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Mainstream christian faith

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Mainstream christian faith

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. The Lord’s Prayer 1. Our Father above us and all around us … 2. May Your unspeakable Name be revered.
  3. 3. 3. Now, here on earth may Your commonwealth come. 4. On earth as in heaven may Your will be done.
  4. 4. 5. Give us today our bread for today. 4. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive.
  5. 5. 3. Lead us away from the perilous trial. 2. Liberate us from the evil.
  6. 6. 1.For the kingdom is yours and yours alone. 2. The power is yours and yours alone. 3.The glory is yours and yours alone. 4.Now and forever, amen.
  7. 7. 5. Now, here on earth may your commonwealth come. 4. Here on earth may your dreams come true. 3. Hallelujah 2. Hallelujah 1. Amen.
  8. 8. Re-visioning the Mainline Church From Mainline to Mainstream
  9. 9. Mainline Pre-1970 (one narrative) •Privilege •Power •Favor •Marginalizing
  10. 10. Mainline, Post-1970 (one narrative) •Privilege - Disadvantaged •Power - Cultural isolation •Favor - Suspicion, boredom •Marginalizing - Marginalized Mainline becomes sideline
  11. 11. Another narrative: •Courageous in regards to science •Courageous in regards to race •Courageous in regards to war •Broke faith with “civil religion” •Courageous in regards to poverty and affluence •Courageous in regards to human sexuality •Courageous in regards environment •Breaking faith with privatized religion
  12. 12. What now? Try to go back ... get back ... take back? Or is it time for a fresh start with a new vision and a new identity?
  13. 13. Theologians who Fly Fish:
  14. 14. Theologians who Fly Fish: Ich-theology
  15. 15. Potential for Reinvention, Rebirth
  16. 16. Potential for Reinvention, Rebirth
  17. 17. Potential for Reinvention, Rebirth
  18. 18. a new generation of Christian faith
  19. 19. a new image for mainline Christianity
  20. 20. From Mainline to Mainstream Carrying the flow
  21. 21. Constant Change ...Yet continuing identity
  22. 22. Gives life all along the way
  23. 23. Not contained, not owned
  24. 24. Not a private club ...
  25. 25. But a public resource
  26. 26. Fed by many tributaries
  27. 27. Has a source ... Has a direction Makes possible a quality of life that would be otherwise be impossible
  28. 28. Very powerful over time ...
  29. 29. But everything depends on rain ...
  30. 30. One tiny drop at a time ...
  31. 31. Something is trying to be born: a new kind of Christian faith emerging missional
  32. 32. 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.
  33. 33. The Lord’s Prayer 1. Our Father above us and all around us … 2. May Your unspeakable Name be revered.
  34. 34. 3. Now, here on earth may Your commonwealth come. 4. On earth as in heaven may Your will be done.
  35. 35. 5. Give us today our bread for today. 4. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive.
  36. 36. 3. Lead us away from the perilous trial. 2. Liberate us from the evil.
  37. 37. 1.For the kingdom is yours and yours alone. 2. The power is yours and yours alone. 3.The glory is yours and yours alone. 4.Now and forever, amen.
  38. 38. 5. Now, here on earth may your commonwealth come. 4. Here on earth may your dreams come true. 3. Hallelujah 2. Hallelujah 1. Amen.
  39. 39. What’s emerging?
  40. 40. 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.
  41. 41. a stage
  42. 42. Consider that we live in at least three worlds. Emerging world NOW Modern world Pre-modern world Non-modern world
  43. 43. iti on ra ns ateT L iti on ra ns Old y T a rl E Paradigm/ Model
  44. 44. iti on ra ns ateT L iti on ra ns Old y T a rl E Paradigm/ Model
  45. 45. New Paradigm/ on Model iti ra ns ateT L iti on ra ns Old y T a rl E Paradigm/ Model
  46. 46. New Paradigm/ on Model iti ra ns ateT L iti on ra ns Old y T a rl E Paradigm/ Model
  47. 47. The Churches of Tomorrow The Churches that are emerging The Churches We Know
  48. 48. The Churches We Love and Respect The Churches of Tomorrow The Churches that are emerging The Churches We Know
  49. 49. As center
  50. 50. Liturgical Social Action Evangelical Charismatic
  51. 51. a fringe
  52. 52. Is this “the emerging church?” pentecostal A new “slice Anglican of the pie?” catholic baptist
  53. 53. Or are these the churches that are emerging? pentecostal reformed A new ring on the tree… catholic baptist
  54. 54. Or are both forms of the church that is emerging? pentecostal reformed catholic baptist How will they relate?
  55. 55. margins are horizons
  56. 56. a r a n g e.
  57. 57. 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 .
  58. 58. 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 .
  59. 59. 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 .
  60. 60. 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
  61. 61. D Eastern Orthodox PERHAPS GOD’S E Roman Catholic GOAL IS E DIVERSIFICATION - P Anglo-Catholic E NOT DIVISION Anglican C NOT UNIFORMITY C Lutheran L BUT E Presbyterian S FLEXIBILITY FOR Methodist I MISSION O Baptist L O Pentecostal G House, Cell, Storefront Y Micro, quantum, liquid, ghost, ephemeral, unconscious, etc .
  62. 62. emergence and convergence
  63. 63. Conservative way Modern Crisis Medieval church Liberal way from Nancey Murphy, “Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism”
  64. 64. “evangelical” Modern Crisis Medieval church “mainline” from Nancey Murphy, “Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism”
  65. 65. Increasing Polarization Conservative way Medieval church Modern Crisis Liberal way
  66. 66. Increasing Polarization Conservative way Medieval church Modern Crisis Liberal way
  67. 67. The Post-Liberal, Post-Evangelical Convergence Conservative way Medieval church Modern Postmodern Crisis Interruption Liberal way
  68. 68. Conservative way A Generous Orthodoxy? Modern Crisis A Missional Liberal way Church?
  69. 69. Conservative way Modern Crisis Liberal way
  70. 70. Constricting Prosperity-Gospel Combative Evangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Nostalgic Mainline Contracting Roman Protestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  71. 71. Constricting Prosperity-Gospel Combative Evangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos? Nostalgic Mainline Contracting Roman Protestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  72. 72. Constricting Prosperity-Gospel Combative Evangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos? Nostalgic Mainline Contracting Roman Protestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  73. 73. Constricting Prosperity-Gospel Combative Evangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos? Nostalgic Mainline Contracting Roman Protestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  74. 74. What will happen?
  75. 75. What will you and I do?
  76. 76. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
  77. 77. Do not merely try to bring others to where you are, as wonderful as that is. But do not leave them where they are either. Instead, go with them to a place neither of you have never been. Fr. Vincent Donovan (adapted)
  78. 78. Cultivating Mission-shaped Congregations ...
  79. 79. 1. Sequester resources for a “new thing” fund. 2. Create inventive space - suspend conventional protocols of prevention, provide intentional protocols of invention - A denomination - A local congregation - Historical examples Methodists Fresh Expressions 3. Recruit outliers as leaders - Create alternative forms of leadership development and support.
  80. 80. 4. Encourage reinvention - refounding - radical renovation in all areas of church life ... Liturgy Confessions/Creeds Hymnody Spiritual practices Architecture Economic models Language/titles
  81. 81. D 5. Encourage different branding to reflect a new E emerging ethos. E P E C C L Ethos E S I Pioneer shared ecumenical identities - both O denominational and post-denominational - in L a deep ecclesiology. O G Y
  82. 82. 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 .
  83. 83. 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 .
  84. 84. 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 .
  85. 85. 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
  86. 86. D Eastern Orthodox PERHAPS GOD’S E Roman Catholic GOAL IS E DIVERSIFICATION - P Anglo-Catholic E NOT DIVISION Anglican C NOT UNIFORMITY C Lutheran L BUT E Presbyterian S FLEXIBILITY FOR Methodist I MISSION O Baptist L O Pentecostal G House, Cell, Storefront Y Micro, quantum, liquid, ghost, ephemeral, unconscious, etc .
  87. 87. Constricting Prosperity-Gospel Combative Evangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos? Nostalgic Mainline Contracting Roman Protestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  88. 88. Constricting Prosperity-Gospel Combative Evangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos? Nostalgic Mainline Contracting Roman Protestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  89. 89. Constricting Prosperity-Gospel Combative Evangelicals Pentecostals Fundamentalists Emerging Ethos? Nostalgic Mainline Contracting Roman Protestants Catholics Elite Eastern Orthodox
  90. 90. 6. Encourage existing congregations to imitate emerging congregations, and encourage emerging congregations to learn from existing ones ... Create environments of mutual respect and support. Make heroes of both. Remember that emerging congregations will become existing ones within five or ten years. 7. Keep preaching, teaching, singing, praying, celebrating, and organizing for a missional church.
  91. 91. Do not merely try to bring others to where you are, as wonderful as that is. But do not leave them where they are either. Instead, go with them to a place neither of you have never been. Fr. Vincent Donovan (adapted)
  92. 92. the ANDlican angle
  93. 93. There are many reasons to compare our churches to an old male tortoise …
  94. 94. 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
  95. 95. There are many reasons to compare the changes in our world to a tsunami …
  96. 96. There are many reasons to compare the emerging global culture to an orphaned hippo … Orphaned by modern religion … modern science … modern government … mdoern economy … technology … consumerism… “progress”…

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