06. May 2020 - 17:00

Fresh Expressions Mission Academy, Online, Wednesday, 06. May 2020

FX Mission Academy

About this Event

Fresh Expressions Mission Academy: Engaging Incarnational Mission in Quarantined & Post-Quarantine Contexts

Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm Eastern

May 6, 13, 20, 27

Your ticket for this track includes access to all 3 of the Master Classes (Resilient Leader, Resilient Church, Resilient Gospel). You do NOT need to register separately for the Master Classes.

Course Objectives:

  • Theological grounding for a missional posture during pandemic
  • Discern potential networks or people groups for mission focus
  • Strategize potential opportunities for relational connection within gathering limitations
  • Identify discipleship opportunities during pandemic
  • Apply the learning in real-life

May 5 - Session 1: Convincing Your Church This is Not the Time to Pause the Mission!

This session will dig into Jesus's call to the Church, even during (maybe even especially during) uncertain, challenging times. We will look at Biblical texts that can give your church vision and courage. We will explore some of the particularities around the mission context of the broader pandemic. And we will help you frame a rationale for moving forward with fresh expression ideas and initiatives that are meant to connect with people beyond your congregation.

May 12 - Session 2: You Can't Reach Everybody--How to Focus Your Mission Energy

This session is about discerning what unique opportunities God is putting in front of you. Who is the Macedonian that God is placing on your heart? The heart of others in your congregation? We will explore some ways to identify unique opportunities and connections that will help you clarify your ripest opportunities for fruitful mission.

May 19 - Session 3: Loving and Serving in a Pandemic World

While the Coronavirus pandemic has created some limitations to how we love and serve and build community with new people, there are also great opportunities that call for innovative strategies. We will explores some of the creative ways other churches are navigating this reality, and will engage some brainstorming exercises to pursue creative solutions in the **** of group gathering limitations.

May 26 - Session 4: Signposts of the Kingdom in a Pandemic World

In this session, we will explore what it means to be signposts of the kingdom in the midst of a pandemic. We will explore some of the aspects of the Good News that may be particularly powerful in this cultural moment, and will explore practical strategies for embodying good news in the everydayness of the mission.

About Your Instructors:

Shannon Kiser serves as Director of Training, leading our team of mission strategists and trainers in the development and implementation of the Mission Shaped Ministry course through Pioneer Learning Communities. She is also a pastor on staff with Riverside Church in Sterling, VA, a Church that worships in two languages and engages in several fresh expressions of church. Shannon has also been involved with the Presbyterian Church’s New Worshiping Communities initiative, and has directed the coaching network that supports pioneer leaders. Shannon lives in Springfield, VA with her husband Patrick and teenage daughters Catherine and Suzanne.

Heather Jallad serves an innovative dual appointment as pastor of community engagement at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek, GA as well as Lead Cultivator of FX for the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is the pioneer of Douglasville Dinner Church, and is in the experimental phase of a Supper Club and a Common Grounds Coffee House Gathering. She completed her M.Div. at Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a BA in Mass Communications/Public Relations from the University of South Florida. Heather has served churches across the Atlanta metro area in a variety of roles. She and her husband Marten have been married for 26 years and have two daughters, Ariana, a college senior and Sierra, a high school junior.

Mitch Marcello is the Director of the Acts Network, a collection of fresh expressions of faith connected with the local church. He works with leaders to explore faith expressions, create meaningful communities and grow personal understanding about what it means to be a disciple in a rapidly changing culture. After spending five years working with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) doing college ministry and community outreach, Mitchell sees the importance of contextualizing ministry, and knows connecting pioneering ministries with the traditional church is vital to the Gospel being spread. It is not about being the newest form of ministry, but about doing what is needed to make the Gospel “news” again. Mitchell works at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA, has helped start eleven faith communities and is in the process of launching fresh expressions of worship throughout Williamsport. Mitchell holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University.

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