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  1. Taking the vision HOME

  2. THE STORY so far…

  3. The story so far… • Two consultations & a steering group • A LAUNCH at General Assembly ’07 • Presentations at all the Autumn Synods • Still an awful lot of FITTING OUT to do

  4. The story so far… Introductory discussions then A BIBLE YEAR A PRAYER YEAR An EVANGELISM YEAR

  5. The story so far… Helpful? Worthy? Churchy? WHY THIS?

  6. THINGS we may have to fix…

  7. Things we may have to fix • A learned ministry, but a deskilled church? • The cost of historical critical enquiry? • A loss of confidence in faith learning? • A Bible that doesn’t seem to help

  8. Gifts from the wider culture • Owning our BAGGAGE • Hearing other VOICES • Eating WHOLEMEAL • Living with AWKWARD • We all bring SOMETHING • Interpretation as a sort of CONVERSATION So, WHAT NOW?

  9. WHAT NOW?

  10. Things we need to tackle • Widespread depression • Loss of confidence • Fading self-belief • Tired & confused? • A sense that time is against us REFRESHING OUR CHURCH CULTURE

  11. Things worth trying Repossess the BIBLE as the people’s book Refresh PRAYER as sustaining conversation with God Rehabilitate EVANGELISM as honest expression of what motivates us

  12. Things worth trying RE-FORMING CHURCH by REPOSSESSION of what God has given us So, will help?

  13. THREE YEARS of renewal

  14. Vision4Life BIBLE YEAR • Starts ADVENT ’08 • MENU from Sept. ’08 • Each church designs and decides for itself • Must connect with where people are • Moving everyone into more Bible involvement

  15. Vision4Life PRAYER YEAR • Starts ADVENT ’09 • MENU from Sept. ’09 • Still locally designed • Builds on Bible Year • Seeks to make prayer more effective for everyone in our church

  16. Vision4Life EVANGELISM YEAR • Starts ADVENT 2010 • MENU from Sept. 2010 • Still locally designed • Builds on Bible and prayer years • Working outwards from who-we-are to honest, appropriate sharing…

  17. BUT WILL IT WORK for US?

  18. But will it work for us? FOUR CONVERSATIONS before you say “YES!” 4 Booklets in February 4 conversations and a decision by August ‘08 Your church plans HOW, the booklets may help NEEDS LOCAL OWNING

  19. But will it work for us? NOW FOR SOME IDEA OF WHAT’S IN THE FOUR BOOKLETS…

  20. DISCUSSION ONE transformed by the Bible

  21. THE BIBLE BOOKLET IDEAS to develop locally • Telling Bible Journeys • Is the Bible working? • Are we typical of ‘us’? • Ideas about how the Bible might work better • What do WE think?

  22. DISCUSSION TWO transformed by Prayer

  23. THE PRAYER BOOKLET IDEAS to develop locally • Telling Prayer stories • Psalms, poem, prayer • Is prayer working? • Are we typical of ‘us’? • Ideas from others • What do WE think?

  24. DISCUSSION THREE transformed for evangelism

  25. THE EVANGELISM BOOKLET IDEAS to develop locally • Telling our stories • Do we allow sharing? • Do we need a re-think? • Are we typical of ‘us’? • Ideas from others • What do WE think?

  26. DISCUSSION FOUR taking the next step

  27. THE ‘NEXT STEP’ BOOKLET • Bringing it all together • Taking a decision Also… WORSHIP IDEAS for a Vision4Life Sunday

  28. Praying, Preparing and Planning

  29. Other Resources to Help

  30. Other Resources to help OUR WEBSITE: www.vision4life.org.uk OUR e-mail ADDRESS: admin@vision4life.org.uk OUR POSTAL ADDRESS: Vision4Life, Windermere Centre…

  31. Signing Up…

  32. Signing Up • on our website • at our e-mail address • or by post We’ll post signed-up churches, Synod by Synod on our website

  33. “Christianity has become part of the furniture... like a grand piano nobody plays any longer. I want the dust to be taken off and the people to play music” + John Sentamu