Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thinking Forward Third Culture Leadership - Dave Gibbons

Thinking Forward, Third Culture Leadership
Dave Gibbons

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

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