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.
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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.
When considering this forming 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.
The congregational guiding teams are 4-6 people, particularly ones who are open to an unknown future. Usually these team members are not on Council since there is a significant time commitment. The teams will gather every three or four months (six times in the 18-20 month process). Each team will meet monthly in their congregation and begin with listening activities both in the congregation and the neighbourhood or community.
The rostered leaders follow a parallel path of listening, attending and discerning, testing and experimenting, reflecting and finally deciding. The listening begins with a 360 degree survey of sixteen leadership skills identified as necessary for leading into an unknown future. (For example: creates coalitions, missional theology, foundations for change, personal courage). This assessment of readiness factors is the foundation for deeper listening and experiments to further develop adaptive leadership skills. These leaders meet together monthly in a cohort group.
For more information please contact Pastor Julianne, Assistant to the Bishop for Mission at Julianne@albertasynod.ca or 587-439-1937 (Calgary)