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We seek Kingdom Leaders, who have a heart for transformation. We invite them and their peers into what we call a Leadership Circle to engage together at a graduate level biblically-based leadership development shown below. The Leadership Circle classes are highly interactive with substantial peer-to-peer learning; they are given one full day each month.
Each year new sets of Kingdom Leaders become members of the broader Leadership Circle in their city. Out of the Leadership Circle, Impact Groups are formed around the strategic match-up between the needs of the community or city and the callings God has placed on the hearts of the Kingdom Leaders. We will also provide tools for discernment of the needs placed on the hearts of Kingdom Leaders and their respective callings, the opportunity to engage with others that have similar callings, and guidance in how best to form Impact Groups. The rate that an Impact Group will be able to implement change in the city/community will depend on the city/community and the grace of God; but with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, change is possible. An Impact Group will partner with other groups outside the Cities Project pursuing their common goal for the city/community, recognizing and utilizing existing organizations. Our expectation is that, in addition to providing an opportunity to make a change in the city/community, this side-by-side work by Kingdom Leaders will also be a continuous outreach very naturally introducing Jesus in the course of their work together.
The long term result will be the growth of the kingdom of God, blessing of the city and glory to God as the whole city sees the love of Christ lived out in unity.
Over the years our cities have changed to the point where the Church has lost influence and Christians feel like outsiders. However a larger story is unfolding and together we can reweave God’s Kingdom throughout our city in ways that foster life (or promote flourishing).
God’s Kingdom is here and now, and yet we wait for it to come in its fullness. From the beginning God created everything and saw it as very good. Despite the brokenness that has ensued since the Fall, God’s creation is still valuable to God and worth restoring. This is the story we find ourselves in as we participate with God in His kingdom. It affects how we engage the world. As leaders live together in God’s story, they can bring life to all people in measurable ways that can be observed by all people.
The world is rapidly urbanizing, bringing more and more people into urban centers around the world. God cares about these urban places, as they are places where people can either experience God’s love or be further alienated from Him. These cities can either be places of increasing shalom or further degradation. With their increased density and diversity, they offer many challenges to overcome as well as opportunities to do good. As leaders practice their vocational calling in their workplaces, they will inevitably bring God’s shalom with them positively influencing many.
Most of us believe and live each day as though some of our activities are sacred to God and important to Him, and some activites are secular and not as important to God. This dualistic thinking and living has led to a distorted view of work where many view their work as not as important and God honoring as the work of a pastor or missionary. We will observe and discuss where this thinking has come from and what needs to be done to remove its impact.
There is a difference between calling and work. “Harvard Business School psychologist Timothy Butler offers the following advice: There are words that tend to be used interchangeably – and shouldn’t be. They are ‘vocation’, ‘career’, and ‘job’. Vocation is the most profound of the three, and it has to do with your calling. Its what you’re doing in life that makes a difference for you, that builds a meaning for you, that you can look back on in your later years to see the impact you’ve made on the world. ” We all have unique spiritual gifts and natural abilities and we use them at different times in different careers and different jobs. We will use the term ‘vocational calling’ as a calling from God that does not change and can be applied at work, at home and in your city.
Spiritual truth is often more caught than taught. The essence of Jesus’ discipleship training was for them to be with Him and involved in His work. He wanted to impart convictions, principles and lifestyle – not just information. Being a disciple is the life-long process of actively maturing in Christ by seeking help from others. It is the progressive change in attitudes and behaviors from a worldly orientation to a worldview based on God’s Word. This transformation has significant effect on the individual, but it is not difficult to see how that transformation has a ripple effect on those people closest to the disciple, and in fact, on the city around them.
All of our work matters to God. “First, humans are designed by God to exercise proper dominion over creation … Second, humans are designed by God to be His image bearers, to uniquely reflect who God is to His good world. ” God’s strategy to accomplish his plan of the restoration of all things through Jesus is all about Him. He is building His kingdom. Yet He has decided to do this kingdom work through us who reflect his image. He has instructed us and equipped us to act as His stewards in this restoring work of building for the kingdom. He brings all of these things into His kingdom through what we do now – our work. And not just our work individually but our work corporately.
God did not call His people to live privatized lives where they separate their faith from the rest of life. Faith is both personal and public, where God’s work in someone’s life should be visible and influential in their communities. The ‘public square’ are those places where ideas and solutions regarding social and workplace issues emerge. God wants His people engaged in the ‘public square’. Peer discussion will help each leader learn better ways to articulate how God must play a role in every city and every society.
The goal is for people throughout a city to experience the presence of God’s kingdom, and thus the love of God and shalom surrounding God’s people. This presence of God’s kingdom on earth is winsome, it is attractive, it will draw people to God. Throughout history God has placed His people in strategic places to bring about significant societal change. Yet this change doesn’t happen quickly and more often takes generations. The larger cultural challenges facing people today will require overlapping networks of influential people and institutions. In God’s timing, these networks can bring about long lasting change—a world with a bit more shalom, a world sensing the presence of God’s kingdom on earth.
As with all opportunities to experience the presence of God more intently, we must begin with the end in mind. Every individual is different, and enters discipleship in a different way or at a different place. Nevertheless, the collection of these key concepts is crucial to whole-life discipleship and healthy Bible engagement.
The Key Concepts of Discovery are the first step of the Integrated Life Journey. The concepts are on the one hand concepts for each leader to consider personally, since each concept has personal application. However, there is an overarching notion of the whole of society, the whole of life and the whole of God’s kingdom. Let’s take a look at one concept from each of the three groupings.
Discovery I – III
In Discovery I, the second concept is Walking in the Spirit. Clearly this has individual application; we will be exploring how an individual leader is able to dig into the Scriptures and stay in direct contact with God, living continually in His presence controlled by the Spirit. However, it also has implications for the collective result of many citizens of God’s kingdom ALL acting in the power of the Holy Spirit, listening and responding as God directs many people at the same time. This is critical as we think about the well-being of the city.
In Discovery II, the third concept is Appreciating God’s view of Family. There are many good resources on how each of us can play a better role in our own families and we will expect each leader to utilize such resources. In addition, we want to examine carefully God’s intended role of family in society. We know that the family is the basic unit that God designed for societies around the world. In that design God describes various criteria for marriage, family and extended family. We want to engage in serious discussion about how the well-being of family affects the well-being of the city.
And in Discovery III, the fourth concept is Embracing Your Vocation and It’s Role in God’s Kingdom. We know that God has a purpose (or purposes) for each of our lives. Naturally we will want to spend time understanding this direction for each person. At the same time we will press hard into ways in which common and complementary callings and vocations can be applied for the well-being of the whole city. Our overall goal is the growth of the Kingdom of God, which involves God’s design for the best functioning of a society and the general well-being of your entire nation.
In this overview document we will introduce each Discovery group and each of the Key Concepts of Discovery. The details of each Key Concept will have its own packaging. Each Discovery segment contains six Key Concepts, which can be addressed in any order and in some settings, two or three concepts may be addressed together to see what they might reveal collectively.
Understanding God and my walk with Him
This section of the Key Concepts of Discovery gives us foundational truths about God and our relationship with Him. These are truths that define who we are and how we live our lives – in fact – Jesus indicates that His purpose on earth was to give us eternal life and abundant life. To know God personally and follow his call on our lives is impossible in our own strength. We must understand the power of the Holy Spirit along with the disciplines that give structure to God’s work in our lives.
1. Knowing Christ
2. Walking in the Spirit
3. Practicing spiritual disciplines (listening to God, Quiet times, studying the word, prayer, giving,..)
4. Leading Someone to Christ
5. Engaging in conversational evangelism
6. Becoming a multiplying disciple
Understanding God’s plan for the affect of my leadership on my immediate sphere of influence
An overall desire in this section is to push the envelope of critical thinking, to apply critical thinking to the heart of being a citizen in God’s kingdom and then as a leader in God’s kingdom – what we call a Kingdom Leader
Understanding my role in God’s plan and exercising good stewardship over the transformational ripple God has given me
This section of the Key Concepts of Discovery contains the challenge of going well beyond our own self-interest and stepping into the fullness of leadership roles in God’s kingdom on earth. It requires the whole-hearted recognition of the sovereignty of God and His design for the body of Christ together with others whom God identifies for His purposes. It challenges the extent of our love for God and for our neighbors. At the same time this section provides promise and hope of moving our nations toward the picture of God’s design – how it ought to be.
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