2013 Missional Learning Commons

Engaging the Neighborhood:
3 Tactics for Leading the Local Church into the Real World

One of our biggest challenges to shaping church in mission is leading our churches into engaging God’s mission in our surrounding neighborhoods. How do the people of God become “present” in “everyday life contexts,” whether that be in the neighborhood, work, civic discussions, family, etc.? This years’ Missional Commons seeks to explore how we lead our churches to be present in the places where God has placed us so that reconciliation breaks out, the gospel is heralded, and God’s Kingdom becomes visible and goes forth among us.

Schedule:

Friday October 25

5:00p – OPEN TIME

  • Open time to connect over dinner. Come to the Westmont Commons at 5pm and we will go out from there.

7:30pm – HOW OUR APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP SHAPES COMMUNITY FOR MISSION

  • The Virtue of Dialogue  –  A Night with Chris Smith
    The Art of developing conversations in the neighborhood over the long term
    (presentation, convesation, dialogue)
  • Make sure to read e-book The Virtue of Dialogue by Chris Smith available on Amazon.

9:00p – OPEN TIME

  • Open time to continue discussions and meet new people (at local restaurants)

Saturday October 26 (8:30am – 3:00pm)

8:30a – Worship and prayer: Psalm 46 (God is present) Lectio Divina – Prayer –Invocation and Welcome

9:ooa – Leading Your Church Into the Neighborhood (Theological Intro)
9:30a – The Tactic of “Being Present” in the Neighborhood 
  • 15 minutes on a theology of presence
  • 15 minutes on example of doing it in neighborhood
  • 15 minutes at Tables discussion
  • 30 minutes Large group discussion

10:45a – The Tactic of “Reconciliation” in the Neighborhood

  • 15 minutes on theology of reconciliation/conflict and inbreaking Kingdom
  • 15 minutes on example of doing it in neighborhood
  • 15 minutes at Tables discussion
  • 30 minutes Large group discussion

12:15p –  LUNCH (LUKE 10 Project/Ekklesia Network/Missio Alliance Presentation)

  • Get to know new people over a meal together

1:30p – The Tactic of “Heralding Gospel” in the Neighborhood

  • 15 minutes on theology of proclamation/herald/gospel
  • 15 minutes on example of doing it in neighborhood
  • 15 minutes at Tables discussion
  • 30 minutes Large group discussion

2:45p – COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

 

Location: All events hosted at the Commons by Peace of Christ Community Church in Westmont, IL.

If you’re planning to stay overnight, can we recommend one of these fine hotels located on this page. All these hotels are less than 5 miles from the Westmont church building where we’re meeting! Feel free to use the Northern Seminary preferred rate!  http://www.seminary.edu/about/area-hotels/

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