Discontinuity and Hope by Lyle E. Schaller

By Lyle E. Schaller

Switch: Is great point, or a foul factor? That relies, says Lyle E. Schaller, in your point of view and values. Any given swap should be threatening if your whole values are wedded to the way in which issues at the moment are, for those who can in simple terms view the longer term throughout the lens of the earlier. Or it may be interesting, in case your perspective is aimed at the recent probabilities that would come up from this transformation. via taking a look at numerous examples of large-scale, discontinuous swap that experience happened during the last ten to thirty years, Schaller prepares church leaders to orient themselves to the hot demanding situations and possibilities for ministry that might end result from the sped up transition happening round us.

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Another expression of this was that most car owners built a relationship with the proprietor of the local gasoline station who also would make the necessary repairs when needed. The car owner knew that friendly relationships would reduce the chances of paying for unneeded repairs. This was consistent with the larger Japanese economy, where jobs were for life and prices were controlled. It was a secure and comfortable world. That economic order in Japan has been upset as younger generations place a lower value on long-term relationships and shop for low prices.

One of the consequences of this trend is a weakening of the power of a denomination to transmit to future generations the culture, values, teachings, traditions, heritages, and distinctive identity of that particular Christian tradition. For some, the most threatening consequence will be the need for denominational systems to define their reason for being. Others will describe that as an overdue and welcome challenge. For a few of us, the emergence of these teaching churches, each with a constituency that includes participants from a score or more of denominations plus others from independent congregations, simply verifies the contention that resources for congregations should be tailored to local needs rather than to fit a particular denominational tradition or dream.

The believer is encouraged to become a learner, and learners are challenged to become disciples. Disciples are invited to identify both their gifts and their passions for ministry, and the relevant training experiences are designed and offered to equip these disciples for doing ministry. Instead of organizing congregational life around the traditional subjects (worship, Christian education, fellowship, care of the real estate, and money raising), that congregation is organized to help pilgrims progress from seeker to believer to learner to disciple to apostle.

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