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Session 1 - Context and Calling

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Eddie Gibbs Plenary Week Session 1

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Session 1 - Context and Calling

  1. 1. CONTEXT AND CALLING Understanding the Culture and Commitment to Make a Transformative Impact
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Mike Regele, Death of the Church </li></ul></ul>Characteristics of Change Time Comfortable Change continuous and incremental Discomforting Change chaotic Time
  3. 3. Character of Chaotic Change <ul><li>Glocal – no where to run to </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid – no time to reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Complex – too much information to absorb </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive – impacts every area of life </li></ul><ul><li>Unpredictable and Discontinuous – cannot be planned for </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Future of Leadership <ul><li>Warren Bennis , The Future of Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>We need new leaders… not just younger leaders, but leaders with new competencies; listen to the under thirties and over seventies.” </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Easum, Leadership,On The Other Side </li></ul><ul><li>… many of today’s most significant leaders are under 30 and we have never heard of them. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chaos Theory <ul><li>Moving from a compart- mentalized to an inter- active world of complexity </li></ul><ul><li>The world of human relationships is always untidy </li></ul><ul><li>Refusal to ignore those relevant facts that do not fit our theories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bits of messiness that interfere with our neat picture </li></ul></ul>Chaos describes that inferno of unfathomable complexity laying just beyond the flat world of empirical evidence.
  6. 6. What’s Different? <ul><li>Attitudes to authority </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of information </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Two income families </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work schedules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Travel time to and from work </li></ul><ul><li>Single parenting and blended families </li></ul>A recent survey in the Wall Street Journal revealed that four out of ten employees were less than three years in their job. Ten years ago it was about 3 percent. 20-25 percent are temp-orarily out of work.
  7. 7. From Modernity to Postmodernity <ul><li>Leading by reading </li></ul><ul><li>the map </li></ul>Leading by navigating on uncharted, stormy waters
  8. 8. The Sigmoid Curve A B C    Time of great confusion Mark with an X where you are on the curve!
  9. 9. Understanding The Times <ul><li>The Sons of Issachar had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do (1Chron 12:32) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding –leadership is describing reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom –knowing how to respond appropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timing –grasping the opportune moment ( kairos ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But note: Influence does not always signify prominence </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. CALLING IN RELATION TO CONTEXT <ul><li>General Calling </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Calling </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Calling </li></ul>
  11. 11. Philippians 2:6,7 (NRSV) <ul><li>Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, </li></ul><ul><li>who, though he was in the form ( morphe ) of God, </li></ul><ul><li>did not regard equality with God </li></ul><ul><li>as something to be exploited, </li></ul><ul><li>but emptied himself, </li></ul><ul><li>taking the form ( morphe ) of a slave, </li></ul><ul><li>being born in human likeness. </li></ul><ul><li>And being found in human form, </li></ul><ul><li>he humbled himself </li></ul><ul><li>and became obedient to the point of death– </li></ul><ul><li>even death on a cross. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Morphing of the Church <ul><li>Morphing rather than deconstruction </li></ul><ul><li>Deep level, comprehensive change Morphe (Phil 2:7) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus took the very nature (NIV) of a servant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He took on this new identity in order to undertake his mission </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Church must be prepared to die to itself: crucifixion–resurrection (Jn 12: 24) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Discerning and Engaging Culture <ul><li>Condemn </li></ul><ul><li>Critique </li></ul><ul><li>Copy </li></ul><ul><li>Consume </li></ul><ul><li>Create: the artist </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate: the gardener </li></ul>
  14. 14. Called to Faithful Obedience <ul><li>Calling is essential to a life of discipleship </li></ul><ul><li>Not a once in a lifetime experience, but the ongoing response of the disciple </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Os Guinness, The Call : “ ...a life lived listening to the decisive call of God is a life lived before one audience that trumps all others – the Audience of One.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evidence of the presence of God in the person’s life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ God’s calling is the key to igniting a passion for the deepest growth and highest heroism in life.” </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Who Are the Called? <ul><li>The myth of the restricted call </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The called are the whole people of God </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Individuals obsessed with their own sense of calling marginalize those around them </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus called the disciples not in isolation, but as part of a community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Os Guinness, The Call: The call of Jesus is personal but not purely individual; Jesus summons his followers not only to an individual calling but also to a corporate calling </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Called to Salvation and Service <ul><li>Laity are not amateur contributors in the structures of the church </li></ul><ul><li>Still less are they passive or critical consumers </li></ul><ul><li>They are not volunteers to support clergy controlled programs </li></ul><ul><li>“ Laos” signifies the people of God called to a priestly and apostolic ministry (1 Pet 2:9; 2 Cor 6:16; Tit 2:14) </li></ul><ul><li>Consequence of an absence of the sense of call </li></ul>
  17. 17. Contextually Appropriate Following Jesus’ Model <ul><li>Radical identification </li></ul><ul><li>Clear about his own identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As the Son of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a first century Palestinian Jew </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We must not downplay the humanity of Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Rediscover the gospel in the Gospels </li></ul>

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