Virginia Learning Community Oct. 18-19, 2019, and April 17-18, 2020, Bon Air United Methodist Church, Friday, 18. October 2019

Price includes participation in both retreats (October 18-19, 2019 and April 17-18, 2020), food, training materials and a book, 6 months of coaching circles in between the reatreats, webinars and more! 
ABOUT
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 .
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.

Lodging: 
Best Western Governor’s Inn, 9826 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
Guests may either call our hotel directly at 804-323-0007 to make reservations and mention they’re part of the VA United Methodist Conference group or they can follow this link:

Breakfast is included with the stay from 6am-9:30am (Weekdays) and 7am-10am (Weekends)
 
For any additional questions related to the Pioneer Learning Community, please email: 
Director of Training: Shannon Kiser -
Coordinator of Operations: Sarah Keasler -

Friday, 18. October 2019, Bon Air United Methodist Church, Virginia Learning Community Oct. 18-19, 2019, and April 17-18, 2020

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