In his book, The Missional Leader, Alan Roxburgh says, “The challenge for so many church leaders, whether or not they have received formal training, is that they are not equipped to lead such a church. They were trained to pastor and teach in an existing church context to the satisfaction of its members…. We need the entrepreneurial leader who can birth new faith communities. We need the prophet who has learned the discipline of listening to God and is able to impart a clear vision and discerning counsel. We need the evangelist who can commend Christ with grace and authority and equip the local church to communicate the good news ….”
We cannot depend solely on seminaries to provide the kind of leadership equipping that is demanded by a new kind of church. We are designing a variety of training opportunities to prepare, equip and sustain the kind of prophetic leadership needed during a time of unprecedented change in the church.
1001 New Worshiping Communities training includes:
an annual national conference where new and experienced leaders and supporters of new worshiping communities gather to learn from one another;
regional gatherings—one-day trainings for people interested in evangelism, discerning or actively engaging in a 1001 New Worshiping Community call.
presentations and conferences sponsored by mid councils;
cohorts for leaders of new worshiping communities;
retreats for spiritual renewal;
print resources, such as Starting New Worshiping Communities (available in English, Spanish and Korean).
Starting New Worshiping Communities This resource walks you and your team through the five tasks of developing a new worshiping community: Establishing your identity, Discerning the vision, Exploring the possibilities, Finding missionary leaders, and Developing a plan. Rather than a proscriptive plan or linear progression, Starting New Worshiping Communities guides you in a process of discernment.
Disciple-Making Church Conference January 16–19, 2017
Abide in Me: A Spiritual Purging
Winter is an ideal time for the annual disciple-making church conference in sunny St. Pete Beach, Florida, hosted by the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Evangelism. Abide in Me…A Spiritual Purging will be held at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort January 16–19, 2017. Inspiring speakers will minister to pastors and church leaders through plenary presentations, workshops, small groups, worship and fellowship.
1001 New Worshiping Communities Annual Conference August 7–10, 2017
Living, Dying, Rising!
Living, Dying, Rising, the 1001 New Worshiping Communities annual conference, outlines the story of the life of Christ and also the life of the church. Through the Holy Spirit, the church is freed from fear and invited to journey confidently into new territory as missionaries of shalom.
The conference will be held at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, August 7–10, 2017.
A regional gathering offers support, encouragement and nourishment for your soul!
San Francisco March 3–4, 2017 First Presbyterian Church of Hayward 2400 Grove Way Castro Valley, California 94546
Los Angeles April 7—8, 2017 Placentia Presbyterian Church 849 Bradford Avenue Placentia, California 94870
Each day we pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into the harvest field —Luke 10:2
Our regional gatherings are to prepare, equip, and sustain you for the ministry in which God has called you. Regardless if you are a lay leader or ordained, we have a spot for you. Join us as we come together to encourage and support each other.
The morning will include our featured speaker and small groups. In the afternoon, local practitioners will lead workshops. Come away refreshed, equipped, and supported. Our regional gatherings are to prepare, equip, and sustain you for the ministry in which God has called you. Regardless if you are a lay leader or ordained, we have a spot for you. Join us as we come together to encourage and support each other. The morning will have our featured speaker and small groups. In the afternoon, local practitioners will be leading workshops. Come away refreshed, equipped, and supported.
The cost is FREE! This is for elders, pastors, or anyone interested in 1001 NWCs. Lunch will on your own in small groups at local restaurants. Friday night will have an optional fireside conversation.
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Apply by Febuary 1 for international placement
Young Adult Volunteer applications are due February 1 for international placement in the YAV program. Encourage young people, ages 19 to 30, to apply for a transformational year of service as a YAV. Follow @yavprogram on social media for updates on each YAV site. Help spread the word!
Meeting Jesus—new from Presbyterians Today. Reflections for each day of Lent narrated as first-person accounts from Bible characters who met Jesus during his earthly life and ministry, along with Scripture readings, prayers, and contemporary multimedia artwork. Perfect for congregations, families and individuals.