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Over the year or so I have posted numerous entries regarding our shift to a decentralized way of being the church. As we began to go through this shift, I often posted what we were discussing and thinking Kaleo Church would begin to look like. You may have noticed in the last 9 months my posts decreased. This is because I wanted to actually do what we were talking about.
ÄúTell him the one who puts on his battle gear should not boast like one who is taking it offÄù (1 Kings 20:11).
Now, as this transition (and much of what I wrote in theory) has begun to take shape (in ways we imagined and ways we did not imagine). In fact, the beginning of this year has been very difficult where we lost about 1/3 of our people due to varying circumstances. In contrast, the last 3 months have been more of a blessing to me than any period of Kaleo’s existence as much fruit has been seen in the live’s of people around me.
I am currently working on a shared document to re-communicate the ideas from these posts from what we learned through our own experience as well as from our interaction with communities we share values with. It should deal with the way we do church, eldership, community and develop people within these structures. I hope by posting it we are able to continue to learn from one-another and share the vision of how we plan to do what we believe it means to be a local church.
There are a couple things that are still in theory. For example, at the end of this year we will endeavor to begin the planting process as discussed in Organic Movement – Reverse Church Planting. So this will still be an area where we will need to learn as we go through this process next year. Secondly, we are actively re-thinking our discipleship process which we see as core to the future of the Kaleo Community. So this will be very much a work-in-progress.
If you missed much of the last year, here is a abbreviated listing of the transition at Kaleo:
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Total Church Conference
Speaker: Tim Chester
Session 3: Beyond Total Church
Planting new churches isn’t enough, we need to create church planting movements.
The model of mission is supernatural. Prayer is the primary missionary activity.
The model of living is martyrdom. From incremental discipleship to martyrdom. We are called to take up our cross daily. We can often feed people’s idolatry with religion.
The model of the church should be reproducible. Every Christian should say, “I can do this.” There should be rapid incorporation of new converts into the church. People should be put into leading sooner than we are used to.
Notes from Simply Missional.
Audio/video sessions coming soon…
Our client’s church websites continue to receive awards and recognition. For example, Church Relevance lists the top 90 church websites and numerous Ekklesia clients are on the list. On ChurchBeauty one-third of the sites on the current home page are on our system. Even the Ekklesia 360 admin interface was deemed one sexy interface on this list of 10 inspiring admin interfaces for a CMS. A couple new sites launched on Ekklesia 360 that I really like the design of. They include:
College Park Church
Park Community Church
Second Presbyterian Church
I’m heading to BlogWorld & the GodblogCon conference later this month. The conference will be dealing with Blogging and emerging internet media technologies.
Anyone else planning on making this conference in Las Vegas?
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Total Church Conference
Speaker: Steve Timmis
Session 2: A Gospel Community Centered
Total Church Session 2
When we use the word ‘church’ we are almost always miscommunicating both to the Christian and non-Christian. It seems we’ve lost the battle with this word. Why should we use a term where we are almost always communicating the wrong thing?
Church is far more than a community of religious people, it is a whole new world order. In Jesus miracles he showed us what eternity is like.
How do we create a community where the gospel progressively permeates every part of it?
Launch Video of Q/A Session
Q: How do you avoid judgmentalism in a community? How do we not care about being judged?
Q: How do we live life in community if we don’t have the leadership to do this? One of the most common complaints of churches, but it’s not an issue found in the NT. (How our false view of leadership impacts our ability to be the church.)
Q: Is the gospel specific enough to address the complex political and economic of issues to life?
Q: How does the gospel impact stewardship, for example our retirement?