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  1. Part 2:Introduction to Living System Ministry

  2. Living System Ministry Basics Judy Hall – Asst. to the PresidentDoug Hall - President

  3. What does it take to do Living System Ministry? - so that God’s living Truth can tell us what to do! We may need a New Brain -- -- To think in terms of LIFE, not MACHINES! Leave pliers & screwdriver behind… Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  4. Living System Ministry Has Always Existed In Cat Cultures CAT cultures learned to survive by ALIGNING with the living system creation, & with each other through relational social dynamics. Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  5. 4 Things Happened To ChristianityInRelational Cat Cultures In one generation, it became a WORLD -- not a western -- religion! It became the LARGEST religion in the world. It is GROWING in the CAT cultures of the GLOBAL SOUTH. Major REVIVALS always occur in relational CAT cultures. Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  6. A NewToasterCulture Has Exploded It is more IMPERSONAL & INDIVIDUALISTIC From TECHNOLOGICAL developments begun in the Industrial Revolution. & is becoming increasingly GLOBAL. Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  7. Its Toaster Activities Produce Counterproductive Returns 1) I see a need. 2) I make a plan to meet the need. 4) I get returns. 3) I do the plan. 6) I therefore do nothing else to meet the need. 5) Unintended negative returns are ignored. Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  8. Overcoming The Law of Unintended Negative Returns Sincere, logical activity yields positive short-term returns, but Unintended negative returns in the total system over the long term. But – aligning with the LIVING SYSTEM can yield positive multiple long-term returns! . Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  9. This New Toaster Culture Is EmpoweredBut Not Aligned THE CRIMINAL vs. THE COUNTER- PRODUCTIVE DO-GOODER (who’s creating more problems?) WEALTHY CHRISTIANITY DECLINES OVER THE LONG TERM (Europe…) FEEDING STARVING PEOPLE PRODUCES MORE STARVATION Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  10. This New Empowered But Unaligned ToasterCulture Has Some Basic Problems A non-aligned Fortune 500 Company can go OUT OF BUSINESS ECOLOGY: Global warming KNOWING, NOT DOING DICHOTOMIZED SCIENCES not learn from each other or interact with FAITH Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  11. Joining Its Emerging Cat Aspect Can Help Us Align To Living Systems ECOLOGY: LIFE IN A LIVING CREATION RUNNING BUSINESSES WITH LIVING SOCIAL SYSTEMS INSTEAD OF CHRISTIAN DECLINE, FIND ALIGNED ANSWERS FOR THE WHOLE SYSTEM PRACTITIONER- SCHOLAR SCIENCE & FAITH INTER- DISCIPLINARY DIALOGUE & LEARNING Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  12. Then, Our NewToaster Culture Can Also Experience Spiritual Vitality! Its believers can be part of the LARGEST religion in the world. It can join global Christian believers in a WORLD -- not a western -- religion! Christianity can GROW in the new GLOBAL TOASTER culture. It, too, can experience REVIVALS Emmanuel Gospel Center 2011

  13. EGC as a Living System LaboratorySam KimDirector – EGC Consulting

  14. Examples of LSM in action:1. Human Trafficking2. College Study3. Youth Violence

  15. LSM in Action:1. Human Trafficking and the Abolitionist NetworkLiza Cagua-KooAssistant Director

  16. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network

  17. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network Broken systems and relationships war poverty abuse abandonment etc. greed corruption gang violence discrimination natural disasters social acceptance of porn, prostitution,…

  18. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network Broken systems and relationships Exploiter Vulnerable person Force Coercion Fraud Demand for sex, cheap labor/goods

  19. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network Broken systems and relationships Exploiter Vulnerable person Force coercion fraud Exploitation (Trafficking) Demand for sex, cheap labor/goods

  20. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network negative systems and relationships Exploiter Vulnerable person Arrest/ convict After –care Force coercion fraud Intervention Exploitation (Trafficking) Demand for sex, cheap labor/goods

  21. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network Restoration to positive systems and relationships negative systems and relationships Exploiter Vulnerable person Arrest/ convict After -care Force coercion fraud Intervention Demand for sex, cheap labor/goods Exploitation (Trafficking)

  22. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network negative systems and relationships Exploiter Vulnerable person Arrest/ convict After -care Force coercion fraud Intervention Exploitation (Trafficking) Demand for sex, cheap labor/goods

  23. Sarah Durfey, Director, Abolitionist Network Restoration to positive systems and relationships negative systems and relationships Exploiter Vulnerable person Arrest/ convict After -care Force coercion fraud Intervention Demand for sex, cheap labor/goods Exploitation (Trafficking)

  24. Are you depressed yet? wait, there’s hope

  25. by understanding these systems, and equipping, connecting, and refreshing abolitionists. The Abolitionist Networkaims to join in the work God is doing to end systems of exploitation and slavery

  26. Abolitionist Network &Living System Ministry • Don’t just do something! Stand there! • Start with system questions. • Hug a system! • The power of pictures. • Pursue deeper understanding, with others.

  27. LSM in Action:2. Metro-Boston Collegiate Ministry ProjectBrian CorcoranProject Director – Applied Research

  28. Metro Boston Collegiate Ministry Project

  29. Metro Boston Collegiate Ministry Project

  30. Metro Boston Collegiate Ministry Project

  31. LSM in Action:3. Youth Violence Systems Project Sam KimProject Director

  32. Youth Violence Systems Project (YVSP) Purpose: Reduce Youth Violence in the city of Boston Process: Work with the community to create a virtual laboratory to model youth violence prevention and intervention strategies Outcomes: Better dialogue Better prevention and intervention strategies

  33. YVSPUsage

  34. Community members involved in Project Research, Design and Development

  35. Learn

  36. 6 Neighborhood Briefing Documents have been written: Uphams Corner, Grove Hall, Bowdoin/Geneva, South End/Lower Roxbury, Greater Dudley & Morton/Norfolk. These documents can be downloaded from: http://egc.org/research_programs/neighborhood.html . YVSP Neighborhood Briefing Documents

  37. Early Framework Social Institutions Family Public Institutions Culture of Violence Community Context Gang Violence

  38. Trauma Framework Social Institutions Peers Family Public Institutions Culture of Violence Personal Predisposition Community Context Gang Violence OtherViolence Youth Violence