I'm at the Global Church Advancement Conference (GCA) this week and am encouraged to see "the stodgy old dudes at GCA are finally shedding their blog-norance" (as Bart put it) and do live blogging of the conference. Alex Chediak (author, professor and former Piper apprentice) is posting on several sessions. Go check it at the GCA Blog which just launched.
Kaleo Church is examining what it means to be the church, through this, Kaleo has shifted our emphasis to people living together being the church in the neighborhoods and patterns of life they are already in. We have re-oriented our leadership development & discipleship to be done in community. Our goal is to create a systemic discipleship process for the people of Kaleo as well as bring systematic development to those who seek to grow in using their gifts in the community. We see the people of God exercising their gifts as Prophets, Priests & Kings.
From these Prophet/Priest/King posts discussions arose about the value of centralized & decentralized leadership development. For the sake of clarity, I wanted to unpack the three elements that we seek to use to addresses both.
Classes – In the document systematic development is mentioned. What was not shown visually is this systematic development will include coaching (see below) as well as more formal instruction around specific topics. For example, we plan on doing a training on leading gospel discussions and asking questions to get at heart issues in March for our Missional Community Leaders & Apprentices.
Community – Leaders are found and developed systemically through the life of community. These Missional Communities are where people live as a one-anothering community and express mercy, hospitality, love and mission to the city. The developing leaders exercise their gift in community. It is in this context individuals come across front-line situations that require them to respond, therefore the ongoing coaching & development is practical and has a target in mind rather than it just being theory. The Missional Community Leader takes an active role of observing and developing leaders gifts and creating a culture of discipleship.
Coaching – Emerging Leaders are paired with a coach. For example, deacon candidates work directly with deacons who develop these apprentices. This coaching allows the apprentice to learn but more importantly be coached with specific and measurable goals in mind. The coach tailors the development track to the unique strengths & weaknesses of the apprentice to shore up any areas that may not be covered in more systematic classes.
We have gone through a crazy season at the Goodmanson home. In the last two months we have had 2-families, several guests and a homeless man stay with us. One of the most substantial is Nate, who lived with us for parts of November and then December. Nate's life has been transformed by the gospel and recently he shared his Gospel testimony during a Sunday service.
Nate's Story – I came to San Diego because my life fell apart. My family who live in Arkansas & Georgia couldn't deal with my illness. I was serving the military as a scout working with Special Ops on the Iraq/Syrian border when I was injured in a surprise attack. I was shot and blown up, by an I.E.D. containing a combination of Saran Gas & Agent Orange which gave me both Parkinson & Cancer. After I got out of the hospital I did odd jobs, in 2002 I became ill enough where my health started to decline. Since 2003 I haven't been able to work. My family fell apart, every time I got sick it would affect my moms health, and my daughter and her mother's emotional and mental stability would be rocked. So I decided to leave. Read Nate's Story A New Hope
Teri's Story – Teri is an actress who asks the question, "What roles should a 'Christian' actress accept?" I am a Christian. I am a wife. I am an actress. I am those things in that order. What would I do then, if I was offered a part in a major movie such as "The Golden Compass"; a movie adapted from a book that has been expressed by its author to be in opposition to Christianity in theme and intent? Read Teri's Story Faith and Fiction: Navigating Which Role is Right?
Cloverfield –Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.
27 Dresses –After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman (Heigl) wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man she's secretly in love with.
Know the Game – A Cultural Introduction I was once asked in a class to tell something about myself that no one knew, something innocuous and trivial but definitely personal. We would all write down the statements on small pieces of paper and then shuffle them, hand them out and read aloud.