Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Love to See You at These Upcoming Conferences in Richmond and Orlando

As a person who loves to work alongside church planters, I have a couple of upcoming events that I wanted to let you know about.  I have a few sessions that I will be speaking at each of these events.  I hope see you at one or both of these conferences.  So let me give you the lowdown.

First, there is Aggelos 2011, a theological and practical trajectory for missional church plantings.  This is taking place in Richmond, Virginia from May 9th – 13th.  It is one of my favorite weeks of the year, because I get to connect with some of my church planting buddies, who teach a few sessions, people like  David Fitch, J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt among others. Besides the 12 different church planters who help teach during the week, there are typically 20 – 30 participants which makes for a great learning time.  We stay at this urban residential community and join in their rhythm of life during our stay.

To find out more information about this church planter training time, please go over the the Ecclesia Network site and you will find all the information that you need.  If you are looking to plant a church within the next 2 years, this is the place to go and not only get some excellent training, but develop some friendships that will give you strength in tough times and people who will celebrate with you in the good times.

Second there is Exponential 2011, which is taking place in OrlandoApril 26th – 29th.  The huge theme this year is missional communities.  There is a wide variety of speakers, including people like Alan Hirsch and Francis Chan, so you are bound to connect with someone.  The question being answered this year is:  “What does it take to see apostolic movement throughout my church”

I’ll be doing a couple of workshops.  Here are some of the details on those workshops.  I’d love to connect with you in Orlando.

Missional Church Primer (4.27.11 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
There has been a lot of buzz about the “Missional Church” this past decade, but when “missional” is applied to everything, it becomes devoid of its meaning.  In this session we will take a wide-angle look at the missional church exploring recent history, theological distinctions and practices as well as contemporary missiologists who have shaped and are shaping the movement.

Missional Leadership: Living Out the Five Fold (4.27.11 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
If the church is going to faithfully rebirth herself in the Western context and cultivate a fruitful missional ethos, she must awaken the five equippers to live as cultural architects who awaken the entire community to join God in the renewal of all things. In this session we will move from theory to practice, taking a look at how we have been living this out in our churches in Los Angeles over the last decade.

Embracing a Dangerous Mission (4.27.11 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.)
Jesus calls us to follow him into the world, which makes for an adventurous life filled with risks and rewards, joys and dangers. Part of the reason many young people are leaving the church today is because the church feels more like a country club rather than a community on a dangerous mission to bless the world. If we really want to follow Jesus, we must be willing to be rejected, to live simply, be peacemakers, agents of economic justice, and ultimately willing to suffer and die for his name’s sake.

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