Before I return my copy of Transformation: A Unifying Vision of the Church’s Mission to Milan Telian, I wanted to blog a few more key insights on the nature of Transformation, excerpted from the last several chapters.
Some excerpts and summaries below…
Which is why I was so thrilled to run across the writings (excerpted below) of Episcopalian professor Dr. Russell Reno of Creighton University in Nebraska. His writings display that rare combination of:
My only regret is that — at least in his writings — he seems, well, sad; almost a Jeremiah tenaciously clinging to faith amidst the ruins of contemporary Christendom. I wonder if contact with Transformationalists from other countries might help buoy his spirits…
Today, the term is used largely as pejorative, such as when it is applied to Christian Reconstructionists. However, the underlying concepts bear a strong family resemblance to the kingdom theology underlying Transformationalism, which implies we need a clear differentiator. Thus, I feel it necessary to stake out a concrete alternative to classical Dominion Theory (DT), which I have labeled the “Theory of Love’s Dominion” (ToLD).
From The Vine
To The Branch
For The Kingdom
From All of God
In All of Me
With All of my Wife
As All of our Family
Through All of my Ministry
By All of my Work
To All our Community
Into All the World
For All of God’s Kingdom
I was talking to my friend/pastor John Isaacs about his work with TASCC, and I was struck by the parallels between what he was doing in the Christian community and what I’m trying to do within the technology community. In particular, the goal is NOT to engender a short-lived fad driven by our own personality, but nurture a long-lived, self-sustaining movement. In short, to not merely do a good work, but a great work.
What’s make the difference? I call it the Transformational Spiral, and it requires:
Click [Read More] for my attempt to unpack that.
I believe the answer to the first two is ‘yes’, though I’m less sure about the third. Still, I admire anyone who makes an honest attempt. To that end, I was very intrigued by Biola’s new Spiritual Transformation Inventory:
The Spiritual Transformation Inventory (STI) [was] developed to meet the need for a broad, multidimensional measure of Christian spirituality with national norms targeted specifically for churches, mental health agencies, and faith-based universities and nonprofits. The STI is based on a broad relational spirituality theory relevant to a wide range of Christian denominations and over a decade of work on conceptualizing and measuring spirituality, including two longitudinal multi-site grant funded studies on spiritual development. Several Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools, seminaries, and treatment centers have already standardized on the STI for program and individual assessment.*
My first reaction was that this was way too complex, but then I realized I’d missed the point. These 23 measures may not all be relevant, but by collecting all the data the Inventory can help establish which of the various measures are strongly correlated with sustainable spiritual growth and maturity (vs. those which are not). From there, hopefully we can identify the transferable practices that reproduce the appropriate behaviors.
To be sure, that sort of research is hard, and they may not succeed. But — assuming the spiritual and material worlds are governed by similar laws – there’s no reason this shouldn’t produce *some* useful knowledge, even if just a rough first cut. I wish them the best.
[Read More] for the 23 metrics and six domains used.
The most powerful act in the universe is creating happiness
Humble power — meekness — does not corrupt; it redeems.
Pastoral capitalism builds business via a yin/yang process of:
[Read more] for the backstory of how all these fit together.
is to exchange the character, beliefs, and perceptions
we acquired from our family, culture & choices
for the Image of Christ
the nature of God the Father
and nurture of God the Spirit
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