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Title: MISSIONSHAPED CHURCH


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MISSION-SHAPED CHURCH
  • WORK IN PROGRESS

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THE CHALLENGE
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OUR PEOPLE?
  • The Anglican pattern of ministry, built around
    parish and neighbourhood, can lead to a way of
    thinking that assumes that all people whether
    attending or not attending are basically our
    people. All people are Gods people, but it is
    an illusion to assume that somehow the population
    of England is simply waiting for the right
    invitation before they will come back and join
    us.

4
OUR PEOPLE?
  • The social and mission reality is that the
    majority of English society is not our people
    they havent been in living memory, nor do they
    want to be. The reality is that for most people
    across England the church as it is peripheral,
    obscure, confusing or irrelevant.
  • The task is to become church for them, among
    them and with them, and under the Spirit of God
    to lead them to become church in their own
    culture.

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Current (or previous) church attendance or
involvement
Regular attenders at least monthly(10)
Fringe- less than monthly(10)
Non Churched(40)
Open de-churched(20)
Closed de-churched(20)
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60/40
Within our reach as we are
Out of reach
Steven Croft, Fresh Expressions, 2004
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FRESH EXPRESSIONS
  • A fresh expression of church is intended as a
    community or congregation which is already (or
    has the potential to grow into) a church in its
    own right.  It is not intended to be a half way
    house or stepping stone for someone joining a
    Sunday morning congregation.

8
CALLED TO PROCLAIM AFRESH
  • Which faith the Church is called upon to
    proclaim afresh in each generation.
  • Bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this
    generation.

9
CHANGE OF EMPHASIS
  • Unplanned consequences of other pieces of
    Christian ministry
  • Church where people are, not bridges to get
    people to church
  • Church more deeply related to daily life
  • Church when people can attend

10
Doing Mission
  • WORSHIP community mission
  • Mission ? Community ? Worship

11
COMMUNITY CHURCH?
  • A church in every community in the land is an
    empty boast if it boils down to there being a
    church in a given geographical area, without any
    reference to accessibility or culture. Michael
    Nazir-Ali

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A LAYERED STRATEGY
  • The territorial from-to idea that underlay the
    older missionary movement has to give way to a
    concept much more like that of Christians within
    the Roman Empire in the second and third
    centuries parallel presences in different
    circles and at different levels, each seeking to
    penetrate within and beyond its circle.

13
INTERACTIVE
  • This does not prevent movement and interchange
    and enterprise but it forces revision of
    concepts, images, attitudes, and methods that
    arose from the presence of a Christendom that no
    longer exists. Andrew Walls

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BEING ANGLICAN
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THE MARKS OF ANGLICANISM
  • The Declaration of Assent
  • The Lambeth Quadrilateral
  • The Scriptures
  • The Creeds
  • The Dominical Sacraments
  • Historic Episcopacy locally adapted
  • A national church
  • A international family
  • A liturgical tradition (Shared frameworks)
  • Lets wait and see.

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A EUCHARISTIC COMMUNITY
  • The eucharist lies at the heart of the Christian
    life. It is the act of worship in which the
    central core of the Biblical gospel is retold and
    re-enacted, the focal point of Christian worship.
  • All expressions of church will ultimately be
    eucharistic.
  • An appetite or a starting point?
  • Communion by extension?
  • Who we ordain?

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So whats not Cricket?
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CATHOLIC
  • Catholicity refers to the universal scope of the
    Church as a society instituted by God in which
    all sorts and conditions of humanity, all races,
    nations and cultures, can find a welcome and a
    home.
  • Catholicity therefore suggests that the Church
    has the capacity to embrace diverse ways of
    believing worshipping,

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CULTURAL DIVERSITY
  • and that this diversity comes about through the
    incarnation of Christian truth in many
    different cultural forms which it both critiques
    and affirms.
  • The catholicity of the Church is actually a
    mandate for cultural hospitality. Paul Avis

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BOTH AND NOT EITHER OR
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the mixed economy
  • Celebrating and building on what is
    mission-shaped in traditional forms of church

and finding new, flexible, appropriate ways to
proclaim the Gospel afresh to those who do not
relate to traditional ways
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THE CHALLENGE TO THE DIOCESES
  • It is for dioceses to think creatively about how
    to connect the old and the new, to encourage
    traditional parishes to share prayer and energy
    with new initiatives in church life, and above
    all to help break down the perennial suspicion
    between the historic mainstream and the
    risk-taking innovators. The historic mainstream,
    after all, had its origins in risk-taking
    innovators. Rowan

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SYMBIOSIS
  • We are going to have to live with variety. The
    challenge is how to work with that variety so
    that everyone grows together in faith and
    eagerness to learn about and spread the Good
    News. Rowan
  • The brightest hope for church after Christendom
    is a symbiotic relationship between inherited and
    emerging churches. We need each other. Stuart
    Murray

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A QUICK WIN
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CHURCH IN THE SCHOOL
  • Believing that Church schools stand at the
    centre of the Churchs mission to the nation.
  • No Church school can be considered part of the
    churchs mission unless it is distinctively
    Christian. Dearing Report

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THE DEARING REPORT
  • Church schools stand alongside the parish
    churches, which lead the missionary work of the
    church, as an integral part of the church
    community, offering Christ to the young and
    through them,to varying degrees, offering parents
    the opportunity to learn from children and to
    engage in the life of a Christian institution.
  • We do not admit children, we admit families.

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POSSIBILITIES
  • Church plants using school premises
  • Collective worship in the parish church
  • After school clubs
  • Chaplaincy teams
  • Regular eucharist in the school
  • Expanding the congregation for collective worship
  • This is my church!

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FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES
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KEY PRINCIPLE 1
  • Inculturation (Embodying the Gospel)
  • Planting not cloning.
  • 'Dying to live
  • Something new grows

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INCARNATIONAL
  • Entering their world.
  • Taking it as seriously as they do.
  • Helping them to find Christ there.

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INCULTURATION
  • Inculturation is essentially a community process
    from below. Its purpose is to allow the gospel
    to transform a culture from within.
  • No serious attempt at inculturation can begin
    with a fixed view of the outward form of the
    local church. Mission Shaped Church

32
KEY PRINCIPLE 2
  • FROM - Detailed advance planning
  • TO - Discernment in context.
  • Seeing what God is doing and joining in.

33
HEALTH WARNING!
  • DONT TAKE MODELS OF CHURCH OFF THE SHELF
  • VALUES BEFORE MODELS
  • FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • AN INVITATION TO IMPROVISE

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STRATEGY
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STRATEGIC PERSONNEL
  • National officer for evangelism
  • Archbishops Missioner team
  • Church Army
  • CMS
  • Ecumenical partners / Methodists
  • A portfolio held within each diocesan staff
    meeting.

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ENABLING LEGAL PROVISION
  • New provision should be made for episcopally
    authorised Mission Initiatives, with a clear
    and transparent method for their creation,
    renewal and termination.
  • New category of bishops order in two stages -
  • 1) A light touch Bishops order
  • 2) A pastoral order normally within five years

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ENABLING LEGAL PROVISION
  • Without being unduly prescriptive we would
    suggest that a mission initiative authorised by
    the Bishop should have a licensed minister,
    include a distinctively Anglican element, and
    should seek the goodwill, but not need to rely on
    the consent of the incumbent (s).

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FINANCE
  • Church Commissioners re-prioritising funding
  • Diocesan mission initiative funds
  • Larger churches supporting specific initiatives

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AGREED PROCESS
  • That a church that wishes to plant, or to develop
    existing organic growth outside its own parish,
    consults early with the bishop.
  • That the bishop acts as broker between the
    sending church and the calling or receiving
    parish/es.
  • That prayer and listening to each other are part
    of the process as it unfolds, and public prayer
    is offered by all parties for the others, on a
    regular basis.

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AGREED PROCESS
  • That the leaders and churches of the sending,
    sent and receiving groups maintain a consistent
    public affirmation of each other.
  • That churches foster good relationships between
    themselves, expressed at appropriate levels and
    intervals.
  • That ongoing consultancy is offered to sent and
    receiving churches in terms of strengthening
    their respective senses of identity, call and
    mission.

41
AGREED PROCESS
  • This consultancy will include issues of personal
    growth for all parties such as feelings of
    threat, fear of failure, jealousy and self-doubt,
    as well as how to rejoice in progress and how to
    avoid a comfortable plateau.
  • A diocesan-led process of review is agreed at the
    outset.

42
LEADERSHIP
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THE OVERALL TASK
  • What is required within the one priesthood is an
    extensive long term enlargement of the Church of
    Englands repertoire of ministry, in the light
    of our missionary context.

44
The place of leadership is at the leading edge
modelling engagement with the culture in the name
of the gospel.
Missional church
Leaders
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LEADERSHIP - Alan Roxburgh
  • The pastor apostle is one who forms
    congregations into mission groups shaped by
    encounters with the gospel in the culture -
    structuring the congregations shape into forms
    that lead people outward into a missionary
    encounter.
  • But in this kind of congregation, the pastor
    will be able to lead only as she or he models the
    encounter with the culture.

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ALL CHURCH MISSION-SHAPED
  • A new criterion on leadership in mission and
    evangelism as a requirement for all those
    selected for ordination training.
  • All initial training to include cross-cultural
    evangelism church planting.
  • Cross-cultural evangelism church planting to be
    a significant element of CME 1-4
  • A training institution in each regional training
    partnership.

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AGE MATTERS
  • The average age of those who do come to church is
    older than those who do.
  • We seem to be fishing in a shrinking and ageing
    pool
  • The average age of ordinands goes up, inevitably,
    because congregations are ageing.
  • Many older ordinands are not at home in our new
    missionary context.

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Recommendations
  • Encourage the identification, selection and
    training of pioneer church planters.
  • Specific selection criteria established
  • Patterns of training appropriate to the skills,
    gifting and experiences of those being trained.
  • Those involved in selection need to be adequately
    equipped to identify and affirm pioneers and
    mission entrepreneurs.

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MISSIONARY ENTREPRENEURS
  • Bishops Advisers should watch for candidates who
    have the necessary vision and gifts to be
    missionary entrepreneurs to lead fresh
    expressions of church and forms of church
    appropriate to a particular culture. Criterion H
  • A vocation to the future Church of England
  • True to its missionary nature and national
    calling.

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SELECTION
  • Identified in the sponsoring papers
  • Meeting the normal criteria
  • Plus additional guidelines
  • Often not seeing themselves as called to
    traditional expressions of ordained ministry

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Core Elements
  • Vision for planting fresh expressions of church
    within contemporary culture
  • An authentic, integrated understanding of the
    particular ministry envisaged
  • Capacity to innovate and initiate
  • Mature and well developed devotional life
  • Well developed abilities to initiate change and
    enable others to face it in a flexible, balanced
    and creative way

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Core Elements
  • Demonstrable maturity and robustness to face the
    demands of pioneering mission and ministry
  • Self-motivation
  • Well-developed understanding of the interaction
    between gospel and culture
  • Clear vision of the place of their envisaged
    ministry within the wider church's response to
    God's mission to the world
  • Commitment to reshaping the church for mission

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TRAINING
  • For a permanent missional ministry among the 40
  • An action reflection model
  • Mixed mode (in effect)
  • Placed as apprentices to proven practitioners
  • Catholic and Evangelical

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TOGETHER TO GODS FUTURE
  • do not try to call them back to where they
    were, and do not try to call them to where you
    are, beautiful as that place may seem to you. You
    must have the courage to go with them to a place
    that neither you nor they have been before.
    Vincent Donovan

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MISSION-SHAPED CHURCH
  • WORK IN PROGRESS
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