Ali the Graceworks Youth Minister at Christchurch did a presentation on Youthn ministry as par tof his Pioneer ministry course at St Militus (Graham Tomlin )
I want to reflect on 3 things I picked up on Liminality, Thrid places and a simple rule of life
the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot famous for chaos theory, who generated the idea that when a butterfly flaps its winds in the middle of a South American rain forest it causes a storm over New York City. They were discussing how we typically imagine ourselves living in a managed, predictable world where repeated patterns of activity cause us to assume the patterns will continue on into the future. Their challenge this belief by stating that, in fact, small, unnoticed disturbances result in massive, unpredictable consequences in the most unexpected places.
Jonny Baker calls him A kindred spirit
I like the expression: 'Living with the impact of the improbable'. It is on the edge of chaos where the most creativity is to be found.
If you are interested it also worth looking at together in mission and their work on
Responding to a changing landscape gathering - learning - travelling
In their Youth strategy Graceworks focuses on 4 areas of
Leadership discipleship worship and mission
This is part of the mission-shaped church focus. They are looking at pushing the boundaries with a possible change of venue and time and video based teaching.
“Most needed are those ‘third places’ which lend a public balance to the increased privatization of home life. Third places are nothing more than informal public gathering places. The phrase ‘third places’ derives from considering our homes to be the ‘first’ places in our lives, and our work places the ‘second.’”
Third places (home is 1st place, school work is 2nd) are the most significant places for Christian mission to occur because in a third place people are more relaxed more open to meaningful conversation and interaction.
Places where community can be built, where access is free, food is available accessible places within walking distance, gathering places which are comfortable and welcoming where friends are to be found.
BT had agreat quote about small rituals and 3rd places
'Third Places' are neither home nor workplace, but somewhere between. Places to meet, socialise, relax, hang out, work away from the office. Places to eat and drink without pressure to consume or move on. The 'third place' is epitomised by the modern coffee shop, with its sofas and newspapers - a revival of its 18th century role - or by the internet cafe.
That coffee shops should be third places more than bars, say, has to do with the beverages consumed. Stay in the bar all afternoon and you will get drunk. Stay in the coffee house and you will get things done. Of course it's not always that clear-cut. But for a place serving alcohol to function as a third place, its raison d'etre must not be the consumption of alcohol.
Of course, in many ways this is a new name for the role that cafes have long performed in Mediterranean life. But the 'third place' is not focussed on the act of eating and drinking in the fashion of traditional cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs. The food or drink one consumes is the entry fee, not the point. The 'third place' is a living room, but not in someone's house; a workplace, but not in someone's office.
Mission is incarnational it is about knowing 'God in Culture' The goodnews can only be proclaimed IN a culture not AT a culture. And 'coffee shops' are part of our culuture
Exploration of the use of the coffee shop space in Christchurch (Beacon) is under review. Is it possible to create a third space which is multi-user-friendly for young and old alike ? Starbucks sees to have done so.
I'll leave it at that and think about the Simple rule of life next time