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Title: Becoming the Vital Churches and Disciples that Tomorrow Requires


1
Becoming the Vital Churches and Disciples that
Tomorrow Requires
  • David Schoen
  • Congregational Vitality and Discipleship
  • Local Church Ministries
  • United Church of Christ

2
Vital churches in the 21st Century Missional,
Relational Conversational
  • Missional in purpose
  • Relational in outreach
  • Conversational in witness

3
Vital Churches in 21st Century
  • Local Churches are
  • Missional Communities,
  • moving from membership based social organizations
    to
  • discipleship forming missional communities.  
  • Our mission focus is transforming lives, by
    transforming both individuals and wider social
    culture. 

4
Missional in Purpose
  • Vital congregations
  • clear sense of purpose
  • Vital congregations
  • are sent churches
  • Vital congregations
  • reach out beyond themselves
  • Vital congregations
  • reproduce and plant new congregations

5
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.

6
Identity and Mission
  • Reverend Otis Moss III from Trinity United Church
    of Christ in Chicago speaks on Church Vitality
    and Discipleship
  • www.ucc.org/vitality/ready-set-grow/video/otis-mos
    s.html

7
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?

8
Missional Purpose
  • Cathedral of Hope UCC
  • The Mission of the Cathedral of Hope is to
    reclaim Christianity as a faith of  extravagant
    grace, radical inclusion and relentless
    compassion.
  • 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

9
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
    Heart
  • A Church Just for You, A Just Church for You.

10
Missional in Purpose
  • What is Your Mission Statement?
  • Mission Statement should be
  • 7 9 words or less
  • Engaging
  • Compelling
  • Visionary
  • True

11
Resources for Vital Congregations
  • Ready, Set, Grow Resources
  • Vital-o-Meter
  • Discovering your Congregations Strengths
  • Discerning your Congregations Mission
  • Vitality Interviews
  • www.ucc.org/vitality

12
Missional in Purpose Relational in Outreach
  • Ministry in 21st Century is Relational
  • Build community with those outside the church
  • Get to know the unchurched people and culture

13
  • the world has changed
  • 60 80 unchurched
  • 80 of baby boomers left
  • 80 of youth have negative view of
    church
  • Culture does not support church

14
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

15
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
    doors.

16
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
    seekers.

17
Resources for Vital Congregations
  • Ready, Set, Grow Resources
  • Its a Whole New World
  • Community Demographics
  • Knowing Your Neighborhood
  • www.ucc.org/vitality

18
Relational in Outreach 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

19
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.

20
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
    months.

21
Are you Ready to Talk?
Tricking the church into Evangelism Taking it
back!
22
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
    life?

23
God is still speaking,
  • Through you and me!

24
Where will we be in 2020….?
  • The still speaking God
  • calls us to become
  • Churches that the Future Requires
  • Missional in purpose
  • Relational in outreach
  • Conversational in witness

25
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
    congregation?

26
Resources for Vital Congregations
  • Vitality Powerpoint - Retreat Resources
    www.ucc.org/vitality/retreat-resources
  • GrowtheUCC.org Events and Webinars
  • www.GrowtheUCC.org
  • Churches Birthing Churches
  • Redeveloper Leadership Institute
  • Web University
  • Evangelism and Leadership Webinars
  • myUCC http//community.ucc.org
  • Congregational Vitality Ready, Set, Grow Group
  • Congregational Vitality Ready, Set, Grow Group

27
Thank You!
  • Thank you for your Vital Leadership
  • Thank you for Your Support of
  • Changing Lives Thats Our Churches Wider
    Mission
  • Thank you for Spreading the Love
  • Strengthen the Church Offering
  • www.ucc.org/stc

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