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Recognize how roles are pathways of expression for vision to be realized. (Sect. 11)
- 1. Realizing our vision requires every part of the community taking their place and working together with the others
- -The Israelite journey illustrates the necessity of multiple roles in a community effort
- -Parenting is an example of multiple roles being required for a single individual
- 2. This is applicable to the local church: certain necessary roles must be fulfilled for it to complete its mission / vision
- - Wimber’s illustration: we must dig ditches for the water of the Spirit to flow
- - Wimber’s diagram of “people movement” – creating a smooth highway
- North Langley “WINES” continuum (W – win / I – include / N – nurture / E – equip / S – serve)
- 3. We must learn to see roles contextually to achieve balance and interdependence and avoid unhealthy compartmentalization
- -Covey: seeing life as an indivisible whole is the key to understanding
- -Our goal in the Body of Christ is not uniformity nor independence but diversity within unity (1 Cor. 12)
- -Clarifying and communicating roles is the key to helping people play … together
Recognize how common values empower diverse roles to harmoniously work together.
- Common values bring unity to the diversity of the different parts. They define “how” / in what manner we will pursue the accomplishment of our vision. Our real values are outcomes of our true beliefs and convictions
- There are two main types of values:
- 1.Core values – for the Christian these are what we care about because we believe God cares about them
- - Venter’s hierarchy of absolutes: the more human dimension, the more humility is required
- -Most values (even core values) are contextual applications of absolutes that comprise our centre of focus
- 2.Stylistic values: part of the unique expression of God in us
Recognize John Wimber’s list of six core values (defined at the outset of the Vineyard movement) and their descriptions.
- The Bible
- It is the menu not the meal; meant to form as well as inform.
- Jesus and the Holy Spirit
- We hold to a Trinitarian theology with the HS as the administrator of the church.
- We value “real” community and an invitational environment.
- The individual
- We value the individual by creating an environment of grace, and one where everyone gets to play.
- We believe healing is God’s general will; and it should be practiced in a “naturally supernatural” way.
- The Kingdom of God
- We engage ourselves in Kingdom activities because we are part of a Kingdom that is “already / not yet” (Ladd).
Recognize the two steps (and their sequence) required for intentionally building a value system within a community.
- 1. We must begin with identifying our present values (seen by what our community actually does with its time, money and energy)
- 2. This evaluation will show us where we need to adjust or strengthen our present values and / or where we need to build new ones
- 2.1.1. Values are more caught than taught (the importance of modeling, discipling)
- 2.1.2. We must reinforce our desired values simply and frequently