This Community Missional Engagement option aims to help you grow in your awareness of the local community in which your church is located and discern ways of participating in God’s mission in that location.
In the first two weeks, as you begin:
Throughout the eight months, record (journal) your thoughts and ideas as you engage with this material – this might just be a document on your computer or note on your phone. This is to enable you at the end of the eight months to look back and measure progress. This is a private document for you unless you chose to share something of the detail in your final reflection.
Within the first two months (by mid-April):
Read the selection of book chapters and articles that will be provided by the Facilitator on modes of connection of churches with their geographical locations. Evaluate your own church in relation to some models that will be described in the reading. Discuss your findings in a conversation with the Facilitator (this could be Skype, telephone, in-person or via email).
Within the next two months (by mid-June):
This is about being attentive to God in the church’s neighbourhood. Following a process developed with the Facilitator, spend time being intentionally present in the church’s neighbourhood, practicing attentiveness to God and to the community. Follow up observations and questions with local research. Journal on what you see and feel: where, in what ways and in whom do you discern God to be present and active? What is God bringing to your attention? How might you respond? Share these reflections in a conversation with the Facilitator.
There is a Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide with five broad questions that can be used for any reflection process – with book chapters, articles, or processes like the one above. You might find this a helpful resource.
Over the next four months (mid-June to mid-October):
Research who is already there (whether other Christian churches, organizations or people, or “people of peace”) and what is being done that you could consider to be contributing to what God wants for your local community. Make connections.
Based on the steps in PHASE A and B (the learning experience), begin to develop a missional orientation for your church in its local context. This reflection involves considering the whole direction of your church, not merely establishing an outreach activity. This new orientation will strategically guide your church’s engagement with its own local community. Include one concrete step to be taken in the light of this new, missional orientation, in other words; at least one initiative in/with/for your church that will be a participation in the mission of God (broadly understood) in your local community.
Throughout the eight months (mid-February to mid-October):
This Community Missional Engagement option is different to other Lifelong Learning options in that the Facilitator takes on an accompanying role (to a modest extent). George Wieland will stay in touch with you over the eight months as you work through the p[process and move towards implementing the plan you develop in Phase D. This will include up to four conversations (this could be Skype, telephone, in-person or via email).
At the end of the eight months (by 12 October):
George is the Director of Mission Research & Training at Carey Baptist College, and has wide experience of overseas and local church mission. He and his wife Jo have recently moved to Mangere to become involved in the mission of a small Baptist church there.
PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 6.
COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.
[updated 30 October 2017]
|Event End Date||12-10-2018|
|Registration Start Date||01-11-2017|
|Cut off date||01-02-2018|