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New England 2020
@bishophazelwood
#NE2020
The Next Church
Family of Origin has no church connection
Bishop - New England Synod ELCA since 2012
25 years Parish Pastor in Brooklyn, N...
Plan for the Day
• Session 1 - Where in God’s Name are we? An overview of historic and societal
forces that impact the min...
What are we doing?
• https://youtu.be/L2zqTYgcpfg
You Tube
#wintertheo15
Gallup Poll Research 2010-
How often do you attend church or synagogue
--
at least once a week, almost every week,
about o...
How does New England Compare
to the national average of 48%?
Connecticut - 37%
Massachusetts - 31%
Rhode Island - 28%
New ...
What about New York State?
Mississippi 58%
Utah 56%
Iowa 41%
Wisconsin
37%
New York 32%
Religiously active by state
Source Gallup Research 2012
How did we get here?
#upnynones
2,000 Years of Christian History in 240 seconds
Jesus the Christ 3 BCE
Constantine & the Councils 300- 500
The Great Schism 1091
The Protestant Reformation 1517
The Great...
How did we practice the faith in
these periods?
Early Church - to 500CE
House Church
Service to Widows, Orphans,
the Dead
...
How did we practice the faith in
these periods?
The Great Schism - to 1000CE
Development of Doctrine
Great Cathedrals
Mona...
How did we practice the faith in
these periods?
The Reformation - 1500
Martin Luther
The Renaissance
Global exploration
Re...
How did we practice the faith in
these periods?
The Great Unraveling - 2000
The Age of the Spirit
Network culture
Story ba...
Cultural & Societal shifts of the last 100 years
• Transportation - Horse, Car, Airplane, Rocket ship
• Communication - Te...
Spiritual Growth shifts of the last 100 years
• 1900 - Christian Church
• 1950 - Church, AA begins, rise of Buddhism in Am...
We no longer have home field advantage
We no longer have home field advantage
Christendom is Over
“Sometime between 1960 and
1980, an old, inadequately
conceived world ended, and a
fresh, new world be...
Are we all the same?
Why do we think differently?
Why don’t younger people participate?
Where did the Luther League go?
Ho...
One Nation Many Generations
First time ever 6 generations in church
When were you born?
1912 - 1930’s - The Builders
1930 ...
• If you were born between 1912 - 1930
The Key Events
The Great Depression
World War II
FDR
Values
Scarcity, therefore Sav...
• If you were born between 1930 - 1945
The Key Events
Returning WW II veterans
Cold War & Korean War
Eisenhower
Values
Cau...
• If you were born between 1946 - 1960
The Key Events
Economic Boom
Vietnam, Watergate, Nixon
Lots of Babies
Values
You ar...
• If you were born between 1961 - 1980
The Key Events
Economic Bust
Reagan, Challenger, Iran, Oil
Divorcing Parents
Values...
• If you were born between 1981 - 2001
The Key Events
Economic Boom Bust Boom Bust
Rise of Technology - Jobs & Gates
Septe...
• If you were born after 2001
Immigrants (1930-1960) Natives (1970-2000)
Structure Network
Hierarchy Skill Based
Male Dominated Female & Male Leader
Fac...
What’s happening in the church?
Church Membership has declined 11% per year every year since 2001 in
every synod of the ELCA located on the Atlantic seabo...
And Yet
• Belief in God remains relatively consistent at
92% most every year since 1948
And it makes us feel better
What does this all mean for us, now?
What can we do?
• Option # 1 - Denial
• Option # 2 - Whining
• Option # 3 - Fight, Argue, Blame
Acknowledge where God has placed us, Now.
• We live in a time of great turmoil and change.
• The era of church culture is ...
“The church is not dying, it is being
reborn.”
Q & R
“The church is not dying, it is being
reborn.”
Let’s talk Birth
Giving Birth
Conception, pregnancy and birth language that
feature God as Creator occupy a prominent place in
our scriptur...
Giving Birth
Both Jesus and the community of Jesus
are similarly conceived by the
Holy Spirit
Luke 2 & Acts 2
The Holy Spirit that conceived Jesus
now conceives Jesus community
The Church isn’t Dying, it’s being Born…Born
again
We are in a time of Labor pains
Everyone is in Labor
What are the Labor pains you are seeing?
Christendom is Over
“Sometime between 1960 and
1980, an old, inadequately
conceived world ended, and a
fresh, new world be...
Who can help us see a way forward?
Meet Linus
Gnawing on the Bone
Gnawing on the Bone of Scripture
What is the purpose of Luke-Acts?
Luke wrote his two-volume work for dispersed communities of Gentile Christians
who found...
Like the communities of Luke’s audience our
picture of who we’ve been as Christians no longer
fits the reality of the worl...
Luke 10:1-12
The Mission of the Seventy
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him
in p...
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place
where he hi...
God is in the
Neighborhood
The Neighborhood
The Neighborhood
arkers seem to have been erased is by entering into the
Incarnational Neighborhood Ministry
• Pastors should spend at least 25% of their time with
non-church people
• 25% of all ...
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  1. 1. New England 2020 @bishophazelwood #NE2020 The Next Church
  2. 2. Family of Origin has no church connection Bishop - New England Synod ELCA since 2012 25 years Parish Pastor in Brooklyn, NY and Charlestown, RI Husband, Father, Photographer, Biker, and other stuff
  3. 3. Plan for the Day • Session 1 - Where in God’s Name are we? An overview of historic and societal forces that impact the ministry of the Gospel today. • Session 2 - Dogs, Babies & Luke-Acts: Giving Birth to a new kind of Church • Session 3 - Innovation, Playfulness and Experiments - Examples and practical real life advice with 17 Easy things you can do Throughout, ask questions, engage, post on Twitter, Facebook, etc. You Tube #wintertheo15
  4. 4. What are we doing? • https://youtu.be/L2zqTYgcpfg You Tube #wintertheo15
  5. 5. Gallup Poll Research 2010- How often do you attend church or synagogue -- at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom, or never? National Average 48% say they attend church or synagogue 43% say they never or seldom attend 55% say they attend once a month
  6. 6. How does New England Compare to the national average of 48%? Connecticut - 37% Massachusetts - 31% Rhode Island - 28% New Hampshire - 24% Maine - 22% Vermont - 21%
  7. 7. What about New York State?
  8. 8. Mississippi 58% Utah 56% Iowa 41% Wisconsin 37% New York 32% Religiously active by state Source Gallup Research 2012
  9. 9. How did we get here? #upnynones
  10. 10. 2,000 Years of Christian History in 240 seconds
  11. 11. Jesus the Christ 3 BCE Constantine & the Councils 300- 500 The Great Schism 1091 The Protestant Reformation 1517 The Great Unraveling 2010
  12. 12. How did we practice the faith in these periods? Early Church - to 500CE House Church Service to Widows, Orphans, the Dead Early monastics No government or cultural support
  13. 13. How did we practice the faith in these periods? The Great Schism - to 1000CE Development of Doctrine Great Cathedrals Monasteries Emergence of Islam Power vs Pietists
  14. 14. How did we practice the faith in these periods? The Reformation - 1500 Martin Luther The Renaissance Global exploration Reading of scripture Economic restructuring of society
  15. 15. How did we practice the faith in these periods? The Great Unraveling - 2000 The Age of the Spirit Network culture Story based Extremism Anti-Institutional
  16. 16. Cultural & Societal shifts of the last 100 years • Transportation - Horse, Car, Airplane, Rocket ship • Communication - Telegraph, Newspaper, Telephone, TV, Fax, Email, Texting • Entertainment - Live concert, phonograph, 8 track, cassette, CD, iTunes • Economy - Industrial Revolution to Information/Digital Revolution • Cultural Shifts - Mono-cultural to Multi-cultural
  17. 17. Spiritual Growth shifts of the last 100 years • 1900 - Christian Church • 1950 - Church, AA begins, rise of Buddhism in America, Psychology • 1960’s - Beginning of mistrust in institutions • 1970’s - Yoga, TM, Self Help “Passages” “The Road Less Traveled” • 1990’s - Expansion of the consumerist religion, rise of New Age movement • 2000’s - Information readily available on You Tube, etc about every religious and spiritual practice.
  18. 18. We no longer have home field advantage
  19. 19. We no longer have home field advantage
  20. 20. Christendom is Over “Sometime between 1960 and 1980, an old, inadequately conceived world ended, and a fresh, new world began…an exciting new one is awaiting recognition”
  21. 21. Are we all the same? Why do we think differently? Why don’t younger people participate? Where did the Luther League go? How come people don’t come to Pot Lucks? Talkin’ bout My Generation
  22. 22. One Nation Many Generations First time ever 6 generations in church When were you born? 1912 - 1930’s - The Builders 1930 - 1945 - The Quiets 1946 - 1959 - Baby Boom 1960 - 1980 - Generation X 1981 - 2001 - Millennials 2001 - 2020 - The Screen Generation #wintertheo15
  23. 23. • If you were born between 1912 - 1930 The Key Events The Great Depression World War II FDR Values Scarcity, therefore Save, resourcefulness Loyalty and Service to Country Creation of Organizations
  24. 24. • If you were born between 1930 - 1945 The Key Events Returning WW II veterans Cold War & Korean War Eisenhower Values Caution and Suspicion A Desire to Create Dialogue Overall Trust in Organizations
  25. 25. • If you were born between 1946 - 1960 The Key Events Economic Boom Vietnam, Watergate, Nixon Lots of Babies Values You are important Create your own way Deep mistrust in Organizations
  26. 26. • If you were born between 1961 - 1980 The Key Events Economic Bust Reagan, Challenger, Iran, Oil Divorcing Parents Values You are left out Family is not the center Latch key kids Deep mistrust in Organizations
  27. 27. • If you were born between 1981 - 2001 The Key Events Economic Boom Bust Boom Bust Rise of Technology - Jobs & Gates September 11 Values Technology is more present than family Multi-cultural, multi-perspective A desire to make a difference, but realistic of what can honestly be done Beyond Institutional mistrust
  28. 28. • If you were born after 2001
  29. 29. Immigrants (1930-1960) Natives (1970-2000) Structure Network Hierarchy Skill Based Male Dominated Female & Male Leader Face to Face Gathering Plus Electronic Music Music Translators (1960-1970)
  30. 30. What’s happening in the church?
  31. 31. Church Membership has declined 11% per year every year since 2001 in every synod of the ELCA located on the Atlantic seaboard. • Average age of membership of our churches has increased every year since 2001. All mainline churches the average age is 62. US population is age 39. • Our congregations are getting smaller and older
  32. 32. And Yet • Belief in God remains relatively consistent at 92% most every year since 1948
  33. 33. And it makes us feel better
  34. 34. What does this all mean for us, now?
  35. 35. What can we do? • Option # 1 - Denial
  36. 36. • Option # 2 - Whining
  37. 37. • Option # 3 - Fight, Argue, Blame
  38. 38. Acknowledge where God has placed us, Now. • We live in a time of great turmoil and change. • The era of church culture is gone, it’s now a mission field • We are in the midst of another Reformation • What we do now, will impact the shape of the new church
  39. 39. “The church is not dying, it is being reborn.”
  40. 40. Q & R
  41. 41. “The church is not dying, it is being reborn.”
  42. 42. Let’s talk Birth
  43. 43. Giving Birth Conception, pregnancy and birth language that feature God as Creator occupy a prominent place in our scripture as they give witness to the Christian life. - Abraham and Sarah - Boaz and Ruth - Elkanah and Hannah - Zechariah Elizabeth - Mary - Nicodemus - St. Paul “”We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.”
  44. 44. Giving Birth Both Jesus and the community of Jesus are similarly conceived by the Holy Spirit
  45. 45. Luke 2 & Acts 2 The Holy Spirit that conceived Jesus now conceives Jesus community
  46. 46. The Church isn’t Dying, it’s being Born…Born again
  47. 47. We are in a time of Labor pains
  48. 48. Everyone is in Labor
  49. 49. What are the Labor pains you are seeing?
  50. 50. Christendom is Over “Sometime between 1960 and 1980, an old, inadequately conceived world ended, and a fresh, new world began…an exciting new one is awaiting recognition”
  51. 51. Who can help us see a way forward?
  52. 52. Meet Linus
  53. 53. Gnawing on the Bone
  54. 54. Gnawing on the Bone of Scripture
  55. 55. What is the purpose of Luke-Acts? Luke wrote his two-volume work for dispersed communities of Gentile Christians who found themselves in a radically different situation. The world had dramatically changed for these second generation Christians. They need a fundamental reorientation in terms of the gospel and what God is doing in the world.. The assumptions that had shaped their embrace of the Christian story had been undermined. Alan Roxburgh Missional Finding God in the Neighborhood.
  56. 56. Like the communities of Luke’s audience our picture of who we’ve been as Christians no longer fits the reality of the world in which we live. What’s gone wrong? What is God up to in the world? What, then, does it mean to be the church in this new space? These were their questions, these are our questions.
  57. 57. Luke 10:1-12 The Mission of the Seventy 10 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
  58. 58. 10 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town. A. What does it mean in our time, to Leave our Baggage behind? (no purse, bag, sandals) B. What does it mean in our time to “remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide.”? C.What does it suggest to you about the nature of the church, that this section of scripture is in the context of a Journey? What does it mean to be journeying people today? D.Since the seventy are never named, what might this suggest about the way in which God works?
  59. 59. God is in the Neighborhood
  60. 60. The Neighborhood
  61. 61. The Neighborhood
  62. 62. arkers seem to have been erased is by entering into the
  63. 63. Incarnational Neighborhood Ministry • Pastors should spend at least 25% of their time with non-church people • 25% of all church meetings, classes, events should take place away from the church buildings • Every church should have one non-church person on their council, on their call committees, on their evangelism committee

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