The Church is given the privilege to partner with the missio Dei (God's mission). In diverse, complex and changing communities, how can we understand cultures and the gospel? This workshop will provide lenses and filters for understanding culture from a missiological network perspective.
Workshop attendees are expected to come to the workshop prepared with the following: A diagram of your relational network (with regards to your ministry with the church and the community). Using simple symbols (small circle for an individual, large rectangle for a group and a line to indicate relationship) start a diagram on a large piece of paper (flip chart size is preferable) with yourself at the centre (one small circle). Reflect on the relationships you have through the church and community. Add in people (small circles) and groups (large rectangles). You can use "code words" or initials to aid you in remembering who you are referring to without publicly disclosing their identity. When you are certain there is an actual relationship (communication or exchange of resources), draw a line. This basic social network analysis (sociogram) will provide an opportunity for us to discuss culture and the gospel using your own relational map. While it is possible to build diagrams through computer applications, please use pen or pencil and a large piece of paper for this exercise so that it can be big enough for further markings or notes during our seminar.