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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.





























































  • 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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