The two greatest commandments are Love God, love your neighbor.
How are we doing?
Who is your neighbor? We tend to define it as someone like me. But today- neighbor is being redefined.
Hard to find a concise definition of third culture, but the next generation is increasingly being described this way. Found this... "refers to someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture". So if you think about the changes in the world during our lifetime, the way that communication/technology has changed our world- the adults in our world are living with third culture kids.
How should this be affecting our churches?
Third culture leadership requires adaptation
- Focus on the fringe, misfit over masses
- Failure is success to God, failure gives you the voice to connect to this generation, weakness can guide you, we MUST add our stories to our passions, spiritual gifts, competencies.
- Relationships trump vision.
- No relationship with God, means no vision for your church/ministry
We need more relationaries than visionaries. – Dave Gibbons
DISCUSS a priority shift: 70% leadership development and equipping and 30% weekend service prep
DISCUSS how the medici effect could affect ministry
Obedience to God is more important than our passion. Wrestle with these commands...
- Deeper collaboration in our church, our community
- Acts 2 Communal living
- Prayer- do we really believe in the power of the Holy Spirit
- Radical sacrifice for the outsider