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Living Local: Joining God

Overview

  • A process for living more deeply into God’s mission for us
  • A shared journey with a focus on congregations, neighborhoods, and communities
  • A learning community – inter diocesan and intra diocesan
  • Innovation for the Church

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Assumptions

  • Things are changing and we need to reimagine how to be a church in this new world
  • God is already ahead of us, up to something in our neighborhoods and communities, and we should join God there
  • A lay-led, grassroots effort to discover God’s mission for us in our neighborhoods and communities is better than a top-down vision
  • Our neighbor is anyone we encounter in our daily life – where we live, where we work, where we play, and where we pray
  • God’s mission for us is different in each of our contexts – location and time
  • Our re-imagination of how we are called to be church in our specific context potentially includes new ways of using our resources – time, talents, money, structures, and clergy – but not necessarily
  • We learn best through experiences and action learning
  • Sharing in communities broadens and deepens our learning
  • Anything worth doing is worthy of practice and development over time
  • We don’t know what the end game looks like, but we look forward to transformation of individuals, congregations, neighborhoods and communities

Practices

  • Observing – Walking the Neighborhood
  • Listening – To Each Other – Interviewing Members of the Congregation
  • Listening – To Each Other – Interviewing Neighbors
  • Listening – To Each Other – Dwelling in the Word
  • Listening – To God – Dwelling in the Word
  • Listening – To God – Dwelling in the World
  • Discerning
  • Experimenting

Phases

  • Listening
  • Discerning
  • Experimenting
  • Reflecting
  • Living into a New Future

Steps

  1. Discerning and Deciding
  2. Deep Listening
  3. Reflecting and Discerning
  4. Experimenting
  5. Reflecting and Discerning
  6. Broadening and Deepening

Players

  • Guiding Teams
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Diocesan Team
  • Point Persons
  • Bishops
  • Consultants

Criteria

  • Participating Congregations
  • Congregational Coaches
  • Congregational Clergy
  • Diocesan Team Members
  • Point Persons

Worksheets

Coming soon!