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Attitudes, Beliefs, & Behavior Patterns of Missional STaR Congregations Cultivating Vitality for Multiple Point Parishes Rev. John Ragan ©2010 Rev. John

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  • Attitudes, Beliefs, & Behavior Patterns of Missional STaR CongregationsCultivating Vitality for Multiple Point Parishes

    Rev. John Ragan2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    (C)2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Premise of ThesisAlbert Ellis, Rational-Emotive TherapyAttitudes & Beliefs influence Behavioral & Emotional ResponsesTo change behavior Examine, challenge, & change attitudes & beliefs2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Outline of PresentationIntroductionAttitudesBeliefsBehavior PatternsImportance of ThisQuestions2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Definition of AttitudeA mental position with regard to a fact or state (e.g., a helpful attitude), and, a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state.

    For us, this end state is to be MISSIONAL!2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Unhelpful AttitudesAttitudes about Situations/EventsFear of ConflictNeed to ControlTraditionalismAttitudes about People/SelfNegative Self-PerceptionsNon-inclusiveness2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Helpful AttitudesAttitudes about Situations/EventsPositive AttitudeChange/New IdeasChallengesAttitudes about People/SelfHospitable, Supportive, CompassionInclusive, AcceptingCommunal

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Definition of Beliefsa state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thingsomething believed; especially: a tenet or body of tenets held by a groupconviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence.2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Unhelpful BeliefsBeliefs about the ChurchChurch as WorshipChurch as BuildingDarrell Guder: . . .Those churches came to conceive the church as a place where certain things happen. Guder and Barrett, Missional Church, 79.Beliefs about YouthThe notion that, If you teach them when they are young, there will be a time when they leave. But dont worrytheyll come back on their own.

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Helpful BeliefsBeliefs about CongregationPurposePastoral RoleBeliefs about PrayerFor whom do you pray?Who does the praying?Beliefs about GodGods Intent for the WorldRole of the Holy SpiritHow God/Christ works2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Definition of Behavior PatternsA recurrent way of acting by an individual or group toward a given object or in a given situation.2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Unhelpful Behavior PatternsSituational BehaviorsConflictLack of Follow ThroughHold on to former identitiesDoing Bare MinimumTraditionalismConfusing Marketing with Missional Actions2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Unhelpful Behavior PatternsRelational BehaviorsSuspicious or cold towards guests/visitorsViewing members as objectsWork/PositionsMoney2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Helpful Behavior PatternsSituational BehaviorsTeach/TrainOpenness to New ThingsDemonstrate FaithPlan & CommunicateEase new people into life of congregation2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • Helpful Behavior PatternsRelational BehaviorsHospitalityaccept, welcomeChallenge in loving, caring wayPrayAccountable to one another in loveBuilding relationshipsRecognize peopleInclusiveness2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • 2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

  • 2010 Rev. John C. RaganMaterials may be used by congregations or parishes for use in training leaders and members.. Any photocopying or reproducing of materials must include the copyright information below.

    2010 Rev. John C. Ragan

    The churches shaped by the Reformation were left with a view of the church that was not directly intended by the Reformers, but nevertheless resulted from the way that they spoke about the church. Those churches came to conceive the church as a place where certain things happen.

    Marva Dawn stated,The word church does not mean a place one goes to; instead, it signifies what God's people are. We are called away from the idolatries of the world to gather with our fellow believers in worship and fellowship and education, and then we are called out from that gathering, having been equipped and empowered by it, to go back into the world to serve it. When we participate in corporate services, we worship God, because God is infinitely worthy of our praiseso the focus is not on attracting anybody. In the corporate encounter with God that the worship service provides, those participating are formed more thoroughly to be like God and formed more genuinely to be a community. The result will be that all of us reach out to our neighbors in loving care and service and witness (evangelism), with the result that they might perhaps want to come with us to worship the God to whom we have introduced them.Marva J. Dawn, Worship to Form a Missional Community, Direction 28, no. 2 (1999): 140.

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