DMin Intensive: Day 4

Today was my final day of the DMin intensive with Dr. Randy Frazee. I have included two photos, one of him finishing our session for the day, and the other of him and me standing together, doing the cheezy author-teacher/student pose. I never took photos like this in any of my other intensives, but this time I made an exception, partly to commemorate what will probably be my final official degree pursuing day in a class, and partly to remember a powerful week which could very well have long range implications for my life and involvement in ministry for years to come.
Also, I have included my final day of notes below. As always, a post will soon follow, allowing me to reflect more fluidly on insights learned and my own ongoing internal processing. Once again, I have edited the notes below for content, primarily due to confidentiality concerns.
Transition continued….

Transition to a place-based model.

Personally identify the discrepancy (personal experience)
Create a discontent for the status quo.
Create an initiating group to draw up the initial plan of action.
Develop support for your idea with opinion leaders.
Seek approval and implement a plan of action.
Stabilize the change.

Idea for churches who cannot afford to hire full time staff. Go to a person who needs a job which is part-time and flexible. Give a part-time stipend (eg $500 per month, ministry opportunity).

We must be careful to cast vision in such a way that the influencers and decision makers view it as a philosophy, rather than a mere program.

Principle: Don’t seek to get approval from people from whom you do not have to get approval. Often, if they can’t see it, they get nervous. If they get nervous, then it must not be from God, from their point of view.

Influencers: when they are happy they go to the pastor; when they are unhappy they go to the elders.

Teaching: would you rather have a star studded teacher, or a class which studies for itself? It is more valuable to facilitate study effective, than to dispense information without their direct participation.

Measurements: 7 functions of biblical community.

There is an integration of the world inside church and outside of church.
Mindset in India: Belonging is more important than what you believe.

Don’t do announcements about neighborhood, you need to bleed it into the heart of the congregation through story.

Some churches need to move from activity based to journey based model of ministry.

Carly (former hewlett packard ceo), if you want your people to get something have them teach it. With kids, if you want them to get something, treat them they as if they are already there, same with men. Eg, spiritual leader of home.

Personal –>
discontent and building team/defining idea –>
launch/taste/discontent/curb appeal (do not make the mistake of push strategy, kind of the eharmony of christian community; rather, create taste experiences; celebration of hope, gift in kind drive aka regifting depot out of neighborhood groups; fuel: integrative learning experience; backyard clubs; backpack drive (school supplies for kids)–>
recalibrating ( to fix design problem, have to have a place for them to go before they go into neighborhood)/integration: hard work, stoking fire–>

You have to prove that the new idea has traction before removing the old idea (paradigm/programs)

In teaching, you have to speak to groups as community groups as well as individuals.

Unique Value Proposition

Technology has potential to make us more local and viral. It does not need to fragment us.

Spiritual formation

Highly intentional activities might seem linear but really are not, because they are dropped into an organic bucket.

At Pantego, early on no one got it. Why? They were not told about where they were going. Numerical growth should be built on an ideology of spiritual growth (becoming like Jesus).

For many churches, our mission is one thing, but our measurement is often something else, eg attendance, buildings and cash. Aligning metrics with mission is necessary.

Willow got sidetracked with adding empty seats at optimal times; so they built a new building.

People in first half of spiritual maturity say yes, second half no to the question of whether the activities of the church are helping them grow spiritually.

Big idea: is it repeated multiple times.

Beliefs, practices, virtues as major headers to simplify.

30 core competencies( at willow, 30 big ideas), the goal was not ingenuity, but accuracy. There actually is more than thirty, each has about four sub-categories, adding up to 120.

They created an assessment tool. It helps a person identify where they are at in their spiritual journey. It creates spiritual movement in their life, more than merely measuring their spiritual formation.

U of Pennsylvania, spiritual state of the union (amazon: Gallup survey, study). Email randy for the results of this survey

Smaller catechism by Luther was a spiritual formation model, based on larger catechism by Melanchthon. It was not an assimilation model. The model will be a catalyst to get spiritual formation working on a broader level in each life.

How can the environment match the objective?

Large group: worship, inspiration
Midsize: community group (30-60 people) instruction, write a study guide and relate it to the upcoming sermon. Align personal study with what happens in worship, create a dialogue.
Small: home group, involvement, an environment which allows you to integrate and act out characteristics, eg compassion, gentleness, etc.
Intimate: household; introspection as community; celebrate what God is doing in your life, confess where you struggle.

In church history, they developed creedal statements.

Hope is knowing what is to come and believing it will happen. I can hope in the hardship in my life, because of the hope of Jesus Christ.

JI Packer would say either memorize Scripture in large blocks, or organized according to systematic theology.

Paul: let your gentleness be evident to all. Virtues should be evaluated by others, fruits of the spirit. Beliefs can only be known to you. Practices should not be evaluated others because it lends to pharisaism. We need to ask people how much we look like Jesus.

You cannot grow spiritually without community.

Cracking the code in helping others grow spiritually is fundamental to our mission as pastors and leaders.

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2 thoughts on “DMin Intensive: Day 4

  1. Glen

    There is so much going on with you. I am glad we chatted for a moment today, and I see there is so much more going on still yet with your thoughts and the things you are learning.

    Inspiring, I am glad to know other people think about these things even more so than me and Jeff do.

  2. I enjoyed our chat as well. It is nice to share with a kindred spirit. It will be interesting to see what the Lord does in our midst in the days to come.

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