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