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last week. Week 1. 2. a definition. “A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.”. 3. mixed economy - a both/and church. continue to grow and develop the church as it is.

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a definition

“A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.”

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mixed economy -a both/and church

continue to grow and develop

the church as it is

establish fresh expressions

of church

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last week . . .

  • Mission- Shaped Church report
  • Fresh expressions of church and a “mixed-economy” church
  • Changes in society means changing the way we do church
  • Our understanding of God and Christ shapes our understanding of mission, which impacts how we do church
  • “Mission is seeing what God is doing in the world and joining in”

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worship

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culture

Culture is ‘the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group [which] encompasses - in addition to art and literature - lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.’

UNESCO

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culture

Culture is ‘the way we do things round here’

Archbishop Derek Worlock

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culture - friend or foe?

  • Consumerism has brought choice
  • Where has all this choice come from?
  • How does it affect the church?

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consumerism - a quick history

  • 1960’s - 2,000 product lines
  • 2000’s - 22,000 product lines

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consumerism

  • an ethic of choice…
  • ‘it’s up to you’...
  • be your own person…

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consumerism and the church

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?“

John 4.27

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To discuss . . .

  • What aspects of consumerism should Christians challenge?
  • What aspects can we work with?
  • What new things could we do in response?

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Is there any good news?

  • Offering a course on Christian Spirituality at a local community college
  • Life coaching
  • Spiritual direction
  • Parenting classes

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Is there any good news?

The Alpha Course is offered on:

Mondays @ 6:30 PM (God at the Pub) beginning January 2009

Fridays @ 9:15 AM (with child care) (Runnymede Community Church) beginning October 3, 2008

LOCATIONS:

God at the PubThe Yellow Griffin Pub2202 Bloor Street Westjust east of Runnymede

Runnymede Community Church60 Colbeck Street 1 block north of Bloor, just west of Runnymede

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Good God @ The Bad Dog presents:

The God Questions

At a recent Locke Street Festival, passers-by were invited to write on a flip chart their “Questions for God.”

Some of those questions were:

“Why are you such a jerk?”

“Do you ever get mad? Do you ever cry?”

“What is the point of life? Really!”

“Where do we go when we die?”

“How many fingers am I holding up?”

If you have ever asked that kind of question (well, OK, maybe not that last one), you will be interested in Good God @ The Bad Dog, a series of free-flowing discussions about The God Questions over coffee and snacks at your favourite coffee shop, the Bad Dog Café at 229 Locke Street.

When? Four Thursday nights in May—7th, 14th, 21st, 28th—from 7.30 till 9 pm.

Good God @ the Bad Dog is sponsored by

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

(at Locke and Charlton).

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The Church is continually shaped by its inner dynamic: the flow of Apostolic tradition, with Scripture as its norm. . . . The church is, however, also shaped by the kind of world in which it finds itself. This must mean a constant receiving of the Gospel into our particular context.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

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networks are in!

  • The internet
  • Parents & children
  • Networks of information
  • Networks of interest
  • Profession or sport
  • Highway and rail networks

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networks are in!

  • Networks are nothing new…
  • but are more significant than ever
  • we need to understand network society…
  • so we can be missional within it.

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To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.

1 Corinthians 9.22

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think of a person you know who does not go to church . . .

  • Name one priority in their life (e.g. fitness)
  • What do they do for fun? (e.g. marathons)
  • What is one issue they have opinions about? (e.g. health food)

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five values of missional church

  • focused on God the Trinity

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five values of missional church

engaged in the things of ordinary, everyday life

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five values of missional church

people-shaped church

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five values of missional church

  • Transformational

The church is the only society which exists for the sake of those who are not its members. Archbishop William Temple

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five values of missional church

  • makes disciples, not converts or consumers

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emmaus road

    • Luke 24
  • woman at the well
    • John 4

relational church

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think back to the friend you identified earlier . . .

  • What would a fresh expression of church need to look like for it to be accessible to them?
  • What is going to make them want to come?
  • When and where would it meet?
  • If your fresh expression meets for an hour, what will you do in that time?

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worship

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Our Prayer:Draw your Church together, O Lord, into one great company of disciples, together following our Lord Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving him in his mission to the world, and together witnessing to his love on every continent and island. We ask this in his name and for his sake. Amen.

(BAS p.676)

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Next week . . .

“Re-imagining church—

Part 1: Community”

See you then!

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