500-7 Community Development & the Kingdom of God 630-1

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How does the spiritual Kingdom that impacts social, economic and justice issues engage such issues in the urban slums? Seven units in training urban poor workers in community development principles. A video presentation of this material may be found at https://vimeo.com/vivgrigg/commdevt

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The Kingdom and Community Development = Social Discipleship and Economic Discipleship:

The Kingdom and Community Development = Social Discipleship and Economic Discipleship Viv Grigg, June 2006

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GOD MANAGING THE CREATED ORDER GOD SOCIAL DISCIPLESHIP SPIRITUAL DISCIPLESHIP ECONOMIC DISCIPLESHIP RULES OVER HUMANITY WHO ARE TO RULE AS HIS VICE-REGENTS RULES OVER HUMANITY WHO ARE TO BE THEIR NEIGHBOURS' KEEPERS IN EQUALITY, BROTHERHOOD, SISTERHOOD AND JUSTICE Discipleship: Responses to the Reign of the King The Kingdom is God’s Rule Bringing Redemption of Humanity And Restoration of Creation 1. 2. 3.

Jesus is the Answer What’s the Question?:

Jesus is the Answer What’s the Question? Human Needs Spiritual Separation Death Social Alienation Injustice Economic Poverty Opulance Exploitation Political Oppression Divine Resources Spiritual Spiritual Life Eternal Life Social Community Justice Brotherhood Economic Food / Work / Land Equal Distribution Management of Resources Political Servant-Leaders The Connection, Christ

Summary of 8 Principles of Kingdom Economics:

Summary of 8 Principles of Kingdom Economics Principle Genesis/Jubilee Gospels &Acts Epistles 1. Creativity God the creator Spirit sets free 2. Work God works Labour in the gospel Work with hands (1 Thes 4:11) 3. Rest God rests Jubilee come 4. Productivity Good 5. Cooperative Economics Let us make Sharing Provide for others 6 Redistribut’n for Equality Jubilee –return of land No needy one Global redist’n (2 Cor 8,9) 7. Debt Jubilee cancels debts Debts cancelled Owe no man 8. Celebration It was good Worship daily 9. Ownership /Own home / Forsake all, / Provide family (Levites) yet own home (1 Tim 5:8)

Steps to Developing Diaconal Ministry:

Steps to Developing Diaconal Ministry Preach the holism of the Kingdom and how it affects all aspects of life. Draw together the leaders of the church. From these a committee will be elected. Try to not let the pastor be on this committee. Teach Luke 2:52 (see next) as a basis for thinking about transformation of four aspects of the community Get a blackboard, divide it into four parts and dream with the people about each one (see next slides).

Luke 2:52 Discipling Individuals God’s Purposes:

Luke 2:52 Discipling Individuals God’s Purposes Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and with man. Broken World God’s Kingdom Present Future (Rev 21:3-4)

God’s Purposes for the Church and the Community:

God’s Purposes for the Church and the Community Maturity in all four areas a.  For individuals (Col 1:28,29) b.  For the Church (Eph 5:27) — without spot or blemish c.  for the world (slum) (Matt 6:10) — thy kingdom come – ON EARTH

Development of a Diaconal Ministry What is God’s intention in this community? :

Development of a Diaconal Ministry What is God’s intention in this community? Spiritual Economic Social Wisdom (family/politics)

Development of a Diaconal Ministry What is God’s intention in this community? Discuss what you want to see happen and fill in the boxes like below.:

Development of a Diaconal Ministry What is God’s intention in this community? Discuss what you want to see happen and fill in the boxes like below. Spiritual Economic Social Wisdom (family/politics) Gospel preached everywhere in slum Free from disease Water, electricity, latrines, playgrounds, parks, compound Community organised, love & unity Orphans, street children have homes People attending worship Good homes Prosper in businesses Peace & security No thieving, no violence Food Family relationships healthy All areas of slum prayed for Jobs for all, where they can work hard and produce, fruitful No prostitution, drugs, drunks, Marriage Seminars Attractive for business

What to do with These Ideas:

What to do with These Ideas 2. Prioritize these 3. Now go and do the same process but including non-Christian community leaders 4. Make goals/plans for one of each of these areas 5. For the top priority of these four projects a. plan field trips to see others who have done this b. contact authorities for info on programs c. contact NGO’s d. make a plan e. work with community leaders — possibly draw them this committee. 6.  Start with a realizable project 7.   Build people’s sense of ability and authority 8.  When negotiations break down develop techniques that defuse violence but effect change.

Step by Step… Towards Gods Intentions:

Step by Step… Towards Gods Intentions Diaconal Development Pastor’s Role Teach the Kingdom, Kingdom Economics, Kingdom and its impact on Slum Dream with people of the slum under the King Appoint Deacons and Planning Committee Planning Committee Process (This committee to include community leaders) Prayer/Bible Study on Kingdom Economics Identify Projects Field Trips Seminars Seed Project Evaluation

Outcomes:

Outcomes Vision Resources Theology – Knowledge of God Leadership Skills

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Project by Project Towards God’s purposes Step by Step For transformation of the slum Towards the Kingdom of God Implementation

Step by Step… Towards Gods Intentions:

Step by Step… Towards Gods Intentions

The Fight Against Poverty:

The Fight Against Poverty Roles for the Rich and Middle Class

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