Learning Environments

March 2019

Helping Victims of Trauma and Practicing Self-Care (Cleveland)

Presenter: Leigh-Ann Brisbin, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Free to Be Ministries
March 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Front Porch Cafe, 798 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311 United States

Many of the people we care about and places we lead and work are affected by trauma. This is especially true in our under-resourced communities. Unfortunately, in many cases, degrees and compassion alone are generally not adequate in when it comes to caring for someone who has experienced trauma. Consequently, not only are we not always helpful, but we also end up burning out and experiencing compassion fatigue at extremely high rates. Keep growing through this interactive workshop that will better equip you to love your neighbor and love yourself.

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April 2019

Miami Pastor’s Gathering

Presenter: Ed Stetzer
April 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Miami Temple Church, 9175 SW 44th St
Miami, FL 33165 United States

Pastors and ministry leaders are invited to come out for the Miami Pastors Gathering. Ed Stetzer our keynote speaker will be discussing what an ecosystem for gospel movement in the city looks like and how collaboration in the Kingdom works.We will have time for prayer and networking. Lunch will be provided.Share, invite, & be a part of this annual gathering of pastors & ministry leaders throughout the region.

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Lunch and Learn (Boston)

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States

Join us to share a meal and hear from ministry leaders.

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What Business Leaders Wish More Pastors Knew: A Workshop with Katherine Leary Alsdorf (Orlando)

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

Disciple Business Leaders in Ways They Want and Need Rather than Your Own

Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the founder & former executive director of Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work and co-author with Tim Keller of Every Good Endeavor. She and her husband, John, recently spent 18 months establishing the New City Fellows in Raleigh, NC. Katherine is now back with Redeemer's City to City guiding their next steps in the faith and work arena.

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Launching West Palm Beach Lunch (West Palm Beach)

Presenter: Charlie Self
April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1300 South Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States

We are launching West Palm Beach Made to Flourish with a free lunch and guest speaker Charlie Self, director of city expansion at Made to Flourish.Charlie is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He has served as an associate and senior pastor in several congregations in California, Oregon and Washington, D.C. He currently also serves as professor of church history at The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches courses in apologetics, church history, mission history, leadership development, and discipleship. He is also co-developer of Discipleship Dynamics, a new research-based tool for churches and individuals to assess the effectiveness of their discipleship programs.Charlie is the author of three books: The Divine Dance, The Power of Faithful Focus (with co-author Les Hewitt) and his most recent work with Acton Institute, Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship. He has an M.A. in history on the church and social change in Latin America (1992) and Ph.D. in modern European history, with foci on Belgian Protestantism and studies in virtue ethics and the Holocaust (1995), from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also has an M.A. in philosophical and systematic theology from The Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.Charlie is married to Kathleen, a professional artist, and they have been married and on mission for 36 years. They have three adult children.

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Marketplace Ministers: On the Job Training (Richmond)

Presenters: Dr. Paul Flowers, Rev. Abrams-Wallace, Rev. Freddie Robinson, Rev. Ben Swicegood
April 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT
Real Life Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Excellence, 14702 Village Square Place
Midlothian, VA 23112 United States

In this seminar we will seek to explore the dynamics of intentional discipleship in the workplace and to identify practical ways of living out our faith beyond Sunday morning. Jesus' heavenly ascension was preceded by the impartation of an earthly assignment to His followers to make disciples as we go about our daily lives. In many cases, we have easily absorbed this missional mandate into the culture of our churches but have fallen woefully short in the marketplace, where we spend most of our waking moments. If we are going to effectively complete the mission assigned to us, we must intentionally integrate our Sunday profession with our Monday practice.You are invited to join the Richmond Network for lunch as we explore this topic in depth and learn from practitioners who successfully embody an integrated faith praxis in the marketplace. All pastors and ministry leaders are invited. Catered lunch will be provided.

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Impediments To A Flourishing Community and Church (Hampton Roads)

Presenters: Panel of pastors,
April 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Old Point National Bank, 101 E. Queen Street, 6th Floor - Rooftop Conference Room
Hampton, VA 23669 United States

Join us for a free lunch as we have a dialogue about impediments to a flourishing community and church. There will be a panel of pastors with real stories and real experiences, male and female, white pastors and pastors of color striving to answer the question "Can we, by God's grace and with God's help, train our eyes to see, notice, acknowledge, talk about, converse about the truth of structural racism and racial exclusion in our city?"

"May we search the story, acknowledge the pain, celebrate the good, that we might flourish together." -Matt Farmer, Hope Center in Kansas City, MO.

We are partnering with the monthly Pastors Dialogue on Racism, Poverty and Violence for this event.

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The Future of Work: A Christian Take on Work, Meaning, and Identity in the New Economy (Denver)

Presenter: Dr. Phil Lorish
April 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
Park Church, 3025 W 37th Ave
Denver, CO 80211 United States

A mounting body of research suggests the labor market is in the middle of a pivot—a rather ominous one already being called the “fourth industrial revolution.” One study by Citigroup and Oxford University found that 47 percent of jobs could be automated in the next decade. More recently, a report by the McKinsey Global Institute found that nearly half of all jobs could be replaced by technology that already exists—drones, self-driving vehicles, automatic kiosks, robo-traders, self-learning software, 3-D printers, and other forms of artificial intelligence.

How do we navigate the fast-changing nature of our economy with courage as opposed to fear, with thoughtfulness as opposed to reactivity, and with theological curiosity as opposed apathetic fatalism?   What does this meaning for the future of work?  How do church leaders pastor and disciple others in light of this change? 

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Conflict Management (Cleveland)

Presenter: Bill Lyons
April 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Front Porch Cafe, 798 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311 United States

No matter where you lead, conflict will come. And while you may have many great leadership skills, our leadership is often defined by how we deal with conflict in our workplace, in our organizations, in our communities, in our relationships, and in the public square. This is where leadership gets real. Keep Growing as a leader through this interactive workshop on how to moderate conflict in a way that limits the negative effects of conflict and enhances the positive ones. 

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Prophetic Entrepreneurship: Understanding the Transformative Role of Business Creativity in a Changing World

Presenter: Justin Beene
April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

In the next 30 years, the population will increase by 2.5 billion people with most of that growth being absorbed by urban areas. This massive growth of our cities will continue to magnify the challenges of poverty, violence, racism, and inequity. How can the church respond in authentic and relevant ways that actually impact our cities and communities? It’s time to reimagine our cities and the role the church can play in launching and engaging prophetic entrepreneurs — those who…

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