Mission Enabling in a
Challenges facing Churches
High cost of maintaining buildings and
activities or programmes.
Maintenance instead of mission stance
with loss of vision and direction
Perceived irrelevance in communities.
Declining members and fewer resources
Loss of confidence by members
How open is the church to the World?
Need to look at where we are
Life-cycle of a Church Church is a organisation
as well as a living Body
Plateau of Growth
and has a life cycle ...
Maturity Look at where we are.
Diagnose our situation.
Public Take remedial steps …
… and that’s part of what
Conception is all about!
Concepts about “Mission”
Why … Who … What … How … as a basis
of our understanding.
"Us and/with/for them"
Engaged and distinct
“A balancing act”
Mission—all the church is & does
Pastoral Care S Vision
“Mission is the Good News of God’s love incarnated
in the witness of a community for the sake of the world.” D. Bosch
Some Mission ‘Inhibitors’ …
Inherited patterns of ministry &
Leadership lacking or not motivated
Over reliance on programmes
Wrong view of faith & mission
Fortress mentality of “us and them”
Church Renewal and Mission
Is not easy nor quick
Is hearing Jesus’ call
to be servants to all
Involves “Spiritual” &
Implications for the Church
As Christians we should The challenge for the
be in a continual state Church is to adapt
of … “understanding to shifts in society
the present time” and move out into
knowing that “the the world to be the
hour has come for you “Missionary Body”
to wake up from your God in Christ called
slumber” (Rom 13:11) us to be!
What is Enabling?
Encouraging & being a catalyst
Motivating Allowing local communities of
Directing (the churches) to reach their God
given purpose and become mature in
Does your Enabling the Church’s
church YES Do you have a ‘Mission
Has the Church & local Mission Flowchart
understand its Statement’ defining the
missional role? purpose of the church?
assessed in the last five
identity as Undertake a church Conduct a
God’s people assessment & ‘Mission Do you have a ‘Vision’?
and the role of research the local Statement’ How do you make the
the church. community. exercise with mission of the church a
the church. reality?
“Dreaming Involve as many different
people & groups as Communicate this as
Dreams” widely as possible in as Conduct a ‘Vision
Exploring possible to get a wide
range of ideas and many ways as possible and Goals’ study to
what the to get ‘ownership’ of it. establish objectives
church could and plan for it.
Use the Synod resources as a toolbox to assist you:
•Development Support Officers
•Community Survey materials
•“Navigator” DO IT!!
•“Healthy Church” exercises Get involved now and
•“Faithworks” community audit regularly evaluate
•“Getting our bearings” your progress and do
any ‘fine tuning’
•Other facilitators and materials ....
Foundations for Enabling
Thinking about changing
Getting from here …………....to here
Practices Altered Practices
Priorities New Priorities
Perceptions Altered Perceptions
The Church in Mission
A “Missional Church” can only be
By an intentional shift in the way it
behaves, operates and functions
views itself in relation to society
By “leadership” using a new paradigm
to see the world through new lenses
to view the church in new ways
to give leadership to the church
A Renewed Church will ...
Take on a new pastoral mode …
which reactivates members to experience a more
which helps support the members in the local
community by nurturing and maturing them.
which equips members for their mission in
Take a new look at “membership” by …
seeing faith as a process rather than an asset.
seeing members as God-given co-workers in
A “Missional” Church means...
A new role for the “ministers”
having to be “visionaries” and “equippers” rather
than being “managers” of the church
working & relating in new ways where leadership is
in a plurality with Elders & “Mission Partnerships”
being willing learners as well as able leaders
Churches willing to share resources
as a means of fulfilling their missionary task
as a means of “helping to bear burdens” (Gal 6:2)
Thank you for taking time with
me to share this with you.