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How to Find and Do God's Work in Today's World:   Living your Faith in your Daily Mission Fields

 

Live your Baptismal Vows in All of Your Life:  Your Four Daily Mission Fields Close to Home  

 

Live your Baptismal Vows in All of Your Life:  Your Three Daily Mission Fields in the Wider World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Find and Do God's Work in Today's World:                                     

Living your Faith in your Daily Mission Fields                     click here to let us know you're interested

 

Leader:        A. Wayne Schwab

 

Date:           To be offered Spring/Summer 2007

 

Class size:   Limited to 8 participants

 

Cost:           $22.00 for 2 sessions

 

Class#:         MDLC-MM100

 

Are you searching for some thread of meaning in a "too busy" life?  Are you ready for a wholly new way to connect Sunday to Monday?   Join us as we explore how God has given you your daily life – your Monday-to-Saturday life -- as precisely the place where mission can and does happen!

 

This approach believes God is most concerned about how we live from Monday to Saturday;  Sunday is to help us to do it better.  So we’ll look at how your everyday actions and activities can more effectively connect with God’s love, care and will for the world.  And we’ll also find fresh ways to “do church” so that coming together on Sunday can give members guidance, support and power for their daily missions and ministries.   Both members and leaders of congregations will learn how to find helpers in the world out there that they never knew they had. 

 

This class will

·      Give you a fresh understanding of the "Gospel" – the Good News -- as something you live and do and talk in your daily life

·      Open your eyes to see God at work in the world and in your life, and surprise you with how you are a part of that work

·      Help you to connect Sunday with Monday and find more meaning in everything you do

·      Show you how "mission" can be a good word!

 

Two advanced classes will be offered later this summer and fall for folks thirsty for more:   a three-session class on the “mission fields” of home, work, and the local community; and a four-session class on the "mission fields" of the wider world, leisure, spiritual growth and church life and outreach.

 

Check out the feedback from previous participants in this class!

 

  Wayne Schwab builds and leads a network of people working at "member mission" – how congregations can make their primary purpose one of supporting members in their daily living as Christians.  Wayne’s favorite experience is seeing the delight of others as they find they can be effective agents of the mission of Jesus Christ.

 

After service in congregational leadership and as the Episcopal Church's first evangelism officer, he has put together what he had been working for all along:  an effective way to connect with the daily lives of each of the baptized.  Funded by a grant from Trinity Church, Wall Street, he researched how 25 small churches helped their members to live better each day of the week.  The findings led to a book, a workbook, and a newsletter that nurture a growing network.  For something of his coast-to-coast work, see his article in the Alban Institute's Spring 2006 edition of Congregations. For information and insight about working with and implementing member mission, go to www.membermissionpress.org.   

 

Wayne is the author of When Members Are the Missionaries 

 

Wayne works out of Plattsburgh in upstate New York by the internet, phone, fax and on-site consultation.  Living next to Lake Champlain, he never sails quite enough and never plays quite enough games of ping pong and pool with his wife, Betty.

 

 

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Live your Baptismal Vows in All of Your Life:                                                 

Your Three Daily Mission Fields in the Wider World           click here to let us know you're interested

                                                                                                  

Date:           To be offered Spring/Summer 2007

 

Time:           7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Eastern  (one hour 15 minute teleclass) -- 6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Class size:   Limited to 8 participants

 

Cost:           $30.00 

 

Class#:        MDLC-MM103

 

 

Do you need some help to "get down to cases" on the specifics of living your Baptismal vows?  This in-depth look at “member mission” will help you get specific!  It will give you the opportunity and support to name the things you’ll do – and the ways you’ll sort your priorities – to reflect your baptismal commitment to be a part of Jesus' mission.

 

The member mission approach believes that God in Jesus Christ is already on mission in every area of life to make life there more loving and more just.  Wherever you find love and justice, God is at work.  Wherever you find love and justice needed, God is already at work there to bring them.  In our baptism, we join Jesus in his ongoing work to overcome evil, sin, and death with love and justice.  We live out our part in Jesus' mission in the six areas of daily life: our homes, our work, our local community, the wider world (from cultural patterns to the economy to the government), our leisure or re-creation, and our church life (both our own spiritual growth and our role in our church's life and its outreach). 

 

These three sessions will explore the daily mission areas of:

 

E.  Work:   includes school and volunteer work

 

F.  Wider world:    includes all aspects of the society, culture, economy, government, or the environment of our county, state, nation, or world

 

G.  Your participation in your church's life and its outreach:   includes participation in your congregation's worship and life, and its outreach in service and evangelism in the district, diocese, or communion in the USA or worldwide; or in inter-church or interfaith activities

 

The sessions will:

 

Give you a fresh understanding of baptism as something you live and do and talk in your daily life

Open your eyes to see Jesus at work in the world and in your life, and surprise you with how easily you can join him in that work

Bring you the joy of discovering you are part of God's mission and finding deep meaning in everything you do

Yes, you will find "mission" and "missionary" to be words you will want to claim for yourself

Discover new ways to love and to be just – since justice is the "public face" of love

 

And it may also lead you to evaluate how your congregation might more effectively support its members in their daily missions.  As a previous class participant said:  "Why did I have to wait forty years to hear this?"    We’ll explore ways to build this "member mission" into the life of your whole congregation.

 

 

For Wayne's bio:  click here

 

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Live your Baptismal Vows in All of Your Life:                                                

Your Four Daily Mission Fields Close to Home                    click here to let us know you're interested

                                                                                                       

Date:           To be offered Spring/Summer 2007

 

Time:           7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Eastern  (one hour 15 minute teleclass)  -- 6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Class size:   Limited to 8 participants

 

Cost:           $40.00 

 

Class#:        MDLC-MM102

 

 

Do you need some help to "get down to cases" on the specifics of living your Baptismal vows?  This in-depth look at “member mission” will help you get specific!  It will give you the opportunity and support to name the things you’ll do – and the ways you’ll sort your priorities – to reflect your baptismal commitment to be a part of Jesus' mission.

 

The member mission approach believes that God in Jesus Christ is already on mission in every area of life to make life there more loving and more just.  Wherever you find love and justice, God is at work.  Wherever you find love and justice needed, God is already at work there to bring them.  In our baptism, we join Jesus in his ongoing work to overcome evil, sin, and death with love and justice.  We live out our part in Jesus' mission in the six areas of daily life: our homes, our work, our local community, the wider world (from cultural patterns to the economy to the government), our leisure or re-creation, and our church life (both our own spiritual growth and our role in our church's life and its outreach). 

 

These four sessions will explore the daily mission areas of:

 

A.  Home:  includes all aspects of home life or close friendships

 

B.  Local community:   your neighborhood, town, or city

 

C.  Leisure and recreation:  any activity used to rest and to refresh yourself

 

D.  Your own spiritual health:  any activity used to meet your spiritual needs; includes activities to maintain physical and emotional health

 

The sessions will:

 

Give you a fresh understanding of baptism as something you live and do and talk in your daily life

Open your eyes to see Jesus at work in the world and in your life, and surprise you with how easily you can join him in that work

Bring you the joy of discovering you are part of God's mission and finding deep meaning in everything you do

Yes, you will find "mission" and "missionary" to be words you will want to claim for yourself

Discover new ways to love and to be just – since justice is the "public face" of love

 

And it may also lead you to evaluate how your congregation might more effectively support its members in their daily missions.  As a previous class participant said:  "Why did I have to wait forty years to hear this?"    We’ll explore ways to build this "member mission" into the life of your whole congregation.

 

For Wayne's bio:  click here  

 

 

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