February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2022

A 4-Part Learning Community

Full Partners:

Women and Men Serving Together in the Church

Learning Community


Even the most well meaning faith communities struggle to create an environment where women and men lead together with equal footing.

Living out this countercultural ideal will require robust theology, new approaches to discipleship, and different modes of organizing. In this 4-week learning community, you will learn from Rev. April Fiet and Dr. Rob Dixon, seasoned leaders who have guided congregations in these transitions. You will also interact with fellow practitioners who are making changes themselves.

During the 4 weeks participants will learn about, reflect upon and discuss topics, such as:

  • What are the contours of a theology that endorses the full partnership of women and men in ministry?
  • How do we form our people such that their character will equip them to partner well with others?
  • How can we shape our organizational culture to create an environment where women and men can thrive together in ministry?
  • What intentional practices do congregants need in order to partner well?

The first session starts February 2, 2022

$39 for all Friends Network Members
$49 for all Regular Tickets


Scheduled Dates

February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 3-4:30pm ET

Our Presenters

Rob Dixon (DIS, Fuller Theological Seminary) is an associate regional ministry director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and senior fellow for gender partnership with the InterVarsity Institute. He is an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary and provides training on flourishing mixed-gender ministry partnerships for numerous organizations around the country. His new book Together in Ministry, which is part of the Missio Alliance/InterVarsity Press partnership line, offers a prophetic roadmap for individuals and communities as they seek to develop flourishing ministry partnerships for women and men.

April Fiet is a pastor, writer, and blogger. She co-pastors the First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, with her husband, Jeff, and together they are raising two children. April is a member of the editorial board of In All Things. Her work has appeared in Mutuality and Reformed Journal, and her guest posts have appeared on many blogs. Fiet holds degrees from Wheaton College and Western Theological Seminary. Her blog, At the Table with April Fiet, delves into the spirituality of everyday life, including handcrafting, baking, gardening, and feeding her backyard chickens. Connect with her at AprilFiet.com.

Our Host

Lisa Rodriguez-Watson, for nearly two decades, has served as an urban church planter, collegiate minister, seminary professor, international missionary and community development practitioner. Her heart to see people reconciled to God and to one another has led her to invest her life, family and ministry in places and people that have often been looked over by the world.

Lisa served as co-founder of a grassroots organization in Memphis, TN that was committed to mobilizing Christians to love their undocumented neighbors, and consider an appropriate Christian response to our nation’s immigration crisis. In addition to her role as National Director of Missio Alliance, she serves as Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Equipping at Christ City Church.

Educated at Florida International University and Golden Gate Seminary, she now lives in Washington, DC where she is a mom to 3 fantastic children, Nathan, Elias, and Annelies, and a wife to her best friend Matthew, who serves as Pastor of Teaching and Outreach at Christ City Church.