Bringing the love of God to home, neighborhood, workplace, and world.
Collaborative learning with teaching teams of practitioners and scholars
Accessible for lay people while built upon solid research and practice
Uses a variety of teaching methods because people learn in different ways
Practicing deep listening to God, others, and world in a posture of compassion
Attending to personal growth through time tested spiritual practices.
Large and small group experience with trained spiritual directors.
Working with missional innovators to learn to see as Jesus sees.
Building relationships with fellow learners, neighbors, and strangers.
Developing the senses to see and appreciate the gifts in ourselves and others.
Today many Christians struggle to know how to share their faith in loving, healing, and transformative ways in their own neighborhoods. No one wants to be a nuisance, be judgmental, or try to scare people into a relationship with God. All these negative images and more have made the word "evangelism" offensive to most people. The truth is, evangelism is a byproduct of living a life that is a blessing to others, in presence, actions, and words. The focus in this program is being a community that loves well, for the sake of our neighbors.
In this program participants learn how to develop new, small spiritual communities in their own neighborhoods by helping their neighborhoods flourish. Participants learn how to recognize God already at work in local neighborhoods, and how to see, honor, and partner with the strengths in any neighborhood. This course also integrates wisdom and best practices in healing the wounds of racism, because in our world we cannot think about neighborhood flourishing without thinking about healing (and preventing) the wounds of racism.
Theologian and Practitioner in Residence for this program is Rev. Dr. Elaine A. Heath.
Director of Spiritual Formation is Rev. Dr. Lynne B. Caldwell.
All gatherings will be held virtually so anyone from anywhere can join! However, space is limited to 25.
Small groups will gather for orientation on the evening of January 8, 2021. Monthly classes will begin on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Look below for additional 2021 class dates.
The class includes ten monthly virtual meetings, held one Saturday per month (9-4:30). In addition, students meet in assigned small groups (5 members each) for up to 90 minutes total time between class days with a professional Spiritual Formation leader.
For the optimum educational and growth experience, we recommend 5-7 hours/week, during the active months of the course, for out-of-class time which includes reading, viewing videos, and spiritual and missional practices.
Total cost is $1100 and can be paid in quarterly payments of $275 throughout 2021. The cost of books and other materials for the year is approximately $67. Those participants who require financial assistance are encouraged to contact their district office, local pastor, or other appropriate funding sources.
CLASS DATES 2021
Summer break with no classes in June or July
Registration will close on December 20, 2020.
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