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October 9, 2017

[POSTPONED] West District Inaugural Lenten Gathering

March 9, 2018 - 12:00 AM

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Hollywood United Methodist Church

[*THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED – MORE INFO TO COME LATER*]

Save the date for a Lenten event that includes:

  • Friday night worship with Bishop Hagiya.
  • Saturday lectures with practicum and Bishop Schnase.
  • Sunday worship and reception.

Re-thinking the Five Practices – A description of the practicum w/ Bishop Schnase

Changing Assumptions about Church and Culture

When Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations was released ten years ago, no one had I-Phones, Facebook was limited to use by a few universities, Netflix mailed DVD’s to our homes, and Blockbuster had over 6000 stores with 85,000 employees.  The refugee crisis, the threat of terrorism in the US and Europe, the election of President Obama and then of President Trump, new conversations about race in America, the changing attitudes toward immigrants—so much has happened in ten years.

Our understanding of church has also evolved.   Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors assumed people would come to our turf and like us.  Now attractional assumptions are shifting toward missional strategies.  Creative leaders are developing ways to plant expressions of Christianity in the networks and neighborhoods that traditional church cannot reach.  Distinctions between members and visitors are being replaced by richer expressions of discipleship.  How we start faith communities has evolved.

In fact, since Five Practices first appeared, the fundamental definition of congregation has changed as leaders experiment with patterns of Christian community outside traditional church practice and far away from church facilities.  We are changing how we make disciples, how we worship, and how we foster generosity.

Join me at the Hollywood United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 10 as we rethink the fundamental assumptions of the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and as we share fresh approaches about how we fulfill the mission of Christ in a changing world.

–Robert Schnase

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[*THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED – MORE INFO TO COME LATER*]