NEW MODELS OF CHURCH
MODELS OF UNAFFILIATED GATHERING SPACES
IMPACT ON MINISTRY and THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Alban’s Twelve Characteristics for Effective 21st-Century Ministry, Posted October 13, 2010
- MAINTAIN BALANCE – personal, professional, and spiritual.
- GUIDE CONVERSION – The task of evangelism belongs to every Christian. It is often, however, the pastor’s task to walk with individuals through a conversion experience and to help them become grounded in the faith.
- MOTIVATE AND DEVELOP MISSION – identify and equip all members to be evangelists.
- DEVELOP AND COMMUNICATE A VISION – talk, act, and lead as if the vision can and will be made real in their midst.
- INTERPRET AND LEAD CHANGE – create an environment ready for change, lead the change process successfully, and to anchor the change in the congregation’s culture; the most successful churches will be those that embrace rapid change as a way of life.
- PROMOTE AND LEAD SPIRITUAL FORMATION – understand parishioners’ longing to know God in a deeper, more meaningful way; reintroduce such traditional practices as prayer, Bible study, small groups, and discernment of spiritual gifts to give them new meaning in the postmodern era.
- LEAD HIGH QUALITY, RELEVANT WORSHIP EXPERIENCES – focus on experiencing God through culturally relevant worship that has integrity and speaks to the heart of believers and believers-in-the-making.
- IDENTIFY, DEVELOP, AND SUPPORT LAY LEADERS – coach.
- BUILD, INSPIRE, LEAD TEAM of both staff and volunteers as well as comfortably be a team member when not serving as the team leader.
- MANAGE CONFLICT – conflict, if managed skillfully, can be energizing and can lead to highly creative moments in the life of a church.
- NAVIGATE TECHNOLOGY – be technologically literate and know how to encourage their congregations to use technology for the building up of Christ’s kingdom. See e-mail, Web sites, PowerPoint, video clips, and other media tools as additional resources for communication, pastoral care, evangelism, teaching, and worship.
- LEARN LIFE-LONG, LIFE-WIDE, LIFE- DEEP – every experience is a potential tool for ministry.