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Title: 21st Century Ministry


1
21st Century Ministry Leadership
  • Models, Possibilities Directions

Dr. Steven Lewis Northwest House of Theological
Studies Kristina Gonzalez Leadership Development
for an Inclusive Church, PNW Conference
2
Theological Development
Fundamentalism
Liberalism
Moderates
Evangelicals
Emerging Theology
Spiritual richness
Historical-Early Christianity
Culturally Relevant
3
Elements of an Emerging Theology
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Nature and Creation
  • Pilgrimage and Seeking
  • Mystery and Mystic
  • Beauty and Awe

4
Elements of an Emerging Theology
  • Truth is Elusive
  • Theology is Incarnational emphasis on God in us
  • Rooted in an everyday mysticism with a social
    consciousness
  • Spiritual and Religious when religion is defined
    beyond organization
  • Intuitive Knowing

5
Assumptions
  • We have good theology that people need
  • We are friendly and welcoming to others
  • We are a global church with effective
    infrastructure, i.e. UMCOR
  • We are involved in social justice issues in our
    communities
  • While young people may leave the church after
    youth group, they will return when they have
    children

6
Changing Catagories
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Seniors
  • birth-11
  • 12-20
  • 21-45
  • 46-60
  • 60-75
  • 75-up
  • Robert Wuthnow
  • After the Baby Boomers

7
Seven Key Trends
  • Delay Marriage
  • Fewer Children and later in life
  • Uncertainties about work and money
  • Higher levels of education for most
  • Loosening of Relationships
  • Globalization
  • Information Culture

8
Young Adult Spirituality
  • God is simply a mystery that cannot be understood
    by humans.
  • Christianity still provides some answers to
    spiritual questions.
  • 48 have been influenced by Christianity at
    least one other religion.
  • A majority of young adults who are religiously
    uninvolved say spiritual growth is important
  • Music is an important spiritual component

9
21st Century Ministry Concerns
  • Do we know how to speak to the postmodern world?
  • How do we articulate a historical Wesleyan
    theology in the current context?
  • Do we care about a Wesleyan theology in the 21st
    century? Can it help?
  • Can a Modern Church reach a Postmodern world?
  • Is our leadership prepared?

10
Propensity to Change
  • 86 agree to the need to attract young people,
    18-30 years of age
  • 33 of laity thought the local church would
    change worship for young people
  • 21 of clergy thought the same
  • 30 of laity thought the local church would
    reallocate resources
  • 27 of clergy perceived a willingness to
    reallocate resources
  • State of the Church Report, Connectional Table

11
Minimization
  • Over generalizes similarities between self and
    others, missing complexities
  • Human similarity
  • Universal values
  • We are friendly and welcoming to others
  • We are a global church with effective structure
  • We are involved in social justice work

12
Minimization Learn more about ones own culture
and avoid projecting that culture onto the
experience of others (to go more deeply)
  • What is essential to United Methodist ethos?
  • Theologically
  • Practically
  • Given what is essential, how might our boards and
    agencies function differently in a new context?

13
21st Century Ministry Culture
Alternative Ministries
Creative Ministries
Non-Traditional
Traditional Ministries
14
21st Century Ministry Culture
Non-Traditional
Alternative Ministries
Creative Ministries
Wilderness Way
Coffee House Service
The Underground
Micahs Village
Enterbeing
Soul Café
Church of the Apostles
Traditional Ministries
Multicultural Ministry
UMCOR
UMW
Ethnic Congregations
Down Town 1st Church
15
Supporting New Directions
  • Traditional Ministries
  • Other Forms of Ministries
  • Weekly, Millions of people attend, are nourished,
    and enjoy their church.
  • Established Ministries reaching into the
    community
  • Need to continue as is, with additional
    ministries
  • Deserve quality clergy leadership
  • Ethnic Communities are traditional
  • Reach non church going people-and some unhappy
    with traditional church
  • Expressed in numerous forms
  • Flexible, generally small, relationship focused
    versus program focused
  • Struggle for funding

16
Northwest Context
  • Region is Important
  • This isnt Nashville, TN
  • Starting New Ministries requires new models
  • Both/And approach
  • Ethnic ministry opportunities
  • Take Risk
  • Invest in good ideas
  • Reclaim our Wesleyan Spiritual heritage for the
    21st century

17
Both/And Approach
  • New Ministries
  • Established Churches
  • Not necessarily interested in denominational
    identity
  • Identity is found internally within the group
  • Reaching people the church struggles to reach
  • Do not often fit well into the UMC structure
  • Different types of leaders
  • Identity, Belonging Direction
  • Rich history
  • Connection with United Methodist Church
  • Established Ministries
  • Participation in the annual conference
  • Established Leadership

18
Traditional Ministries
  • Diana Butler Bass has done some excellent work
    with Mainline congregations.
  • Flood of second career baby boomers have a lot of
    passion for serving traditional churches
  • There remains a lot of potential for most
    congregations to continue and create vital
    ministries
  • A lot of potential among ethnic communities
  • Since the late 1980s there has been an influx of
    folks returned to mainline traditions. This is a
    reverse of the fleeing of mainline traditions in
    the late 1960s through the early 80s.

19
Traditional Ministries
  • Exciting time to reflect on where the conference
    and congregations are going
  • NOTE Before we run away from historical
    Christian practices, know that younger
    generations are interested in historical
    spiritual practices.
  • Mainline traditions have a history and richness
    that has been too often overlooked

20
Christian, but not Religious
  • It is less easy to speak of Christian
    spirituality than in the past, and more accurate
    to speak of spiritualities of Christians.
    Philip Sheldrake Spirituality and History

21
New Types Leaders for New Types of Searchers
  • Younger folks who grew up in church, but left
    after high school.
  • 20-30 somethings who never grew up in church, but
    are very spiritual
  • Christian, but not religious. Those often wounded
    by the church
  • Interfaith or blended faith seekers
  • Migrating Evangelicals
  • Christians who want a change from the traditional
    form of church

22
Diverse Leaders for Diverse Populations
Lay leadership to gather and nurture into
community of faith Increasing numbers of ethnic
Local Pastors (candidacy and support) 1.5 and 2nd
Generation ministries - Younger and bi-cultural
23
What Types of Leaders Do We Need?
  • Both/And context means we need a variety of
    leadership skills and styles, which will include
    both clergy and laity.
  • We have struggled some to encourage people to
    enter ministry. Now it the task is getting more
    complex.
  • Importance and rise of Lay Leadership for both
    traditional and new expressions of ministry.

24
Creative, Alternative, Non-Traditional
Ministries
  • Can United Methodism move beyond itself?

25
Creative, Alternative, Non-Traditional
Ministries
  • Exactly what type of ministries fit into this
    category?
  • Totally independent
  • Sponsored by or through a funding source or
    sources
  • Connected to existing Church-congregation
  • House Church Models

26
21st Century Ministry Culture
Non-Traditional
Alternative Ministries
Creative Ministries
Wilderness Way
Coffee House Service
The Underground
Micahs Village
Enterbeing
Soul Café
Church of the Apostles
Traditional Ministries
Multicultural Ministry
UMCOR
UMW
Ethnic Congregations
Down Town 1st Church
27
Examples of Church related, Creative,
Alternative, Non-Traditional Ministries
  • n

28
The Underground
  • Leader Kirk Hurd (40s)
  • United Methodist
  • Connected to the 1st UMC in Salem.
  • Style Christian night club (The Underground is
    located in the basement of the MICAH building
    next to the 1st UMC
  • Size 25-60
  • Support Limited funding from 1st UMC
  • Audience 20s, 30s, 40s with some 50s and above

29
Coffee House Service
  • Rev. Carley Friesen (40s)
  • Presbyterian
  • Connected to Tabor Heights Presbyterian
  • Style Comfortable Coffee-Club setting in a large
    room in the old section of the church.
  • Size 15-40
  • Support Limited funding for the church
  • Audience Single women with children, younger
    people with a mix of others

30
Enterbeing
  • Scott Brazieal (40s)
  • Lutheran
  • Connected to Redeemer Lutheran
  • Style small group, book conversations,
    inter-faith practices
  • Size varies with activity
  • Support Limited funding from church and
    denomination
  • Audience spiritual seekers, recovering folks

31
Micahs Village
  • Chuck Cooper (60s)
  • United Methodist
  • Connection Ecumenical, Christian based
    interfaith.
  • Style Creative worship, seminars, workshops
  • Size 15-50
  • Support OR-ID conference Salary support
  • Audience recovering Christians, seekers,
    Christian but not religious

32
Soul Café
  • Jill Rowland (30s)
  • Lutheran
  • Independent, but Lutheran based
  • Style weekly gatherings, studies, relationship
    based
  • Size 12-35
  • Support Self supporting with some grant money
    and Lutheran support
  • Audience seeker, recovering Christians,

33
How Do We Move Into the Future?
  • Preparing Ourselves

34
Organizational Change
  • 1 Vision, 99 Alignment (Collins, Good to Great)

35
Accountability
  • Healthy organizations consistently match
    authority with responsibility (Doug Anderson,
    Bishop Ruben Center for Leadership Development)

36
What Are the Central Issues?
  • What are the issues your board or agency will
    encounter in the next four years?
  • Are these common issues for other boards and
    agencies?
  • What will you need, to address the needs before
    you?
  • What two things can be discussed today to move
    you forward?
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