Reimagining Churches. Empowering Mission.
Reimagining churches by discerning what God is doing in their midst and providing resources and tools to join in God’s work.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. - Isaiah 43:19
Our purpose is to equip local churches to be strong, so that transformed people and communities live out God’s mission.
Living in the Light of the COVID Apocalypse
Presenters: Alan Hirsch and Rich Robinson
Description: This intensive workshop will seek to both understand the meaning of our cultural moment as well as to discover appropriate ways to respond.
- We will look at the situation of the fragility of the prevailing forms of the church and explore alternatives;
- We will explore the importance of metanoia (paradigm shift) as the necessary response to what God is showing us in the ‘COVID apocalypse” and;
- We will also explore a process by which church leaders can work with the Spirit to design a more adaptive and faithful future for the churches/organizations that they lead.
Dates: April 29 or May 1st (participants choose ONE date)
Time: 3 PM – 8 PM Central
Cost: $35 per church; $20 per individual
Who is this for? Pastors and their teams, ECC leaders and teams
ALAN HIRSCH is widely considered to be a global thought-leader on missional movements and leadership. He has worked with churches and organizations across the world, but mainly in North America, Europe, and Australia. Alan is the founder of the Movement Leaders Collective, Forge Mission Training Network, and the 5Q Collective. All three organizations focus on pioneering leadership development and training and consulting in on the church as missional movement. Hirsch is the author of numerous award winning books including The Forgotten Ways, The Shaping of Things to Come, 5Q, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap, Untamed, Right Here, Right Now, On the Verge, and The Permanent Revolution.
RICH ROBINSON leads Catalyze Change, which provides training and coaching for church leaders and other organizations to equip and enable them around discipleship, leadership, mission and multiplication. He is also the director of the 5QCollective, the training arm for 5Q, which is part of the 100 Movements family. Rich lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he works for Cairn, a ministry working with churches in the Celtic lands, training them to recapture discipleship and mission at the heart of their culture and practice. Rich was previously on staff at St Thomas’ church, Sheffield in the UK for twelve years as the Missional Communities Team Leader.
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership in Turbulent Times
Presenter: Ruth Haley Barton
For: Evangelical Covenant Church Pastors and Leaders
What: A Workshop on Taking Care of Our Souls During Times of Transition and Stress
RUTH HALEY BARTON is founding president/CEO of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of clergy, Christian leaders and the congregations and organizations they serve. A sought-after teacher, retreat leader and spiritual director trained through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Washington D.C.) and The Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership (Nashville, TN), Ruth has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church.
Educated at Northern Seminary and the University of Loyola Institute for Pastoral Studies, Ruth has authored numerous articles and books including Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups; Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry; Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation; Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence; and Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God.