10 Things I Want You to Know About the New Charismatics

NewCharismatics

This is a re-post by Zach J. Hoag, an author, blogger, and preacher from New England. This article has appeared at Onfaith & ChristianWeek.

While I don’t agree with everything Zach wrote, I thought his perspective is certainly worth passing along for our thoughtful reflection and dialogue.  It’s representative of a younger pastor’s view of charismatic theology and practice.  Enjoy…

There is a groundswell taking place, a grassroots Christian movement if you will, that centers on renewing charismatic and Pentecostal faith for the twenty-first century. And I think this movement just might be the most exciting area of emergence in the American church today.

While this groundswell is diverse, there are some common threads that I want to identify and celebrate. Some of us who are a part of this growing trend have taken to calling ourselves “New Charismatics” — by no means a formal label or category, just one way to describe what we find ourselves caught up in.

So, here are 10 things I want you to know about us:

  1. We are spiritual . . . AND religious.

While the infamous “nones” are known for avoiding organized religion in favor of an independent spiritual path, New Charismatics are seeking a both-and way. On the one hand, we understand our faith primarily as spiritual experience, or rather, Spiritual experience. On the other, we are passionate about rooting our faith in the Great Tradition of the church, so it is both historically connected and futuristically sustainable.

You can find some of us New Charismatics inhabiting liturgical or traditional churches and denominations, and you can find others of us bringing liturgical rhythms to our evangelical churches, seeker churches, or charismatic churches.

  1. We are Eucharistic holy rollers.

While we resonate with the passionate worship styles that charismatics have largely innovated, we are seeking a deeper, contemplative center in the regular practice of the Eucharist. We meet and receive from Jesus uniquely in this quiet but intense moment — a moment that grounds the charismatic tendency to seek a shallow or contrived spiritual high.

  1. We’re not impressed by big and powerful, and we’re kind of obsessed with small and ordinary.

Older charismatics saw God’s favor and blessing in the big things — big worship services, big churches, big conferences, big spiritual manifestations, big leadership lifestyles. The result was a highly consumeristic brand of religion and, sometimes, a grotesque and oppressive “prosperity gospel.”

But New Charismatics love to see God powerfully at work in the small things. The ordinary things. The quiet manifestations of the Spirit, the routine traditional prayers and liturgies, the enjoyment of nature and recreation, the pleasure of relationships, the everyday opportunities to serve and love neighbors.

We envision a simple lifestyle as the ideal, and we see the Kingdom as a whole new economy that prizes equality. All that to say, it’s the little things — and all of it is spiritual.

  1. We believe in theology, intellect, and the Spirit-led mind.

Some of us grew up in an environment that pitted the mind against the Spirit, based on an unfortunate reading of some passages written by Paul. But we believe that the only way to be truly Spirit-filled and Spirit-led is to engage with God in the fullness of our humanity: spirit, mind, and body.

We don’t check our minds at the door, but commit our intellects to take part in discerning the “deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2). Learning theology is as important as practicing pneumatology.

  1. We’ve got a new revelation of what it means to be prophetic.

As charismatics we believe in the continuing gifts and manifestations of the Spirit, including prophecy. But as one who grew up in the “prophetic movement,” I have come to view the prophetic gift and office completely differently than I once did. And many of us have taken this step.

Instead of foretelling future events or reading someone’s mail or maybe just getting revved up and a little weird in the pulpit, the prophetic gift is about preaching powerfully into the church’s inconsistencies and hypocrisies. And true prophets are those who call the church to a greater integrity of worship and social justice through their Spirit-filled preaching gift.

  1. We don’t mind being labeled progressive, but we’re not crazy about it either.

The last point especially tends to get some New Charismatics labeled progressive. We don’t mind that so much, but we’d honestly rather have our identity rooted in the Spirit who empowers and gives meaning to our works of service in the first place.

  1. We don’t mind being labeled evangelical, but we’re not crazy about it either.

Because we’re committed to heartfelt, passionate, orthodox faith and worship, we sometimes get labeled evangelical, too. Again, we don’t mind it, but we don’t care much about fitting into typical evangelical categories either.

  1. We’re missional, not antagonistic.

Among other things, our charismatic forebears were often marked by the sin of antagonizing the “worldly” culture around them instead of engaging that culture for the sake of the gospel. This antagonistic impulse created ingrown and ineffective churches over time, concerned mainly with keeping a “holy” status intact and maintaining a spiritual buzz.

New Charismatics seek to joyfully join the cultural conversation. We see God as being “on mission” in the world, and we aim to follow him, discerning where the Spirit is at work in culture and calling our friends and neighbors to the King and his Kingdom.

  1. We think emotional health is as important as spiritual health.

Lots of us New Charismatics have needed the help of psychology and therapy to recover from our own past experiences, and through that have come to see the importance of emotional health.

Spiritual health and “deliverance” are not a replacement for tending to our places of deep emotional pain and dysfunction and working towards true healing over the long haul — because denial is not just a river in Egypt.

  1. We’ve left the violent End Times behind for a Jesus-looking God and a Gospel of peace.

For New Charismatics, gone are the days of an eschatological worldview where a bloodthirsty God requires militant pro-Israel support and violent American nationalism. Even as the 2016 [presidential] race heats up, we are more determined than ever to leave this behind for a God who looks like Jesus, that preacher of peace who taught forgiveness, equality, and nonviolence before he submitted to his own death on the empire’s cross —not a heavenly warlord hell-bent on running a cosmic drone strike at the end of the age.

Because for New Charismatics, what’s driving us at the center of everything is following our King Jesus and producing the fruit that he requires of us, which is, of course, the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5).

10 Things I Want You to Know About the New Charismatics

FAMILY GATHERING UPDATE 7/16-17/16

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Why People Get So Mad at Pastors

Excerpt from Sifted, by Wayne Cordeiro and Francis Chan (Cook, 2012)

In our well-meaning attempts to promote Christianity as the answer to everything, we sometimes over promise when we present the gospel. We want churches to be happy places, so we end each service on a high note, giving the impression that happy feelings always come from church. Or we want to help everybody we meet, so we have churches filled with broad spectrums of ministries for every conceivable need, but we end up doing many things poorly rather than fewer things well. The answer to all of this is to strip down the gospel to its essence: mankind getting right with a holy God.

With that in mind, we may need to help people understand the following truths if we want to help them develop realistic, healthy expectations about the church and the role and abilities of those in leadership:

  • Church will not always make you feel comfortable.
  • Church will not be the answer to your every need.
  • You will sometimes not like what happens at church.
  • You might leave a service unhappy once in a while, particularly if you are seeing yourself in light of God’s righteousness.
  • If you are a single person, going to church will not guarantee you a spouse.
  • Going to church will not guarantee that your children will not rebel.
  • Going to church is not the answer to all your financial problems.
  • You might not get along with everybody you meet at church.

Disappointment with God

If the ultimate solution to the disappointments our people experience is pointing them to Christ, letting him be the Great Physician in their lives [or Senior Pastor], then once we have done this, disappointment takes on a different nuance. Now, if people are disappointed, they are ultimately disappointed with God.

Family Gathering Points of Communication from Pastor Gregg and the Elders

  • Leadership Community Gatherings (LCG). We gather KHC leaders on a quarterly basis. Our emerging view of the difference between ministers and leaders is that ministers build people (training mentoring, personal discipleship, etc.) while leaders build groups of people. Like wings on a bird we need both ministers and leaders to fly straight.
  • KCH reaffirmed Mission and Values Statements are up on the Pastor’s Blog (the website will be updated soon)
  • We will have the report from our recent online survey available soon. Much of the data will be a great help for the search process (thank you to everyone who participated)
  • Reworking the doctrinal statement – Content is fine yet Elders, Staff, and TT think we could say things a bit better.
  • Search update: 1) Search Team application questionnaires have been sent to first tier of nominees, 2) We are staffing a sourcing service (Vanderbloemen Search Group) to help us engage the very best candidates.
  • Upcoming Fall Series on Mission and Vision. The staff, with elder participation and input, is seeking to simplify the way we do church. We want to do three things REALLY well – 1) Proclaim the gospel in four weekend services, 2) Invite all attendees into a Community Group to do life together, and 3) Serve God and people — both inside and outside of KHC.
  • The staff, again with elder input and participation, is working on a combination “welcome to KHC” and basic “foundations in the faith” class (KHC distinctives?) and it is very likely that we are moving toward reinstating membership at KHC.
  • Reconciliation with the former pastor. The elders have been waiting since May for the former pastor to provide the information he agreed to provide so that the reconciliation process can move forward.
FAMILY GATHERING UPDATE 7/16-17/16

Reaffirmed KHC Mission & Core Values

KHC_Circle_LogoKHC Mission Statement

Love God, Love People, Make Disciples

We exist to bring glory to God by loving God supremely, loving people unconditionally, and making passionate disciples of Jesus in the South Bay and beyond. (Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 28:19-20)

KHC Core Values

Core values bring clarity to the things that matter most at KHC.

  1. PROCLAIMING the good news of reconciliation with God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit to all people.

The ultimate good news is found in the gospel, which is based solely on what God has done for us, not what we do for God. God has reconciled us to Himself through the sacrificial love of Jesus that was accomplished by His death and confirmed by His resurrection. We never outgrow our need for the gospel because it not only saves us but also sanctifies us through the active presence and power of the Holy Spirit. With this in mind, KHC is “gospel-centered” in our focus, seeking to identify and proclaim the good news of the gospel in all our teaching and preaching of God’s word. Additionally, we seek to equip every believer to share the good news of the gospel with others in timely and effective ways. We also seek to train and release people into vocational ministry both locally and globally.

Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 16:15; Luke 10:1-12, 24:46-47; John 3:16, 20:21; Acts 1:8, 28:28; Romans 10:15; Colossians 1:23-29; Ephesians 4:11-16

  1. CULTIVATING a passionate relationship with God by glorifying God, enjoying God, and treasuring Jesus Christ above all else.

That we were created to enjoy God now and for all eternity is a life-altering discovery. We enjoy God through accurately and intimately knowing God in both private and public settings. Privately, we seek to know and enjoy God through personal devotion, reflection, prayer, and study. Publically, we seek to know and enjoy God in weekend worship services where we encounter God afresh in profound and participative ways that enrich our souls through worship—which includes singing, prayer, giving tithes and offerings to God, reading, teaching, and proclaiming the Bible, celebrating the Lord’s Supper and baptism — and being refreshed by the gospel’s redeeming grace.

Psalm 37:4, 73:25; Nehemiah 8:10; Romans 5:5; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 10:25, 12:2; 1 John 1:3-4

  1. BUILDING a strong church family that meets consistently in various small group settings to “do life” with one other.

The gospel saves us into God’s family. KHC is one expression of God’s global family. As the gospel changes our heart, identity, and motivation we will relinquish our tendency to isolate ourselves in order to pursue a deep and authentic sharing of our lives through meeting together in small (and mid-sized) group settings to laugh and cry together, pray together, study the Bible together, eat together, and serve together. As we grow in gospel grace (discipleship) we will learn to trust God and one another in new ways, becoming quick to repent, forgive, and reconcile. Whenever possible, we desire to do things through organic community and lay ministry.

Psalm 133:1; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32; Romans 12:15; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:3, 16; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 3:8

  1. SERVING the poor, lost, sick, broken-hearted, and marginalized in the South Bay and beyond with active help, love, and care.

Serving is one of the most biblical of values. The Bible records God continually reaching out to and pursuing a broken and fragmented humanity. Ultimately, God sent us His Son, Jesus, to restore and reconcile us to Himself. When our heart is awakened to this new reality, we are compelled to share our time, energy, and resources with others in grateful response to God’s persistent mercy and compassion. At KHC we have a rich history of reaching out beyond ourselves, to meet the needs of the weak, defenseless, and marginalized.

Deuteronomy 7:7-8; Psalm 18:16, 23:6, 139; Matthew 5:14-16, 25:40; Luke 4:18-19, 14:13; Galatians 4:4-7; Philippians 2:3; 1 John 4:19

To view these on the website click here.

Reaffirmed KHC Mission & Core Values

How Father’s Day Came About

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Many of the world’s most important holidays are tethered to Christian themes and events. This is obviously true of such days as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It is also true of Halloween (Hallowed Evening) which once was closely linked to All Soul’s Day.

Father’s Day, too, is linked to Christianity in that it was founded to celebrate the ideals of fatherhood set forth in Scripture.

The first widely-promoted Father’s Day celebration of modern America was held in Spokane, Washington on this day, June 19, 1910 (a father’s day had been observed in Fairmont, West Virginia two years earlier with little publicity). The Spokane event was the brain-child of Sonora Louise Smart (Mrs. John Bruce) Dodd envisioned an event as focused in special religious services and involving small gifts as well as loving greetings from children to their fathers. She brought up the matter with her pastor and he communicated the idea to the local pastor’s association. The mayor of the city and the governor of the state endorsed her concept and issued proclamations in support. The famed politician William Jennings Bryan weighed in with words of encouragement.

Mrs. Dodd dearly loved her father. When his wife died in childbirth, he was left with six children. Somehow he overcame the difficulties of rearing them while operating his farm. His devotion to his children sparked Louise’s gratitude.

Father’s Day was slow to catch on. What Louise had done was not even well known in her own state despite the governor’s proclamation. The idea of honoring fathers with a special day was actually reinvented independently in several other places, each locality thinking it was starting something new. Curiously, circumstances led other founders to select the month of June. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson had endorsed the idea and in 1924 Calvin Coolidge recommended national observance of the day “to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligation” and strengthen intimate ties between fathers and children.

Despite these presidential pronouncements, it was 1966 before President Johnson established the third Sunday in June as the date of the celebration. Even so, this not made official until 1972 under President Nixon.

Adapted from an article on Christianity.com. To view the article click here.
How Father’s Day Came About

50 CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTS

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Get to know some of the best minds in the field. Most are current while some have passed away. They range from world-class philosophers and thinkers to internet and radio apologists. But all have made an impact with their works and ministries. They are in alphabetical order. (This is not a top 50 list, and theologians and church fathers have been left out.)

Click on any blue link to find out more.

  1. Darrell Bock – Research Professor of NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
  2. Ted Cabal – general editor of The Apologetics Study Bible
  3. G.K. Chesterton – famous author, philosopher, theologian, apologist
  4. Gordon Clark – Christian philosopher, apologist, and theologian.
  5. Kelly James Clark – notable philosopher of religion, author; Calvin College
  6. Steven B. Cowan – Associate director of Apologetics Resource Center; Areopagus Journal
  7. William Lane Craig – philosopher, theologian, apologist; Debater par excellence.
  8. Phil Fernandes – Christian philosopher, apologist, debater with audio resources.
  9. John Frame – Reformed Theological Seminary; reformed apologist; Van Til expert
  10. Norman Geisler – prolific author of over 70 books; Classical apologist
  11. R. Douglas Geivett – Professor of Philosophy Talbot Department of Philosophy / Biola
  12. Simon Greenleaf – legal scholar famous for his book Testimony of the Evangelists
  13. Douglas Groothuis – Christian philosopher, author, teacher
  14. Shandon L. Guthrie – philosophy, apologetics, atheism, comparative religions, ethics
  15. Craig Hazen – director of Biola’s Christian Apologetics program
  16. J.P. Holding – founded Tektonics apologetics website; author
  17. Anthony Horvath – Athanatos Christian Ministries and online Apologetics Academy
  18. Walter Kaiser – scholar, writer, educator, and distinguished Professor of Old Testament
  19. Timothy Keller – urban pastor, author and apologist
  20. Greg Koukl – apologist and president of Stand to Reason
  21. Peter Kreeft – professor of philosophy at Boston College, noted apologist
  22. John Lennox – philosopher of science, mathematician, Oxford debater of Dawkins
  23. C.S. Lewis– famous author, lecturer, apologist; Narnia books, Mere Christianity
  24. Gordon Lewis – philosopher and theologian; author of Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims
  25. Paul Little – late apologist and author noted for his simple style and easy communication
  26. Walter Martin – most famous for his Kingdom of the Cults book; the original Answer Man
  27. Josh McDowell – famous for Evidence that Demands a Verdict
  28. Alex McFarland – itinerant apologist targeting young people, teens
  29. Alister McGrath – Oxford professor of theology, author and opponent of new atheism
  30. Albert Mohler – president of SBTS, worldview cultural commentator, author, radio host
  31. John Warwick Montgomery – perhaps the most famous evidentialist apologist
  32. J.P. Moreland – Christian philosopher, noted author, apologist
  33. Ronald Nash – Professor Philosophy and Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary
  34. Scott Oliphint – Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology WTS
  35. Amy Orr-Ewing – Director of Training of the Zacharias Trust
  36. Alvin Plantinga – world-class philosopher; reformed epistemology, philosophy of religion
  37. Michael Ramsden – European Director of Zacharias Trust, speaker for RZIM
  38. Fazale Rana – PhD biochemist with Reasons to Believe
  39. Mark D. Roberts – pastor, author, speaker, blogger. Emphasis in NT / Gospels
  40. David Robertson – Scottish pastor famous/notorious for his Dawkins Letters
  41. Hugh Ross – astrophysicist apologist and old Earth creationist; founder Reasons to Believe
  42. Francis Schaeffer – famous late cultural apologist, author, philosopher; founder of L’Abri
  43. Mary Jo Sharp – author, apologist, debater; founder of Confident Christianity
  44. Matt Slick – founder of CARM.org with extensive apologetics encyclopedia
  45. R.C. Sproul – notable theologian, author, and classical apologist
  46. Lee Strobel – journalist famous for his Case for Christ series of books; popular apologist
  47. Dallas Willard – Christian philosopher; notable works in philosophy, discipleship
  48. Peter S. Williams – Christian philosopher; notable works countering Dawkins
  49. N.T. Wright – Archbishop of Canterbury; notable work on the resurrection
  50. Ravi Zacharias -perhaps today’s most notable international cultural apologist
50 CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTS

Congregational Input From Summit #5

Summit

summit (sum’it) n (L. summus, highest)

The highest point; the top

A place from which to see

Congregational Summits: Creating space where we can begin to see the big picture!

Summit #5 was convened to harvest congregational input from members and attenders of KHC regarding pastoral and affiliation preferences.  What follows is the input from four table questions – two related to pastoral preferences and two related to affiliation.

An online survey is now available for you to give more specific input related to your preferences for the next Lead Pastor at KHC as well as where you currently stand on four of the non-essential theological issues that were unpacked in Summit #4.  You can access the survey here.

Pastoral Preferences

  1. What should we be most careful about in choosing our next pastor?
  • Individually and collectively in prayer about the man God is choosing for KHC.
  • Humble and approachable who love and lead us with a shepherd’s heart.
  • Humble servant leader who values the team and is willing to delegate.
  • Careful not build up our role and pastors role too much, trust God to lead us to the right person through prayer.
  • Careful to choose a man after God’s own heart.
  • Careful to find someone who is well balanced: teacher, leader, and shepherd. Has aim that this is God’s church, not his.
  • Gospel centered person with a humble spirit; submits to authority and willing to held accountable.
  • Careful to find teaches and helps us reach the community.
  • Believes knows and can communicate the word well. Humble, submissive & accountable.
  • Marriage that is already established. Reputation of knowing God and loving the word well enough to provide in depth bible teaching.
  • Believes, knows and can communicate the word. Someone who works well with people.
  • Has the pastoral essentials and is theologically sound but doesn’t have to be perfect in every way.
  • Humble, sound in his marriage. Congregation humble and open to the leading of the Lord.
  • Accountability, strong family, theology.   Not a clone of past pastors. Biblical knowledge of old and New Testament.
  • We would remain a Christ centered church and not return to being a pastor centered church.
  • Motivation of the pastor.   Age and experience matter. Integrity, transparency and delegator.
  • Careful to find a person who has a strong relationship with the Lord. Man with his priorities right.
  • Careful not to rely upon a resume. Approachable amongst conflict. Good vetting. Not an emotional decision but a prayerful one.
  1. What two personal qualities would you like to see in your pastor?
  • Authentic worshiper
  • Humble
  • Genuine effort to know people
  • Servant’s attitude
  • Good father
  • Approachable
  • Personally inclusive
  • Relational
  • Genuinely loves the Lord
  • Genuinely loves people
  • People Loving
  • Persevering
  • Approachable
  • Teachable
  • Theologically deep thinking
  • Pastoral
  • Humble
  • Self Disciplined
  • Gifted Communicator
  • Good Listener
  • Spirit Led
  • Teachable/Team Player
  • Approachable
  • Real
  • Passionate for Jesus
  • Laugh at himself
  • Joyful and has hobbies
  • Personally inclusive
  • Passionate zeal
  • Teachable
  • Shepherds Heart
  • Disciplinarian
  • Relationally trustworthy
  • Better hair than Bryan

Affiliation Options

  1. What should characterize the organization we affiliate with?
  • A gospel centered organization/network, with no affiliation fee, which possesses a strong equipping infrastructure.
  • For it to cost something to a part of creates accountability and support for our pastor.
  • Our non-negotiables are matching and freedom on the secondary issues.
  • Organization that celebrates strong leaders and strong accountability.
  • Accountability and supportive but not a directive. Willing to pay in exchange for resources.
  • Network gives accountability, full disclosure.
  • Provides strong, good oversight but doesn’t micromanage.
  • Organization that is covenantally supportive.
  • Like minded in core values, allows us to maintain our individuality. Provide pastor/leadership training.
  • Overlay our church governance and theological beliefs. Providing support and accountability.
  • Wisdom and resources that foster growth and accountability.
  • Non-controlling, theological alignment and theological consistency over a period of time.
  • Biblically sound with a good reputation.
  • Good reputation and aligned theologically. Missional.
  • Theologically tight ad a denomination or affiliation relative to the doctrines of KHC.
  • Resourceful theologically aligned network with an established track record.

4. How will a potential affiliation advance our church’s mission?

  • Depth of Resources (x 10)
  • Potentially increase our attendance
  • Experience/Ideas
  • Resources for missionaries
  • Unity with the body of Christ
  • Training/Equipping
  • Access to networking and resources
  • Establish Resources
  • Support for missionaries
  • Criteria and guidelines
  • Establishing mission trips
  • Online resources
  • Provide direction to church leadership/staff
  • Provide support for missionaries in the field
  • Networking/Experience
  • Doctrinal Accountability
  • Theological training (Love God)
  • Love people by offering training opportunities for ministering.
  • Equip and train all local leaders.
  • Better support for missionaries internationally.
  • Possible hindrance to be a part of
  • Encourage us in our mission (resources/training)
  • Help us see our blind spots before big thing happen
  • Opportunity to get benefits collectively (ie: insurance)
  • Opportunities to hear other teachers from other areas
  • Win-win being able to pull for an affiliation’s strengths, resources and infrastructure.
  • Provide scaffolding for structure, growth and safety.
  • Spur one another one.

 

Congregational Input From Summit #5

Summit #5 Notes

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As Linda and I reflected on Summit #5 we both commented on a strong sense of joy that seems to be returning to KHC.  As a church we have all put a lot of work into this transition season both with lots of all-church opportunities — beginning with the diagnostic assessment, all the Family Gatherings, and five Summits since last November; as well as lots of behind the scenes leadership training and development.  KHC is squarely in God’s good hand (Nehemiah 2:18).

Following are my notes from last night’s Summit #5.  We will put up all the table talk notes in the next few days.  At the end of this post there is a link to an online survey to give further input on what you are looking for in a permanent lead pastor as well as an opportunity for you to communicate where you stand on the secondary doctrines of faith that were unpacked at Summit #4 and in an earlier blog post.  Again, your input is requested.  (And just a reminder/clarification: the essential elements of the Christian faith are those related to salvation.  “In the essentials of the faith we must have unity, in secondary issues (sometimes referred to as “nonessentials”) we have liberty, and in ALL things we must have charity.”

 

Summit #5 Notes

  1. INTRO – Where We Have Been
    • Transition Team assembled to accomplish deacon-type projects and tasks for the transition season (June 2015)
    • Diagnostic Assessment (Aug 2015)
    • Summit #1: Ministry Milestones (highs and lows) of every year since the church was launched in 1997 (Nov 2015)
    • New Elders ordained (Dec 2015)
    • Summit #2: KHC Core Values reaffirmed and restated (Jan 2016)
    • Summit #3: KHC Mission reaffirmed and restated (Apr 2016)
    • Summit #4: KHC Basic non-essential theological parameters reaffirmed (May 2016) (Theological essentials are the doctrines related to salvation and do not need to be reaffirmed at KHC – they are solid.)
    • Other areas of significant progress:
      1. Communication upgrades including: weekly e-News, Pastor’s Blog, consistent Family Gatherings, regular Leadership Community Gatherings (LCG’s), financial updates in the bulletin
      2. Bookstore launched with basics of the faith focus including authors like Stott, Packer, Lewis, Piper, Grudem, and Keller
      3. Staff job descriptions updated and finalized – with a shift in focus from “ministers” to “equippers” (see Eph 4:12)
      4. Middle School Director position filled by Andrew LaBree (FT)
      5. Receptionist/admin assistant position filled by Linda Barbara (PT)
      6. Financial Advisory Board (FAB) assembled
      7. Reengagement by the elders with the former pastor for the purpose of reconciliation.
      8. Created a Director of Ministry Development position to focus on effective assimilation, communication, ministry flow, and calendarizing filled by Kim Hopper (FT)
      9. Created Life Group “Champion” position filled by Kapena Cavuto (a new updated Ministry/Life Group model will launch in the Fall) (PT)
      10. New internal back-end church management software for data, calendarizing, and workflow analysis migrating to Planning Center
      11. Governance model in process to clarify the roles and relationships between the elders, lead pastor (also an elder), and staff. Policies being identified, developed, and recorded to distinguish between “ends” and “means” as well as provide both freedom and accountability to all
      12. Reception office refurbished and decorated
      13. New campus signage throughout plus flags for Lomita, Sky Park, and Garnier entry
      14. 12-week Foundations of the Faith class with Pastor John Svendsen to secure stable theological undergirding for KHC
      15. Three new projectors for the worship center (funds donated)
      16. Beginning electronic check-in in the Children’s Ministry (up and running expected by the Fall)
      17. Transition Team sub-teams created to work on: by-laws update, doctrinal statement update, affiliation options, relational reconciliation, racial conversations, local outreach and evangelism, all-church relational opportunities (picnics, beach days, etc.), discipleship pathway options.
    • KHC Core Values & Mission Reaffirmed & Restated (some wordsmithing continuing)
      1. Mission Statement:
        • We exist to bring glory to God by loving God supremely, loving people unconditionally, and making passionate disciples of Jesus in the South Bay and beyond.
        • Simply stated, we aim to: “Love God, Love People, Make Disciples”
      2. Core Values (bringing clarity to the things that matter most at KHC):
        • CULTIVATING a passionate relationship with God by glorifying God, enjoying God, and treasuring Jesus Christ above all else.
        • PROCLAIMING the good news of reconciliation with God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit to all people.
        • REACHING out to the poor, lost, sick, broken-hearted, and marginalized in the South Bay and beyond with active love, care, and service.
        • BUILDING a strong church family that meets consistently in various small group settings to “do life” with one other.
        • Simply stated we: Cultivate, Proclaim, Reach, and Build
  2. Search Process Overview
    1. Seven Basic Stages:
      1. Form Pastoral Search Team
      2. Develop a Lead Pastor and Church Profile
      3. Strategically Place Profile To Attract the Best Candidates
      4. Evaluate Candidates
      5. Schedule Candidating Weekend for each strong candidate
      6. Seek Input/Affirmation From KHC Congregation
      7. Schedule an ordination service to “Pass the Baton”
    2. Nominations are underway – from elders, staff, and transition team
    3. Contemporary pastors are expected to have:
      • The entrepreneurial skills of Bill Gates
      • The counseling skills of Dr. Phil
      • The organizational abilities of Stephen Covey
      • The authenticity of Oprah
      • The compassion of Mother Teresa
      • The courage of William Wallace (Braveheart)
      • And the humor of Jerry Seinfeld.
    4. In a sermon around A.D. 400, famous North African bishop Augustine described a pastor’s job:

      “Disturbers are to be rebuked, the low spirited to be encouraged, the infirm to be supported, objectors confuted, the treacherous guarded against, the unskilled taught, the lazy aroused, the contentious restrained, the haughty repressed, litigants pacified, the poor relieved, the oppressed liberated, the good approved, the evil borne with, and all are to be loved.”

  1. Table Questions
    1. Pastor Preferences
      • What should we be careful about in choosing our next pastor?
      • Based on your experience, outside of preaching, what two personal qualities do you want in your pastor (e.g. fun, sober, punctual, laid back, diligent, energetic, measured, etc.)
    2. Affiliation Preferences
      • What should characterize the organization we affiliate with? (e.g. Open minded, theologically tight, directive, hands off, costs nothing to be part of it, costs something to be part of it)
      • How will a potential affiliation advance our church’s mission?
  2. Online Survey
    1. Two parts:
      • Congregational Input on Pastoral Preferences and Affiliation
      • Congregational Input on Non-Essentials of the Faith
    2. Two benefits:
      • Will help the elders to “hear” where our congregation is at concerning pastoral preferences and current theological leanings
      • Will help us put together a KHC profile for candidates
    3. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KHC-pastor-profile

 

Summit #5 Notes