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Month: July 2008

Total Church Schedule, Sessions & Breakouts

The conference is almost sold out. Here is the schedule for the Total Church Conference next month:

Tuesday, August 12th

Main Session #1: A Community-centered Gospel – Steve Timmis
The gospel is about a King who died to rescue a people who would reveal his character by their shared lives. In keeping with who I am ‘in Adam’, I individualize and privatize the gospel so that church is reduced to a necessary but often intrusive addendum. The gospel calls us to live ‘in Christ’ corporately and so show the power of the cross to reconcile and create community.

Main Session #2: A Gospel-centered Community – Steve Timmis
The gospel is that which creates, sustains, nurtures and perfects the church. To achieve this, the gospel needs to be at the center of all we are and do as the people of God. The gospel needs to be taken out of our pulpits and meetings and applied into the mundane and routine of our corporate and personal lives.

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Track 1: Being Neighbors: a Gospel Strategy (Steve Timmis)
When so much emphasis is placed on being missional and incarnational, contextual and radical it’s easy to forget the simplicity and significance of the truth that gospel makes us into lovers, of both God and others. Instead of trying to send out edgy, hardcore dudes with body piercing and tattoos, we should be satisfied with sending people who will be the neighbors everyone wants to have as a neighbor.

Track 2: Forming a Gospel Community (Jeff Vanderstelt)
Now that many are aware of the need to form gospel communities, how do we move from theology and theory to actual forming and leading them? This session will explore the process and the specifics of moving an individualistic group of people toward a gospel-centered community on mission.

Track 3: One-Anothering: A Communal Gospel (David Fairchild)
Why are so many Christians detached and isolated from one another? How can we experience a radically reshaped community? What kind of social ethic does the Gospel produce? What would it look like if we lived lives together as if the Gospel were true? Join us as we unpack the various “one another” passages in a quest to answer these questions together.

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Track 1: Evangelising the Urban Poor (Tim Chester)
We have endless resources on reaching postmoderns, most of which in fact address student and professional culture. In comparison there’s very little on understanding and reaching the urban poor. Drawing on insights from biblical counselling, this session suggests some ways forward for evangelizing and discipling the urban poor. Join the work-in-progress!

Track 2: Story & Rhythm of Soma Community (Caesar Kalinowski)

Track 3: Reading Cultural Texts (Mike Gunn)
This is a missional gaze at pop culture. We will be taking a look at the “Other” gospels in our culture (Media, film, books, etc.), and how to read them in a way that can help propel you to a better understanding of them for the sake of the gospel. We will look at the reason why this is important to our mission, as well as, some help for understanding and engaging pop culture in authentic ways.

Wednesday, August 13th

Main Session #3: Rethinking Attractional Church – Tim Chester
Attractional church (‘come to us’) and missional church (‘go to them’) are often set up as alternatives, yet throughout the Scriptures God calls his people to a life that attracts the nations. We can bring attractional and missional approaches together by re-conceiving church as a community rather than an event.

Main Session #4: Remodeling Attractional Church – Steve Timmis
As we focus more on the quality of our lives together rather than the slick performance of our Sunday meetings we will see how a gospel community is an integral and indispensable piece of the evangelism jigsaw. In fact, people won’t be able to fully understand the magnitude of what God has done in Christ without it.

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Track 1: Out of the Frying Pan… (David Fairchild & Mark Moore)
Is God calling your church out of Ur? How do you get your church to move from traditional to missional? Both Mark Moore and David Fairchild are practicing church planters that initially planted relatively traditional churches built around the Sunday gathering. As they labored to develop deep community as a gospel display people for their cities, they realized things needed to change. Come and hear their stories and insights as they share what pitfalls to avoid and what challenges to accept as missional leaders. This breakout is intended for anyone looking to turn the corner missionwards!

Track 2: Beyond Total Church – Sowing the Seeds of a Movement (Tim Chester)
How can we plant churches that plant churches? What can we learn from church planting movements? How can we build in reproducibility?

Track 3: Communication in a Post-Christian World (Drew Goodmanson & Caesar Kalinowski)
The culture is changing and it requires new thought in communication. This session will help you learn how to effectively minister in a post-Christian context. Come learn the 1) five values of this Post-Christian generation, the 2) ten idols that enslave them and 3) effective ways to communicate the eternal and unchanging gospel message.

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Track 1: The Everyday Rhythms of a Gospel Display People (Jeff Vanderstelt)
The gospel community is called to be a display of the gospel in everyday ways of life so that others might see what their life would look like in the gospel. In order to do this, the church needs to lead their people to identify everyday practices and then lead them to live out their identity in Christ within them. This session will identify some of those everyday rhythms and and then explore how we can display the gospel through them.

Track 2: True Gospel Community in a Truly Big Metroplex (Mark Moore)
Being a gospel community that does life and mission together is sometimes easier said than done. This is especially the case in large cities that are characterized by sprawl as well as population. This session will concentrate on leading your people to make missionary decisions in their everyday lives in response to the gospel. Specific challenges to this way of life in a metroplex setting will be examined.

Track 3: Reaching the Domains of Society (Drew Goodmanson & Caesar Kalinowski)
How do we bring gospel renewal to our cities in the 7 pillars of society… Business, Education, Healthcare, Government, Media, Social Services [including other churches] & Marginalized? We believe the gospel informs all of life and this good news helps shape how we view the world and our involvement in it. How do we equip Christians to engage in redemptive work in science, politics, art, culture, business, economics, education, local concerns, mercy ministries, social justice, environmentalism, law, media, social concerns and spirituality.

Thursday, August 14th

Main Session #5: Making Disciples for Missional Church – Tim Chester
‘I’m free and belong to no man’ could be the slogan of our age. But Paul continues: ‘I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.’ What kind of people are going to sustain a church planting movement? This session explores how the cross and resurrection should shape our lives.

Main Session #6: Making Disciples in Missional Church – Tim Chester
This session looks at how we train and pastor one another in the context of ordinary life and the context of Christian community.

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Panel Q/A Session

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Track 1: Wrapping up Total Church (Tim Chester)
This session will be built around the questions of those attending, especially concerning the application and implications for the issues Tim raised during his main sessions.

Track 2: Developing Missional Leaders (Jeff Vanderstelt)
There is plenty of opportunity to hear and learn about being a gospel-centered church on mission. And, after a few days at a conference, the tendency of teachers and preachers is to go home and tell our people to get going. If we are going to lead a gospel-centered church on mission we must do more than that. During this session we will explore some ways to identify, equip and support a group of gospel-centered leaders to share in leading the mission with us.

Track 3: Urban Discipleship (Mike Gunn)
The city holds more than 50% of of the world’s population, and is growing rapidly toward a world-wide megalopolis, while the church continues to migrate to the suburbs. The city also holds both the keys to the culture, and abyss of brokenness. In America our cities are becoming multi-ethnic/racial posing unique challenges and opportunities for our churches. In this session we will take a look at the role of the church (Make disciples), what it looks like to make disciples, and why we should be doing it in the cities of West and the world!

Importing Elders

This year we have had several people who served as pastors/elders at other churches move to Kaleo and a few more who intend on making the move. I’m currently writing a document on what it means to be an elder at Kaleo (qualifications, expectations, process). Our desire is to have these elders live in the life of our community and only as people look at them as ‘a pastor’ that we would confirm what God has already done in installing them as an elder. This ‘living out life in community’ helps us understand who is called to be part of what we are doing and be faithful to the missional values we hold. Further, qualifications now go beyond knowledge and what was a limited observation of character to really seeing if someone is giving their life to the mission and seeing it in the beautiful mess of being the church. As I formalize this document (we informally do it now) I wanted to get any insight from those of you who have suggestions, experience or resources you’ve looked at to deal with installing elders, including those who decide to move to your church.

Shared Values of Missional Church Communities

We (Kaleo) and several other communities continue to develop a tighter relationship. Recently the leaders of these communities collaborated on a list of shared values, led by The Crowded House. If these interest you, I’d encourage you to register for the Total Church Conference our collective communities are holding. Here is the current state:

The Crowded House is a family of church planting networks. Our congregations are committed to working together within, and between, networks around the following shared aspirations. They are a statement of our distinctives and are not intended to be a judgment on those with gospel commitment who do things differently.

1. the priority of the gospel
We are committed to filling ordinary life with gospel intentionality, pastoring one another with the gospel and sharing the gospel with unbelievers. We challenge one another to be sacrificial, servant-hearted, risk-taking and flexible because the gospel has priority over our comfort, preferences, security and traditions. We will not let Christian activity be just one part of our lives.

2. mission through community
We are committed to communicating the gospel message in the context of a gospel community. As we build relationships with people and share the gospel message, we want to introduce them to Christian community. We want people to experience church as a network of relationships rather than a meeting you attend or a place you enter. We will not put on evangelistic missions outside the context of a Christian community.

3. home as the primary location of church
We want a reproducible model of church without any trappings that might impede freedom and flexibility. We are committed to homes as a context for all or most of church life with home shaping the ethos of church. When congregations use other buildings, those buildings will not be viewed as the main focus of mission.

4. sharing our lives as extended family
We are committed to sharing our lives in Christian community, caring for one another, discipling one another and resolving conflict. We expect one another to make decisions with regard to the implications for the church and to make significant decisions in consultation with the church. We will not let conflict continue unresolved, nor view church simply as a meeting you attend.

5. inclusive communities
We are committed to welcoming broken people and making church accessible to unbelievers. We want to offer a sense of belonging, and be communities of grace in which people can be open and vulnerable. We will not let our welcome be dependent on adherence to any cultural norms not demanded by the gospel.

6. working for city renewal
We are committed to working for neighborhood and city renewal – redressing injustice, pursuing reconciliation and welcoming the marginalized. We celebrate the diversity of cultures in our local contexts while recognizing the need for gospel renewal. We encourage one another to glorify God and serve others through the workplace, business, community projects, government and artistic endeavor. We will not make a division between spiritual and non-spiritual activities.

7. growing by starting churches and church planting networks
We are committed to starting new congregations. We will work together within, between and beyond our networks of missionary congregations. Our vision is to collaborate in a wider church planting movement to litter the world with communities of light. We will not develop into single, large congregations, nor become insular congregations.

8. prayer as a missionary activity
Recognizing that God is the primary agent and orchestrator of mission, we view prayer as a missionary activity. We will offer prayer to unbelievers, witnessing to a living and personal relationship with our sovereign Father. We want prayer to be both a regular community discipline, and an impromptu response to needs and opportunities. We will not assume we are in control of mission, nor rob God of his glory by boasting of our achievements.

9. everyone exercising gospel ministry
We are committed to every Christian seeing themselves as a missionary and exercising gospel ministry in every aspect of life. We shape activities around gospel opportunities we have with unbelievers, and the gifts and passions of church members. We believe leadership is important, seeing leaders as facilitators of gospel ministry rather than those who exercise control. We will not make distinctions between full-time and nonfull-time ministers.

10. shaped by the Bible story
We want our lives and our life together to be formed and shaped by the Bible’s story of redemption. We believe the Bible to be the reliable, authoritative and sufficient word of God, and are therefore committed to good Bible learning. We will not act on the basis of tradition, habit or pragmatism without reflection on the Bible. We will not see Bible teaching as an end in itself, but as that which must shape our thinking and action.

Vintage 21 – Triperspectival Leadership

The sessions are available from when David Fairchild & I spoke at Vintage 21. There are two sessions on Triperspectival Leadership:

Session 1: Foundations of Triperspectivalism & Leadership (Prophet, Priest & King) – This session is a theological introduction to triperspectivalism done by David Fairchild.
Session 2: Applications of Triperspectival Leadership & the Church – A session of how triperspectivalism effects the church, case studies and application done by David Fairchild & Drew Goodmanson.

New Business Development – Outbound Sales

Monk Development seeks a dynamic sales executive that can demonstrate building a business plan to engage with target accounts at decision making level. The primary focus is to expand sales revenue as well as drive new market share by hunting for new business. Candidate needs to have a track record of calling into large accounts and reaching key decision makers. You will be leading our strategic & large account development for Ekklesia 360 into ministries, churches, denominations and non-profits. This is an excellent opportunity to work at a start-up company that has over doubled in sales for the last three years.

The role requires:

* 3 + years of experience selling into Fortune 1000 accounts or equivalent.
* Experience in selling to Ministries, Churches and Denominations.
* Knowledge of Content Management Systems, website and custom application development.
* A solutions-oriented consultative sales approach.
* Experience and ability in the full proposal development cycle.
* Solid writing and communication/presentation skills
* Bachelor’s degree
* A passion for churches and helping ministries see beyond a website, to doing real ministry online.
* Full-time role that requires a total commitment to the vision of Monk.

If you are interested in a career at Monk go to Jobs @ Monk.

PHP Developer in San Diego

PHP developer wanted for development of a niche community building and social networking product that tightly integration into Monk Development‘s existing Content Management Framework. This product provides developers with an opportunity to shine on a cutting edge product aimed at a large user base. Product development is fast paced with rapid prototyping preceding larger scale implementations. We need motivated developers who are comfortable with flow charting ideas, contributing in brain storming sessions and correcting course if need be.

Developers will work closely with an existing team in our Old Town corporate offices in San Diego. This position will require the candidate to live and work in San Diego. We are a young company with fresh ideas and seek developers who are ready to work hard, play hard and enjoy
great success in their career development path.

Skills Required:

* PHP 5 (OOP required)
* MySQL 4.x, 5.x
* HTML/XHTML (4+ years)
* AJAX, JavaScript
* C programming experience a plus (Unix Socket Programming)

Additionally:

* A willingness to work on bug fixes, timely and untimely
* An excitement and drive to do it right the first time but also be willing
to get code out the door
* Be a team player

Education:

* BS Degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering
* Demonstration of existing successful web development projects

If you are interested in a career at Monk go to Jobs @ Monk.

Total Church Conference – Last Chance for Discounted Rate

Last day of the discounted early rate for Total Church North America Conference 2008 in San Diego, CA this August 12-14. After July 12th the rates go up, so register today!

The purpose of the Total Church Conference is to train and equip church planters to create a community centered on the gospel, equipped to do the work of the ministry by being the church on mission through ordinary life with gospel intentionality. Registrants will have the opportunity to dialogue with missional church leaders from across the world, and learn from seasoned practitioners how to form missional communities and transition traditional churches toward mission. Main session speakers are Steve Timmis and Tim Chester, authors of The Total Church – A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community, which will be released in the United States in the fall of 2008.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leah Hardwick at 619.741.8153 or leah@kaleochurch.com.

Seeking an Account Rep in San Diego

Monk Development is looking for a full-time person to work in our San Diego office (Old Town) with churches and ministries using Ekklesia 360 by conducting online training, answering questions, overseeing the implementation process and providing support and assistance. This position will require customer service, project management and end-user support (limited technical know how).

The role requires:
1. A passion for churches and ministries helping them use their website to do real ministry online.
2. Organization and attention to detail to provide project oversight and direction to see projects through to completion.
3. Great communication skills and the ability to support and educate clients on the use of Ekklesia 360 system.

Bonuses:
1. Previous project management and customer support experience.
2. Church planting, church or ministry experience.
3. Knowledge and use of Content Management Systems or blogging software (e.g. WordPress).

Learn More: Jobs @ Monk

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