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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Current American Models of Ministry

by Phillip Sell

Here is a chart my son picked up at a confrence that details the 3 basic models of current American Models of Ministry and how they line up on various issues.

The Issue - Cultural Orientation

Traditional Church
Assumes the support of Christendom - Minimal passion for evangelism

Contemporary Church
Accommodation to culture. "Church can be attractive to lost people". Marketing approach and image managment.

Missional Church
Penetration of culture with the Gospel. Chruch a missionary to the unsupportive culture.

The Issue - Image of the Christian

Traditional Church
Representative of dominant culture. Civil Religion.

Contemporary Church
Successful and happy. Alternative to dominate culture.

Missional Church
Resident aliens within the pluralistic culture

The Issue - View of the Church

Traditional Church
A place where religious things happen. The country club/dues.

Contrmporary Church
A vendor of religious goods and services. The mall/consumer.

Missional Church
A people sent on a mission. The web/relational.

The Issue - Orientation

Traditional Church
Content-centered. Right ideas.

Contemporary Church
Program-centered. Right activities.

Missional Church
Relationsihp-centered. Right relationships.

The Issue - Centeral Structure

Traditional Church
Pulpit, Sunday School (one way communication). Age-graded (mimic the public school system).

Contemporary Church
Seeker-oriented services. Needs-oriented ministry. Market segments/Generational ghettos.

Missional Church
Equipping venues. Discipleship/Mentoring. Small Groups. Spiritual Formation

The Issue - Organizational Structure

Traditional Church
Hiearchy. Committies. Recruitment to church ministries.

Contemporary Church
Pastoral Oligarchy. Teams. Mobilization into church and world.

Missional Church
Networked teams. Empowerment to interpersonal ministry and team formation.

The Issue - Role of the Pastor

Traditional Church
Preacher/Caregiver

Contemporary Church
Evangelist/Learder/CEO

Missional Church
Equipper/model/Leader

The Issue - Learning Orientation

Traditional Church
Cognitive processing through teaching.

Contemporary Church
Cognitive processing. Social learning in groups.

Missional Church
Experiential learning. Social learning. Cognitive processing.

The Issue - Media/Era

Traditional Church
Print/Oral

Contemporary Church
Broadcast

Missional Church
Digital

The Issue - Internet/Website

Traditional Church
Source of information.

Contemporary Church
Advertising and promotion.

Missional Church
Interactive community.

The Issue - Evangelism

Traditional Church
Come and see approach. An isolated program. Proclamational. Reach the churched. Adult convert growth rate.

Contemporary Church
A consistent emphasis. Need-orientated event. Come and see approach. Reach the dechurched. How do you gather a crowd?

Missional Church
A life-style, relational, incarnationnal and service-orientated. LIstening, dialogical. Go and seek approach. Reach the unchurched.

The Issue - Worship

Traditional Church
Predictable. Historicaly anchored. Hymns, hymnals, choirs, organs and pianos. NOt in cultureal idiom and in some cases liturgical.

Contemporary Church
Scripted excellence. In cultural idiom and popular instrumentation. Historical, disconnect. Celebrative, upbeat, choruses and worship ensembles. Use of other media added.

Missional Church
Laid back, serendipitous. Ancient and vintage worship practices creatively mixed with contemporary media. Multi-media, multe-sensory, participatory.

The Issue - Ethical Orientation

Traditional Church
Subcultural taboos

Contemporary Church
Personal ethics.

Missional Church
Social ethics.

The Issue - Other Churches

Traditional Church
Cordial. Denomination-building.

Contemporary Church
Competitive. Congregation-building.

Missional Church
Networked. Kingdom-building.


Questions:

What kind of church do you attend, if you attend? One of these, or another kind?

What kind of church do you prefer?

What problems do you see with any/each of these?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting list indeed. There is a lot to digest and obviously the person who made the list has some biases towards the missional church model.

One important issue that the chart is missing is doctrinal purity and how each model handles it.

If I were to add that issue to the chart, here is what I would say.

The Issue - Doctrine
Traditional Church
It is of the utmost importance. Almost all activities surrounding church center around striving for doctrinal purity which is considered the believer's greatest responsibility.

Can't really say about the other two because of my lack of familiarity with the two models.

Brian Buriff said...

I have some difficulties with categories, titles and labels. For instance, my liberal friends consider me quite conservative and my conservative friends consider me quite liberal. Other than being called a "dork" there are very few other labels that seem to aptly describe who I am or my vision for ministry.