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.


  • 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


  • 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



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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
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
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
NBTS Rate: Includes breakfast, indoor pool, and hi speed internet

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


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MLC 2012 Resources

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2010 (October) Audio Resources

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

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