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Transcript of Transformational Mission
A Vision for Christian Formation
A necessary first stage of spiritual development
which assumes a person needs to "switch stories," and offers the new Story, often in very basic, comprehensible ways.
Who am I? Who is Jesus?
What do I need to know?
How do I...(pray, serve, forgive)?
KEY PATHS TO GROWTH
-Invited into Daily-Weekly-Yearly Worship Patterns
-Seasonal/liturgical opp's (i.e. "Who is Jesus" during Epiphany, "Suffering" in Lent)
-Basic Catechesis/Discipleship opp's - Generosity, Enneagram, Bible 101, Christian ethics thru multiple venues
-Community - City Groups (Leaving Egypt study), discipleship triads, mentoring/discipleship
-Emphasis on weekly worship + city group at first
Attributes: Passion, Curiosity, Earnestness, Confidence, Determination, Fervor, Dutiful, Activistic, Zealous, Eager
Attributes: Rigid, Gullible, Self-Righteous, Naively Idealistic, Prone to Backslide, Independent, Suspicious, Self-Contemptuous...
What experiences have you had with people like this?
"the dark night of the soul"
a wilderness experience,
a necessary time of crisis, despair,
doubt, even desperation which strips us of false securities, and
opens us to the possibility of deeper maturity and intimacy with God.
Rom. 7:14-15; Psalm 22;
Job; Numbers 11-14
OT Context: Gal. 3:23-26
NT Context: 1 Tim 4:7-8
Gal. 4:6-7; Gal. 5, Rom. 8, Matt. 5
KEY PATHS TO GROWTH
-Discovering different aspects of daily/weekly/yearly worship (i.e. Communion, Lent)
- Safe leaders
- Honest Community
-Therapy, support groups, psycho-educational
-Diaconate, vocational coaching, pastoral care
- Faith & Work, Fellows
- Serving alongside people who are "messy"
-Discovering the Bible anew (Bible 201)
Honesty, Vulnerability, Challenge the
Church to be the Church,Challenge Hardness
or Complacency, Identify with Jesus, More Comfortable
with Mystery, "Disruptive Prophets," Humility...
Avoid Pain, Manipulative/Demanding,
Reactive, Hyper-Therapeutic, Getting Stuck, Disengaged from Mission
Where did God go?
Can I trust the Bible?
What doesn't prayer come easy anymore?
Would God only save .00001%?
Do I belong? Is something wrong with me?
How do I reconcile faith and science?
"the illuminative way," "the way of union," "the paschal way"
"unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies..."
suffering becomes sacred, wounds transformed, identity in God not false self, secure enough to be insecure, mercy not sacrifice, charitable, trust/surrender, integrity/wholeness, redefining of success and failure, mission is organic, integrated, joyful...
How can I serve? Where can I give?
Where can I more readily risk? What
do I need to confess? Where shall I go?
-Elders ("Wise Old Fools"), Mentors, CG Coaches/Ldrs.,
-Support Group Ldrs, Lay Counselors,
-Spiritual Directors, Prayer/Healing Ministry,
-Front-Line Leaders (Justice Min, Mission Trips),
[ For Further Reflection ]
1. Your church has people at every stage,
but does it acknowledge, engage, support them?
2. Does your church privilege a certain stage?
3. Does your church privilege a certain "faculty" for growth? (the mind, activity, the heart...)
4. Are there clear pathways for growth and
deployment in mission?
5. How would your church define a "flourishing" person?
6. Is your pathway to flourishing in mission deeply ecclesial/liturgical or programmatic?
Our Aim: A Life of Flourishing
What are some features of this flourishing?
As Christians see her, a spiritually whole person longs in certain classic ways.
She longs for God and the beauty of God, for Christ and Christlikeness, for the dynamite of Holy Spirit and spiritual maturity.
She longs for other human beings: she wants to love them and to be loved by them.
She hungers for social justice.
She longs for nature, for its beauties and and graces.
She is a person of character consistency, a person who rings true whenever you tap her.
She keeps promises.
She weeps with those who weep and, perhaps more impressively, rejoices with those who rejoice.
Her faith secures her against the ceaseless oscillations of pride and despair familiar to every human being who has taken refuge in the cave of her own being and tried there to bury all her insecurities under a mount of achievements.
Since faith fastens on God’s benevolence, it yields gratitude, which in turn sponsors risk-taking in the service of others.
Cornelius Plantinga, Not the Way Its Supposed to Be
[ Manifestations ]
Information -> Transformation
Programmatic -> Ecclessial/Liturgical
Individualistic -> Communal
Reactive -> Reflective
Self-Centered -> Self-Sacrificial
Certainty -> Confidence
Fixed -> Found
How do we become this person?
Life itself—and Scripture too—is always
three steps forward and two steps backward.
It gets the point and then loses it or doubts it.
In that, the biblical text mirrors our own human
consciousness and journey. R. ROHR