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      November 8, 2019

      Friday   9:30 AM

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      Learning Community: Nebraska

      Not Fitting In is a Gift! ✔️ Do you have a dream for reaching people who will never come to a traditional Church?✔️ Does your Church struggle to engage entrepreneurial, apostolic leaders?✔️ Are you a leader who is frustrated with only working on programs for those within the Church?✔️ Have you struggled to start a fresh expression or scale to multiple expressions of Church?✔️ Do you long for camaraderie with other leaders experimenting with new forms of Church?✔️ Do you long for advice from those who have already started fresh expressions?   Fresh Expressions Learning Communities are a six-month, 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 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. Over the course of approximately six months, 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. FAQ 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 ecclesial. Topics covered include: biblical foundations, the process of development, the priority of listening, prayer walking, vision, design thinking, discipleship in a fresh expression, and team development. 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. Schedule:    Friday begins at 9:30am and concludes at 8:15pm.  Lunch and dinner will be provided    Saturday begins at 9:00 and concludes at 3pm.  Lunch will be provided  For any additional questions related to the Pioneer Learning Community, please email:  Director of Training: Shannon Kiser - For any additional questions related to the Pioneer Learning Community, please email:  Director of Training: Shannon Kiser - Great Plains UMC ticket needs a note that scholarship support is provided for a limited number of Great Plains affiliates.  Please contact Office of Congregational Excellence at   Nearby Hotels in Grand Island, NE  Fairfield Inn and Suites- $120/ night  Ramada by Wyndham $103/ night  Hampton Inn Grand Island $98/ night 

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