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San diego may 2013

  1. 1. catchingMethodistsdoingright
  2. 2. 5encouragingsigns
  3. 3. 1. More and more Methodistsare entering the “U”
  4. 4. Letting Go Letting ComeLetting Be
  5. 5. Death(Friday)Resurrection(Sunday)Burial(Saturday)
  6. 6. note: “Covenant Prayer” isthe epitome of “letting be”the letting go processbreaks open our boxes...
  7. 7. 2. More and moreMethodist “heroes”are emerging “on theother side.”
  8. 8. heroes:adding to governance ...leadership.bishops ... ds’s ... pastors ...others
  9. 9. 3. More and moreexperiments (prototypes)are happening.
  10. 10. When you think“congregations” ...what are your assumptions?
  11. 11. mixed-economydenominations
  12. 12. 4. As pressures areincreasing, creativity,courage, anddetermination aregrowing...
  13. 13. seeing problems (thousandsof churches, etc., that willnot survive)as possibilities (a historicfund for the “church of thefuture”)
  14. 14. 5. Methodist identity isunder stress - whichmeans it can breakopen (or break apart).
  15. 15. Traditional Protestant Identity:Who/what we’re protesting (hostility)How we’re properly structured (polity)What makes us superior (legitimacy)What makes us different (distinctives)
  16. 16. Emerging Pro-Testifying Identity:What we love and value (affinity)How we network to everyone (harmony)What makes us authentic (fidelity)What difference we make (utility)
  17. 17. When I ask what people loveabout “Methodist” or“Wesleyan” identity, here’swhat I hear:
  18. 18. 1. Intellectual freedom.2. Social holiness.3. Emphasis on “heart”4. Emphasis on mission5. Connection/fellowship
  19. 19. 1. Intellectual freedom.2. Social holiness.3. Emphasis on “heart”4. Emphasis on mission5. Connection/fellowship(nobody has ever talked aboutMethodist structure.)
  20. 20. When I ask what’s the worst thingabout being Methodist orWesleyan, here’s what I hear:1. Too internally political2. Too polarized3. Too bureaucratic4. Not attractive enough to youngpeople
  21. 21. 23If you asked me ...
  22. 22. The key identity issue is not simply the identityof being Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal,Lutheran, etc., considered separately ...but a shared, emerging identityasvibrant, collaborative, missionalChristians.
  23. 23. - Flexible global network of- vibrant missional congregations...- Who emphasize spiritual vitality andtheological depth- Who practice invitation, welcome, disciple-making, diversity, and inclusion,- Who express compassion in the pursuit ofsocial justice- Who cherish tradition with a bias towardsinnovation- Above all, who follow Jesus Christ, guided andempowered by the Holy Spirit, to the glory ofGod.
  24. 24. the identity questionall mainlineProtestants face:do we imitate thewords/policies or theexample of ourfounders?
  25. 25. Emerging ChurchesBy Eddie Gibbs and Ryan K. Bolger(Baker, 2005)9 characteristics
  26. 26. 1. Recentering the gospel on Christ andthe Kingdom of God …“May your kingdom come…”Sanctification …
  27. 27. 2. Engaging culture without a sacred-secular dualismField preaching … popular music3. Doing life together in communitybetween SundaysBand, class, society
  28. 28. 4. Listening with openness, including theoutsiderBecoming more “vile” -5. Serving those in need without ulteriormotiveSocial holiness
  29. 29. 6. Involving participants actively inworshipQueries … licensing preachers7. Valuing creativity in the image of theCreatorCharles’ hymnody
  30. 30. 8. Leading through networks, with orwithout hierarchiesRenewal through parallel “marginal”structures … itineracy as flexibility9. Integrating ancient and avante-garde inspiritual formationSpiritual direction … Anam cara …monastic/formational community
  31. 31. 5. Methodist identity isunder stress - whichmeans it can breakopen (or break apart).
  32. 32. Theologians who Fly Fish:
  33. 33. Theologians who Fly Fish:Ich-theology
  34. 34. 36
  35. 35. 38
  36. 36. 39
  37. 37. 1. More and more Methodistsare entering the “U”
  38. 38. 2. More and moreMethodist “heroes”are emerging “on theother side.”
  39. 39. 3. More and moreexperiments (prototypes)are happening.
  40. 40. 4. As pressures areincreasing, creativity,courage, anddetermination aregrowing...
  41. 41. 5. Methodist identity isunder stress - whichmeans it can breakopen (or break apart).
  42. 42. 47What I think is happening...
  43. 43. A beautiful movement is being born.
  44. 44. we need a theology ofinstitutions, movements. andCommunities
  45. 45. CommunitiesFamilies, individuals, andorganizations linked to acommon environment,collaborating for thecommon good.
  46. 46. Institutions:Organizations which conservethe gains made by pastsocial movements.
  47. 47. Social MovementsOrganizations which makeproposals or demands tocurrent institutions to makeprogress towards newgains.
  48. 48. A beautiful movement is being born.You are about to surprise everyone bylaunching a movement that bringstogether innovative bishops, ds’s,pastors (large and small church),artists, activists, and lay leaders(business, professions, etc.).
  49. 49. You can expect this movement to bebigger than Methodism.Remember that you are eithergoverning/tending a constituency thatwill be captured by othermovements ... or your arechoosing/leading the movementyourselves.

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