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Title: Mission Developer Training Part II


1
Mission Developer TrainingPart II
  • February 2010

2
FIRST SIX MONTH PLAN
  • Gain Expertise in Four Basic Tools
  • Doing Missional Theology in a Lutheran Key
  • Reading the Context
  • Leadership Development
  • Assessing and Enhancing the Health of the
    Congregation

3
FIRST SIX MONTH PLAN
  • Create Support Mechanisms
  • Regular time with DEM
  • Monthly reports to EOCM
  • Monthly coaching sessions
  • Develop prayer partners

4
PRAYER FOR THE JOURNEY
  • O God, you have called your servants to ventures
    of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet
    untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith
    to go out with good courage, not knowing where we
    go, but only that your hand is leading us and
    your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our
    Lord. Amen. (ELW)

5
MISSION DEVELOPER ISSUES FIRST SIX MONTHS
  • Where am I? Adjustment to new home
  • Why did I agree to this? Adjustment to new
    call
  • What am I going to do? Adjustment to setting
    ones own schedule
  • How am I going to get all this done?
    Adjustment to first six month plan

6
FIRST SIX MONTHSWHERE AM I?
  • Everything is new home, shops, neighbors,
    medical/dental care, hair, etc.
  • Grieving what has been left home, church,
    friends, etc.
  • Initiating new relationships
  • Finding church home where one is not the pastor
  • Home and home office, together yet separate

7
FIRST SIX MONTHSWhy did I agree to this?
  • Routine of old call no longer applies
  • Self regulating schedule
  • No church building, office, support staff..
  • It sounded so exciting at the Mission Developer
    Conference

8
FIRST SIX MONTHSWhat Am I Going to Do?
  • Blizzard of information from Mission
    Development conference
  • How do I make sense out of do this and dont
    do that?
  • What comes first?
  • Lay leadership development
  • Interested but..
  • The clock is ticking

9
FIRST SIX MONTHSHow to get all this done?
  • Initial six month plan provides steps
  • Monthly reports to EOCM with focus on specifics
    (i.e. joys, goals, prayer concerns)
  • Create a weekly schedule/develop routine
  • Meet with area colleagues
  • Meet the community and get connected
  • Motivation for initial calling
  • Forming Steering Committee

10
Ministry PlanningLutheran Key
  • Three critical areas for the first 6-12 months of
    ministry
  • Mission Identity
  • Common Purpose
  • Shared Vision
  • Rouse/Van Gelder, A Field Guide for the
    Missional Congregation

11
Missional Identity
  • Twin focus
  • Theological What is God already doing here? How
    is this new ministry invited to partner with
    Gods presence? What will reveal the heavens
    torn apart? God is missional, therefore the
    church is missional.
  • Sociological Is the area currently underserved
    with ministry (mainline or other) presence? Is
    there a significant unchurched presence? What is
    the demographic profile?

12
Common Purpose
  • What is God calling this ministry to be about?
    Purpose statements provide direction Healing
    hurts, re-building dreams, transforming lives.
    Ministry is developed and focused upon this
    statement.
  • Field Guide Van Gelder/Rouse

13
Mission/Purpose
  • Mission is holistic and contextual with regard
    to its aim, practice and location. Its aim
    encompasses the whole of creation (ecological
    concerns), the whole of life (social, political,
    economic, and cultural), and whole human being
    (spiritual, mental, relational, physical, and
    environmental need). Melanchthon, Mission in
    Asian Context

14
Mission/Purpose
  • Christians should work to bring about a change
    in personal and collective consciences of
    people, their activities and ways of life, and
    the milieux in which they live. (T. Michel,
    The Challenge on Interfaith Dialog)
  • Mission/Purpose suggests there is an alternate
    reality/alternate vision for life. (W.
    Brueggeman)

15
Shared Vision
  • What will ministry look like if the Common
    Purpose is lived out in this context? What does
    healing, re-building, and transformation of
    life look like in the Primary Service Area?
    Gospel good news begins to take on a
    specific/practical/contextual look. Invitation
    related to the Shared Vision. This is the how
    to living out purpose.

16
New Ministry Profile
  • Asks the question What are the most compelling
    reasons why the ELCA should develop this new
    ministry in this area at this time?
  • Asks another question How is this going to
    happen? What will be the result?
  • Great questions! How are these answered in your
    New Ministry Profile?

17
Developing A Bi/Trifocal Vision for Ministry
  • Bifocal Vision Contextual ministry with a focus
    on the immediate Primary Service Area (geographic
    area) or ethnic community. Focus on the larger
    community as well as the developing community of
    faith. This focus gives definition to Shared
    Vision and is lived out in all areas of ministry
    (worship, learning, service, etc. as well as real
    estate).

18
Developing a Bi/Trifocal Vision for Ministry
  • Trifocal Ministry In addition to addressing the
    immediate contexts (community and congregation),
    a broader vision includes connection to the
    larger world. This includes church relationships
    such as area churches, conference/synod/ELCA, and
    global concerns.

19
Ministry Plan for First Six Months
  • Get connected, immersed, involved with your
    ministry context. Meet the people who live
    there, leaders in the area, merchants, etc..
    Test the demographic report.
  • Take time to formulate good questions that will
    lead to informative conversations with those who
    live, work, and play in the ministry context.
  • Listen and ask more questions.
  • Look for potential leaders who, at this point,
    are more comfortable with asking questions and
    conversation than in starting a church.

20
Ministry Plan for Months 6-12
  • Identify and invite 4 or 5 people to take an
    initial leadership role in developing a Common
    Purpose and Shared Vision. Start creating the
    bifocal vision.
  • Keep meeting with people. Expand conversations
    to those who are yet to be heard.
  • Start looking at how program areas of ministry
    will support the Shared Vision.
  • Start introducing the trifocal vision for
    ministry to leadership and provide reminders.

21
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
  • What have you done to get settled in your new
    community?
  • In what ways have you connected with community
    leaders and residents in the service area?
  • What have you learned about the ministry context?
    Any surprises?
  • How is healing, re-building, and transformation
    taking place? (Gods work)
  • Any initial thoughts about how our hands might
    dig in?
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