Where You Live Matters Participant's Guide: Developing a Vision for Your City

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Overview

Q Studies are a new, yet historical way to explore issues of faith and culture in the context of an action-oriented, group-learning environment. Based off of the Society Room movement of the late 1600’s in England-small gatherings of leaders would convene, dialogue, learn and work together to renew their culture. Q studies are based on this rich history and designed to challenge participant’s innermost beliefs and preconceived ideas about life, faith, the world and their cultural responsibility. These five-session DVD studies will guide your group to examine your beliefs, change your paradigm, and take action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310324508
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: Q Group StudiesSeries Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Norton Herbst is a pastor at New Denver Church and also serves as Q’s senior editor. Prior to this, Norton worked at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and helped write the Starting Point curriculum and study notes for the Starting Point Bible. Norton, Janis, and their three children reside in Denver, Colorado.

Gabe Lyons is the author of The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America and the founder of Q---a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Additionally, he is the coauthor of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that revealed the pervasiveness of pop culture’s negative perceptions of Christians. Prior to launching Q (www.Qideas.org), Gabe co-founded Catalyst, a national gathering of young leaders. His work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, and USA Today. Gabe, his wife, Rebekah, and their three children reside in Manhattan, New York

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Where You Live Matters Participant's Guide

Developing a Vision for Your City
By Norton Herbst Gabe Lyons

Zondervan

Copyright © 2010 Q
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-32450-8


Chapter One

WHERE YOU LIVE MATTERS: DEVELOPING A VISION FOR YOUR CITY

Apartment, condo, or house?

Big yard or no yard?

Walk-in closets ... finished basement ... three-car garage? Or maybe just a loft in the city. Where you live matters. It's not just about what you can afford, the square footage you need, or the size of the garage. Maybe it goes much deeper than that. Is it possible that God has a bigger vision for our apartments, houses, and neighborhoods than we do? What about the places we shop, the neighbors we encounter, the cities we call home? In this Q Society Room study, your group will explore a biblical perspective on where you live.

Over the next several weeks, your group will discuss God's heart for this world he created and how local places-the cities and neighborhoods in which we live-are central to that. You'll be exposed to what the Bible says regarding cities (who knew there was so much in there?). You'll be encouraged to embrace a theology of place. Your group will discuss recent trends regarding urban and suburban development and try to make sense of their connection to our faith. Get ready to think differently about where you live. God has a vision for your city.

WHERE YOU LIVE MATTERS WELCOME

WELCOME TO THE SOCIETY ROOM

Q Society Room studies are a new, yet historic way to consider issues of faith and culture in the context of a group learning environment. The Society Rooms of the late 1600s and the Clapham Circle of the early 1800s are riveting examples of small gatherings of leaders that would convene, dialogue, learn, and work together to renew their culture. Consider the impact of these early Society Rooms:

In 1673 Dr. Anthony Horneck, a Church of England minister in London, preached a number of what he called "awakening sermons." As a result several young men began to meet together weekly in order to build up one another in the Christian faith. They gathered in small groups at certain fixed locations and their places of meeting became known as Society Rooms. In these gatherings they read the Bible, studied religious books and prayed; they also went out among the poor to relieve want at their own expense and to show kindness to all. By 1730 nearly one hundred of these Societies existed in London, and others-perhaps another hundred-were to be found in cities and towns throughout England. The Societies movement became, in many senses, the cradle of the Revival ..." (Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield, Vol. 1, Crossway, 1990, pp. 28-29)

Following this historical example, this group study is designed to renew your minds as leaders so that you can make a difference in society. Society Room communities like yours are characterized by a commitment to put learning into action. And no doubt, over the course of the next few weeks, your innermost beliefs and preconceived ideas about life, faith, the world, and your cultural responsibility will be challenged. But that's the point.

Here's how it works. Your group will gather five times to discuss important topics related to the overall theme of this study. Sometimes you'll be given something to do or read before your group gathers. It's important for you to take these "assignments" seriously. They won't demand much time, but they will require intentionality. Doing these things ahead of time will cultivate a richer and more stimulating group experience as you begin to practice what you are learning.

For each group gathering, set aside about one hour and fifteen minutes for the discussion in a place with minimal distractions. Your group may want to share a meal together first, but be sure to allow enough time for unhurried dialogue to take place. Sometimes you'll watch a short video. But conversation and dialogue will always be the priority. The leader of the group will not teach or lecture, but instead will ask questions, facilitate conversation, and seek input from everyone. Be prepared to ask good questions and share your own thoughts. Sometimes you'll even debate an issue by taking sides and thinking through all the complexities. The goal of each gathering is for your group to be stimulated by a particular idea and learn together as you discuss its impact on your faith, your lives, and culture in general. Your group may not arrive at a consensus regarding any given topic. That's okay. Be respectful of others, even when you disagree with them. We can learn something from everyone.

Before your fifth gathering, you will undertake a group project together. You may be tempted to skip this. Don't! Your group project might be the most important part of your experience. Genuine learning as a community takes place when you engage the ideas you are discussing and do something together as a group.

In the end, be committed to this group and the learning process that is about to ensue. Your willingness to prepare for group gatherings, keep an open mind, and demonstrate eagerness to learn together will pave the way for a great experience.

YOUR PLACE IN CULTURE

INTRODUCTIONS

At the beginning of your first gathering, spend about fifteen minutes introducing yourselves to one another and discussing your channel of cultural influence.

There are several different social institutions that touch every person in a given society. These areas of influence contain most of the industries and organizations that consistently shape our culture. They touch every aspect of our lives, and most of us find our vocational roles in one or more of these areas. They are the seven channels of cultural influence.

As you begin your Society Room experience, you'll notice that most, if not all, of these channels are represented in your group. Start your first gathering by sharing which particular channel of influence you participate in. Give the rest of the group a sense of how your channel contributes to shaping society in general. Then, throughout the rest of the group experience, reflect on how your learning will affect the channel to which you've been called.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

As part of this Q Society Room, we convened leaders from various channels of culture to discuss these important topics. Throughout the study, you will be introduced to their thoughts and ideas in hopes of stirring your conversation and dialogue.

Gabe Lyons Q Founder & Author

Gabe Lyons is the author of The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America and the creator of Q - a learning community that educates Christians on their responsibility and opportunities to renew culture. Lyons coauthored UnChristian, a bestselling book that reveals exclusive research on pop culture's negative perception of Christians. Gabe, his wife Rebekah, and their three children reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jon Tyson Pastor, New York City

Jon is a church planter and lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church, located in New York City. He is also on the board of directors of the Origins Movement, a new church planting movement committed to multiplying missional church communities in the major urban centers of the world.

Allie Tsavdarides Marketing Consultant

Allie is an environmental pupil of unique environments and human behavior. She's lived, traveled, and studied overseas and has learned firsthand how urban community serves as an essential conduit of cultural, artistic, spiritual, and intellectual exploration. Allie is in the business of branding and creative development, but also spends her nights skating with a local roller derby league in Atlanta, Georgia.

Andy Crouch Author & Journalist

Andy is the author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling and a senior editor at Christianity Today International. He has served as executive producer of the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip and was editorial director of the Christian Vision Project. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Books & Culture and a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission's IJM Institute.

Sean Womack Branding & Strategy Consultant

Sean's work assignments have included (in no particular chronological order): mowing, warehouse work, bank teller, editorial cartoonist, pasta chef, house cleaning, greeting cards, publishing, entertainment marketing, advertising creative director, marketing VP and brand consultant. Sean is currently founder of TBD, an agency that exists to help people, brands, and organizations determine who they are, where they are going, and how to get there.

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Excerpted from Where You Live Matters Participant's Guide by Norton Herbst Gabe Lyons Copyright © 2010 by Q. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Where You Live Matters....................1
Welcome to the Society Room....................4
Your Place in Culture....................6
Roundtable Discussions....................8
Group Gathering One: Grace of the City....................11
Q Short: Saving Suburbia: From the Garden to the City....................29
Group Gathering Two: From the Garden to the City....................45
Group Gathering Three: The Future of the Suburbs....................63
Group Gathering Four: Grace in and for the City....................79
Culture Shaping Project: Learning While Doing....................96
Group Gathering Five: Salt and Light....................99
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