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Title: Becoming the Vital Disciples and Churches that Tomorrow Requires


1
Becoming the Vital Disciples and Churches that
Tomorrow Requires
  • David Schoen Congregational Vitality and
    Discipleship schoend_at_ucc.org

2
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. (Yahweh)

3
YAHWEH
  • I Will Be
  • What Tomorrow
  • Requires

4
The Future Question
  • God will be what the future demands,
  • but,.
  • Will we be the churches and disciples that
    tomorrow requires?

5
Vital Disciples and Churches Missional,
Relational Conversational
  • Missional in purpose
  • Relational in outreach
  • Conversational in witness in person
    and online

6
Missional Discipleship
  • 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 as church of Jesus Christ,

    to be to be a missional church in our own
    societies, in the cultures in which we find
    ourselves.

7
Missional in Purpose
  • Vital disciples
  • clear sense of purpose
  • Vital disciples
  • are sent people
  • Vital disciples
  • reach out beyond themselves
  • reclaim Biblical focus on neighbors
  • Vital disciples
  • multiply new disciples/ministries/congregations

8
Reclaiming the Biblical focus on NEIGHBORS
  • Hebraic Scripture focuses on neighbors
  • Ten Commandments and Torah
  • Leviticus 1918
  • You shall love your neighbor as yourself
  • Jesus commandment -You shall love your God
    with all your
    heart, soul, strength, and mind
    and your neighbor as yourself. Luke 1027
  • Love of God and love of neighbor combined
  • Jesus, Paul and James
  • extend neighbor to all humankind (with some
    surprises)

9
No Matter Who You Are, or Where You Are on Lifes
Journey, You Are Welcome Here!
10
Who are they, and where do they come
from? (Revelation 714)
  • MissionInsite Demographics
  • http//missioninsite.com/
  • flexible web based information system
  • comprehensive socioeconomic and lifestyle data
  • interactive mapping platform
  • strategic information resource for ministry

11
Meeting Your Neighbors
12
MissionInsite Reports
13
MissionInsite Reports
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Socio-Economic-Consumer Types
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Who Are they?
22
Ministry Applications for Mosaic Lifestyle
Portraits
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How to use MissionInsite
  • Map your congregation homes
  • Learn their mosaic types
  • Compare to communities, learn your niche
  • Gear programs, small groups to meet population
    needs and interests
  • Track guests and friends
  • Cluster home groups

25
How to Register
26
Faith,In Project
27
Faith,In Spanish Lake, MO
28
Missional in Purpose Relational in Outreach
  • The days of waiting for people to us to welcome
    them in church are over.
  • Instead of waiting inside, we go outside
  • Bridge the gap by building relationships

29
Missional Outreach
  • Walk or Drive your neighborhood
  • Watch for where God is at work
  • Take notes, make a map, collect contact data
  • Who lives where
  • What are community needs
  • Who are allies and good neighbors
  • Do this again and again
  • Talk to your neighbors
  • What are the hopes and challenges of neighbors
  • How can the church be a good neighbor?

30
Relationship Building
  • Hang out with your community
  • Meet neighbors where they gather
  • Spend Sunday morning with your neighbors
  • Soccer matches, Lowes, Coffee Shop, Exercise
  • Pastors office in a coffee shop, fast food,
    bookstore.
  • Have meetings outside the church.
  • Bible/book studies in coffee shop, book store
  • Council meetings in neighborhood context
  • Engage in conversation, build relationships,
  • Collect data of names/addresses/e-mails

31
Missional Outreach
  • Go to where the unchurched are
  • Pastor experience of going to bar.
  • 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.

32
Joining God in the Neighborhood
  • Getting Started
  • Develop New Eyes for Your Neighborhood
  • Teach Radical Neighborliness No matter who you
    are, or where you are on lifes journey
  • Listen to Neighborhood Stories
  • Discern What God is Up to in the Neighborhood
  • Get Involved
  • What am I/We learning - What Do I/We Do Next?

33
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

34
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 disciples, it will help us become
    disciples, who know and love the stillspeaking
    God more than ever.

35
Conversational in Witness
  • Spiritual Seekers want to talk.
  • We are the ones not talking
  • Missional outreach is faith-sharing.
  • An unchurched world doesnt know why we do what
    we do and believe what we believe.

36
If God is still speaking,
  • Shouldnt we be?

37
E. Word Elbow
  • The e.word today is elbow.
  • Jim Griffith
  • Still today the way most folks find a community
    of faith is when they are invited to come and
    brought by a friend or neighbor.

38
Still Speaking Conversation and Invitation with
Neighbors
  • Informal moments at work, shopping or.
  • Be attentive for moments for a still speaking
    word
  • Become a Still Speaking Voice
  • Wear your still speaking witness
  • Home dinners with neighbors
  • First Welcomers
  • New Neighbors
  • Public Worship
  • Ashes to Go

39
Are You Ready to Talk?
  • Why do you love your church?
  • What impact has believing in God and following
    Jesus made in your life?
  • How is God still speaking in your life?

40
Go Forth into the Virtual World
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Social Media and Network
43
Outreach on-line
  • Church Website
  • Invitational
  • Interactive
  • Messaging
  • E.newsletter
  • Links
  • Facebook
  • Church fanpage
  • Your own
  • Links
  • Advertising

44
Social Media
45
Outreach with new Technology
46
Twitter
47
Yelp.com
48
Becoming the Disciples that Tomorrow Requires
Living and Telling the Story
  • Missional in purpose
  • Relational in outreach
  • Conversational in witness in person
    and online

49
Becoming the Vital Disciples and Churches that
Tomorrow Requires
  • What have you learned today?
  • Who are your neighbors?
  • How will you use this information?
  • What one thing will you do when you return home
    to start?

50
Being Vital Disciples and Churches
  • Blessings as you discern Gods mission for your
    congregation,
  • and discover what God is calling you to be and
    do as a Vital Disciples and Churches

51
Thank You!
  • Thank you! Your financial support is
  • Changing Lives Thats Our Churches Wider
    Mission
  • Thank you for your vital leadership and
    discipleship!
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