Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Reading The Forgotten Ways in 1 Day

If you've been here for a while, you know I'm a big fan of The Forgotten Ways. Lots of great content in there and when I consider how we form global leaders of the future, this book is at the top of the list.

I will admit that it is some pretty heavy stuff - it can be quite cerebral and has some big words. So when I've asked high school students to read it, they get bogged down in it. What works better seems to be when we read it together - interacting over the material. The best question seems to be, "When you have you seen this?"

So for Ember Salisbury Cast, our team read it together, as much as we could. Here's the 24 hour summary - you certainly could have spent hours on each point, instead we spent 10-15 minutes on them, if that. It was fantastic - I think we got through everything but the last two.
+ fringe:
all great missionary movements begin at the fringes of the church p.30
+ cultural distance: p. 57
+ tribalization of western culture:
On one occasion some youth ministry specialists I work with identified in an hour fifty easily discernible youth subcultures alone. Each of them takes their subcultural identity with utmost seriousness, and hence any missional response to them must as well. p. 61
+ organic structure p. 77
+ TS Eliot
The great proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief. p. 101
+ action learning discipleship
At Forge, we have built the entire system around this concept of action-learning discipleship. Our twin aims are to develop missionaries to the west and to develop a distinctly pioneering/missional mode of leadership. p. 124
+ missional impulse
A genuine missional impulse is a sending rather than an attractional one. The NT pattern of mission is centrifugal rather than centripetal. And this cannot be emphasized more highly. When Jesus likens the kingdom of God to seeds being sown, he is not kidding. p. 130
+ incarnational lifestyle
presence, proximity, powerlessness, proclamation p. 132
+ church follows mission
Start with mission and its likely that the Church will be found. Mission Shaped Church, p. 143
+ apostolic web of meaning
+ APEST leadership p. 175
+ movement lifecycles p. 192

[Related: Alan and Deb Hirsch speaking to one of our student teams, July 2008]

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