If you are attending the Exponential conference in Orlando this April come by and say hello, either at the Forge Missional pre-conference or at one of the following workshops.
BIVO REALITY: Starting a Church Without a Dime – A Doable and Enjoyable BiVO Lifestyle
Whether you are a marketplace leader looking for help in leveraging your kingdom calling, or you are a ministry leader looking for creative ways to manage and fund your calling, this workshop is for you. The Gospel got to us by fully paid, barely paid, or non-paid saints and the future will be bright for those who learn to leverage all they have for one calling. Hugh and Brad will discuss the benefits of Bivo church planting and give practical steps towards creating and sustaining a Bivocational movement.
The Missional Quest: Shifting an Existing Congregation in a Missional Direction
Before talking about the how of missional living, it is important to discuss the why. In this breakout Brad and Lance will survey the theological foundations that set the stage for the church to move in a missional direction. Without a clear understanding of certain foundations, any change a church attempts to make will simply not be sustainable. Topics will include the missionary nature of the church, incarnational mission, participation in the missio Dei, and practical first steps of implementing change.
Pipeline Creation: Developing the Bi-Vocational Planter
As a result of declining attendance and the closing of many existing churches, every major denomination is focusing more resources towards starting new congregations. In the midst of this proliferation of church planting, one of the most significant trends is the starting of new churches by bi-vocational leaders. They are making this decision out of the conviction that bi-vocational church planting actually provides a more desirable way to plant a new church, rather than on the basis of limited funds. In other words, it is becoming a first option, not a last resort. In this breakout learn the philosophy behind creating a bivo pipeline of planters and discover how to best resource and send them into Kingdom activity.
Engaging God’s Mission Where You Live, Work and Play
While more and more people are less and less interested in the programs and activities of the church,missionally-minded people must learn how to lovingly engage people in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places that we inhabit. In this breakout we will discuss the topics of biblical hospitality in and through our homes (1st place), understanding how God has placed us in a vocation for His missional purposes (2nd place), and what it means to identify, create, and support Third Places in our communities.