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  • - Thank you for invite, privilege to share with you
    - Converted aged 17 in a baptist church, Andy Hickford, and Steve Guakroger...soft spot for baptist churches
    My Background
    - Nat west, LST, AVC, helped with plants, whilst PGCE and IFA London & Oxford
    - planted 1997 still in that church, Sutton, 300 adults, 150 kids, new christians, mission etc...real church
    - MTh LST, then D.Min now PhD Kings...church and culture
    - Our church exploration of theological reflection on church and culture...share from that experience
    - Emergent/Brian McLaren,E/C travels, other groups and churches
    - Limited but some perspective

    My Brief
    - My brief: leadership in changing culture, and Christian formation, pre/christian/unchcurched etc
    - Try to touch on those topics to open out into questions and interactions

    Outline of Sessions
    - Format: 30 mins today, then Q&A
    - Then carry on with material, and use Q&A for session tommorow...collect questions from you
    - Session today, on leadership in our changing culture, to get us thinking
    - Session II, challenge of consumerism as religion and formation of Christian identntity (Flow etc), more practice, real world

  • キThe problem of church on a Sunday being the only place for God, or faith, withdrawal from the world, sacred and secular divide.
    キThe other problem of Christians seeing Sundays the last place for God and church…just as bad. Everything is church, so nothing is church.
    キChristianity has to be engaging in the public world, in social spaces of everyday life, in the more private places of congregations and in the intimate spaces of personal lives and small groups.
    キJust as the evangelical church has been about the reality of mission invading and transforming every part of life and society…
    キHow we bring the whole life discipleship to all those spaces, and understand biblically and theologically what happens in the space life takes place
    - Joe Myers: example, space and place see next slide

  • キWe live in a visual age, post-literate age, we are finding we need to communicate with narrative and story, and images.
    キRather than long words and explanations, of truths we are finding that…
    キThe largest truth of all is an image, Christ on the Cross.
    キThe church was at the forefront of technological and new media development, and we need to be so today….and
    キAt it’s best the emerging church is exploring, and extending as the church always has, the mediums of our culture for communication.

  • キIs Christianity really just about information to get to heaven?
    キWhy are our gospel presentations so often reduce to this?
    キWhy do we try to argue people into conversion with propositions, when the engine of their lives are not propositional beliefs.
    キWhere are were we are not despite what we believe but because of what we believe.
    キJust like the reformers, who faced the church and culture with the issues of the bible to free it.
    キJust like evangelicals dealt with issues of social justice
    キJust like evangelicals response to the failure of the liberal church to bring Jesus back to people
    キThe theological task of the church is not over, it is ongoing, and…
    キIn engaging in the task of theological reflection for our changing world and culture, wrestling with issues that are deeply challenging, to enable people to hear the Gospel.

  • キVery different in many places….but might include
    キA gospel message of biblical conversion to Christ, his mission to the world, and through his church, beyond simplistic propositions, but in language and forms people can connect to. A message that naturally leads to mission, social justice, care of each other, and growth of the self in faith and relationship to Christ.
    キAnd that message is incarnated with use of the tools of our culture, to connect, with images, audio visuals, questions and participations, creativity and expression.
    キAnd the habit, the natural life and growth that this produces, of a people who live in community, and engaged in the world, in it’s multiple spaces.
    キFor Anglicans they might call this ‘Fresh Expressions’, for others it is ‘Alternative Worship’, for some it is about being ‘missional’, for others it is about ‘intentional discipleship’, and at their best, these re-thought messages, in new and old mediums in multiple spaces are ‘the emerging church’
    キStory of my conversion, Andy Hickford couldn’t ‘find journey into life’, and used his won words, about passion, adventure, whole life, church, mission…I signed up for this, and still do.
    キSo for me I am into these things because I am an evangelical, the best of which I understand as being called to whole life commitment to Christ, His Cause & Mission and His People/The Church.

  • - Believers who hold beliefs vs beliefs that hold believers
    - Anna dance story, privatisation pressures, self enforced
    - Wills, I am centre of all life, always
  • - Bricolage: what is at hand, vs pure church controlling, problem is being shallow, need to go deeper, than what our culture forms us in as humans, isolated, monads, self sufficient vs stable human identities, in Jesus...time space nexus of Christian anthropology
    - Reflection academics, vs praxis...need them to come together, leaders as reflective practice...Prison Letter, organic intellectuals, Gramsci
    - Captive to social theory, or scared of it, vs theologically informed, and practiced
    - Cruciform identity: as in last session, Jesus as my basis for reality, exchange of identity, vs me making meaning for my life in private God spaces...not loss of self, but finding self in world obsessed with finding self, and getting more lost and isolated
    - Idealisation: consume books, conferences, and do nothing, Rebel Sell...easier to consumer idea than do it...example of leaving church think we have done something...huge one for church leaders...society that sells idealisations, and move to next one, unmask it
    - Don’t go to pathologist to know what health is! Obsession with dissecting church, wellness approach, appreciative enquiry etc, world bank funding etc..look for what is well and engage in that!
    - MacIntyre: institutions are the enemy of good practice but no practice without them...we need to suspect our institutions, but we can’t do anything without them, despite people’s naive hopes
    - Why when people say they want to participate and be authentic, do we do less than ever...consuming revolution, vs real revolution...be the one who serves, gives and prays etc

  • - Cruciform identity
    - Beliefs that hold us, and practices, repeating and enacting with others
    - Vs escape of consumerism, and no over promising, seasons of Christian life
    - Sounds, smells, preferred learning styles, participation etc, beyond learning facts
    - Connecting aesthetics to ascesis

  • - Time: enough to be possible, enough to be a challenge, fit life around faith
    - Daily: prayers, 60 minute focus, reading, reflections, study
    - Serving: sundays every week, praying for others etc
    - Celebrating: extra meal together sharing and praying, as well as normal groups
    - Training: knowing (me), doing (jon), being (wendy)

  • - Time: enough to be possible, enough to be a challenge, fit life around faith
    - Daily: prayers, 60 minute focus, reading, reflections, study
    - Serving: sundays every week, praying for others etc
    - Celebrating: extra meal together sharing and praying, as well as normal groups
    - Training: knowing (me), doing (jon), being (wendy)

  • Heba Church Leadership & Culture

    1. 1. Introduction Session I •My background •My brief •Outline of sessions Thursday, February 12, 2009
    2. 2. Market, Medium & Message Leading in our Emerging Culture Thursday, February 12, 2009
    3. 3. Marketplace Spaces and places Thursday, February 12, 2009
    4. 4. Are all spaces equal? Joe Myers, “Search to belong” Public, Social, Private, Intimate space Belonging progressions Implications But are all spaces equal? E.G Starbucks, waterskiing Think through theologically and biblically Thursday, February 12, 2009
    5. 5. Mediums/Media Ways we communicate Thursday, February 12, 2009
    6. 6. New media metaphors Are all new metaphors valid? Medium is the message: organic, participation etc How do we chose/evaluate? Canonical Linguistic vs Social Linguistic Wolves, Starfish & Spiders Thursday, February 12, 2009
    7. 7. Message What we communicate Thursday, February 12, 2009
    8. 8. Examples Believe - Do - Feel vs Feel - Do - Believe Cosmic Child Abuse Holistic Gospel: mission of God What kind of church introduces and trains people into the mission of God Thursday, February 12, 2009
    9. 9. In practice What does that look like? Thursday, February 12, 2009
    10. 10. Problem? We can do all that, yet.... People won’t convert, exchange realities for Jesus Why? Consumerism as religion...session II Thursday, February 12, 2009
    11. 11. Session II Consumerism as religion Christian identity and formation in an agnostic world Thursday, February 12, 2009
    12. 12. Nature of the religion Separation of beliefs from Practice: commodification Privatisation of faith: secularism, perverted liturgies Battle of wills: agency Location of identity: giveness/ ontology Why/How?: Misplaced desire Thursday, February 12, 2009
    13. 13. Implications for church? Bricolage: shallow vs control vs deep Reflective practice Cruciform identities vs Private God spaces Blue print ecclesiologies: idealisations What’s right with church?: pathologies Institutional imaginings: enemies of good practice? Real revolutions: consuming mission? Thursday, February 12, 2009
    14. 14. Liturgical Ironies The vineyard pastor and the anglican priest We are all liturgical Consumerism trains us, self enforced practices What kind of liturgy, not if we have liturgies Ascesis: church as schools/habitats for training of the heart, body and mind in Christian identity Thursday, February 12, 2009
    15. 15. Possibilities for Liturgy The Story: retelling, reliving, locating identity Reconnect beliefs to practices vs pick and mix Mundane & Ordinary: different shape to the year Formation beyond propositions: aesthetics & ascesis Thursday, February 12, 2009
    16. 16. Flow - liturgy in practice Background: lack of time in Christian formation Mission into own life: fit life into faith Three elements: Knowing Doing Being Thursday, February 12, 2009
    17. 17. Flow - in practice Time: 6 weeks, 40 days Daily: prayers, reflection, learning Celebrating together: meals weekly Training/Coaching: sunday lunches Telling: sundays sharing publicly Stories Thursday, February 12, 2009
    18. 18. Flow - in practice Outcomes: Public Habits Identity Connecting church/others/ self with formation Thursday, February 12, 2009
    19. 19. Contact www.jasonclark.ws www.deepchurch.org.uk http://flow.vineyardchurch.org www.vineyardchurch.org jason@jasonclark.ws Thursday, February 12, 2009