October 19 - November 16, 3-4:30 PM ET

A 4-Part Learning Community from:

Subversive Witness Learning Community


We are in a watershed moment. Ministerial burnout is at an all-time high, and we are witnessing an unprecedented exodus of young people from North American congregations. Many leaders feel unequipped and unprepared to lead in a time such as this. This learning community will support and encourage leaders who are striving to reckon with the fierce urgency of now.

 This learning community is for you if you:  

  • have felt discouraged by the disunity of the body of Christ, 
  • found it harder to disciple people amid the political polarity and social divisions that abound, or 
  • have been frustrated by the church’s silence or complicity in the face of systemic sin and oppression

In a time when Scripture’s call to be repairers of the breach, ambassadors of reconciliation, and co-laborers with Christ has become controversial, come join like-minded peers who are intent on learning how privilege can become a subversive tool leveraged to engender deeper kingdom participation, needed social transformation, and missional innovation.

In 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prophetically declared, “If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” This learning community provides tools both to help recapture the church’s prophetic zeal and equip you to address difficult conversations through biblical discipleship.

 Sessions focus on application, contextualization, and transformation. They unpack where and how Scripture affirms that privilege is real and explore how we can acknowledge and faithfully steward privilege within ministerial contexts. Missionally, we are commissioned to leverage privilege to further the kingdom and love our neighbors sacrificially, and this learning community focuses on how we achieve this.

 This four-part learning community will be led by Dominique Gilliard, using his latest book Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege as the guiding text. Participants will meet via Zoom on October 19, October 26, November 2 and November 16 from 3-4:30 PM ET and should read the book Subversive Witness prior to the first session. Receive a 30% discount off the hardcore version here.

Price for participating is just $39 for Friends Network members ($49 for regular admission).

Starts October 19 // 3-4:30 PM ET


Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press and was named Outreach Magazine’s 2019 Social Issues Resource of the Year. Gilliard also serves as an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary in its School of Restorative Arts and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.” Gilliard’s forthcoming book, Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege was published in August 2021.