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Everyday DNA
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Sustaining Change
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PART B: Sustaining Change

PART A: Training Leaders

IMAGINE LEARNING COMMUNITY MODULES

PART C: Never Give Up

Culture is like the air we breathe, we don’t notice it most of the time.  It is based on a set of assumptions that go unquestioned and therefore unchallenged which makes them deeply imbedded and very difficult to change.  In this module, we want to look at the ‘message behind the message’.  Imagine Church pages 70-79 has a great examples of church culture.

 
 
 

•Produce a Framework for Mission

•Pray for People

•Provoke a Vision

•Provide a Theology

•Prepare People for Transition

Upon entering, people receive a bulletin listing all the events that will be happening in and around the church.  There is a special request for help with the church dinner.  Announcements are made from the front, encouraging everyone to attend prayer meetings for the upcoming missions event and the home group nearest to you.  There is a reminder to pray for the people who are sick and away from church.

Upon entering, people receive a bulletin listing events happening this week.  Along with requests for help with the church dinner, you’re asked to pray for someone who found a new job.  Announcements are made from the front, encouraging everyone to attend prayer meetings for all of the ongoing missions of the church, which also includes members of the congregation who have relationships with neighbors and colleagues, as well as an upcoming church missions event.  In addition to being reminded about home groups and praying for those who are sick and away from the church, everyone also prays for Elsie, who just retired from working as a school secretary, that God will find a new frontline for her and that she will be fruitful there.

Which of the 5 cultural dynamics is being used by each church?

What is the message behind the message in Church A and Church B?

How is culture being shaped at each church?

 

Happenings at Church A
Happenings at Church B

We all may see the same situation from different perspectives. This is why sharing insights with one another is so important.  In the example above, this is what we saw…

 

Stories: Both churches communicated what goes on in the church building, mentions those who are ill.  Church B brings the frontline into focus with prayer for new jobs and retirement—showing that all stages of life are important and can be used by God for his glory.

 

Systems & Structures: Prayer gatherings are a key part of many churches. Why we have them and what we do with them plays a large part in culture formation.  Both churches have prayer meetings focused on missions.  One for the mission’s event that has the potential to communicate that missions is something “others do.”  The other one also incorporates prayer for the ongoing missions of the church could be linked to each member of the congregation’s individual frontline.

Bulletin/Notices:  “Inches and Airtime” set priorities.  “Language,” one of the four factors determining culture, is communicated through printed material and announcements during the service.  For example, let’s use an illustration of how church culture can be shaped…

Sunday services are a prime opportunity to mold culture.  Think about the elements that go into a Sunday service.  Below are examples from two different church services, one with an intentional focus on the 110 hours when we are not gathered together, and one without. Think about the underlying assumptions in each church’s elements.  What is the message behind the message?

Imagine Church: pages 179 - 181
Happenings at Church A

#12 Never surrender — the leisure time/neighborhood Christianity default setting is very strong.  Fight for the whole-life Gospel in prayer, fight for it in Bible study, fight for it in bulletins and announcements, fight for it in business meetings and training programs ad budget allocations: never surrender.

When people enter, they are greeted warmly as they pass the board with posters listing various church events in the area, along with missions highlighting people and agencies working abroad.  The heading on the board is: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”  As people enter for the service, there is a sign above the door that reads: “Enter here to worship.”

Which of the 5 cultural dynamics is being used by each church?

What is the message behind the message in Church A and Church B?

How is culture being shaped at each church?

 

Is there a one-degree shift could each church make to reinforce a culture of whole-life discipleship?

Think about the culture being shaped in your church.

Denotes discussion opportunities for your church

Instructions

 

Purpose

Modules are designed to be utilized by Imagine Learning Community Churches between sessions as a way to further develop ideas around creating a whole-life discipleship making church.  They are not required, but meant to be an additional tool.

 

Time

Each module is comprise of multiple parts.  You can complete the entire module in one sitting, or divide it into sections for deeper contemplation.  Overall, each part should take around 15 -20 minutes to complete.

 

Method

Modules can be completed individually or in groups, whatever works best in your context.  If done individually, we recommend discussing your take-always and one degree shifts with other members from your church in the learning community.