Aim: A twin-track learning community for those wanting to grow healthy churches by advancing their vision and missional effectiveness.
When: First session: 17 - 18 January 2018
Where: CMS (Church Mission Society) Oxford
Team: Ideally a team of 4-6 including the senior leader
Cost: £1300 per year (£2600 over 2 years) for 4-6 delegates - includes training from Lead Academy’s facilitators and faculty, services of a dedicated coach, all materials, lunches, snacks & drinks,
Track 1 – For larger churches (generally of 300 plus)
Track 2 – Specifically geared to follow up the Further Faster Conference hosted by Lead Academy in July 2017 with the team from North Point Church, Atlanta.
Both tracks will share the same teaching input and emphasis but will have specific sessions and group work tailored to their own needs. This will also mean that teams are able to engage with others from similar contexts and sizes.
Attendance at the conference is not a prerequisite for this group although in preparation we would encourage everyone to read Andy Stanley's excellent book 'Deep and Wide'.
Over a 2-year period you will work through common issues with a group of churches that are facing similar questions and will develop realistic and measurable strategies that will significantly equip your church for the next stage of its ministry. After each 2-day session you will leave with a clear action plan for what you intend to achieve over the next 6 months and an element of accountability for its implementation to the wider group is a key part of the process.
This learning journey will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on what's going on as well as imagining what could be and explore how those dreams can be turned into reality.
Some key subjects that will be explored over the 2 years:
Purpose, vision and culture:
· The ‘Why?’ question
· Setting clear goals and priorities
· Identifying growth issues
· Analyzing the church culture
· Leadership structures
· Developing missional leaders
· Empowerment and control
· Growing healthy teams
· Identifying barriers to mission
· Releasing missional imagination
· Developing a culture of invitation
· Making the church more welcoming
· Identifying learning styles
· Creating a culture of discipleship
· Growing disciples who disciple
You will receive expert input via Lead Academy’s extensive faculty and tailored coaching. However by employing a collaborative learning approach significant input and knowledge comes from one another as we share stories, ideas and approaches.
If you are interested in joining us for this learning community then do contact us:
‘The Lead Academy programme is excellent and the time spent away with other senior leaders from our church has already proved helpful. It was particularly useful to work through the Lead Academy training as a team. It enabled us to discuss the issues we face, make plans and pray together. I'd thoroughly recommend Lead Academy!’
Matthew Porter – St Michael-le-Belfry, York
‘Loved it, it’s been great. The most relevant thing I’ve done with regards to church vision and strategy.’
Jon Scammon - St Tom’s, Lancaster