Mission Developer Training Part II. February – 2010. FIRST SIX MONTH PLAN. Gain Expertise in Four Basic Tools: Doing Missional Theology in a Lutheran Key Reading the Context Leadership Development Assessing and Enhancing the Health of the Congregation. FIRST SIX MONTH PLAN.
February – 2010
Gain Expertise in Four Basic Tools:
Create Support Mechanisms:
“O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (ELW)
Three critical areas for the first 6-12 months of ministry:
Rouse/Van Gelder, “A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation”
What is God calling this ministry to be about? Purpose statements provide direction: “Healing hurts, re-building dreams, transforming lives”.* Ministry is developed and focused upon this statement.
*”Field Guide” Van Gelder/Rouse
“Mission is holistic and contextual with regard to its aim, practice and location. Its aim encompasses the whole of creation (ecological concerns), the whole of life (social, political, economic, and cultural), and whole human being (spiritual, mental, relational, physical, and environmental need).” Melanchthon, “Mission in Asian Context”
“Christians should work to bring about a change in ‘personal and collective consciences of people, their activities and ways of life, and the milieux in which they live.’” (T. Michel, “The Challenge on Interfaith Dialog)
Mission/Purpose suggests there is an “alternate reality/alternate vision” for life. (W. Brueggeman)
What will ministry look like if the Common Purpose is lived out in this context? What does “healing”, “re-building”, and “transformation of life” look like in the Primary Service Area? Gospel “good news” begins to take on a specific/practical/contextual look. Invitation related to the Shared Vision. This is the “how” to living out purpose.
Asks the question: “What are the most compelling reasons why the ELCA should develop this new ministry; in this area; at this time?”
Asks another question: “How is this going to happen? What will be the result?”
Great questions! How are these answered in your New Ministry Profile?
Bifocal Vision: Contextual ministry with a focus on the immediate Primary Service Area (geographic area) or ethnic community. Focus on the larger community as well as the developing community of faith. This focus gives definition to Shared Vision and is lived out in all areas of ministry (worship, learning, service, etc. as well as real estate).
Trifocal Ministry: In addition to addressing the immediate contexts (community and congregation), a broader vision includes connection to the larger world. This includes church relationships such as area churches, conference/synod/ELCA, and global concerns.