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Partnering With Your Community

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This is the presentation I made to students at Duke Divinity School's Rural Church Colloquium on Thursday, Oct 22, 2009.

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Partnering With Your Community

  1. 1. The Power of Partnership How A Small Church Made a Big Difference In Its Community
  2. 2. Our town  Economic transition  Educational extremes  Affluence and poverty  Small town, rural setting
  3. 3. Our congregation
  4. 4. Our concerns in 2004  No community gathering place  No after-school programs  No arts programs for kids  Limited cultural events  Large underserved population
  5. 5. Our progress by 2009  Boys and Girls Club  Soundcheck  Chatham Arts  Community Music School  Visual Arts program launch  Chatham Cares, Inc.  The Community Center
  6. 6. 1. Intentional decision to engage our community  “The world is my parish.” -- John Wesley
  7. 7. 2. Identified need for partnerships and collaboration  Wedid not have:  Money  Manpower  Experience
  8. 8. Theology of Collaboration 8
  9. 9. Theology of Collaboration  Collaborators in the missio Dei.  Pragmatism is not the criteria for mission.  Scripture guides us.  Community forms us.  Practice emerges from theology.  The future of God is found among the people of God.
  10. 10. Characteristics of Collaboration  Chooses self-limitation  Incarnation  Values “otherness” –  affirmation without assimilation  Recognizes that which unites us –  Our common calling (vocation)  Commits to companionship on the journey –  “fellowshippers”  Re-unifies Creation –  Sacred/secular, divine/human
  11. 11. 3. Listened and learned  Parents & leaders > Music program  Artists & educators > Soundcheck  Business leaders > Boys & Girls Club  Churches > Community Center
  12. 12. 4. Gave up control  Example: Boys & Girls Club  “At table as equals.”  Maintained our principles.
  13. 13. 5. Dropped our hidden agendas.  Church growth  It’s not about us.  Evangelism  New eyes, new language, new love  Reward  It won’t pay for itself.  Doing good is its own reward.
  14. 14. Results: Boys & Girls Club  Dec 2005  200+ enrolled  40-120 per day  4 staff  Community involvement  Budget: $60K/yr
  15. 15. Results: B&G Club, cont’d  Art  Computer skills  Scouts  Tutoring  Life Skills  Recreation
  16. 16. Results: Chatham Arts Community Music School  Virginia Tech  Renaissance Music Academy  Professional faculty  Jan 2006  30 diverse students  Violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice
  17. 17. Results: Soundcheck
  18. 18. Results: Chatham Cares
  19. 19. The Community Center 19
  20. 20. Grand Opening 20
  21. 21. Bringing Chatham Together 21
  22. 22. Budgets Per Year  Boys & Girls Club: $60K  Music School: $75K  Chatham Cares: $120K  Soundcheck/Drama: $3K  Total budgets: $258K
  23. 23. Our approach  Start with what we have  Listen to others  Make others’ dreams come true  Enhance our community  Provide new experiences  Value the arts
  24. 24. “People notice what you’re doing.” - MLK Day 2008 24
  25. 25. What’s next?  ‘Care of souls’ and missional church:  Contextual  Incarnational  Addresses communal issues  Less educational, more relational  Fills gaps in social fabric  Makes meaning of life 25
  26. 26. Pastoral Care Model  Two aspects in care: Spiritual Psychological 26
  27. 27. Social Gospel Model  Two aspects to action: Spiritual Sociological 27
  28. 28. Care of Souls Model  Three aspects of care and action: Spiritual Sociological Psychological 28
  29. 29. The church as abbey  Worship  Arts  Learning  Spiritual direction  “Least of these”  Peace & Justice  Economics  Hospitality George Hunter  Rule of life The Celtic Way of Evangelism  The world
  30. 30. In the cloud...  Confessions of a Small-Church Pastor  http://chuckwarnock.com  twitter.com/chuckwarnock  Facebook.com/chuck.warnock  chuckwarnock@gmail.com 31

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