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10 Predictions for the future of the Church

"We have to relate to our culture as pilgrims"

By Dave Stetzer - Outreach Magazine 17 March 2019

We have to learn how to relate to our culture as an exiled church full of pilgrims. The problem is that a significant number of churches have either forgotten or ignored the mission of God, or the missio Dei.

NEW RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY

6 February 2019
CABIN OR SHELTER? WHICH ARE WE? FROM FRESH EXPRESSIONS

"Instead, when they’re not tenting or hammocking in the woods, thru-hikers stay in structures called shelters. These are half-open, half-covered small buildings that stand at certain points on the trail. They have no running water or heat or kitchens or furniture because their purpose is not the same as the cabin. Shelters are just that—shelter from the wind, the rain, and the cold. They are a place for hikers to congregate, to swap stories, to share a campfire and sleeping space, all before they part ways and head out on the trail the next morning."

4 February 2019
THE CONSUMERS HAVE LEFT AND THEY WON'T BE BACK

Carey Nieuwhof is the lead pastor at a large church in the Barrie area. He began his career as a lawyer but re-discovered his call to ministry.His articles usually focus on leadership in one form or another. His background is in the evangelical realm of the Church. His material is quite thought-provoking and insightful.

In this 4-point article, he writes about how church attendance is dying and what he sees as coming next, what this means and how to connect.

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DOING CHURCH DIFFERENTLY

One of the first things he did was get rid of the pews.

This is an interview with an Anglican priest in Montreal who talks about 'St Jax' in downtown Montreal. He's a graduate of the London School of Economics. He has planted and re-planted churches in the UK.

He shares some risky and very creative ideas that are about really "doing church differently"!

CHECK IT OUT

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27 January 2019
IMAGINATION AND CREATIVE DREAMING

Some thoughts on prophets... ministry of imagination and creative dreaming.

“It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of imagination, to keep on conjuring and proposing future alternatives to the single one the king wants to urge as the only thinkable one.”  -- Walter Bruggemann

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25 January 2019
CHALLENGE OF ATTENDANCE

Jason is a pastor, church planter and academic, helping the church to understand and confidently face cultural challenges. Here's a podcast from Jason about the challenge of church attendance.

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19 January 2019
PLANNING AND OPTIONS UPDATE #1

There are regular updates about the work of the Planning and Options Group. Update # 1 includes FAQ's and names of Planning and Options Group members.

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4 December 2018
BACKGROUND FROM NEWSLETTER

The new parish newsletter has a number of items about Planning and Options.

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