Learning Environments

October 2019

Developing Servant Leaders in Your Congregation (Twin Cities)

Presenters: Dr. Justin Irving, Dr. Mark Strauss
October 22 @ 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Bethel Seminary – Anderson Center, 2 Pine Tree Drive
Arden Hills, Minnesota 55112

What does it mean to engage in the work of leadership, in any sector, in a manner that is influenced and informed by biblical foundations and best-practice wisdom? Join us for the deeper dive for pastors to be equipped as servant leaders and empowered to develop servant leaders in their churches who lead not just in church settings but in all areas of their life and work in a manner consistent with biblical wisdom.

This seminar will include teaching as well as shared discussion and problem solving led by Dr. Justin Irving and Dr. Mark Strauss from Bethel Seminary will present and guide discussion.

This event is co-sponsored with Thrivent & Work With Purpose.

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October Pastors and Leaders Collaborative Lunch (Twin Cities)

October 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Calvary Church – Roseville Campus, 2120 Lexington Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

There is great kingdom blessing through collaboration of pastors and churches in the Twin Cities.

Made To Flourish Twin Cities is starting a monthly meeting to discuss what's happening in the Cities through Faith/Work, Economic Wisdom engagement, and to build greater collaboration. 

MTF pastors and leaders are invited to join together for lunch and sharing.  Specifically: 
What are you learning (specifically from the last MTF event you attended)?

What are you applying in terms of Faith, Work, and Economic Wisdom?
What are you / your church struggling with in terms of FWE?
How can we help one another (prayer, processing, partnership, resources)?

$10 to cover lunch. 

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Transformational Leadership and Organizations (Cleveland)

Presenter: Jeremy Lile
October 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Front Porch Cafe, 798 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311 United States

Transformational Leadership and Organizations: Strategic Planning, Practical Tools, and Wisdom for the Flourishing of Leaders and Organizations.

Leadership is an inward journey that can lead to the transformation of culture, organizations, and cities.  It takes tremendous courage to lead.  It also takes strategy.  Join us as we take a journey inward that will make us better leaders - leading better organizations.

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Peninsula Baptist Association Annual Gathering “Faith Works” (Hampton Roads)

Presenters: Pastor Jerome Barber, Pastor Randy Shipley, Pastor Miguel Davilla, Melanie Lassiter, Chuck Harrison, Charles Cheek
October 28 @ 4:00 pm - October 29 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, 2200 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666 United States

Join the Peninsula Baptist Association and it's 63 member churches at their annual meeting at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia. The theme is "Faith Works In Our Churches". The first day will feature practical breakouts sessions by several member churches about how their Sunday Worship has led to impactful Monday work in their communities. Also, Pastor Jerome Barber of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple, Pastor Miguel Davilla of Hampton Roads Fellowship, Pastor Randy Shipley of First Baptist Church of Newport News and Melanie Lassiter of the Peninsula Baptist Association will deliver messages on "Faith Works In Our Churches".

The second day will continue with worship and messages on "Faith Works" by Chuck Harrison and Charles Cheek of the Peninsula Baptist Association. All sessions are free and open to everyone. There will be a nominal cost for dinner on the second day.

The host churches are Ivy Memorial Baptist Church and Freedom Life Church of Hampton.

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November 2019

Gospel Gathering with James K. A. Smith (Portland)

Presenter: James K. A. Smith
November 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PST
Imago Dei Community, 1302 Southeast Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States

We know Augustine as one of the church’s greatest theologians. But in fact he spent his entire life as a pastor and, as a bishop, pastoring pastors. This conversation will draw on Augustine’s sermons and letters to introduce us to the “spiritual realism” of the Doctor of Grace.

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Fortifying The Bridge – Faith and Work in the Real World (Seattle)

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PST
Blue Star Cafe, 4512 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103 United States

You have heard about helping further connect work and faith with those you serve.  Let's discuss how to further build the bridge between our worship on Sunday and working lives on Monday.

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Healthy Teams, Healthy Churches: A Journey to 2020 (Silicon Valley)

Presenter: Patrick Lencioni
November 14 @ 7:45 am - 12:45 pm PST
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, 2440 Leghorn St
Mountain View, 94043 United States

What it's All About:

The ability to build a healthy team is fast becoming an advantage, especially in the region that we live in. Too often dysfunction, confusion and politics prevent even the most brilliant strategies from realizing their full potential. Organizational effectiveness and team dynamics are at the root of many problems and it’s time that the Church step up to be one of the leaders in Organizational Health.

This is a rare opportunity for you and your team to be immersed in organizational health. You’ll spend an energizing and thought-provoking morning with Pat Lencioni who has spent the past 20 years shaping the organizational health movement. Participants will learn new concepts and tools to lead their teams towards increased health and effectiveness.

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Pastors Lunch and Learn: Sunday Faith Meets Monday Work (Chattanooga)

November 14 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm EST
Feed, 201 West Main Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402 United States

Please join us for a complimentary lunch to connect with other local pastors and learn how we should begin the conversation related to integrating faith, work and economics.

This is the first step toward developing a network to help Chattanooga area pastors as they equip those in the pews and chairs to connect their faith with their work, and to serve as Christians in all areas of life, for the glory of God and the good of their neighbors.

Your hosts for this meeting will be William Ladd, Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Church; Drew McCallie, Associate Pastor of Hixson United Methodist Church; and Clark Taylor, founder, Chattanooga Institute for Faith and Work.

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Self-Awareness: A Tool for Serving and Empowering Others (Cleveland)

Presenters: Dr. Elizabeth Patterson Roe, Duane Crabbs
November 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Front Porch Cafe, 798 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311 United States

"Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult." Warren Bennis

Self-Awareness is essential for good work, healthy relationships, and servant-leadership.  Join us as we engage interactive exercises designed to help us intimately confront ourselves and become more self-aware leaders.

Dr. Elizabeth Roe, Malone University
Pastor Duane Crabbs, founder of South Street Ministries

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February 2020

Serving Your Neighborhood Through the Built Environment (Phoenix)

Presenter: Sara Joy Proppe
February 5, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am MST
Shiloh Community Church, 19021 N 32nd St
Phoenix, 85050 United States

Your physical place in your neighborhood matters and your property has the power to be a life-giving presence to all who encounter it, even those simply walking by on a weekday afternoon.

This session with Sara Joy Proppe will consider how our engagement with the built environment is a fundamental component of our calling to seek the welfare of the city.

This conversation is for anyone who is a steward of a place, including church properties, office buildings, or homes. This online workshop will include a short talk by Sara Joy Proppe and a brainstorming session about ways we can be creative placemakers in Phoenix.


Sara Joy has a passion for cities, stories, and the Church. She loves to imagine how churches can be active and faithful participants in city planning and development in order to bring hope and redemption to the setting of our stories. She speaks and writes for a variety of audiences on this topic. She currently works full time as a Project Manager in commercial real estate development in Minneapolis, where she oversees mixed-use and historic rehab developments. She serves on the Executive Board for the Congress for New Urbanism - Members Christian Caucus. She is also the co-chair for the Urban Land Institute Minnesota's Young Leaders Executive Committee.

Sara Joy holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters in Community & Regional Planning. She loves to cook, garden, and bike around town. She shows her Texas roots with many aptly-placed y'alls in her conversations.

Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, there is a team of local organizers and supporters for Proximity Project. They work in industries such as affordable housing development, economic development, real estate brokerage, urban planning and academic research. Together they dream about how to change the Twin Cities through encouraging faithful presence and good design in their churches and neighborhoods.Sarah 

This workshop will be a virtual workshop through Zoom. The link and login instructions will be sent to anyone who registers.

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