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contemporary pastoral techniques
Transcript of contemporary pastoral techniques
“Within a changing cultural milieu, the church will always exist as “A Becoming Church”
“My concern for the church has broadened from internal, institutional factors that influence the vitality of the church, to the changing contexts the church finds itself in”
Disturbing findings of what a new generation really thinks about Christianity...
10 years ago the 16-29 years old were overwhelmingly positive about the role of the church in society. Today, merely 16% have a ‘favorable’ view of the church in society
1.The Trinity at the Center of theology and practice
7.Discipleship systems for every age group
3.In-carnational thrust in the community
6.young people creating individual movements and transformation in their culture w/ passion
2.Organic or appropriate structures that are unique to the vision of the church (contextualization)
5.Shared communitas (the individual is the key to the whole)
The Church of England, 1988
What does the term ‘Bounded Set’ refer to?
Overconfidence and arrogance that determines reality and ideas from personal foundations of faith. No conversations about truth or practice. Objective principles that shape faith.
What does the term ‘Centered Set’ refer to?
Overconfidence and arrogance that determines reality and ideas from the community. Much conversation and exploration of truth and practice. Subjective principles that shape faith.
– To think in a right, true, or straight path of thought and adherence to norms
– The roots of this word come from ‘good news’ and means to actively share in the gospel
– Sharing and holding together the truth or the DNA of an organization or principle
– Shaping content and message into the setting of the culture with genuiness and intention
– Rejecting transcendent truth, meaning and truth is individualistic
– Extreme individualism, being cut off from the community and relativism
– Ivy league vs. Virginia and the idea of logic, academics, and reason…and the battle of faith, religion, and spirituality. Fundamentalists, would believe that there are basic beliefs that guide everything we do and not rationalism (enlightenment) or empiricism (feelings).
– The study of how we get to an understanding or belief of something through critical thought and analization
7 Virtues of Christianity
Cardinal - “The hinge of a door”
“By 2001 the emerging movement had began out of the Gen-X movement”
What are the GENX traits? (divorce, change, risk, rebellion, non-affiliated and volunteerism v. belonging)
"I was afraid that the institution would
kill the revival"
What are revival or dream killers?
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
(Right length and no further with all disciplines)
/– Honesty and fairness
CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS /
Evangelism and outreach
becoming Deep church...
model centered set
Brains and all
Guts and Courage in Pain
Foundations in scripture
Intentional and causal community
rooted in historic liturgy
practicing deep distinctives
paying attention to attitude
a low bar for membership
growth takes time
involvement in church
does not predict or drive
long-term spiritual growth
spiritual growth is
about increasing the
the church is
in the early stages
of spiritual growth
practices are the
building blocks of a
a church's most active
and donors come from
the most spiritually
25% of the people surveyed
are spiritually stalled or
dissatisfied with the role of the
church in their spiritual growth
get people moving
embed the gospel
pastor the community
movement begins with
a clear mission
say it, say it again, and say it one more time
good news must be
at the center of our message
recruiting, placement, training, and reward
will make a church zing
the level of involvement in the
community creates interest in the church
spiritual growth comes with the word
early church met in these
settings because of the persecution
and the lack of resources of early Christians
to own or purchase a building
money spent on mission
discipleship of people who fear crowds
grey area for non-profit status
an elitist or clique mentality
Evergreen/Great Commission Church Network
urban setting for non-mobile people
removing the "track rack"
there are key characteristic traits
can transform any type of church
into the model
seek a mentor in college
identify key leaders
and mentor them early
fast and pray more
love people and they
will do anything for you
trust the people to
work in their sweet spot
administration and organization
7 goals was too many
praying in the spirit
C O N T E M P O R A R Y
1. Captivity to Enlightenment Rationalism
that truth is tested
by practical concepts
2. The Church has a narrow view of Salvation
too much emphasis on the
way of salvation and not
on the life of the believer
3. They do not like BELIEF
theology and correctness
4. Lack of Context in Worship
loss of the idea of
the breadth of worship
in the church
deductive, old school
preaching is not an
effective way to make
5. Ineffective Preachng
6. Weak Ecclesiology
too much form/structure
and not enough mission
as it relates to cultural
unity and the place of the
church in society
The Emerging Protest...
What are you pretending not to know?
Why don’t you do
the things you know
you should be doing?
If you weren’t scared what would you do?
What/Who did you make better today?
Do you find more
problems or more
solutions in a week?
Who do you look to that makes you better?
P A S T O R A L
T E C H N I Q U E S
twin city reveal
cult-rate growth...pp. 28-29
growth-rate of churches...pp. 27
the number of Witches
went from 2,000 to 21,000...p. 41
the largest Mulsim Mosque
in the US is being built in
Minneapolis right now (48M)
with a youth center, health
facilities, and sport center...p 46
in 1990 to 2010 Muslim Mosques
grew from 6 to about 110
average White church age - 58
average black church age - 23
average hispanic church age - 9
26% of the Twin Cities
population attends church
as compared to...p. 111
believing individuals hold truth. and that
there is no transcendent truth. leading to
a breakdown in morality and absolutes.
extreme individualism that is removed
the tradition and community standards.
an idea that truth and morality are now
subject to my own interpretations.
building self-evident truth. ideology
that doesn't need external verification.
the method of constructing
truth through community. and
not building or finding truth
within itself. solely revelatory.
They will stay away from external community, pop culture, are inhospitable to seekers or outsiders, and they appear irrelevant.
They are dualists who see the sacred
and the secular in two different settings
"The Emerging Church has unleashed an unprecedented flood of vulgarity and worldliness... and pander to every worldly theme that captures the fancy of the postmodern, secular mind."
Without a common-grace consensus
of the issues we cannot come to unity.
The church and culture have their
own language and world-view. And this
only continues the divide.
organism = associations, relationships,
grace, salt, light, and the rich voluntary
life of a nation's citizen's
institution = faith, sacraments,
structure, leadership, tenants,
preaching, community, discipleship