Prepare your community to thrive in our changing world!
A New Church For A New World – Downloadable Course
The COVID-19 pandemic of the last two years has already changed our world in significant ways. Many of these changes are still to be identified and it will take years for us to fully understand all that has shifted in our society, our relationships, our work routines, and our own psychology. As a species, human beings have been connected in a universal experience as never before—although we have responded in a variety of ways. The online or ‘virtual’ world has become more deeply integrated into our in-person or ‘real’ world. As one commentator put it, ‘screens have won.’
The impact of these changes is unfolding before our eyes, and as churches, we do not have the luxury of waiting to see what emerges before we change. Unless we begin to act now we may well find that we’ve been left behind by the time the new world becomes clear. The great challenge is that we do not yet know for certain what the nature of our new world will be. We can begin to speculate based on the data that we have available but there is nothing that can give us absolute certainty about what the future holds.
Many Church leaders are dealing with high levels of anxiety and uncertainty. We haven’t been trained for the situation in which we now find ourselves. We need guidance and direction to help us make sense of the world and our ministries. Only then can we manage our anxiety and think clearly enough to prepare for the world ahead.
What we need now, perhaps more than ever, is the capacity to collate information and trends from a wide variety of disciplines and areas of our lives. We need to develop highly flexible strategies for identifying trends and influences, assessing our options, and changing course as we navigate our changing world. And we need to recognise that disturbing trends in the decline of the church can no longer be ignored. COVID has accelerated the decline dramatically.
As frightening and troubling as all this is, there is also hope. The pandemic is not just a crisis. It is also, potentially, a kairos for the global Church—an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, reignite our passion for ministry, and reconnect with the society and people around us.
It is with this challenge in mind that I have developed this A New Church for a New World course. In these six sessions, you will be inspired, challenged, and equipped to reimagine your life as a Christian community. You will be empowered to expand your ministry to reach, and become relevant again, to people who are trying to make sense of the world and their place in it. And you will discover new ways of being Church that, I hope, will excite you and unleash your creativity.
Welcome to a new world! Let’s explore it and learn to serve it together!
AFTER PAYMENT YOU WILL RECEIVE A PDF CONTAINING THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO ACCESS THE COURSE DOWNLOADS, AS WELL AS THE COURSE OUTLINE, SESSION DETAILS, AND PREPARATORY EXERCISES. YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO ACCESS THE COURSE.
Here’s what the A NEW CHURCH FOR A NEW WORLD COURSE has in store for you!
In the six sessions of the A New Church For A New World course, you will be exploring almost every aspect of your community’s life. You will be able to identify how the changes in the world are impacting your community. And you will be given the tools to imagine a new way of expressing your community’s core values, priorities, and purposes.
The six sessions will be shaped around the following six themes:
SESSION ONE: Coming to Grips With the New World
To build a strategy for navigating the new world, we first need to grasp the changes that have happened and how they affect us. Then we need to work through false hopes, unlikely predictions, and our own fears so that we can discern more carefully what is required. Finally, we need to embrace the paradigm shifts and new ways of being that will be needed to thrive in the future.
This session is designed to provide these insights. It will help you to observe your own community and country more carefully, think more critically, and dream more creatively as you work with your team to discern what is needed in your specific situation.
SESSION TWO: A New Worshipping Community
In this session, we explore principles and best practices for online worship. We identify the challenges and benefits of developing an intentional, creative online worship strategy and how to ensure your ministry remains sustainable for the long haul. And we examine how online worship could potentially be affecting what people expect and need from in-person worship.
SESSION THREE: A New Caring Community
In this session, we explore the purposes and characteristics of authentic community and how to nurture those qualities in your own church. And we explore new ways of caring for a faith community and ensuring that members can find the support and help they need in their times of crisis.
SESSION FOUR: A New Growing Community
In this session, we explore what disciple is and how life change actually happens. We come to grips with how the new, online world is informing and shaping the faith of our communities. And we explore how to develop meaningful processes of discipleship, teaching, and transformation both online and offline.
SESSION FIVE: A New Serving Community
In this session, we reimagine what it means to be a serving church and how to draw the entire congregation into the serving ministries of your community. We explore new ways of thinking about mission, evangelism, and outreach, and we discern together what priorities your community should embrace as you reach out to your neighbourhood.
SESSION SIX: A New Way of Sustaining Community
In this final session, we explore innovative ways to fund ministry. We examine how you can manage your energy and that of your volunteers to ensure sustainability. And we examine various technologies and platforms to streamline systems and structures. Finally, we review the entire course and ensure that all the action steps you have developed for your community are remembered and able to be put in motion immediately.