coffee house model

knXshn – Coffee House Ministry Proposal

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“Christ…coffee…connection”

Introduction

Key opportunities are taking place in Western culture that the Church of God would be foolish to neglect. In particular, a society wide worldview shift and business as ministry.

On one hand, the shift from a 20th century modernist to the 21st century postmodern mindset is significant because of the considerable effects it has on how one interacts with the world. For instance, where a modernist values scientific empirical reasoning over spirituality, postmodernist gravitate toward the spiritual experience over the logical. Another contention between the two worldviews is the modernist’s emphasis on individualism and independence. In contrast, postmodern culture thrives on interdependence and community based ways of life.[1]

On the other hand, recent large-scale scandals have taken a significant toll on the credibility of high profile Western economic institutions. For example, as recently as 2009 American International Group (AIG) used $500 million of government bailout funds to send it executives on a fancy retreat.[2] What’s more, in 2009 the same AIG attempted to us $165 million dollars of bailout funds to pay out bonus incentives to reward its executives for reckless and greedy business practices.[3] All the meanwhile, keeping in mind that government funding comes at the expense of American taxpayers. Another example, would the current $1 billion dollar lawsuit the United States federal government has filed against Bank of America. The landmark institution has been accused of knowingly selling bad mortgages over the course of money years. Bank of America was well aware that most of the mortgages were fraudulent, defective, and destined for default.[4] High profile instances of corruption such as these have injured the public’s trust of Western business institutions.

Enter knXshn. First, knXshn is an opportune means to edify local believers while, at the same time, evangelizing non-believers. Second, knXshn is a fitting means to provide postmodern culture the spirituality, community, and authenticity that it craves. Third, knXshn is an excellent opportunity for business as ministry. In all, knXshn is an advantageous mode by which Christ will meet and transform culture.

Vision:

knXshn endeavors to be a vibrant community of disciples of Jesus Christ boldly advancing the Gospel through unwavering faith and unconditional love.

Mission:

To provide the Church viable and sustainable centers for cultural interaction and fundraising which also serve as spaces for fellowship, evangelism, and discipleship.

Rationale:

The intended audience for knXshn is believers and nonbelievers from all walks of life with an emphasis on 21st century postmodern culture. For knxshn intents and purposes:

  • Believers are Christian adults and youths of local congregations.
  • Non-believers are non-Christian adults and youths of the surrounding community
  • Postmodern culture consists of members of society who hold narrative theology, inclusion, collectivism, experiential truth, participation, creativity, and authenticity      in high regard.[5]

The need for what knXshn stands to offer is apparent because Western society is primed for just such a coffee house ministry. First, postmodern Christians intentionally seek out casual and convenient centers for learning, fellowshipping, and worshipping. Likewise, knXshn will offer postmodern non-believers hospitable places to consciously experience the Spirit of God. Second, knXshn will satisfy postmodern cultures desire for collectivism by fostering Christ-centered communities that promote interdependence. Finally, knXshn will model excellent business conduct by exercising Kingdom ethics and morals.

 

Biblical Rationale for Ministry

Core Values:

  • Discipleship
  • Evangelism
  • Compassion
  • Authenticity
  • Fellowship

Discipleship

 “If you want to be my disciple, your love for everyone else must pale by comparison —your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters —yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.  Luke 14:26 NLT

 “Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.”  John 12:26 NLT

Discipleship is commitment to following after Jesus Christ’s way and teachings. It also is a commitment to training up others.

Evangelism

  “But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.”   Acts 8:4 NLT

 “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.”  1Cor. 9:22 NLT

Evangelism is intentionally calling people to respond and commit to the Gospel of Christ.

Compassion

And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”    Mark 9:22 ESV

 “But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.”  Luke 10:33 ESV

Compassion is to sympathetically enter into someone else’s suffering for the sake of comforting him or her and easing their burden.

Authenticity

But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:27 NLT

…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.John 8:32 NLT

Authenticity is an accurate reflection of facts as well as the image of God.

Fellowship

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”   2Cor. 13:14 NLT

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”   Phil.2:1-4

Fellowship is unity in a common purpose in devotion to Jesus Christ.

 

Ministry Overview

Objectives:

  • Establishing: By integrating the mission of Jesus Christ with business goals.
  • Engaging: By providing viable and sustainable centers for cultural interaction.
  • Evangelizing: By cultivating a climate for conversion.
  • Empowering: By encouraging heart transformation through making disciples.

Method:

Establishing

  • Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27 = Stewardship of God given resources and talents.
  • Matthew 6:10 = God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

From these scriptures is simple to discern that God expects for Christians bear witness of Him in business real. By conducting business according to biblical morals and ethics, knXshn will not only generate funds for itself as well as other Kingdom interests but demonstrate God’s concern for the welfare of employees, wise stewardship of resources, and social wellness concerns. knXshn is nonformal and informal mode, in and of itself, of Christian nurture intended to spiritually transform people and communities.

knXshn, as a method of informal and nonformal Christian nurture and training will also be useful to Christ-minded entrepreneurs who want to advance God Kingdom with their talents and resources. Furthermore, by offering spiritual and financial support to other local ministries knXshn community will learn as well as experience first hand of God’s other-centeredness orientation.

 

Engaging

  • Num 28:11-15; Lev 23:5; Ex. 34:22; Num. 29:7-11= Festivals designed to commemorate God; Festivals as the center of national unity and interaction.

In the Old Testament, Israelites gathered together frequently as a nation around festivals intended to honor and worship God. The festivals also served as centers for national cultural interaction. Outside of formal Sunday gatherings postmodern New Testament believers do not have many cohering rallying events.

knXshn would be provide centers for frequent community gatherings, worship, and pastoring, thereby, regularly providing opportunities for Christian nurture to its community. Community gatherings would be centered around corporate prayer and meals. Worship services would range from bands, art installations, and DJ sessions. Pastoring would consist of resident pastors present everyday for individual prayer and counseling with guest teachers throughout the week.  All this with an eye towards facilitating city wide and international circuit gatherings.

Evangelizing

  • John 17:20-23= Unity and love have great potential  rescue the souls non-believers from eternal separation from God.

knXshn‘s climate of unity and love will spiritually nurture nonbelievers into a life-giving relationship with God and the Church..

Empowering

  • Matthew 28:18-20= Great Commission

knXshn will provide formal (i.e., contextually specific printed curriculum and verbal instruction), informal (i.e., mentoring and on the job training, as well as non-formal (i.e., shadowing leaders).

Ministry Outcomes:[6]

  • Kingdom Finance 
  • Kingdom Practice
  • Kingdom Citizenship
  • Kingdom Development

Kingdom Finance

A key component of  Kingdom Finance is offering regularly offering first financial fruits of  to God in order to honor what is his already. Even more, Scripture is clear that God is concerned about the marginalized within society.  Consequently, knXshn business practices will involve helping the needy by regularly offering first financial fruit giving financial support to already-established support centers in each cultural area. Finally, we believe that by giving freely and cheerfully, God will offer blessings in the form of financial growth and ministry opportunities.

Kingdom Practice

Outreach, worship, and pastoring within the community are specific ways godly Kingdom Practices are sustained. This engagement with the community creates cultural centers that are relaxed and inviting, nurturing citizenship within and development of the Kingdom.

Kingdom Citizenship

Citizenship within a Kingdom requires loyalty and dedication for a conversion and sanctification climate to develop. A believer is part of the Kingdom of God by way of the Holy Spirit working in and through him along with his own faith action. This faith action involves knowing orthodox Christian doctrine, developing character and integrity, and evangelism. This is what Citizenship within the Kingdom of God looks like.

Kingdom Development

Christian education as a means of nurture and traininge, heart transformation empowers the believer to boldly assume leadership responsibility as an ambassador of Christ. Further leadership training will take place in the form of leadership by example, train-the trainer exercises, and spiritual gift assessments to further develop the Kingdom by developing its citizens.

 

Conclusion:

Jesus of Nazareth did not shy away from culture during his earthly ministry; he lived in and moved through it continually to bring the good news to the lost. Furthermore, his mission, which often was in conflict with religious leaders, was to reach out to the marginalized of society in a way that intersected and transformed culture norms. The Church is tasked with the same mission, but presently instead of intersecting and transforming a post-modern culture, it generally has created its own sub-culture—a Western Christian culture—that, to varying degrees, separates itself from the larger cultural context.

knXshn is a coffee house ministry designed to be a third place environment, as well as providing (1) hospitable atmospheres friendly to both believers and non-believers, (2) communities that are Christ-centered and interdependent, and (3) a code of business excellence derived from Kingdom ethics and morals. With the overarching Core Values of Discipleship, Evangelism, Compassion, Authenticity, and Fellowship, knXshn, as proposed, will implement its Mission through Ministry Objectives, Ministry Strategy, and Ministry Outcomes, achieving the Goal of becoming a vibrant community of disciples of Jesus Christ boldly advancing the Gospel through unwavering faith and unconditional love.

 

References

[1] Smith, R. Scott (2005). Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, and the Emerging Church (Unpublished manuscript). La Mirada, CA: Biola University, 23-25.

[2] AIG, Spa, Chic. Trib., Oct. 8, 2008, http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-aig-spa-081008-ht,0,460884.story; Peter Whoriskey, AIG Spa Trip Fuels Fury on Hill, Wash. Post, Oct. 8, 2008, at D1, available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/07/AR 2008100702604.html?sid=ST2008100702063 (accessed June 6, 2013).

[3] Obama Tries to Stop AIG Bonuses: “How do they Justify this Outrage,” CNN.Com, Mar. 16, 2009, http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/16/AIG.bonuses/index.html (accessed June 6, 2013).

[4] Bank Of America Mortgage Fraud: Feds Sue For Over $1 Billion Alleging Multi-Year Scheme, HuffingtonPost.Com, October 24, 2012,  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/bank-of-america-mortgage-fraud_n_2009791.html (accessed June 6, 2013).

[5] Kim, Jonathan H. Characteristics of Emerging Church Ministry: Biola University, Talbot School of Theology, 2013.

[6] http://petermlopez.hubpages.com/hub/Kingdom-Economy–Money-as-a-Heavenly-Commodity.