Saturday, July 2, 2011

Workshop on Missional Progressives Reimagining Church/World

From July 25-28, I will lead an afternoon workshop at Western Hills Lodge on Fort Gibson Lake not too far from Tulsa. The title will be Missional Progressives Reimagining Church, but the first point will be that what we are engaged in is reimagining the world around us, and if we don't start there then any kind of reimagining church will be in vain...

Monday's conversation is called Church as Parable...If Jesus' parables are about 180 degree turns in how people conceived of God, what would our 180 degree turns on how we conceive church be today? (one of the 180 degree turns is that all churches should not be conceived as the same, need to be the same in expression, etc, and so that includes all churches making 180 degree turns from what and who and where they are now; but we need to break our molds).

Monday night I will be leading the evening worship from 7:30 to 8 pm with an evening prayer theme of "Abide With Me".

Tuesday is called Church as Praxis. Sharing insights and stories and examples of how churches are already reimagining reincarnating themselves and what it means to become church. how are new mission and church plants being manifested?

Wednesday is called Church as Progressive. Why are progressive churches, peoples, in good position to be leaders in missional movements, and why are they last to pick up this adventure, what holds us back, and how are the two related as our strengths become our weaknesses and our weaknesses our strengths?

Thursday is called Church as Partner. How can we get out of our inherent isolationist approach of thinking we are in it by ourselves, and have to do it all ourselves, as ourselves, and how can we create ways to partner with others in mission, sharing stories of creating relationships beyond us to transform us and the world around us.

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