Speakers

Rev. Dr Jeffrey Fussner (The Wesleyan Church)

Resources and Relationships: Understanding Cultural Expectations of Generosity Our cultural backgrounds form our expectations of how and when resources are shared in our relationships with others. When we live in a multiethnic missional community or minister across cultures these expectations can influence the quality of relationships and the effectiveness of gospel ministry. In this session we will look at three general cultural systems of Reciprocity, Redistribution and Market Exchange, the concern about unhealthy dependency, generosity and some of Wesley's teaching and practice on money.

 

Social Comparison and its Impact on Missional Community This session explores how social comparison can produce in us a sense of disappointment over the perceived success of others in obtaining whatever seems desirable in life. Envy is the human emotion that is the most difficult to acknowledge, but can give rise to interpersonal conflict with those who are closest to us relationally, even in church congregations and ministry teams! We will consider the biblical concepts of zeal, envy and emotional freedom for effective ministry.

Rev. James Chin (Chinese Methodist Church of NZ)

Missional Living: Worship and Mission The people of God are called to be a light to the nations. However there can be no light to the nations that is not shining already in the transformed lives of a holy people. From a pastoral ministry perspective, I want to explore how worship can be a means of nurturing God’s people in their missional identity.
 

Rev. Beth Fussner (The Wesleyan Church)

Unity for Missional Living: Bridging the Values Clash Across Cultures We’ll take a look at how cultural values form the unconscious basis of our choices and judgments, including how we define holiness.  An awareness of cultural values polarities and willingness to attempt to see things from another’s value framework can be life changing.  We can start on a path of humbly learning from those who are different from us, and begin discovering the ways the Scripture speaks to every culture.

Rev. Elizabeth Graham (Church of the Nazarene)

Women Matter: An Egalitarian Approach to Missional Living Genesis 1 and 2 create a beautiful image of man and woman living, working, creating, and walking together with God. Yet, all of that came unraveled in Genesis 3. Broken relationship between man and woman was perhaps one of the most devastating effects of the fall. As a result, men and women, covered their true identities, hid from God, and blamed each other. Men took on a dominant and patriarchal mantle, while women took on the posture of the oppressed. But that’s not the end of the story.  We see in people like Deborah and Barak, Ester and Mordecai, Junia and Paul, and most of all, in Jesus with the woman at the well and with Martha and Mary, a missional way of living as men and women in the world.
 

To walk in the way of Jesus means we can no longer align ourselves with the systems of broken relationship, gender inequality, and paternalism that have defined relationships between men and women throughout history. Instead, there is a hopeful way forward that lives into the restored relationship between men and women. Missional living demands that men and women link arms as equal co-labors and brothers and sisters in Christ for the cause of the Kingdom.

Capt. Bryant Richards (The Salvation Army)

Shaped by holiness - Holiness as hermeneutic: towards a Salvationist missional ecclesiology

The Salvation Army (TSA) in Aotearoa New Zealand is facing an uncertain ecclesial future.  Along with the traditional churches it is perhaps facing what Bosch has called a missional crisis. In its attempt to remain missionally faithful TSA has almost exclusively adopted the techniques of the Church Growth Movement.  Results have been mixed, and its membership continues to decline.  This thesis contends that TSA has developed a limiting missional imagination whereby anything that does not fit the church growth model is viewed with suspicion.

To regain a missional imagination required for the future this paper turns to TSA’s heritage of holiness.  By employing holiness as a hermeneutic, it explores the communal and corporate aspects of holiness through the nature of the Triune God and his holy people in the OT and NT.  It contends that TSA must develop its congregational life as communities distinctly shaped by holiness.  Following Wesley, these communities will ‘lean inwards’ through the formation and sustaining of loving fellowships (koinônia).  These become a visible witness of the grace and presence of Christ.  They will also ‘lean’ outwards into the public spaces of the world and all of creation with the same holy love.  Drawing from TSA’s understanding of holiness as the sacramental life, it is posed that the movement could develop an imaginative missional ecclesiology through the contextually adaptable notion of the sacramental community (SC): sanctified and sent.  

 

For such a vision to take hold however, the denomination’s corporate culture must be an enabling environment for innovation.  The controlling and risk averse nature of the institution however generally makes such imagination an impossibility.  TSA must therefore be ruthlessly open to a corporate sanctification (dying) in order that something entirely new (resurrection) might be possible.

Rev. Rex Rigby (Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia)

Missional Living: Social cohesion and its relationship to cultural engagement

We'll do some analysis

·         What is social cohesion?

·         Belonging a core element of social cohesion.

·         The different ethnic perspectives of social cohesion/belonging.

·         Cultural Engagement in the light of social cohesion/belonging.

·         Missional Living in the light of Cultural Engagement.

 

and we'll look at engaging people across the cultural divide

·         A theological mandate.

·         Connecting at a deeper level.

·         Getting rid of the baggage that holds us back.

·         Is it possible and where to from here?

Rev. Francis Ritchie (Wesleyan Methodist Church of NZ)

Taking our Seat at the Table of Pluralism The Christian world-view was once the accepted norm in New Zealand. Even if people didn't consider themselves deeply Christian, it was the moral and ethical implications of Christianity that formed society's collective approach to life. That is no longer the case. Now it is unusual to be Christian and we find a smorgasbord of worldviews informing the place people take in the world. In a society underpinned by secular humanism, with Christianity now often being seen as strange, outdated and irrelevant, how do we confidently take our place at the table of modern society as one voice among many? Reverend Frank Ritchie will be exploring thoughts around that question, based on a Wesleyan view of mission.

 

Rev. Michael Yates (Wesleyan Methodist Church of NZ)

Does engaging in community partnerships offer credible opportunities for missional living and the Church’s mission? Increasingly churches are experiencing a renewed commitment to community engagement as they seek to position themselves to reach out with the gospel in their local communities.  Engaging in community partnerships is one contextually relevant way churches and people are doing this. Yet is there are biblical and theological basis for this form of community engagement activity? Community partnerships raise interesting theological and ethical issues for the church. Are they an effective and credible strategy for churches and people to be influencers in society?

This paper will have a brief look how partnerships facilitate social responsibility within a Wesleyan understanding, whilst also considering the extent to which partnerships can either encourage or inhibit evangelistic witness. The paper will consider different perspectives on how the church should relate to the world and to its communities, including the contribution of the missional church movement, Finally, we will consider the learnings, challenges and possibilities for people and churches when they embark on the journey of joining arms in partnership. 

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