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Title: Becoming the Vital Churches and Disciples that Tomorrow Requires

Becoming the Vital Churches and Disciples that
Tomorrow Requires
  • David Schoen
  • Congregational Vitality and Discipleship
  • Local Church Ministries
  • United Church of Christ

Exodus 313 - 15
  • Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people
    of Israel and say to them, The God of your
    fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me,
    What is his name?' what shall I say to them?"
    God said to Moses,
  • "I AM WHO I AM."

  • I Will Be
  • What Tomorrow
  • Requires

The Future Question
  • God will be what the future demands,
  • but,…….
  • Will we be the churches and disciples that
    tomorrow requires?

Vital churches in the 21st Century Missional,
Relational Conversational
  • Missional in purpose
  • Relational in outreach
  • Conversational in witness

Missional in Purpose
  • Vital congregations
  • clear sense of purpose
  • Vital congregations
  • are sent forth
  • Vital congregations
  • reach out beyond themselves
  • Vital congregations
  • reproduce and plant new congregations

Missional Church
  • The Church exists to serve Gods Mission
    Mission as Missio Dei, UCC Committee on
    Structure, 1992
  • The church of Jesus Christ is the instrument and
    sign of Gods mission and realm.
  • Gods mission is calling and sending us, the
    church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church
    in our own societies, in the cultures in which we
    find ourselves.

Vital congregations discern Gods call and mission
  • The greatest characteristic of a vital
    congregation is the ability to articulate and
    live Gods purpose.
  • What is God calling this church to be and do at
    this time, in this place, with the gifts we have
    on this corner of Gods realm that we are placed?

Missional Purpose
  • Cathedral of Hope
  • The Mission of the Cathedral of Hope is to
    reclaim Christianity as a faith of  extravagant
    grace, radical inclusion and relentless
  • We are a people of compassion
  • We are a people of inclusion
  • We are a people of liberation
  • We are a people of hope
  • We are a people of Jesus

Missional Statement
  • First Grace UCC, Akron OH
  • First grace…..then faith and works!
  • First Congregtional UCC Santa Rosa
  • Making Gods love visible
  • Others
  • Strangers no more
  • Jesus loves you…this we know!
  • In the Heart of the City with the City in our
  • A Church Just for You, A Just Church for You.

Missional in Purpose
  • What is Your Mission Statement?
  • Mission Statement should be
  • 7 9 words or less
  • Engaging
  • Compelling
  • Visionary
  • True

Relational in Outreach
  • Ministry in 21st Century is Relational
  • Build community with those outside the church
  • Get to know the unchurched people and culture

  • the world has changed
  • 60 80 unchurched
  • 80 of baby boomers left
  • 80 of youth have negative view of
  • Culture does not support church

Relational in Outreach
  • Bridge the gap by building relationships
  • The days of waiting for people to come to church
    to welcome them are over.
  • Instead of waiting inside, we go outside

Missional Outreach
  • Go to where the unchurched are Starbucks,
    Borders Parks, Gymns
  • I stopped wondering about how to draw younger
    folks into my church and started focusing on how
    to draw my congregation out of its building and
    into relationship with the world outside its

Go Forth…. Into the Virtual World.
  • In Asia, Europe and North Americaan entire
    generation has experienced the Internet as a
    means for maintaining relationships with family
    and friends.
  • The Internet is a lifeline for users whose
    mobility is limited by disability, chronic
    illness or advanced age.
  • The Internet is where we can find and engage

Conversational in Witness
  • Conversational ministry is central to the future
    of the church in 21st Century
  • Count conversations, not conversions
  • Brian McLaren, More Ready than You Think

Conversational Ministry
  • The postmodern world calls for disciples who
    reach out to a world that is hungering for good
    conversation about faith, values, hope, meaning,
    purpose, goodness, beauty, truth, life after
    death, life before death and God. Engaging in
    everyday faith conversations will not only help
    others become Christians, it will help us become
    better Christians, who know and love the still
    speaking God more than ever.

Conversational Ministry
  • A world of spiritual seekers wants to talk.
  • We are the ones who are not talking!
  • Vital churches are communities in which the
    pastor and members have invited 5 to 15 new folks
    to their community of faith in the past six

Are you Ready to Talk?
Tricking the church into Evangelism Taking it
Are You Ready to Talk?
  • Why do you love your church?
  • What impact has believing in God and following
    Jesus made in your life?
  • What Bible text has made a difference in your

God is still speaking,
  • Through you and me!

Where will we be in 2020….?
  • The still speaking God calls us to become
  • Churches that the Future Demands
  • Missional in purpose
  • Relational in outreach
  • Conversational in witness

Two questions
  • Where are the signs of vitality in your
    congregation this spring?
  • What are you going to do from todays
    presentation to increase vitality in your