IRC Open Day
Hosted by LCA New and Renewing Churches, the International Research Consortium (IRC) Open Day will have a full-day program featuring scholars, practitioners and church leaders from around the world gathered in Adelaide for the annual meeting of the IRC.
The program is still being finalised, but we expect to include the following:
- Prof Patrick Keifert, Church Innovations USA, presenting research on how to assess a congregation’s willingness and the likelihood of successful missional change. This builds on the book Pat recently published with Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, How Change Comes to your Church (Wm. B. Eerdmans, August 2019), which will also be part of his presentation.
- The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa on their experience of moving congregations, which are struggling with social change and the stress of being in decline, into an effective missional mode. They have had positive results in redirecting the energy involved in existing conflicts and focusing it on mission rather than destructive practices within congregational life.
- The Church of England, Metaphors we (be)li(e)ve by: Transforming the culture of churches through the language we use. We need to address the core metaphors we use every day in our churches if our culture is to change to meet the world where it is, not where it used to be.
- A reflection on the work of the Holy Spirit in making all things new. Missional culture grows in congregations that establish learning communities that ask ‘What is God up to here?’ The Spirit draws us into an ongoing journey of shared discernment as we navigate the formation of missional communities.
- A panel discussion on how Dwelling in the Word has supported the growth of missional culture in congregations in different parts of the world.
We expect to finalise the program and open registrations early in 2020.
The IRC has about 40 female and male members, of whom 20–25 are usually able to attend each gathering. They come from the US, UK, Europe, South Africa and Australia and are mostly from Anglican, Reformed, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches. The IRC studies, reflects on and researches ‘missional’ local churches, fostering a mutually critical conversation between theology and the social scientific study of Christian congregations and the systems that support them in innovating their life and mission.
For more information, please contact Rev Dr Steen Olsen at email@example.com
Please also note that the new book by Noel Due and Steen Olsen, Spirit Filled: Normal Christian Living, is now available. Click here to find out how to get your copy.