Especially in pockets of North America where Christian influence is merely a memory and/or when we decide that such culturally-negotiated influence skews the shape of Christian witness away from faithfulness, a great gift is offered. This gift is the long-forgotten, or perhaps never contemplated, idea that Christian leadership is fundamentally a communal practice. Moreover, that when this gift is stewarded well, its most immediate and defining attribute is the flourishing of a local community.
Tim Soerens, Co-Founding Director of the Parish Collective, and Karen, Wilk, author of Don’t Invite Them To Church: A Devotional Guide to Pursuing God’s Mission Together in your Neighbourhood and National Team Member of the Forge Missional Training Network (Canada), are two exceptional leaders who offer not only profound insight on this topic, but serve as living examples of people who have and are living this out.
We encourage you to check out the workshop offered below and to reflect as well as share your thoughts on how you/your community approaches leadership. Is it, as these presenters discuss, “rooted and linked?” What might the benefits of pushing even further in this direction be for the community you inhabit?
Evil is brilliant. It’s also profoundly networked. If the church hopes to implement the resurrection into the dark realities of injustice, spiritual isolation, and fragmentation we must re-imagine a church uniting around geographically defined areas of responsibility, engaging in practices and postures that demonstrate the Kingdom come near (Jesus’ tangible love) and forming connections within and between neighbourhoods and cities. Join us to hear some inspiring narratives of collaborative leadership already underway in cities across North America and engage in spirited dialogue on how to generate momentum of collective impact in your neighborhood and city.
The audio download of this workshop is available HERE and is available for free all day today, 11/25/13 (discount automatically applied when you add the workshop to your cart).
**If you find resources like this helpful, there are many more available here. You might even want to grab a bundle all at the same time.**
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