As mentioned in our DNA, we engage society through domains. Domains are the power structure of society designed by God to exert massive influence and provide leadership and direction in society. Domains are unique but connected together forming the tapestry of society and allow us to better relate how we manifest Kingdom work in real life.  

And no, the word "glocally" isn't a typo; "glocal" is a combination of the words "global" and "local," which are the areas in which society is engaged through domains. 

To the left is an example of a domain map. The key points to consider about this map are that:

  • Religion is not a domain.
  • It’s about engagement and not influence.
  • It maps to an “HR” view of the world.
  • It’s not about names; it’s about consistency.

The key to achieving this type of impact in society lies in four key shifts:

1) From needs to assets

This shift is one of mindset and perspective. There is not an organizational or process change, rather a change of how you see your church members and thus, how you see opportunities outside your church.

This shift includes:

  • greater valuing of individual skills, passions and experience
  • building upon strengths and greater intentionality
  • embracing the “whole body of Christ”

This shift raises questions like:

  • Do my members know their skills, gifts or calling?
  • Do I have proper relationships with my community to identify opportunities?
  • How do I interact with the community as a value provider rather than a volunteer provider?

2) From programs to domain engagement

This shift is has organizational implications. It changes how one organizes for work and what work is undertaken. It is much more self-forming and Spirit led, as church members take ownership and responsibility for action. 

This shift includes:

  • seeing a community through the eyes of its members, not an institutional church lens
  • changing how one works with other churches
  • having a clear definition of domains for your church
  • having a clear church strategy or focus to provide boundaries for engagement
  • determining the proper metrics to guide your efforts

This shift raises questions like:

  • What if my passions or skills don’t match my domain?
  • Can I be in more than one domain group?
  • How does this impact the other projects and programs offered by the church?

3) From working for the city to working with the city

This shift is one of relationship and expectations. It reshapes how the church interacts with its community or area of service. In this shift the church becomes more of a partner to help create solutions than just a provider of resources.

This shift includes:

  • a change in the church’s value proposition
  • creation of new interactions with different civic and community leaders and organizations
  • the opportunity to engage with other faith groups
  • moving from a reactive mode of service to an intentional path of action

This shift raises questions like:

  • How do I interact with civic leaders?
  • What partnerships are important to our success?
  • To what do we say no?

4) From managing projects to leading your members

This shift impacts decision-making, and your church culture. It impacts both the church staff and the members, as it requires a change of attitude and action on both parts. For a church to turn over projects to full member control, members must be willing and ready to assume that control.

This shift includes:

  • establishing clear guidelines consistent with the church strategy and focus
  • establishment of clear roles and responsibilities
  • creating new opportunities for celebration and recognition
  • reframing of expectations
  • retooling of job descriptions, policies and processes

This shift raises questions like:

  • How much authority is given to our members?
  • How do we budget for this?
  • Who has the final say so, and when?