Ecclesia Network National Gathering 2011
This month the Ecclesia Network is hosting our National Gathering in Washington D.C. once again. The theme this year is Spiritual Formation in Missional Congregations. Here are some of the details.
February 23rd – 25th
A More Missional Approach in our ecclesiology must be intrinsically related to the spiritual formation of our congregations. Forming a group of people into a missionary community requires certain spiritual practices and theological convictions that are distinguishable from other modes of church. In addition, as leaders of these communities, we must have a new vision for our own personal transformation.
This year, we are joined by Dr. Todd Hunter. Todd has years of experience in the area of mission & spiritual formation and is currently a Bishop within the western region of the Anglican Mission in America. We are also delighted to have Dr. Marykate Morse, professor of leadership and spiritual formation at George Fox University with us. Marykate is the author of Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space and Influence, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in equipping leaders in the area of spiritual formation. Corey Widmer and Don Coleman, co-pastors of East End Fellowship will also join us. Together, they are pursuing missional formation in an intensely urban, multi-cultural community, within in the context of justice & racial reconciliation.
We also have some great focused sessions. From the late morning through the afternoon on the second day (Feb. 24th), six tracks focusing on a different aspect of spiritual formation will be explored. Each of these will focus on normal congregational practices that could be re-envisioned through the lens of spiritual formation.
Preaching & Teaching as Spiritual Formation – guided by David Fitch
Leadership as Spiritual Formation – guided by Marykate Morse
Worship & Liturgy as Spiritual Formation – guided by Todd Hunter
Mid-sized Communities as Spiritual Formation – guided by JR Woodward
Small Groups as Spiritual Formation – guided by Doug Paul
Justice as Spiritual Formation – guided by Corey Widmer and Don Coleman
Finally, there will be substantial opportunity to hear from one another, including and to learn more about the Ecclesia Network. This gathering is open to all and as always, I believe there are a few spaces left, so register now.
You can find more information about this event at the Ecclesia Network website. Love to see you later this month.