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  1. Mission Shaped Church Methodology for a… Some of the working group

  2. Learning from Seed sowing Methodology lesson ONE The principle : Seeds must be allowed to die

  3. Sowing Jesus patterns Death to life Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds. John 12 24

  4. Dying to live … Something unforeseen can grow

  5. Seeds are different to plants Mixing with the soil of the mission context… The planted seed community becomes a new body of believers as well us a body of new believers

  6. To the Mission Context To the essence of the Christian Inheritance Methodology lesson - TWO • TWO “Double listening” Mission in stereo, hears God better MSC p 104-105 and Michael Nazir-Ali : Shapes of the Church to Come Chs 1-2

  7. ? ? Get the connections right Only one… Listening Create Church Planting … Evangelism 1st ear Listen To Context Syncretism 2nd ear Listen To Tradition Irrelevance

  8. Methodology lesson - THREE • Ask the right questions • Ask them in the right order start with the church and the mission will probably get lost. start with the mission and it is likely that the Church will be found. MSC p 116

  9. WHO WITH ? WHO BY ? WHO FOR ? A three dimensional process • Who is the Fresh Expression FOR ? – Mission GOAL • Network or Neighbourhood • De churched or Non churched • Who is the planting done BY ? – Mission RESOURCE • Pioneer or Progression • Cell or Congregation • Who is it done WITH ? – Mission PARTNERS • Runner Graft Seed or Transplant

  10. “What is the mission to this area ?” “What kind of community is needed to sustain the mission?” “What set of spiritual disciplines is required to sustain the community in that mission?” 3 key questions ... MSC p 116 Based on questions asked by Church of Saviour Washington DC

  11. Methodology lesson - FOUR • Beware Christendom imported distortions • Including the dominance of public worship • Leading to “come” shaped mission

  12. Robert Warren: Building Missionary Congregations Worship What is Church Ideally made of ? .... Community Spirituality Mission

  13. Worship Community Mission The Christendom distortion

  14. Different Mission Fields Regular attenders – at least monthly(10%) Fringe- less than monthly(10%) Non Churched(40%) Open de-churched(20%) Closed de-churched(20%) MSC p 37-40

  15. Where do you START in which context ? Closed De-Churched The Fringe Open De- churched The Non - churched Christen-dom Pre - Christian Anti Christian Post Christian Cold to.... Warm Cool Arctic Partnership Control Dialogue Listen ? Target Group Or Mission Context Starting Place COMMUNITY theirs & ours WORSHIP EVANGEL- ISM Apology Climate “Style”

  16. Mission Community Worship The Missionary re- discovery