POLICY STATEMENT ON THE INITIATION
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RESEA RCH ASSEMBLY
I NCLUSIVE PHASES
INTRODUCTION: BASIC DESIGN
1. "The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the humble, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and release those in prison; to proclaim a year of the Lord's favor." (Isaiah 61) The summer of 1970 was the creation of spirit, a signal eruption of the spiritual deeps of postmodern man, disclosing the presence of a unique, historical religious order and the first observable forming of a new, worldwide, selfconscious, sociospiritual movement within the journey of man. Council V of the Global Spirit Movement, North America, gathered to symbolize the decision of selfconsciousness in uniting to reconstruct the Local Church for the sake of a new humanity. The great councils of the Church have always gathered to guard the deeps of the mystery and to make transparent the Word in the structures of mankind. The previous councils of the Global Spirit Movement, North America, gathered the theoretical and practical wisdom concerning the times and the Church and began to crystallize a vision of the movemental dynamic within the Church. Council IV, specifically, created a theoretical statement of the intricate dynamics of the Local Church within the People of God. Council V marks the turning of the Movemental Church from particular experiments and data gathering to a cohesive thrust of the spirit toward the foundational reconstruction of the Local Church. This experimental thrust is built on the foundations laid by those who have risked themselves in experimentation on behalf of the Local Church throughout history. Council V convened as a group of churchmen meeting on behalf of all the local congregations across the continent and the face of the earth.
2. The spirit eruption of the summer of 1970 was catalyzed by the presence of five hundred local churchmen who gathered for four weeks before Council V to give form to a tactical system for the reconstruction of the Local Church. The Research Assembly was an experiment in a massive problemsolving dynamic which created a form for data gathering, consensus decisionmaking, and model building. The Assembly construct enabled the development of high corporateness as work was created and recreated in a coordinated effort to accomplish the overall task. The time design of the Assembly intensified the corporate and solitary life of the man of faith as a key to Local Church reconstruction. The desert of the spirit which has been the experience of postmodern man cries out now for an authentic way to participate in all of life as a spiritual being. The churchman who decides to take on the task of reconstructing the Local Church through the use of complex procedures and comprehensive tactics must plumb the spiritual depths as a resource for sustaining his decision. The Research Assembly, with Council V, brought a selfconsciousness to the dynamic of the Movemental Church that has not been seen since the preReformation period.
3. The first four years of conscious history of the spirit movement have been spent in depth research. The fifty years of Church renewal prior to Council I in 1966 provided the theological articulation necessary to conduct, since 1966, major research and wide experimentation in all aspects of the Local Church dynamic: parish, congregation, and cadre. This data gathering has been Phase I of a threephase project in the reconstruction of the Local Church. Phase II was initiated through the completion of the tactical system in 1970 and will be a sixyear phase in experimentation and demonstration of the reconstructive process in the Local Church. This phase will see signal projects beginning in carefully selected congregations in January, 1971. The sixyear experiment will be conducted in three twoyear operations that will see churches in preparation gradually added to the experimental process. Eighty churches will be actively engaged at some level of the project as the experiment begins and by the end of 1976, 552 congregations will be engaged. Phase lil will span the years between 1976 and 1984. In this eightyear period controlled replication of the tactical system of reconstruction will be conducted. The methods tested in the experimental and demonstration phase will be used in an extensive,
wide range of churches throughout the continent to bring further concretion to the tactical system and prepare literally any and every congregation in the world for a similar process of reconstruction. The consensus of the movement concerning this timeline of inclusive phases of reconstruction is a means of holding accountability to the decision that new hope shall be brought to the Body of Christ by means of the reconstruction of the Local Church.
4. The completion of the tactical documents and the development of a phase timeline make imperative the delineation of immediate steps that must be taken to initiate and sustain the project in Local Church reconstruction. The spirit movement must take responsibility for training the continental, regional, and local leadership necessary to sustain such a massive project. Adequate avenues for securing the support and authorization of the historic denominations on all levels must be sought with love and care for the sustenance of the Historical Church. Criteria must be outlined which will guide the selection of initial and subsequent participating congregations, maintaining a style of flexibility within the vision of control~ed experimentation. Finally, an inclusive design for the operation of the experiment must be developed which will delineate the support machinery necessary to hold accountability for the experimental goals at all levels including an adequate field complex and a series of comprehensive backup systems. This single thrust design is created to cr~ncretize the movemental decision to reconstruct the Local Church.
5. The Church has always understood her key role in enabling humanness in history by means of the extension of the Word and the catalyzing of human social structures. This historical mission is once again enbodied in the initiation of Phase 11, the Local Church experiment, through a tactical sociospiritual reconstruction of the Local Church. This statement spells out the imperatives which are upon the Movemental Church as it seeks to embody the practical means for the humanizing process. This policy statement symbolizes the decision, born of fire, to reconstruct the Local Church.
THE EXPERIMENT PROCEDURE
1. COMPREHENSIVE RATIONALE
6. The rationale for engaging congregations at any level of the experiment must include all aspects necessary to ensure the most significant sign of reconstruction for the Church in North America and the entire globe. The congregations involved in the experiment must therefore be representative of the Established Church meeting minimum criteria in their internal stance and external relations. These criteria are by no means intended to place an evaluation on any congregation, but are a means of bringing rationality and controlled experimentation to the project for the sake of developing a sign of hope for all men. Relative control of the experiment will enable the kind of data collection and model recreation that will ensure the possibility of reconstruction for every congregation on earth. The replication phase will depend on the experimentation and demonstration of conare~ations in Phase 11.
7. Congregations participating in the experiment will enter the design at various levels. Some congregations will be actually engaged in depth tactical development, while others will be in levels of preparation for tactical engagement. Movemental selection will be based on the level of commitment of the clergy and cadre as a minimum basis for consideration. The clergyman and his wife, if applicable, will be an awakened sign to the cadre and congregation of commitment to the reconstructive process. Congregational and denominational relationships must be built on mutual respect and missional concern. The congregation must have a cadre in development which, by the time actual tactical engagement is anticipated, will be a selfconscious, movemental cadre, creatively engaged in the congregation and prepared to assume corporate pastoral leadership for the experiment. The congregation, clergy, and cadre at each level must be prepared to provide the financial support necessary to the monetary enablement of the experiment. These criteria allow the movement to intensively nurture congregations toward the point of final decision and engagement in the project through the use of continental guidelines that will assure experimental control and thus great promise for the whole Church in North America.
8. A serious experiment in Local Church reconstruction demands that it be seen as a continental experiment rather than a series of local, independent projects. Therefore, attention must be given to how congregations are to be related to each other for the sake of the experiment. To enable experimental objectivity and local datasharing four congregations will work together in an experimental configuration known as a galaxy. Throughout the continent and within each galaxy there must be concern for diversity in socioeconomic levels and denominational representation to provide the sign of possibility for the congregations involved as well as to broaden their missional stance. Experiments will be initiated, to begin with, in eighty congregations in strategic locations atross North America, including suburban and exurban congregations as well as signal innerurban situations. The hub of each galaxy will be the religious house in which the auxiliary prior couple will reside for the sake of a feasible working relationship with each congregation. The four galactic congregations, then, must be within reasonable distance from the religious house, one hundred miles being an outside guideline. Controlled diversity within a unified thrust is possible in a continental experiment using a comprehensive location rationale:
9. Congregations will be selected for participation in the experiment on the basis of criteria which will indicate their level of preparation for actual experimental engagement. Broad consideration will be given to hundreds of congregations across the continent so that selection is made from as large a sampling as possible. In Phase 11 congregations will become part of a galaxy configuration at one of three levels of readiness to experiment. A fourth level of preparation is reserved for congregations with future possibilities for galactic
relationship. Profile forms must be completed by members of local congregations, regional .leadership, local pastors, and religious house personnel in order to have a continual flow of data regarding experiment criteria. These criteria have been developed only for the sake of being able to make a decision concerning the experimental design, not for the sake of evaluating congregations. The data gathered will be considered and a recommendation made to the December, 1970 Continental Presidium for consensus.
10. The nature of the experiment in Local Church reconstruction demands openness and flexibility. The rationale for the experimental design is created ;only to enable decisions and to develop a method of experimental control. The fact that the Historical Church is now ready for such a comprehensive step indicates the wide possibilities open to the Movemental Church. As decisions are made concerning the future and action taken, the will of the Lord is being done, and the project in Local Church reconstruction is engaged on behalf of the Church and the world
II. PROJ ECT AUTHORIZATION
11. While specific support of this experiment is necessary from all levels of the Historical Church, the spirit of the times indicates that the Church is ready and eager for a project in sociospiritual reconstruction. The advent spirit is moving in the Church, anticipating the birthing of a new sign of hope for the world through the historical vehicle of the Established Church. This experiment is conducted, therefore, in full view and with the authorization of the Established Church. It is a comprehensive experiment, ecumenical in scope, futuric in its vision, and spiritual at its base.
12. Authorization begins with a vision of hope among the leadership dynamic of the local congregation. Once again it is clear that such awakened forces are moving in historical congregations across the continent and await only the possibility of being engaged in the reconstruction process. Some kind of signal experience must be given that awakened group in the congregation that will crystallize their embryonic vision. This will enable the cadre group to take an effective stance toward the congregation as they develop their corporate pastoral relationships. It is important that whole families be nurtured to participate in the cadre as it prepares for project participation. Basic training in theology and methodology can begin immediately as the spirit, corporate iife of the cadre is nurtured. Participation in regional movemental structures will also create the global aspect of the cadre vision which is vital to the sustaining of the experiment. This group must be given a thorough grounding in the experimental design and the tactical process in order to enable them to see the possibility of reconstructing the form of their congregation for the sake of the community and the world. Nurture of the local congregation cadre group is finally for the sake of enabling their decision to give committed support to the experiment within their congregation involving a commitment of their time and financial resources.
13. Authorization of the project in and by the local congregation will differ according to the particular situation. Certainly the signal established leadership of the congregation must be consulted and given a vision of the experimental possibility. A plan must be drawn up that would include the membership of the congregation in arriving at an indication of
CONGREGATIONAL readiness. A sign of authorization must be given the movement from each local congregation
SIGN which is to be engaged in tactical development. This sign may be in the form of an official
decision or an indication on the part of established leadership that such a project is possible.
The congregation must be prepared to give its share of financial support to the experiment
as a visible sign of its willingness to be engaged.
14. In order for the experiment in reconstruction to be the sign of hope for the whole
Historical Church, permission must be granted by the Established Church for such
comprehensive experimentation. The~historical gifts and traditions of the denominational diversity of the Church must be recognized as this permission is sought. Attention will be given to the operational patterns and missional concerns of the denominations at national
DENOMINATIONAL and regional levels in order that an effective visitation can be conducted among
PERMISSION denominational leaders. A continuing plan for denominational nurture will be developed
that will initiate affirmation of the experiment and continue a creative relationship to the
15. Planning for project authorization must be intensively carried on during the fall of 1970 so that the project can be effectively initiated in eighty congregations of a wide diversity of denominations after January 1, 1971. The authorization guidelines signal the fundamental decision of the Movemental Church to engage itself on behalf of the Historical Church. The specific means and signs of authorization will vary according to the needs of the national regional, or local unit involved.
III. ENABLEMENT SYSTEMS
16. Where actual tactical engagement will take place in the experiment will be in the field on the local level. The field complex design requires a network of enablement systems that will allow significant engagement to take place. The backup, support systems will free the local galaxies to focus their energies on their particular situations on behalf of the global mission. These support structures are the cementing relationships which will hold the continuity of the continental experiment and will enable constant refinement of the model and therefore immediate new experimentation. Training, consultation, coordination, and funding are vital elements in the supporting framework.
17. A training network is needed to provide comprehensive development in the theoretical and methodological skills necessary for the auxiliary personnel. On the congregational level the committed leadership and auxiliary persons must be given a missional image of the Church through the grounding of the basic theological and cultural curriculum. Training in the nature and process of the reconstruction experiment is necessary for the particular visionbuilding process. Plans must be made to see that the clergy and cadre leadership will have the intensified advariced training done in the Movement Academy. Special schools will be held regularly on the local, galactic level which will give further training in pedagogy, tactical procedure, or specialized skills needed for the particular local project. The training network is an important link in the initiating and sustaining decision of the experimental leadershi D.
18. The keystone of the experiment is the auxiliary construct which ties together the continental and local dimensions of the reconstruction process. An auxiliary couple, members of the Order of The Ecumenical Institute, will be the auxiliary prior to the galaxy of experimental churches. In each local church there will be an auxiliary dynamic consisting of the clergy couple and two laymen who will have a vital, consulting role to play in the experimental process. A total of eighteen persons fulfill the auxiliary consulting process for the local galaxy. They will enable the comprehensive, continental aspect of the experiment to be coordinated with the local process of tactical engagement, enabling adequate data exchange and holding the commonality of the whole experiment. In addition to the auxiliary function the continental experiment will employ a consultation system which will make available on a regular basis throughout the experiment persons with expertise and new insights into experimental tactical procedures who will travel to the galaxies or clusters of congregations. Continual research will take place as data is received from the congregations and as the continental coordination unfolds. New models and plans for succeeding years will be developed on the basis of detailed evaluation of the experimental progress.
19 The understanding that the Hi~storical Church is ready to embark on foundational renewal is also an indication that at every level it is prepared to enable such a project financially. In order for the whole Church to see itself as sharing significantly in the renewal process, the cost of such a project must be widely shared. The estimated cost for a congregation actually engaged in the project is $6000 annually. The congregation that is at a later level of preparation and soon to be activated in the project will cost $3000. This cost is determined by the costs of program and training on the field and by the research and evaluation process continentally as well as by stipends for the auxiliary priors. The cost for a congregation in tactical development can be shared as; follows: $1200 from the congregation; $1200 from the commited leadership and the clergy family; $1200 from national denominational boards; $1200 from regional offices; and $1200 from a special national fund established by concerned churchmen. Financial participation at all levels concretely symbolizes the decision to experiment.
20. The Enablement Systems for the project in Local Church reconstruction place immediate imperatives on the Movemental Church to develop highly trained, experienced personnel for both the immediate and longrange future~The time and resources required to produce this kind of leadership indicate the need for a thorough analysis of the present and projected personnel needs. The Enablement Systems are a vital support dynamic to the whole experiment that will give the possibility for a comprehensive, continental project to be sustained.
IV. PENETRATION PROCEDURE
21. Future operations and phases of the project will demand continuing, systematic penetration of local congregations. Recruitment of local churchmen for basic and advanced training is a vital element in creating and sustaining the spiritual development of the whole Church out of which the climate for renewal must come. The Movemental Church must be concerned that every man have the opportunity to hear the gospel spoken afresh to his life in our times. Recruitment therefore takes place on both a massive and selective basis. It is important that the movement take into consideration possible galaxy configurations as it does recruiting so that churches are actually prepared to engage in the reconstruction process at a later time. Recruitment must continue to be ecumenical in nature and coordinated on the continental level.
22. The Parish Leadership Colloquy for clergy and lay congregational leaders is an essential element of the penetration system. This basic course of theory and practice for the local churchman must become an increasingly important tactical tool in preparing churches for project engagement. The Parish Leadership Colloquy will enable the clergy family to focus its symbolic power while at the same time forging a vision for a corporate pastorale in the congregation among committed laymen. The stylistic intent of the Colloquy must now be to create a broad body of spirit colleagues across the continent. The regions of the movement must develop plans for comprehensive and intentional PLC recruitment and then must be prepared for personal and group followup tactics which will further enlist support in movement missional goals. The necessity of nurturing and training clergy colleagues across the globe has never been more crucial than it is as the movement embraces the reconstruction of the Local Church.
23. The preparation of congregations for participation in a galaxy of the project will require extensive nurture on the part of the regional movement. A visitation network must engage the clergy family and key laymen in a process of continual care which includes recruitment and planning for the future. As data is gathered on the congregational situation the future shape of the galaxy can be determined, always using the criteria of cultural, denominational, and geographical diversity as a guideline for continued penetration and
PA RTI(:I PATIC~N
formulation. The visitation network will also require followup of individuals attending . courses and the Odyssey. The religious house and the region must work in close collegiality as penetration continues in order that nurture for the sake of the future takes place.
24. As Phase 111 nears, the movement must continue its focus on providing a wide diversity of participation in the project of reconstruction so that the models tested can be seen as applicable to any situation in the globe. Participating churches should manifest wideranging denominational, cultural, and geosocial diversity. Congregations of varying sizes and economic levels must be a part of the future experiment. The movement must require continual accumulation of information about congregations and communities through parish analyses and the cultivation of denominational leaders and course participants.
25. Systematic penetration is strategic to the developing spirit of the whole Historical Church. The value of the thousands of course participants who have seen a new vision for the Church and society cannot be counted as one analyzes the present mood of the Church. Massive recruitment must continue. At the same time, intentional investigation and preparation of congregations through the recruitment process is important. Penetration is to be regarded as structural evangelism, a witness in itself to the Good News. Penetration is a key strategy in the future of the Local Church reconstruction project.
V. LOCAL NURTURE
26. Great care must be given signal individuals and congregations that are developing to the point of experimental engagement. The regional dynamic of the movement must take particular responsibility for the nurturing of local churches that may be part of Phase 111 replication. If massive testing is to occur in Phase 111, the preparation plans must be laid now in order that congregations will be in a position to embrace the project at that time. A rationale for selection of churches for particular nurture will be based on criteria similar to those used for selection of Phase 11 churches: the cadre stance, the congregational image, and the role of the clergy. The regions must also concern themselves with nurturing signal individuals who, with training, can serve as part of the continental auxiliary process. The demand is upon every region to build the foundation for the future of the project in Local Church reconstruction.
27. The journey of the core leadership of the congregation must be fostered whether that group is a selfconscious movemental cadre or an informal group. The experiment in reconstruction will demand of the cadre an intensification of missional vision as they see the possibilities for new humanness in their community. The reflective prowess of the corporate pastorale must be nurtured through attendance at basic and advanced courses and corporate and individual study plans. The discipline and the spirit journey of the cadre will occur in the midst of commonly assigned tasks and corporate/solitary religious exercises. Rich, corporate fellowhood must be nurtured in the cadre group in order for them to develop into the corporate pastorale ready to lead the congregation in a new venture for the sake of missic~n
28. The congregation must begin to develop an image of itself as mission as it works to shed any parochial mindset concerning its role in history. Nurture must be given emerging lay leadership in the congregation that will imaginally develop the missional stance. Regional leadership can help members of the congregation to appropriate a selfunderstanding as the People of God through creation of a denominational story and reappropriation of their cultural and liturgical heritage. Tactical steps can be initiated which will allow the congregation to engage in depth study which impacts the body with the local need through the vehicle of a global demand. It is equally important that congregational nurture include the sustenance of a developing spiritual life as new possibilities are given for the
appropriation of religious exercises. The image that the congregation has of itself must be
given wide possibility in order for the whole body to embrace a new sense of mission.
29. The clergyman, and his family if applicable, is a collegial unit which loves the Church
and has a vital role jto play in preparing the congregation for engagement in the
experimental project. Each clergy family is unique and must be nurtured according to its
Ievel of readiness for commitment. Above all, the clergyman must be given the imaginal and
practical means to reestablish and appropriate his role as the symbolic leader of the
CLERGY congregation. The recontextualizing task is enabled as the pastor and his wife are recruited
ROLE for a Parish Leadership Colloquy and then as advanced courses are encouraged. The
Academy is valuable training for the clergyman as a way to grasp afresh the significance of
his seminary education and thrust it into a new, missional context. The clergy family is the
key to the congregation's decision to risk being missional people. Regional structures must
be actively engaged in the nurture of clergy and their families through educational and
spiritual resources and structured collegiality.
3Q. The task of those movemental churchmen who wo~dprepare congregations for reconstruction engagement is to broaden the vision of pastor, cadre, and congregation. Careful nurture must be given and models built for such nurture so that the Established Church can see the concern which the movement has for Historical Christianity for the sake of the whole earth. Only as this kind of care is given the Historical Church will a ground swell of hope rise from the despair of the Church as it sees anew what it means to be the body of Christ.
Vl. AUXILIARY TRAINING
31. The reconstruction of the Local Church demands trained auxiliary forces who embody the style of the new religious, train the cadre to sustain the congregation in the struggle of the spirit, and stand in the congregation as a spirit presence in every situation. The spiritual stance is demanded of clergy and lay auxiliaries on the congregational level as well as the auxiliary prior couple who stand as a sign to the whole auxiliary dynamic. The auxiliary must develop expertise as a prior, pedagogue, and model builder. The auxiliary is sensitive to the gifts and limits of the Local Church and responds with deep embracement of the situation as it is. The auxiliary style which breathes new spirit into life struggles will enable the preparation for and tactical engagement in the project of reconstruction. Structures must be provided in the movement which will prepare auxiliary priors and local auxiliary personnel for their unique task.
32. The key to the auxiliary training program is spiritual grounding which pushes a man to the depths of his mystery and being. The auxiliary is enabled to become the spirit man required of our time through the Odyssey experience and the daily practice of solitary exercises. His decision to embrace poverty, chastity, and obedience can be symbolized and intensified by an Order internship or sojourning which provides the corporate discipline demanded by the mission. His training should include the experience of cadre priorship involving him in the life struggle of that local situation. The mark of this spirit training is the auxiliary's embodiment of the secularreligious style.
33. The auxiliary must develop a functional grasp of the wisdom and methods necessary for Local Church reconstruction. Academy participation enables him to appropriate the
METHODOLOGICAL basic theoretical and practical wisdom of the Movemental Church. A tactical skills colloquy
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would be specially designed to ground the auxiliary in a short time in tactical action and in the complex system of tactical reconstruction for the Local Church. Continental teaching experience provides pedagogical objectivity on the local situation through contact with the wisdom and experience of churchmen throughout the continent. The auxiliary must develop
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his global outlook by means of intentional study and missional travel in order to give a broad, global scope to his priorship task in the Local Church. Methodological skills equip the auxiliary to implement the tactics of reconstruction and the tools to interpret and evaluate practical experience.
34. The auxiliary training needs to be grounded in practical field experience. This is particularly important for auxiliary priors before they become actually engaged in an experimental field assignment. Local auxiliaries will gain field experience as they participate in the experiment. The assignment of the auxiliary prior to a particular congregation allows him to experience the gifts and limits of a given local congregation and denomination: history, present structures and needs, and possibilities. Auxiliary involvement in community structures will lend a new grasp to the parish dynamic. To expand his experience beyond the local situation the auxiliary must participate in movemental activities on a regional and continental basis. The operating context of the auxiliary must be shifted from the solely local to a broad appreciation for global need and a comprehensive grasp of the project as a continental experiment on behalf of the whole Church.
35. The suggestions for auxiliary training are guidelines within which plans must be made for particular training for auxiliary priors and a different emphasis for local auxiliary persons. The Local Church experiment is grounded in the understanding that the spirit dimension must be interwoven into the tactical procedures. It is important that in training auxiliaries the demand be upon the movement to create depth spirit leadership far beyond mere methodological and practical expertise. The fulfillment of training requirements produces auxiliary personnel only as they make a selfconscious vocational decision to perform this role and as their colleagues agree that they do, indeed, embody this vocation. The movement must nurture scores of persons who will decide to embrace the role of auxiliary prior, in particular, in order for galactic development to take place in succeeding years of the experiment.
CONCLUSION: MOVEMENT IMPLICATIONS
36. The Local Church experiment isthe key decision of the Movemental Church to move from the theoretics of Council IV and the practical documentation of the tactical system developed in the 1970 Research Assembly to grass roots reconstructive action in the Local Church. The decision has been made to give form to the activity of God in our time and to respond to the demands of global civilization. What it means to be the Movemental Church has now become very clear, and the implications for the future are wideranging as the movement seeks to carry on its function within the Historical Church.
37. The movement must be grounded in the religious deeps and trained extensively in the discipline of the religious exercises. The center for holding the religious dimension is the religious house. A comprehensive plan for establishing houses strategically in every region on the continent must be developed. This means that the movement colleagues must make definite plans for supporting the houses and make specific decisions about training in the religious house. Training in priorship is needed by movement leadership, and it is available through the residential training of the houses. The intentional recruitment for the Odyssey must be in each regional plan annually to ground movement colleagues in the religious life. Following the Odyssey, regions must develop followpp structures and succeeding Odysseys that will extend the religious discipline to a wide body of movement churchmen. The structures of the religious life must continue and increase in sustaining the very clear missional task which is the Movemental Church.
38. The movement must alter its model building and time line planning to reimage all that it does in terms of the vision of the reconstruction of the Local Church. The particular Local Church experiment is seen as a deed done on behalf of the movement, first of all. The fact that it is carried out is a signal to the movement for more intensive work. Every movement colleague in the Local Church is intimately involved with the experiment whether his congregation is in an experimental galaxy or not. The imperative is upon movement churchmen to become highly trained persons who can serve the auxiliary function in their local churches, preparing them for future experimentation and involving the congregations in tactical reconstructive change. Regiona must, of course, plan with and nurture congregations which are selected for involvement in the Local Church project in Phase II or Phase lilt Regional structures of penetration and formulation must be highly developed to give the context and possibility for determining experimental congregations. The regions must develop networks of care and nurture for clergy and laymen in local congregations to symbolize the movement's decision to love the Established Church. The decision to reconstruct the Local Church requires the deepening of pedagogical and tactical skills available in the Academy and advanced training courses. The new wind of hope which is loose in the Church and the world is the wind of fire upon the movement as movemental churchmen discover the intensification of being the new religious.
39. The movement has become selfconscious. It has begun to see itself as not only a sociological thrust, but a spiritual entity: a worldwide, sociospiritual movement. The forming of a unique, historical religious order makes clear the richness of the movemental dynamic. Clarity on the dynamics of the Movemental Church calls forth a demand for deepening collegiality as a concrete sign of the discipline which has now been embraced. The collegiality of the spirit movement is historylong and worldwide. The movement in our time is intimately linked with the movement of the spirit which has waxed and waned throughout all the ages. The decision is upon the churchman today to stand as an utterly solitary religious man, committed to injecting the Word into the structures of mankind. The imperative is also upon the colleagues of the movemental dynamic to be utterly corporate, creating a time design and discipline which will sustain the mission and thus transform the life of the spirit movement.
40. Spirit churchmen have decided to expend their
goods, their time, their whole lives to create the sign of hope
in the Local Church, the body of Christ, the hope of the world.