Vision - Mission - Aim

the first "homework"


Every successful intentional community must start with a powerful and clear vision where everybody can draw motivation and inspiration even in the future.

  • Vision = The better world, WHY you're creating the community.
  • Mission & Purpose = WHAT you're doing, big picture - creating community.
  • Aim =WHAT you provide your members as "products" (physical things) & "services".

 

You are not an accident. You were made to last forever!

You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.

 

This book will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you - both here and now, and for eternity.

Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.

 

The Purpose Driven Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century - a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values.

 

This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come.


 

In It Starts at Home, Bruner and Stroope offer an intentional approach to building families of faith. These two pastors and authors gather the larger-than-life realities of our relationships — such as forgiveness and intimacy — and guide readers into an accessible and applicable way of living God-intentioned lives.

Foundational strategies that stabilize the relationship between a husband and wife find expression as couples become parents and grandparents of children who live a lifelong faith.

God’s biggest assignments have always been entrusted to those leading a small tribe. From the twelve families of Israel to early Christians who met in one another’s homes, great leaders begin by serving a core group of people who ripple outward for ever-extending social and spiritual impact. They go big by leading small.

Tribal Church helps pastors recognize the potential and power of various tribes within their congregations—one family, a network of small groups, maybe an entire age group—and then recalibrate ministry efforts to maximize the impact of each. Steve Stroope has spent three decades mastering the art of leading small in a church that has multiplied from dozens to over ten thousand. He explains why big impact does not come from any sort of mega-church ambition. It rather comes by attending to the little details and the smallest tribes.


“The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel.”  (Joshua 10:13b-14)

Steven Furtick claims that these verses (and 12b-13a) form the core of what he calls a ‘theology of audacity’.

“You probably don’t have one of those yet, but it’s essential. In fact, if you ever encounter a theology that doesn’t directly connect the greatness of God with your potential to do great things on his behalf, it’s not biblical theology.

File it under heresy. I’ll take it further: if you’re not daring to believe God for the impossible, you’re sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian life. And further still: if the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God. Audacious faith is the raw material that authentic Christianity is made of.


 

 

  • How do I get people excited about small groups?
  • How do I get 100% of my church involved in small groups?
  • How do I raise up and train enough small group leaders?
  • How long should a small group last?
  • How big should a small group be?
  • What does a successful small group structure look like?                                                
  • How do I get small groups involved in ministry and evangelism?
  • With Activate, you will discover, and learn to implement, proven, strategic principles and strategies that will make small groups at your church successful!

Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission is a classic synopsis regarding a Christian’s duty to civil government. This trenchant treatise answers many of today’s burning questions, including,

  • “What is meant by ‘Higher Powers?’”
  • “Must Christians submit to unjust government?”
  • “Does de facto authority equate to God’s authority?” 
  • “May government ever be lawfully resisted?”

In this scholarly volume, Pastor Chuck Baldwin and Attorney Tim Baldwin draw from years of research to delve deeply into the true Biblical and historical answers to these and other pressing issues. Never has a book been so necessary!

LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP church website


 

The indispensable, state-of-the-art, ‘how-to’ book on starting a community from scratch.

The newest, most comprehensive bible for builders of intentional communities. Covers every aspect with vital information and dozens of examples of how successful communities faced the challenges and created their shared lives out of their visions. The cautionary tales of sadder experiences and how communities fail, will help in avoiding the pitfalls.

Creating a new culture of living peacefully with each other and the planet is our number one need—and this is the right book at the right time.


 Finding Community:

 

If there is a silver lining to the clouds on the horizon, it will be found in the redesign of human communities. No one knows this subject better than Diana Leafe Christian. To a troubled world, here is the core of the solution.

 

Through long experience and sheer social honesty, Diana Leafe Christian offers essential resources for and catalogs the oh-so-many pitfalls as well as delights of visiting and joining a community. Finding Community is like having an explorer’s compass and a roll of charts under your arm as you embark upon unknown waters.


 

 

Authored by Manitonquat (Medicine Story)

Paradise on earth - your own idea of the very best life for you and your family. Is it possible or only a dream? This book shows it is not only possible but actually happening now all over the world in communities where thousands are now actively engaged in creating the life of their dreams.

 

Manitonquat, a Wampanoag elder, storyteller, philosopher, poet and communitarian, shares his perspective as a tribal person that we are all tribal people. Human beings became human when they came together for mutual support and protection.


 

The Original Instructions: Reflections of an Elder on the Teachings of the Elders, Adapting Ancient Wisdom to the Twenty-First Century.

 

Those instructions for successful and happy relationships with families and communities and with all life, the Earth and the Cosmos, were passed down through the generations by elders of the indigenous peoples, who lived successfully and happily by them until they were invaded by newer cultures of domination, oppression and greed.


A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somé is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somé was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years.

In The Spirit of Intimacy, Somé distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships.

Somé generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community.


A wife has one driving need - to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy.

A husband has one driving need - to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.

When either of these needs isn't met, things get crazy. 

Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal withsuch conflict quickly, easily, and biblically.

Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblicalresearch, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Loveand Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, thinkabout, and treat each other.

Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect.


THE 8TH HABIT®: FROM EFFECTIVENESS TO GREATNESS

 

In today's challenging and complex world, being highly effective is the price of entry to the playing field. To thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in this new reality, we must reach beyond effectiveness toward fulfillment, contribution, and greatness. Research is showing, however, that the majority of people are not thriving. They are neither fulfilled nor excited. Tapping into the higher reaches of human motivation requires a new mindset, a new skill-set --a new habit. Dr. Covey's new book, The 8th Habit®: From Effectiveness to Greatness, is a roadmap to help you find daily fulfillment and excitement.


  • The Secret of Walt Disney’s CreativityAs a child, I remember being shocked to learn that Walt Disney was a personLater on, I discovered that the truth was even stranger. There wasn’t just one Walt Disney. There were three.
  • Strategies of Genius - Creativity as a total process involves the coordination of these three subprocesses: dreamer, realist and critic. A dreamer without a realist cannot turn ideas into tangible expressions. A critic and a dreamer without a realist just become stuck in a perpetual conflict. The dreamer and a realist might create things, but they might not achieve a high degree of quality without a critic. The critic helps to evaluate and refined the products of creativity.

UBUNTU Contributionism presents a solid foundation for a new social structure to take us into a new era of true freedom from financial tyranny and real prosperity on every level of human endeavour

 

Our Inalienable Rights – The Rights of all Citizens

  1. The country belongs to its people
  2. The land belongs to its people
  3. The water belongs to the people
  4. The forests belong to the people
  5. The rivers and lakes belong to the people
  6. The gold, the platinum, diamonds, chrome, copper, iron, uranium, tin, aluminium, and all other minerals in the ground belong to the people
  7. The coal belongs to the people
  8. The air and the airwaves belong to the people
  9. Everything that grows on the land belongs to the people
  10. The beaches, the mountains and the skies above belong to the people
  11. The wild animals do not belong to us or anyone else, they belong to the planet and we are their custodians and protectors

These things DO NOT belong to the politicians, the government, or any corporation who has unlawfully claimed exclusive rights over it.


  • What is Dragon Dreaming and Why is it Important? - Why do only one in a thousand of our dreams ever achieve reality? Why do, when we succeed in creating organisations or projects to fulfil our dreams, we finish up so often feeling burned out, or else are caught up in power hierarchies, in which the organisation itself seems part of the problem? Dragon Dreaming is a process pioneered in Western Australia, to assist individuals, community organisations, and ecologically responsible businesses develop, undertake and complete outrageously successful projects. Using this method, it creates a game, which when played by a team of people, will make your dreams come true.
  • HOW TO BUILD AN OUTRAGEOUSLY SUCCESSFUL PROJECT Normally people think of a project as some special activity, outside of normal everyday life, but the Project Management Institute defines a project “as any temporary endeavour undertaken to achieve a particular aim … regardless of the project’s size, budget, or timeline.”

How shall we educate for true love? Reverend Sun Myung Moon is a world-renowned spiritual teacher who has taught about true love and its application throughout his lifetime of contributions to the areas of education, marriage and family, arts, business, international relations, and ecumenism.

This book introduces his remarkable insights supported by those of the world religions and social sciences. Education for True Love presents a systematic discussion of how to apply the principles of true love to human endeavors as diverse as character education, marriage and family education, sexuality education, and peacemaking. (601 pages)

 

 

A collection of significant sermons given by Reverend Sun Myung Moon between 1969 and 1984.

 

 

 

A compilation of Rev. Moon's words on tribal messiahship taken from Korean and American speeches from the '50s to the '90s.

(179 pages, softcover)


 

Translated into English as "The House of Heaven's Harmony".

Spiritual guidance for mind body unity and a happy family life.

 

Written by Hyung Jin Moon (121 pages, hardcover)


 

 

The Ideal of Love, Challenges of Love, Strategies for Overcoming the Obstacles Within, Strategies for Overcoming the Obstacles Without and Images for the Future.

 

Written by Dr. Mose Durst. (180 pages, softcover)


 

True Families: Gateway to HEAVEN

 

Human beings are not born based on their own choice. Then, are they born due to their parents' wishes? No. They are born due to God's desire. They are born through the love of their parents, which represents God's love. The person, who is born as a new life through parental love, representing God's love, is I. Love has the power to create everything.

The highest purpose of life is to be born through love, be raised in love, live by love, and to leave love behind. 


The Divine Principle is the main theological  textbook of the Unification Church written by the founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon. It includes God's purpose in creating human beings, the fall of man, and redemption - the process through history by which God is working to remove the ill effects of the fall and restore humanity back to the relationship and position that God originally intended.

The main ideas are shaded red, topics of second rank are shaded blue, and topics of third rank are shaded yellow. The reader can grasp the main thread of the teaching of the Divine Principle in a short time by reading only the red text. Reading the red and blue text together provides a richer framework; reading all three colors together gives a rather full exposition including many examples. To get the fullest meaning, the text must be studied in its entirety. Yet even when reading the full text, attention to the passages in red can help to clarify the thread of the argument.