formission The Commission on Discipleship Team Allison MacGregor Brad Noel Clarence Buckle Dean Brenton Elaine Milley Glen Newman Previous members: Jim Crewe, Russell Bartlett, Calvin Andrews, Shane Simms Resource People: Stephen Harris, David Kentie, Joshua Parmiter, Matthew Joy To Infinity And Beyond To Infinity and Beyond Perpetual motion of disciple-making: “disciples produce disciples” Key axioms: Discipleship is Mission Critical (Mt 28:19) Personal Discipleship is the Key to Corporate Discipleship (Mk 8:34) Corporate Discipleship Hinges on a Culture of Discipleship (Jn 13:35) Discipleship Will Only Be Complete in Reproduction (Jn 15:8) Why Health? • “The vast majority of organizations today have more than enough intelligence, expertise, and knowledge to be successful. What they lack is organizational health.” • “The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.” Why Health? We need: • Healthy Selves – Leaders, Disciples • Healthy Systems – Ministries, Programs, Structures Why Health? Healthy Leaders in Healthy Churches building a Healthy Movement! FORMISSION Oxymoron: figure of speech that juxtaposes two elements that appear to be contradictory: • • • • • • • • act naturally found missing exact estimate small crowd jumbo shrimp pretty ugly almost exactly minor crisis 2 contradictory terms? personal spirituality + denominational vitality for· mis· sion for’miSHən/ noun: the formation of followers of Jesus Christ into fully devoted disciples to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. What is formission? • FORMATION and COMMISSION hybrid - in order for the Great Commission to be fulfilled through us we need the Spirit of God to first FORM the character of Christ in us. • FOR the MISSION – everything we do must be for THE mission. It reminds us that the more we fulfill the Great Commission, the healthier we will become. The healthier we become, the faster we will move from a position of a decline on our organizational lifecycle to a place of life and growth. We will then recapture visional energy, fellowship connectivity and missional and ministry priorities. • FOUR phased initiative - FORMISSION also alludes to the number four and the four phases of the PAONL’s Discipleship Plan. formission M1: My Health M4: Missional Health M2: Mutual Health M3: Ministry Health formission M1 MY HEALTH (Years 1-2): • Focus on personal spiritual vitality as the building blocks of the plan • my discipleship is the key to the fellowship’s discipleship • focus on personal discipleship and vitality as well as family health. • “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). formission M2 MUTUAL HEALTH (Years 3-4): • focus on organizational and relational health. • development of relational structures and events to move toward authentic and strategic community groups. • our greatest missional tool: unity • John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” formission M3 MINISTRY HEALTH (Years 5-6): • focus on ministry effectiveness and ministry expansion. • planting and pruning. • John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” formission M4 MISSIONAL HEALTH (Years 7-8) • focus on expanding our missional initiatives, community engagement, and multiplication networks. • time of assessment, innovation, and creativity • recommitment to the Great Commission and our Core Value of reaching the lost formission • commitment to a multi-year and multifaceted approach • cyclical and reproducible model • the flywheel effect created by our personal and organizational health will naturally produce new disciples through this new energy and momentum Discipleship Framework Grid Relational Experiential Informational Goals (M1) Self-Assessment Self-Awareness Self-Nourishment Groups Pastors Leaders Parishioners Healthy Systems Provincial: Events, Communications, Programs Presbytery: Connectors, Cohorts, Catalysts Pastoral Development: • • “Your system is perfectly designed to produce the results you’re getting. So, if you want better results, you have to improve your system.” Andy Stanley • Pre-Ministry Training (mentoring, practical, accountability, community) Pre-Ordination Certification (relational, mentoring, accountability, instruction) Post-Ordination recertification (professional development, presbytery training, directed study, required courses) formission M1 GOALS: • Communication of vision • Develop Framework/Matrix • Clarify Outcomes • High Level Promotions • Create Alignment • Personal Ownership My Health • Self-Assessment • Self-Awareness • Self-Nourishment formission M1 Key Outcomes: • Formission launch • Redefine discipleship/ Pentecostal spirituality • Re-engage the Spiritual Disciplines & our Corporate Disciplines • System Structural Health • Certification Introduction • Fellowship Ownership • Participation & serving: healthy through helping! formission M1 Official Launch: • FLC2014 • Home Missions Forum • Pre-conference labs • General Sessions • Workshops • Worship • Missions Banquet • Special Session of General Conference redefinition brad noel formission redefinition Why a redefinition of discipleship? What has defined our spirituality in the past? What does spirituality look like in a Pentecostal context? alignment allison macgregor formission alignment • Alignment is a word that the Discipleship Commission used in previous presentations and it is really a key ingredient of the FORMISSION plan. What do you mean by alignment? • You’re the managing editor of Good Tidings? What does alignment mean for the GT? • What other areas do you see alignment playing out in the days ahead for the PAONL? resources elaine milley formission resources Discipleship resources are in big demand. What is the Commission doing about providing resources? What will make this different from just another discipleship program? How will this be unique to our context? 2020 initiative clarence buckle formission 2020 Initiative What is the 2020 Initiative? Why do we want to partner with PAOC discipleship? What 2020 initiatives will we see in the PAONL in the months ahead? formission VISION An integrated vision for PAONL churches and leadership to experience spiritual, theological and missional vitality. formission JOHN 15:7-8 John 15:7-8 indicates that as we remain in Him (spiritual vitality) and His Word remains in us (theological vitality), we can ask whatever we wish and it will be done for us .... fruitfulness (missional vitality) will be evident formission SPIRITUAL VITALITY To experience spiritual vitality in an ongoing manner we envision churches and leaders who: Know intimacy with God through prayer and engagement with His Word Are actively engaged in Spirit empowered, Christhonoring living Demonstrate the necessity of Spirit-baptism and the adventure of living “naturally supernatural” Mentor others in a Spirit-filled life formission THEOLOGICAL VITALITY To be a people of theological vitality, we envision leaders and churches who: Fulfill our mission to glorify God by making disciples who love God and others Engage the Word of God in a living, active way Know how to interpret the Scripture in a manner that is sound, both doctrinally and in lifestyle Who are liberated by the truth of God’s Word and able to share those truths by example and speech in the contexts of their daily lives formission MISSIONAL VITALITY For ongoing missional vitality, we envision leaders and churches who: Personally engage those who do not know Jesus in substantive relationships Have local, regional, provincial and international expressions of mission occurring in their respective churches and individual lives Passionately intercede for lost people Generously give of their lives and resources formission CONVERSATIONS TOUR General Executive Committee Eastern Regional Symposiums Western Regional Symposiums Lead Team MDSI Formission Summit formission deep & wide glen newman formission Deep and Wide This discipleship plan is wide in its focus. How will it be deep as well? What place will community, transparency and authenticity need to take if this is to be successful? How can we begin to bring wholeness to our lives and ministries? formission JER 17 9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? a. HEART the total inner being including reason. b. DECEITFUL Heart: own individual hearts So deceitful that it can hide the truth from our conscious awareness (no one know self by self). c. DESPERATELY wicked [sick] Heart refers to a “wounded state.” *There is sin in us, done by us, done to us and in the natural world. formission MARK 1 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! (not just go to heaven or be moral) Jesus came to set up a kingdom that has reconciled and will one day fully reconcile us to the “garden state” (unhindered intimacy with God and others) formission Here are the four major religious beliefs about the kingdom of God and how that was going to come is about: 1. The Zealots: They wanted a bloody revolution. 2. Herod and the Chief Priests: They could never overpower Rome and must accept and compromise. 3. The Essenes: They set up monasteries and hid away. God would one day show up and take over. 4. Pharisees: If we could one day without sin it would usher in God’s kingdom. formission LUKE 13 Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ Growth in Christ’s kingdom includes a loving position (grace), honest relationships (truth) and the time needed. formission LUKE 19 20 ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said…, 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ I must bring my true self into the present otherwise there are parts of me stuck in an spiritually immature state. formission James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. If you want forgiveness ask God (through Christ) if you want to be healed tell someone else you trust (I get excited when…) A hurt left unattended becomes a hangup, a hang-up not dealt with becomes a habit. (act of sin). Another way to say it is you are only as sick as your secrets. ADVENTure matt joy formission ADVENTURE Discipleship must move from head, to heart to hands yet at times it moves from hands to heart to head? How did you see that happen last year? What is the formission ADVENTure? What could happen if churches all over NL participated? platform dean brenton formission platform mobile social media podcast video print resources blogs media downloads challenges formission Next Steps • PAONL Head office/Commission - m1-4 development, regional summits: theological, spiritual, missional vitality • Presbytery –to pastors and churches, • Churches - to leaders and ministries • Ministries/Leaders – to individual believers formission Call to Action • Cafe’ tonight after the session • formission launch Sunday (slides available + materials) • Promote formission.org/GT familiarize your congregation • formission ADVENTure Christmas challenge • Stay tuned for 2015 prayer/scripture/ initiatives • Spring 2015 Discipleship Summits • Pray! formission We dream of the FORMISSION of new believers, who in turn will produce disciples, creating a perpetual movement until Christ returns. Once M1 has launched, our commitment and perseverance to the plan coupled with the breath of God on these dry bones may, in fact, signal our FORMISSION - A FORMATION of COMMISSIONED disciples who will not be content to watch the beginning of our end, but will be relentless in engaging a fresh beginning.