Faithful Innovation Learning Community Training for Judicatory Leaders

The Faithful Innovation Learning Community is a 12-month "train the trainer" process to teach you how to help congregations in your judicatory, synod or diocese to adapt to the core challenges facing the church in the 21st century.

Through a dynamic peer-learning community of ecumenical leaders, you'll engage ancient spiritual practices and leading-edge innovation theory as you discover ways to join God in forming Christian faith in community.

Then, you'll learn how to facilitate the same type of experience for clergy, lay leaders, and everyday disciples in your judicatory system.

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The Faithful Innovation Learning Community is a 12-month "train the trainer" process to teach you how to help congregations in your judicatory, synod or diocese to adapt to the core challenges facing the church in the 21st century.

Through a dynamic peer-learning community of ecumenical leaders, you'll engage ancient spiritual practices and leading-edge innovation theory as you discover ways to join God in forming Christian faith in community.

Then, you'll learn how to facilitate the same type of experience for clergy, lay leaders, and everyday disciples in your judicatory system.

Outcomes


  • To equip judicatory systems to innovate faithfully.

  • To train judicatory leaders to facilitate learning communities with clergy and congregations in their context.

  • To help congregations make deeper connections with God, each other, and their neighbors.

  • To identify and experience what it means to be the church in a new way.


“Expect the unexpected. It isn't a program, it isn't a curriculum; it's actually a process ...  an iterative process that will actually change the DNA of our congregations.”

- 2018-19 participant

Key Practices


All these activities will help you engage three core practices that prepare you to respond to the adaptive challenges facing the church in the 21st century.

  • Discern

    Trace God’s movement in our lives and contexts

  • Learn

    Use action learning to discover God’s leading

  • Share

    Reflect intentionally on our actions

"It feels like we're in times where discernment is really needed, and we are not sure where we're going. But that is OK; we're getting there together."

- 2018-19 participant


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How Does It Work?


Learning community participants commit to a 12-month training process.

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • Two in-person gatherings

    There are two in-person gatherings of three days each, in which you will experience firsthand the trainings you will lead in your judicatory. You will also be equipped to recruit congregations, communicate the process to your constituents, and raise up coaches.

  • Monthly coaching via Zoom

    In between gatherings, you’ll meet regularly with your cohort members and coaches to report on your action steps, reflect on your learnings, and share stories of success and failure.

  • Faithful innovation tools and resources

    You’ll gain access to tools and resources you can use as you teach congregations and clergy from your judicatory how to engage a process of faithful innovation.

What Does the Judicatory Need to Do?


There are spots for up to four leaders from each judicatory in the Faithful Innovation Learning Community training. During the cohort, you'll identify clergy, congregations, and coaches from your system to engage in this process after you've completed your training.

  • Select up to four leaders from your judicatory to participate in the cohort. This can be a combination of judicatory executive, judicatory staff, local clergy and/or lay leaders.

  • Begin to identify clergy, congregations, and coaches who are interested in forming their own learning communities.

  • Bring an open mind and an open heart to learn and adapt to the core ministry challenges facing the church in the 21st century

Come to prepared to implement the skills, practices, and tools you'll learn to lead faithful innovation with clergy, congregations, and coaches in your judicatory system.

Cost: $10,000

Each judicatory brings a team of up to 4 people

Food/Lodging

The judicatory is responsible for food and lodging

Travel Costs

The judicatory is responsible for its own travel costs

Location

Meetings will be held in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area

Schedule

First Gathering

February 17-19, 2020

Second Gathering

June 23-24, 2020

Meet the Program Leaders


Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D.

Dwight ZScheile, Ph.D.

Episcopal priest and Vice President of Innovation and Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary. His books include “People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity” (Morehouse 2012); “The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age” (Church Publishing, 2014); and “Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America” (with Craig Van Gelder, Eerdmans, 2018).

 

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Michael Binder, Ph.D.

Co-Lead Pastor at Mill City Church in Northeast Minneapolis. Michael helped to found Mill City Church in 2008 with a focus on neighborhood ministry. Michael has a PhD from Luther Seminary in the area of congregational mission and leadership. He is part of the Innovation Leadership Team at Luther Seminary where he also serves as adjunct faculty. He consults with congregations and denominations in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three kids.

Apply to the Faithful Innovation Learning Community Training


The online application involves three components:

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • Information about your judicatory

  • Why you feel your judicatory is ready to engage this process

  • A commitment to participate if selected