Missional Learning Commons 2013

The aim of the Missional Learning Commons is to provide a collaborative learning environment for missional churches to share stories, discuss ideas, and encourage one another for the sake of incarnating the Gospel in their contexts.

Missional Learning Commons 2013:
Neighborhood Mission: Paradigms & Practices
OCT 25-26, 2013
All events hosted at the Commons by Peace of Christ Community Church in Westmont, IL.

Sessions on:

  • Leading Your Church Into the Neighborhood
  • The Practice of “Reconciliation” in the Neighborhood
  • The Practice of “Heralding Gospel” in the NeighborhoodSee the schedule for details.
The cost of the event is $20. This includes lunch onsite Saturday.
Childcare is available, but space is limited. If you are interested in childcare, make sure to check the appropriate box when you register.

The MLC this year is sponsored by the Ecclesia Network and Missio Alliance.

Registation will be set up shortly.

 

2012 MLC Schedule

All events hosted at Lindner Conference Center, on the campus of Northern Seminary

Friday October 26

5:00p – OPEN TIME

  • Open time to connect over dinner.

7:00p – HOW OUR APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP SHAPES COMMUNITY FOR MISSION

  • Book discussion facilitated by JR Woodward, author of Creating a Missional Culture.
  • (Get JR Woodward’s book for 50% off! Call IVP at 1-800-843-948 and use code 506-325.)
  • Questions To Think About While Reading JR’s Book: How does the approach to leadership (hierarchical, poly-centric, flat) shape the culture of our local congregation for Mission and Life with God?  How does your approach to leadership shape the culture of your community?

9:00p – OPEN TIME

  • Open time to continue discussions and meet new people

Saturday October 27

8:30a – SUBMISSIONAL LEADERSHIP (Mutual submission in Missional Communities)

  • Prayer and reflection
  • Theological introduction (paradigm)
  • Testimonies (practices)
  • Q&A  / Discussion
  • Break

10:30a – POLYCENTRIC LEADERSHIP (Fivefold gifting and non-hierarchical patterns)

  • Theological introduction (paradigm)
  • Testimonies (practices)
  • Q&A  / Discussion
  • Break

12:00p – ONSITE LUNCH

  • Boxed lunches onsite (included in registration fee)

2:00p – BI-VOCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (How it works, positives/negatives, necessity of imagination)

  • Theological introduction (paradigm)
  • Testimonies (practices)
  • Q&A  / Discussion

3:30p – COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

Hotels/Map

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Hotels Nearby (ask for Northern Seminary rate)

Hyatt Place
2340 South Fountain Square Drive, Lombard, IL 60148
630-932-6501 or 1-800-833-1516
NBTS Rate: Includes full hot breakfast buffet, shuttle to Northern,
indoor heated pool and hi speed internet.

Holiday Inn – Oakbrook Terrace
17 W 350 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
1-800-325-3535 or 630-833-3600
NBTS Rate: Includes shuttle to Northern.

Comfort Inn
3010 Finley Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-515-1500 or 1-800-221-2222
NBTS Rate: Includes continental breakfast and shuttle to Northern.

LaQuinta Inn Chicago – Oakbrook
1S666 Midwest Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60142
630-495-4600 or 1-800-531-5900
NBTS Rate: Includes complete breakfast and shuttle to Northern.

Hampton Inn
222 E. 22nd Street, Lombard, IL 6148
630-916-9000 or 1-800-HAMPTON
NBTS Rate: Includes hot breakfast, hi speed internet, and shuttle to Northern.

Staybridge Suites
200 Royce Blvd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
630-953-9393
NBTS Rate: Includes hot breakfast, hi speed internet, complimentary laundry on site,
and shuttle to Northern.

Quality Inn
933 S. Rte. 83, Elmhurst, IL 60126
630-279-0700
NBTS Rate: Includes breakfast, shuttle to Northern, indoor pool, and hi speed internet

Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriot
645 W. North Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148
630-629-1500
NBTS Rate: Includes breakfast, indoor pool, and hi speed internet

Embassy Suites Hotel
707 East Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL 60148
630-969-7500
NBTS Rate: Includes hot breakfast buffet and shuttle to Northern.

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Missional Learning Commons 2011

NOTE: CHILDCARE IS NOW FULL

This year’s Missional Learning Commons will take place Oct 28-29 at Lindner Conference Center on the campus of Northern Seminary (620 Butterfield Rd, Lombard, IL). Our focus will be on discipleship, and Mike Breen will be helping to facilitate our time together.

The aim of the Missional Learning Commons is to provide a collaborative learning environment for missional churches to share stories, discuss ideas, and encourage one another for the sake of incarnating the Gospel in their contexts.

This year, we want to focus on discipleship. Here are some of the questions that will be shaping our time together:

  • What does discipleship actually look like in our lives?
  • Does the gospel we preach naturally and organically lead people into discipleship, or does it feel like an extra-curricular activity?
  • How should the call to make disciples shape and guide our church practices: what we do, and how we do it?
  • What is the significance of discipleship as the core component of the formation of Christian leaders?

In addition to our regular diet of on-the-ground practitioners, this year Mike Breen and a team from 3DM will be hanging out with us to share some of what they have learned and help facilitate our conversations by asking some provoking questions.

Mike and the 3DM team will also be doing a free workshop on discipleship and mission on Friday from 9am-5pm. You need to register separately for this event.

The MLC this year is sponsored by the Ecclesia Network and the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

NOTE: CHILDCARE IS NOW FULL

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2011 MLC Schedule

*All events hosted at Lindner Conference Center, on the campus of Northern Seminary

Thursday October 27

7:00p-9:00p – The Future of Theological Education: Presentations & Dialogue

  • Many have been aware for some time of the unfortunate disparity between seminary training and the on-the-ground challenges faced by Christian leaders and pastors who are engaging increasingly Post-Christendom contexts.  In light of this concern, this event will feature the presentation of a paper and video (created by 3DM), designed to stimulate our thinking and catalyze generative conversation.  There will be responses by David Fitch and Mike Breen among others as well as a time for all in attendance to contribute their thoughts, questions and feedback.

There is no charge to attend this event, but we would ask that you register here, so that we have an idea of how many will be joining us for the evening.

Friday October 28

9:00-5:00 – 3DM TASTER (separate workshop – more info and register here)

5:00p – OPEN TIME

  • Open time to connect over dinner.

7:00p – DISCIPLESHIP: The Shape of Our Story

  • Open with worship & prayer
  • Two practitioners will share about their experiences of being discipled well (or not).
  • Sharing stories around tables
  • Mike Breen speaks on discipleship

9:00p – OPEN TIME

  • Open time to continue discussions and meet new people

Saturday October 29

8:30a – DISCIPLESHIP: The Story of Our Lives

  • Prayer and reflection
  • 2 Practitioners share briefly, Mike Breen adds, responds.
  • Small group discussion
  • Mike Breen leads large group reflection

10:30a – DISCIPLESHIP: The Commission of our Churches

  • 2 Practitioners share briefly, Mike Breen adds, responds.
  • Small group discussion
  • Mike Breen leads large group reflection

12:00p – LUNCH

  • Onsite – Boxed lunch included with your registration!

1:00p – DISCIPLESHIP: The Formation of our Leaders

  • 2 Practitioners share briefly, Mike Breen adds, responds.
  • Small group discussion
  • Mike Breen leads large group reflection

3:00p – COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

MLC 2011 Audio Resources

Audio from the the three sessions on Saturday Oct 29, 2011 is available below:

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FEEDBACK, PLEASE

The Missional Learning Commons is something we plan to continue to put together each year in the Midwest.

Please leave a comment below to

  1. Offer feedback on the most recent Learning Commons (Oct 29-30, 2010 in Chicago), and
  2. Make suggestions for topics/issues/format in years to come.

2010 (October) Audio Resources

The audio and other resources from the October 2010 Missional Learning Commons are available below.

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