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CONSUMERISM

µCHOICE¶ THE CORE VALUE  ADDICTIVE - Desire an end in itself.  AROUSING AND MEETING SHORT TERM NEEDS  SHOPPING FOR µSENSATIONS¶ 

SHOPPING AS A PICTURE OF LIFE
FOR IDENTITY  µLIFESTYLE CHOICE¶  FOR TRUTH - µBUY INTO¶ A BELIEF  µPICK AND MIX¶ A WORLDVIEW 

BOTH CONNECTED AND FRAGMENTED

GLOBALISATION
THE WORLD SEEMS SMALLER  WE ARE MORE AWARE OF THE WORLD AS A WHOLE  GLOBAL PROCESSES MAKE A LOCAL DIFFERENCE 

having widely differing lifestyles and household arrangements. and have common interest only in the maintenance of certain shared facilities they take for granted.COMMUNITY SPLITS FROM LOCALITY  µThe communities of the Global Age generally have no local centre.¶ . People living in the same street will have fleeting relationships with each other.¶ Martin Albrow granted.

PLACES AREN¶T WHAT THEY USED TO BE! .Porous boundaries µAll boundaries are tenuous. frail and porous.  . « Geographical discontinuity no longer matters.¶ Zygmunt Bauman  In any week 25% of families will be visiting absent parents. often at the weekend.

µSOCIAL CAPITAL¶ HALVES IN FOUR GENERATIONS µBowling Alone¶ 'Without at first noticing. we have been pulled apart from one another and from our communities over the last third of the (20th) century.' Robert Putnam  'Members of any given generation are investing as much time in organizational activity as they ever were. but each successive generation is investing less.'  .

FAST AND FLUID .

and an absence of commitments of the ³till death us do part´ style appear to be the least risky of conceivable life strategies. a constant readiness to change and the ability to change at short notice.LIQUID MODERNITY  µA flexible identity.¶ Zygmunt Bauman .

. lifestyles.. so why not your partnership?¶ Hugh Wilson partnership?¶ .THROWAWAY SOCIETY   µA throwaway society meant more than just throwing away produced goods. stable relationships . but also being able to throw away values. and received ways of doing and being.¶ Harvey µYour car has an MOT every year.¶ David being.

and our cars tell the story of who we are (becoming).¶ David Lyon  .SELF CONSTRUCTION 'Identities are constructed through consuming.our clothing.  We shape our malleable image by what we buy . our kitchens.

VULNERABLE .

POWERFUL BUT VULNERABLE FOOT AND MOUTH  HIV / AIDS  THE MOOD OF THE MARKET µA global casino?¶  ASSAULT ON THE TWIN TOWERS  .

eating disorders.THE PASTORAL COST OF A WEB WORLD THE PRESSURE OF CHOICE  'Depression.¶  Young people now the most vulnerable to suicide.¶  .¶ common.¶ Richard Scace world. suicide and attempted suicide have all become more common. (Putnam)  µConstantly having to live in a temporary world.

SELF CONTAINED .

CHANGING STORIES WE USED TO HAVE A STORY ABOUT MAKING THE WORLD BETTER.  NOW WE HAVE A STORY ABOUT MAKING OURSELVES UP!  .

skills. styles and habits.THE LOSS OF REFERENCE POINTS  µThere are few if any reference points left which could reasonably be hoped to lend a deeper and longer-lasting longersignificance to the moments we live. places of work. families. neighbourhoods. «« Partnerships. possessions.¶ Zygmunt Bauman .

and everything revolves around the axis of one¶s personal ego and personal life.¶ Ulrich Beck .I AM THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD  µHistory shrinks to the (eternal) present.

µCulture is now an organised diversity with little sense of defining centre.¶Alan Roxburgh .

 We know a better way  Not just a belief  But a new beginning  And a new way of living.  .THE POINT OF BALANCE No centre?  Our society cannot reach its deepest longings by the road it is traveling.

For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life.Christian ministry offers an alternative  Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate. and there are few who find it. and there are many who take it. for 7:13the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction. .

A CHANGING CHURCH .

GOD AND CHURCH IN A NETWORK SOCIETY .

THE DEATH OF CHRISTIAN BRITAIN .¶ .Callum Brown  µWhat is taking place is not merely the continued decline of organised Christianity. but the death of the culture which formerly conferred Christian identity upon the British people as a whole.

moreover.RELIGION AS LEISURE PURSUIT  µReligious activity has become. a leisure pursuit. one. for an increasing proportion of the population. ' Grace Davie . which competes for the public's attention alongside all sorts of other pastimes. pursuit.

less than monthly (10%) Open de-churched de(20%) Closed de-churched de(20%) .Current (or previous) church attendance or involvement Regular attenders ± at least monthly (10%) Non Churched (40%) Fringe .

All people are God¶s people. built around parish and neighbourhood.OUR PEOPLE?  µThe Anglican pattern of ministry. can lead to a way of thinking that assumes that all people ± whether attending or not attending are basically µour people¶.¶ . but it is an illusion to assume that somehow the population of England is simply waiting for the right invitation before they will come back and join us.

nor do they want to be.¶ .OUR PEOPLE?  The social and mission reality is that the majority of English society is not µour people¶ ± they haven¶t been in living memory. obscure. The reality is that for most people across England the church as it is peripheral. confusing or irrelevant.

among them and with them. and under the Spirit of God to lead them to become church in their own culture.OUR PEOPLE  µThe task is to become church for them.¶ .

³Gone but not forgotten´ Within our reach as we are Out of reach Steven Croft.the picture in 1997/8 Francis & Richter. 2004 .60/40 . ³Fresh Expressions´.

¶  . rather than embodying it where we are. and in ways we prefer.THE CHALLENGE µGo to¶ mission as well as µcome to¶ mission  µThe change is to an outward focus: from a µcome to us¶ approach to a µwe will go to you¶ attitude. embodying the gospel where people are.

flexible.the mixed economy Celebrating and building on what is missionmissionshaped in traditional forms of church« «and finding new. appropriate ways to proclaim the Gospel afresh to those who do not relate to traditional ways .

CHANGE OF EMPHASIS Unplanned consequences of other pieces of Christian ministry  Church where people are. not bridges to get people to church  Often lay led  Church more deeply related to daily life  Church when people can attend  .

THE POINT OF BALANCE To reconnect with the world  And reconnect the world with the gospel through mission  .

chair of the report working party .MISSIONMISSION-SHAPED CHURCH ³We believe the Church of England is facing a great moment of missionary opportunity. and we recommend our report for the consideration of our church´ Bishop Graham Cray.

A CHANGING MINISTRY .

A BIT CROWDED .

NOT A FORTRESS MENTALITY .

 Not a stepping stone to other ministries  Nor to be defended from other ministries  To be enriched by other ministries  To add something distinctive to other ministries  .A MINISTRY DEFINED BY ITS CENTRE Not by its boundaries.

Dig wells instead of building fences. .

A MINISTRY DEFINED BY ITS CONTEXT Not by its past  But by its opportunities  In the hope of the Gospel  .

THE CENTRE OF READER MINISTRY .

LOCAL LAY THEOLOGIANS  Biblically and theologically trained laity  Licensed ministers and teachers of the Gospel  Bridging Church and world .

LOCAL LAY THEOLOGIANS  'In order to fulfill the vocation of ministry.' John De Gruchy . the pastor has to be a practical theologian who is able to discern the meaning of the gospel within the particular context of his or her ministry.

THE POINT OF BALANCE Identify the world¶s need  Identify the local church¶s responsibility  Place yourself where the two meet  There lies the heart of Reader ministry  .

bridging church and world. in a missionary church.THE CENTRE OF BALANCE OF READER MINISTRY  µLocal lay theologians.¶ .

QUESTIONS FOR GROUPS I have proposed that the centre of balance of Reader ministry should now be as  µA local lay theologian. in a missionary church. bridging church and world.¶  What do you think of that proposal?  Where is the centre of balance of your ministry as a Reader?  What would you like to change?  .

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE µWITHOUT FALLING OFF¶ .

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