Missional Formation – Opportunities

The Synod of Alberta and the Territories is intentionally working to explore, develop and support skills and capacities to move forward in unity and in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is an invitation to participate in hope together.

An Introduction to Missional Formation event at was held at Scandia Lutheran Church, Armena in the spring of 2016. It was very good to see so many congregations from the East Central and Northern Conferences represented there.

The first iteration lead by the staff of The Missional Network (Alan Roxburgh and Fiona Watts) began in November 2013. After completing the 18 months meeting, congregations and leaders in the first iteration continue to gather and journey forward together. The second iteration began in September 2015 in the Southern Conference.

November 2016 the third iteration of this 18-20 month process began in Leduc and continues with the Rostered Cohort meeting monthly, and the Guiding Teams participating in Step Three: Experimenting (September 2017).

When considering joining a mission-shaped ministries journey:

Pray. Ask for courage, openness, clarity and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Consider the opportunity to develop new practices and habits. This process offers new learning and insight but requires the time and courage to try something new.

Share the possibility as broadly as you can in the congregation.  As one participant put it “This is not a project being done by the guiding team, it is a congregational process being modeled and led by the guiding team.” This team learns and shares new practices in the congregation. Some congregations discuss the opportunity at regular worship, AGMs, Council meetings, Bible Studies and fellowship events.

Iteration Four will focus individually on congregations who want to learn how to discern and join in God’s planned future. For more information please contact Pastor Julianne, Assistant to the Bishop for Mission at Julianne@albertasynod.ca or 587-439-1937 (Calgary)