Wednesday, April 17, 2013
talking sustainability and mission
A cancelled appointment, combined with a decision to start early, has meant a valuable few hours in a cafe working on my
Sustainability and the mission of God: a case study of fresh (and failed) expression
presentation for the upcoming South Australian Mission Studies Network Gathering.
It’s a chance for me to present some of my sabbatical data, to be accountable for the gift of time I get given, plus an ongoing chance to process the resultant book project. Today involved trying to extract some clarity from what is currently 32,000 words, spread across 11 chapters.
Here are the six headings/highlights which I hope to address.
1. Defining mission and fresh expressions
2. Describing fresh expressions today
Hearing from the House of Lords. Seeing the impact of fresh expressions in three Dioceses
3. Discerning Rowan’s theo-ecclesio-missi-ology
The impact of Rowan Williams doing theology, being church, practising leadership on the evolution of fresh expressions and the development of Fresh Expressions.
4. Tracing Fresh Expressions
Eleven key leadership strengths supplied by one Bishop, one Archbishop, one funding body, one book, one DVD. Note – eleven, but not twelve!
5. Learning Ten years on
The stories of ten new forms of community and the four ecclesial layers that emerge when fresh becomes failed, yet failed becomes fresh
6. Four insights for sustainability and mission
- the power of top down and bottom up
- the place of the whole body in mission
- the potential of buildings when mission trumps worship
- sustainability in a divine economy
The event is open to all mission-minded individuals, including scholars, reflective practitioners and teachers.
Monday 22nd April @ 12.30 pm (until 2:00 pm) in S1, Adelaide College of Divinity, 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park, SA. BYO Lunch but Tea and Coffee provided. To RSVP by Friday 19th April or want further information, then contact David Turnbull on 8373 8775 or dturnbull at adelaide dot tabor dot edu dot au