Equipping and sending people into the community for “Missional Impact”
Ed Bahler, president and CEO of the Aspen Group, leads a thought-provoking discussion.
Sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the phrase "3rd Place" when he identified the deep need every culture has for a sense of connection on several levels. That was the genius behind the success of the Starbucks empire and the reason so many identified with the sitcom "Cheers," where everyone knew your name. The church has always been about connecting people to God and the restoration and healing of Christ. So 3rd Places seemed like a natural step.
Some churches were able to create true 3rd Places where the churched/unchurched felt equally welcome. Yet others were unsuccessful in moving from being a propositional place to a relational space. As a result, connecting places are always part of the conversation when we design facilities.
Bahler explores award-winning church "3rd Places" and how they've been used to powerfully enhance connections and drive growth. He also discusses how innovative ministries are moving beyond simply connecting people and are creating a complimentary space he calls "4th Place," and how it can help ministry to intentionally equip and send people into the community for "Missional Impact." This 4th Place and Missional effort is vital for your ministry in connecting with the next generation.