shoemaker
I stand by the door.

I neither go too far in, nor
stay too far out,

The door is the most
important door in the world -

...
They creep along as if blind,

With outstretched, groping
hands.

Feeling for a door, knowing
there must be a door,

Yet t...
The most tremendous thing in the
world

Is for men and women, boys and
girls, to find that door - the door to
God.

The mo...
The latch that only clicks

And opens to the person’s own
touch.

People die outside that door

As starving beggars die,

...
They live, on the other side of
it - live because they have
not found it.

Nothing else matters
compared to helping them
f...
There’s no use my going way
inside, and staying there,

When so many are still outside
and they, as much as I,

Crave to k...
Go in, great saints, go all the
way in -

Go way down into the
cavernous cellars,

And way up into the spacious
attics -

...
Go into the deepest of hidden
casements,

Of withdrawal, of silence, of
sainthood.

Some must inhabit those inner
rooms,

...
Sometimes I take a deeper
look in,

Sometimes venture in a little
farther;

But my place seems closer to
the opening…

So ...
There is another reason why I stand
there.

Some people get part way in and
become afraid

Lest God and the zeal of His ho...
And want to get out. “Let me out!” they
cry.

And the people way inside terrify them
more.

Somebody must be by the door t...
Somebody must be watching for the
frightened

Who seek to sneak out just where they
came in,

To tell them how much better...
Somebody must watch for those who have
entered the door, but would like to run
away. So for them, too,

I stand by the doo...
The people who have not yet even
found the door,

Or the people who want to run away
again from God.

You can go in too de...
As for me, I shall take my old
accustomed place,

Near enough to God to hear God, and
know God is there,

But not so far f...
But - more important for me
- One of them, two of them,
ten of them,

Whose hands I am intended
to put on the latch.

So I...
So I stand by the door.



(Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 -
1963)
So I stand by the door.



(Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 -
1963)
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    1. 1. 1 Corinthians 13
    2. 2. I will show you the most excellent way./ Follow the way of love./ If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,/ but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal./
    3. 3. And if I have prophetic powers,/ and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,/ and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,/ but have not love, I am nothing./
    4. 4. If I give away all I have,/ And if I deliver my body to be burned, / but have not love, I gain nothing./ Love is patient and kind;/ Love is not jealous or boastful;/ Love is not arrogant or rude./ Love does not insist on its own way;/
    5. 5. Love is not irritable or resentful;/ Love does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right./ Love bears all things,/ believes all things,/ hopes all things,/ endures all things./ Love never ends./
    6. 6. As for prophecies, they will pass away;/ As for tongues, they will cease;/ As for knowledge, it will pass away./ For our knowledge and our prophecy are immature;/ But when maturity comes,/ the immature will pass away./
    7. 7. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned like a child,/ But when I became an adult,/ I gave up childish ways./ For now we see in a mirror dimly,/ But then face to face./ Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully,/ Even as I have been fully understood./
    8. 8. So faith, hope, and love abide, these three;/ But the greatest of these is love./ I will show you the most excellent way./ Follow the way of love./ Amen./
    9. 9. What remains?
    10. 10. What needs to be left behind?
    11. 11. What needs to be “recycled” for the benefit of new life?
    12. 12. What needs to sprout up “on the other side?”
    13. 13. Cultivating Mission- shaped Congregations
    14. 14. How things should be Tension How things are
    15. 15. How things are Tension How things were
    16. 16. How things can be Tension How things are Tension How things were
    17. 17. churches in intentional tension: ten characteristics of churches in transition/ transformation
    18. 18. What are the characteristics? 1. Formed by the triple narrative of creation, liberation, and reconciliation 2. Celebrates the Bible as an inspired, authoritative library - not a constitution. 3. Worships God as Christ-like: non-tribal and non-violent.
    19. 19. 4. Loves Jesus as the Word of God, and reads the Bible through Christ. 5. Preaches (and creatively translates) the gospel of the kingdom of God.
    20. 20. 6. Rediscovers the church as a disciple/apostle-forming community. 7. Talks honestly about sexuality, calls to sexual sanity. 8. Embraces a participatory eschatology and its anticipatory ethic.
    21. 21. 9. Practices Christ-like neighborliness toward people of other faiths. 10. Welcomes questions, pursues this unending quest.
    22. 22. imagine this quest conversation friendship hosted and facilitated in a neighborhood church near you
    23. 23. The Mission-Shaped Church: A School/Studio of Love ... Loving God Loving neighbors
    24. 24. Loving God Loving neighbors How much - and how - do we teach these essentials?
    25. 25. How to love God ... not just ... How to love neighbors ... not just ...
    26. 26. 1 Corinthians 13
    27. 27. I will show you the most excellent way./ Follow the way of love./ If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,/ but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal./
    28. 28. And if I have prophetic powers,/ and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,/ and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,/ but have not love, I am nothing./
    29. 29. If I give away all I have,/ And if I deliver my body to be burned, / but have not love, I gain nothing./ Love is patient and kind;/ Love is not jealous or boastful;/ Love is not arrogant or rude./ Love does not insist on its own way;/
    30. 30. Love is not irritable or resentful;/ Love does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right./ Love bears all things,/ believes all things,/ hopes all things,/ endures all things./ Love never ends./
    31. 31. As for prophecies, they will pass away;/ As for tongues, they will cease;/ As for knowledge, it will pass away./ For our knowledge and our prophecy are immature;/ But when maturity comes,/ the immature will pass away./
    32. 32. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned like a child,/ But when I became an adult,/ I gave up childish ways./ For now we see in a mirror dimly,/ But then face to face./ Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully,/ Even as I have been fully understood./
    33. 33. So faith, hope, and love abide, these three;/ But the greatest of these is love./ I will show you the most excellent way./ Follow the way of love./ Amen./
    34. 34. Loving God - with all your heart - with all your mind - with all your soul - with all your strength Loving self - Being a friend to yourself - Self-care/ Soul-care - Self-examination/knowledge - Self-discipline/development/donation Loving others - Neighbor, brother/sister, friend - Stranger, alien, and other - Outcast and enemy - Nonhuman “neighbors” - plants, animals, ecosystem
    35. 35. Loving God - with all your heart - with all your mind - with all your soul - with all your strength
    36. 36. Loving Self - Being a friend to yourself - Self-care/Soul-care - Self-knowledge/examination - Self-discipline/development/ donation
    37. 37. Loving Others - Neighbor, brother/sister, friend - Stranger, alien, and other - Outcast and enemy - Nonhuman “neighbors” - plants, animals, ecosystem
    38. 38. What educational goals? What overt curriculum? What covert curriculum? What learning methods and styles? What learning environments? What forms and practices? What enrollment policy? What teacher training? Prof. development? What frequency and intensity? What pace and sequence? What rites of passage? What degrees or honors?
    39. 39. What Scope and Sequence? Birth - Age 5 Age 5 - 11 Age 12 - 18 Age 18 - 29 Thirties Forties etc.
    40. 40. A New Catechism A. How do you grow your love for God? B. How do you grow in self- knowledge? C. How do you develop deep friendships? D. How do you love people of other religions?
    41. 41. A New Catechism E. How do you love the alien or stranger? F. How do you love the outcast? G. How do you love the antagonist, critic, wounder, or enemy? H. How do you love the earth?
    42. 42. A wild idea … You can do this. In your home. Without permission. See what happens. Maybe enlist a few co-conspirators. But keep it a secret as long as possible.
    43. 43. Spirituality
    44. 44. Spirituality Community
    45. 45. Spirituality Community Mission
    46. 46. Loving God Loving outcast, stranger, Loving One enemy, Another other
    47. 47. Seminar Disciple-making Community building Community Organizing Monastery Mission Agency
    48. 48. Seminar Disciple-making Community building Studio of Love Community Organizing Monastery Mission Agency
    49. 49. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
    50. 50. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise … Slow-moving … isolated … Ancient-looking withdrawn in its shell … won’t stick its neck out
    51. 51. There are many reasons to compare the changes in our world to a tsunami …
    52. 52. There are many reasons to compare the emerging global culture to an orphaned hippo … Orphaned by religion … science … government … the economy … technology … consumerism… “progress”…
    53. 53. -formation? What could happen in our world if we turned back outward toward our neighbors - with good news, hope, gentleness, and respect?
    54. 54. Cultivating Mission- shaped Congregations
    55. 55. a poem by sam shoemaker
    56. 56. I stand by the door. I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out, The door is the most important door in the world - It is the door through which people walk when they find God.
    57. 57. They creep along as if blind, With outstretched, groping hands. Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door, Yet they never find it… So I stand by the door.
    58. 58. The most tremendous thing in the world Is for men and women, boys and girls, to find that door - the door to God. The most important thing any of us can do Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands, And put it on the latch -
    59. 59. The latch that only clicks And opens to the person’s own touch. People die outside that door As starving beggars die, On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter - Die for want of what is within their grasp.
    60. 60. They live, on the other side of it - live because they have not found it. Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it, And open it, and walk in, and find God… So I stand by the door.
    61. 61. There’s no use my going way inside, and staying there, When so many are still outside and they, as much as I, Crave to know where the door is. And all that so many ever find Is only the wall where a door ought to be.
    62. 62. Go in, great saints, go all the way in - Go way down into the cavernous cellars, And way up into the spacious attics - It is a vast, roomy house, this house where God is.
    63. 63. Go into the deepest of hidden casements, Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood. Some must inhabit those inner rooms, And know the depths and heights of God. And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
    64. 64. Sometimes I take a deeper look in, Sometimes venture in a little farther; But my place seems closer to the opening… So I stand by the door.
    65. 65. There is another reason why I stand there. Some people get part way in and become afraid Lest God and the zeal of His house devour them. For God is so very great, and asks all of us. And these people feel a cosmic claustrophobia
    66. 66. And want to get out. “Let me out!” they cry. And the people way inside terrify them more. Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled For the old life, they have seen too much: Once taste God, and nothing but God will do any more.
    67. 67. Somebody must be watching for the frightened Who seek to sneak out just where they came in, To tell them how much better it is inside. The people too far in do not see how near these are To leaving - preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
    68. 68. Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door, but would like to run away. So for them, too, I stand by the door. I admire the people who go way in. But I wish they would not forget how it was Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
    69. 69. The people who have not yet even found the door, Or the people who want to run away again from God. You can go in too deeply, and stay in too long, And forget the people outside the door.
    70. 70. As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place, Near enough to God to hear God, and know God is there, But not so far from people as not to hear them, And remember they are there, too. Where? Outside the door -- Thousands of them, millions of them.
    71. 71. But - more important for me - One of them, two of them, ten of them, Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch. So I shall stand by the door and wait For those who seek it. “I had rather be a door- keeper…”
    72. 72. So I stand by the door. (Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 - 1963)
    73. 73. So I stand by the door. (Samuel Moor Shoemaker, 1893 - 1963)
    74. 74. The Church Question

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