Pastoral Ministry
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 15, 2004
"Scenes of the Church & Life"

I.   The scenes (cyclical) of the church
A.   Conflict
1.   The church should constantly be in balance between wholeness and brokenness
2.   Most churches don't want to pursue brokenness (i.e. home school phenomenon)
B.   God's Engagement
1.   Theodicy - If God is all-loving and all-powerful then why is there evil?
2.   How do you talk about a just God in a world where evil exists?
3.   If God has the ability to eliminate evil at any moment, what is our response towards evil?
C.   Transformation
1.   Often times people get stuck in-between the second stage and the third stage because they ask for God's engagement and it didn't bring the transformation they think is the best
2.   We are not autonomous and if God took away all the brokenness there would be no realization of dependency on Him
II.   Incarnational ministry
A.   Understanding
B.   Accepting
C.   Loving
III.   Process of Life
A.   The cycle of desired reality
1.   Story
a.   What is your core story?
b.   This will determine what your convictions are ->
2.   Convictions
a.   What is absolutely true
b.   This should tried to be kept as simple as possible
c.   These will determine what your values are ->
3.   Values
a.   What is your life's primary investment
b.   This will lead to your identity ->
4.   Identity
a.   Who you are?
b.   This will determine your behaviors ->
5.   Behavior
a.   The actions that shape my life
b.   Forces us to talk about our "story" ->(A.)
B.   Current Realities
1.   History - where you have come from so far
2.   Relationships - who you have come with
3.   Roles - what you are doing with your life
4.   Context -what situation were you raised in
5.   Structures - what forms of authority
6.   Fears - what we fear in life
7.   Genes - what we are born with
8.   Personality - introvert/extrovert, etcÉ
9.   Temperament - how one carries themselves
10.   Character - what type of morals/values does someone bring
11.   Health - overall health of a person
12.   Gifts - what she has been gifted with by God
13.   Skills - what she has enabled herself to do by working towards it
14.   Abilities - what she is capable of doing by combining gifts and skills
15.   Desires - what someone is longing to do
16.   Resources - what has been placed before you, enabling you to work