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Fishing nets or safety nets. Need to start outside the church culture. What are the differences in life between 1950 and 2010?. Going out Coming In. Christendom Spirituality Authority Authenticity Conforming Choosing - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Fishing nets or safety nets

  • Need to start outside the church culture

  • What are the differences in life between 1950 and 2010?

  • Going out Coming In.Christendom SpiritualityAuthority AuthenticityConforming ChoosingCommunity Self referenceSunday Time ChaosOrganisations Networks

  • Changing cultureWhat is taking place is not merely thecontinued decline of organised Christianity but the death of the culturewhich formerly conferred Christian identity upon the British peopleas a whole.

    Callum BrowneDeath of Christian Britain

  • create a linguistic community which speaks to itself but gives up responsibility to put the gospel in alanguage which is understood by the whole of society.

  • Five implications for the church in Australia

  • A decline in religious affiliation Christian

    1947 88% 2006 64%

    No religion

    1947 0.4% 2006 19%


  • 27% do not go to church and arenegative

    36% do not attend frequently and are unsure about their attitude

    1999 Building Church

  • A decline in Church Attendance 1960 41% attend at least monthly

    1980 25%

    2000 20%


  • this majority (66%) presents a major challenge to churches. Most of them are unreceptive and closed to attending church; churchgoing is simply not on their agenda.

  • this research helps us to understand that the further people are from church,(in terms of churchgoing) the less likely they are to attend in the future.Mission opportunities are very differentwhen to step over the church threshold is an unknown experience..

  • The absence of the younger generationThe average age of a churchgoer is 53

    Typical churchgoer is 40+, female, with a Universitydegree, in first marriage,employed or retired. NCLS

  • The rising influence of spirituality The world today is as furiously religious as it ever was and in some places more so than ever.

    Rise in Wiccas from 1996-2001in Australia was 373%.

  • Are People Searching and why? 73% of people are searching

    70% of people are searching because of either the credit crunch, concern about personal finances or job insecurity

  • Changes in the church cultureIncreased openness to new initiatives


  • we understood mission oneway and organised life to accomplish it. We have awakened to find out the mission moved on us. To keep focusing on mission, wehave to turn the furniturearound and face a differentdirection. We may even have to move into another room.

    Loren Mead. The Once and Future Church

  • 7 principles for remodelling church

  • Public worship probably isntthe best starting point 1

  • Prayer and SupportConnectionListening and Following Gods callLoving ServiceEvangelism andDisciple- MakingForming CommunityEvolvingWorship

  • The foundation of being Christianis being community centred around Jesus. Public worship is the consequence of this reality, not its creator.

    George Lings

  • There is no return address2

  • Half the pictureJerusalem

  • The eccentric effectsJudeaThe centre and the Acts story shift Samaria is not a return ticketstory moves from a focus on Peter to Paulthe Church goes west church is done differently among Gentiles

  • cultural diversity was built intochurch for ever when so early in the churchs life the decision wastaken to abandon the Jewish proselytite model.

    Andrew Walls

  • Mission not modelsshape the church3

  • The reality is that mainstream culture no longer brings people to the church door. We can no longer assume that we can automatically reproduce ourselves, because the pool of people who regard church asrelevant or important is decreasing with every generation

    Mission shaped church report p11

  • it is not the church of God which has a mission but the God of mission who has a church.

    Tim Dearborn

  • This might change US4

  • Dying to live I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheatfalls to the ground and dies, it remains onlya single seed. But if it dies, it producesmany seeds.

    John 12; 23-6

  • TOGETHER TO GODS FUTURE do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, beautiful as that place may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have been before.

    Vincent Donovan

  • Safe, who said anything aboutbeing safe. Course he isntsafe. But he is good. Hes the King I tell you.

  • Welcome the three eccentrics5

  • The 3 eccentrics Who are the Philips? A Dangerous Deacon? Allow space for the unknowns

    Discover Corneliuswho evangelizes who

    Pray for PaulsEccentrics will do it differently

  • The challenge of discipleship6

  • Simple in its nature

    Relational in its emphasis

    Transformational in its outcomes

  • The Pattern of Jesus Life7

  • Incarnation



  • Which of these principles do you find most helpful? Why?

    Which of these principles do you find least helpful? Why?

    Any questions/comments.