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AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME…. CONGREGATIONAL TRANSFORMATION. ITS FOUNDATION…. 1 John 4:19 First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. (The Message) We love because he first loved us! (RSV). Office of Congregational Transformation. Rev. Kendall Taylor Director.

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an idea whose time has come
AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME…
  • CONGREGATIONAL TRANSFORMATION
its foundation
ITS FOUNDATION…
  • 1 John 4:19
  • First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
  • (The Message)
  • We love because he
  • first loved us!
  • (RSV)
office of congregational transformation

Office of Congregational Transformation

Rev. Kendall TaylorDirector

some things to remember
Some things to remember...
  • Jesus gave us, the Church, one primary command:
  • “Make Disciples!”
  • Matthew 28:16-20
  • Acts 1:8
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
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Some things to remember...
  • Faithful, obedient congregations seek God in prayer...
  • cultivating the relationship
  • ...to identify and connect with the people to/with whom God calls them to minister.
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Some things to remember…
  • Healthy congregations
  • express what they discern through prayer in…
  • CONCISE
  • VISION & MISSIONSTATEMENTS
questions to shape vision
QUESTIONS TO SHAPE VISION…
  • Why do people need Jesus?
  • Why do people need Church?
  • Why do people need this Church?
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Some things to remember…
  • The five ”P’s” … in this order… guide planning/decision making
  • Prayer
  • Purpose
  • People
  • Program
  • Property
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Some things to remember...
  • Healthy congregations are communities of
  • “MIRACULOUS EXPECTATION!”
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Some things to remember...
  • Healthy congregations…
  • FALL IN LOVE WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS!
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Some things to remember...
  • Healthy congregations make sure the love and friendship shared with their communityare genuine and Christ-motivated.
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Some things to remember...
  • Ministry motivated by loving your neighbor looks very different from ministry motivated by survival of your congregation. (ref Mark 8:35)
the difference between survival and mission
The Difference Between “Survival” and “Mission”
  • For whoever wants to save his life will lose it.
  • But whoever loses his life for me
  • andfor the Gospelwill save it.
  • Mark 8:35 (NIV)
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Some things to remember...
  • Worshiping is connecting people to personal experiences of God.
  • EXCELLENT
  • INDIGENOUS
  • Style is not the critical issue!
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Some things to remember...
  • Healthy congregations strive constantly for excellence and quality.
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Some things to remember...
  • Healthy congregations measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their ministry.
  • …Their Disciple Making!
characteristics of healthy congregations
Characteristics of Healthy Congregations
  • 1 . Empowering leadership
  • 2 . Gift-oriented ministry
  • 3 . Passionate spirituality
  • 4 . Functional structures
  • 5 . Inspiring Worship
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Characteristics of Healthy Congregations
  • 6 . Holistic small groups
  • 7 . Need-oriented evangelism
  • 8 . Loving relationships
  • from:
  • NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT
  • Church Smart Resources
  • www.churchsmart.com
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Categories of Congregations

Reproducing

Transforming

Maintaining

Dying

Beginning

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Categorías de Congregaciones

QUE SE REPRODUCE

EN TRANSFORMCIÓN

QUE SE MANTIENE

MORIBUNDA

QUE COMIENZA

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Tips de Kongregasyon

AP MILTIPLIYE

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TRANSFÒRMASYON

RETE ANPLAS

AP MOURI

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KÒMANSMAN

categories of congregations
Categories of Congregations
  • Beginning
  • chronological infancy, clarifying and adopting its mission
  • or
  • in decline, rediscovering its mission
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Categories of Congregations
  • Transforming
  • primary mission: making disciples
  • in their community
  • devotion to and growth in Jesus
  • congregational life is love
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Categories of Congregations
  • Reproducing
  • - a transforming congregation choosing to initiate the formation of new faith communities
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Categories of Congregations
  • Maintaining
  • primary ministry orientation:
  • care for members
  • inward focus of congregational life process
  • no foreseeable change
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Categories of Congregations
  • Dying
  • process of congregational decline is irreversible
  • District Superintendent may so designate with or without agreement of the congregation
demands of the times
Demands of the times...
  • Healthy congregations accept and embrace the reality of inevitable, rapid and unpredictable change.
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Demands of the times...
  • There is a basic irreducible core process that defines Church.
  • A. Inviting/Welcoming
  • B. Worshiping/Educating
  • C. Equipping
  • D. Sending (deploying)

A TEMPLATE !

making disciples
MAKING DISCIPLES
  • A. INVITE / WELCOME
  • - intentional with specific people
  • - inclusion in the church family
  • - hear and see what a relationship with Jesus can be and do
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MAKING DISCIPLES
  • B. NURTURE
  • worship is connecting with God in public worship and private devotion
  • education is teaching how a disciple believes and behaves
  • - a major goal is a decision to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior
making disciples2
MAKING DISCIPLES
  • C. EQUIP
  • - God calls Disciples to a ministry
  • - they prepare to fulfill this calling
  • - disciples bring to ministry:
  • Talent… Personality…
  • Passion…Spiritual gifts
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MAKING DISCIPLES
  • SEND
  • - disciples minister with excellence to people in many kinds of need
  • - ministry flows from hearts of love and is not manipulative
  • - gains privilege of inviting people to a relationship with Jesus.
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Demands of the times...
  • How do we keep faithful to what the Church is while adapting to the inevitable changes?
  • Remember the main thing…
  • Making Disciples
  • Move ministry focus from…
  • Inward…to Outward!
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Demands of the times...
  • The process of
  • Transforming (Adapting)
  • is normal and on-going for a faithful obedient congregation.
what is congregational transformation
What is Congregational Transformation?
  • Congregational Transformation is people…
  • moving evermore completely…
  • to embrace with clarity and passion…
  • the mission Jesus gave the Church!
  • MAKING DISCIPLES!
t he role of the office of congregational transformation
The Role of the Office of Congregational Transformation
  • Helping congregations discern their way forward as faithful followers of Jesus
  • Assisting congregations in deciding what to do and then helping them do it.
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We do NOT dictate to congregations or try to control them. Initiative always remains with the congregation.
congregational transformation
Congregational Transformation
  • It is not a program…
  • It is fundamental change
  • in the congregation’s lifestyle…
  • Its CORE PROCESS!
  • A DNA TRANSPLANT!
some things to do
Some things to do...
  • See to your personal spiritual growth and devotional habits.
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Some things to do...
  • Make practice of spiritual growth disciplines a congregational core value
  • Expected of all…
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Some things to do...
  • Be zealous in assessing your personal faithfulness and your congregation’s faithfulness to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
  • Are new directions called for in either case?
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Some things to do...
  • Study and learn from:
      • books
      • audio resources
      • video resources
      • internet resources
books to read
Books to read
  • “Reclaiming the Great Commission” by Bishop Claude Payne
  • “Natural Church Development” By Christian A. Schwarz
more books
More books…
  • “The Purpose Driven Church”
  • “The Purpose Driven Life”
  • By Rick Warren
  • “Church for the Unchurched”
  • “The Celtic Way of Evangelism”
  • By George Hunter
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Some things to do...
  • Learn
  • • about the world
  • • about your community
  • GBGM:
  • http://research.gbgm-umc.org
  • PERCEPT:
  • www.link2lead.com
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Some things to do…
  • Learn skills necessary to lead your congregation in a new direction.
three important skills
THREE IMPORTANT SKILLS…
  • - Effective vision casting
  • - Leading and training leaders
  • - Dealing creatively with conflict
gung ho
GUNG HO!
  • Spirit of the Squirrel
  • “worthwhile work”
  • Way of the Beaver
  • “in control of achieving the goal”
  • Gift of the Goose
  • “cheering others on”
  • By Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
surfing the edge of chaos
Surfing the Edge of Chaos
  • Understand Church as organism…
  • Its response to stimuli is non-linear…
  • Prolonged equilibrium is dangerous…
  • by Richard Tanner Pascale
  • & Mark Milleman
a last thought
A Last Thought...
  • What have you experienced of Jesus that the world cannot do without?
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Office of Congregational Transformation

Rev. Kendall TaylorDirector

contact us
Contact us
  • P.O. Box 3767Lakeland, FL 33802
  • 1-800-282-8011, ext 109
  • 863-680-1912 (fax)
  • ktaylor@flumc.org
  • http://www.flumc.org