Fresh Expressions-Pioneer Learning Community

Fresh Expressions-Pioneer Learning Community

WhenFriday, January 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM to Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM
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Emailsarah.keasler@freshexpressionsus.org
ContactSarah Keasler
The Alabama-West Florida Conference will be hosting two Pioneer Learning Community retreats in Montgomery, AL, January 5-6 and May 4-5.
 
What is a Pioneer Community?
Pioneer Learning Communities: Learning to start and lead fresh expressions of church.
Are you a Pioneer? Or do you know someone who is?
Pioneers are mission entrepreneurs who have the stirrings to go beyond existing church communities to engage in life and ministry with people, fostering fresh expressions of church that connect with those uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the inherited church.
 
Fresh Expressions Pioneer Communities are a part-time, learning community designed to:
 
  • Assist teams who want to launch fresh expressions of church
  • Help pastors and lay-leaders create Fresh Expressions strategies for their communities and neighborhoods
  • Surround pioneers with a network of fellow sojourners and practitioners of missional ministry
 
Over the course of several months, Pioneer cohorts meet for two weekend retreats, monthly connection and support through coaching. Teams and individuals discern and implement intentional steps toward developing fresh expressions of church appropriate to their unique contexts. Each participant is welcomed into an on-going peer learning network upon completion of the learning community.
Using the Mission-Shaped Ministry curriculum first developed in the UK as a framework, Pioneer Learning Communities dig into the theological foundations of Fresh Expressions, the practices that lead to contextually appropriate ministry, attentiveness to authentic discipleship, tools for developing teams and leaders, and the steps to forming meaningful expressions of church within a particular mission context.
 
What can you expect at the first retreat?
A team of trainers will facilitate two days of exploring the development of fresh expressions. Through presentations, action-reflection activities, and facilitated table conversations, the trainers will guide participants to be intentional about ministry that is contextual, missional, formational and ecclesial.
Topics covered include: biblical foundations, the process of development, the priority of listening, prayer walking, vision, design thinking, discipleship in a fresh expression, and team development.
 
What can you expect between retreats?
Each participant will be placed in a coaching circle of 4 to 6 pioneers, and coaching sessions will occur monthly. Coaching supports pioneers in the ongoing forming and shaping of their fresh expression initiatives and strategies. In addition, participants will receive training modules on missional values and funding.
 
What can you expect at the second retreat?
The same team of trainers will re-gather with pioneers for two days of continued learning together. Participants will hear from each other how their ministries have been unfolding. Training topics covered include: leadership, evangelism in a fresh expression, moving from building community to discipleship, worship in a fresh expression, dealing with failure along the way, and staying strong.
 
The Alabama West Florida Conference has partnered with Fresh Expressions.  The partner cost per person is $500.00.  The AWF would like to partner with you as well and will pay $167.00  for each person if registered by December 18, 2017.  When you register your cost will be $333.00.  The church may also want to consider sharing the cost with you.
 
If you have any questions or I can be of assistance, please contact me anytime
Sandy Gutting
Alabama-West Florida Conference
Office of Congregational and New Church Development
(850) 291-1244
 
Registration Instructions:
 
1. Visit the registration page: http://freshexpressionsus.org/event/pioneer-learning-community-alabama/
 
2. Click 'register' then click 'tickets'. Then select the partner ticket ($500)
 
3. Enter the promo code: DISCOUNT (for additional discount from AWF -$167.00 if registered by December 18, 2017.) your cost $333.00.
 
4. Your ticket includes registration for both retreats (materials, coaching, webinars, a free ticket to the fresh expressions national gathering) and meals. It does not include your lodging. Instructions for a hotel are in the description of the tickets page.
 
If you encounter any problems with registering or have any questions, email Sarah.keasler@freshexpressionsus.org 
 

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