Learning Environments

October 2019

Faith and Work Unleashed (Twin Cities)

Presenters: Dr. Luke Bobo (Made To Flourish), Dr. Patrick Lai (Open USA), Dr. Bill Tibbetts (North Central University)
October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Cedar Valley Church, 8600 Bloomington Avenue S
Bloomington, MO 55425 United States

In order to see transformation in our communities and in our world, churches, marketplace professionals and students must begin to think about work and faith in strategic new ways. The interconnection of the two is a Biblical idea that holds the key to powerful and innovative expressions of the Kingdom of God at work in our world. To find out more about Faith and Work Unleashed, join us on Monday, October 14 at Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from thought leaders in the Business as Mission space and have the chance to interact in breakout sessions and panel discussions. Workshops and speakers for the evening include:

From the 925 Window to the 1040 Window - Dr. Patrick Lai, Open USA
This workshop will look at the practical ways to utilize your 9-to-5 expertise (job skills and experiences) in order to make a kingdom impact on those parts of the world where there is no church and no known believers (the 1040 window) without ever leaving your home. Whether you are a student, professional, or church leader, everyone has a part to play.
A Faith and Work Unleashed Church: An Inside Look - Dr. Luke Bobo, Made To Flourish
At Made to Flourish, we contend that a church that has truly unleashed a robust theology of faith and work will travel in four lanes or four integration areas. Those four integration areas are: the worship gathering, pastoral practice, spiritual formation/discipleship, and outreach/missions. We will explore these four integration areas together in this workshop.

The 4 Lies We Believe - Dr. Bill Tibbetts, North Central University
Together, lets unshackle the bondage that many Christian professionals experience when wrestling with understanding their kingdom purpose at work. An unapologetic approach to expose the lies that many Christians have about work will be countered by the clear truth that God communicates to us through His word. Whether you work as a barista, the owner of a company, a stay at home mother, or a pastor, you will find this workshop paramount.
Event Schedule and Details

6:00-7:00 pm - Guest Speaker Presentations

7:00-8:00 pm - Breakout Workshops

8:00-8:30 pm - Panel Discussion with Guests

8:30-9:00 pm - Networking and Connection

Location: Cedar Valley Church, 8600 Bloomington Avenue S., Bloomington, (Enter through Door 10)

Questions: Contact Devin Dickel, devind@openusa.net or Jon Kuert, jonk@cvchurch.org

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Faith That Works – From The Cradle to The Grave (Hampton Roads)

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666 United States

The Hampton City Schools My Future, My Journey Career Exploratory Program is an interactive event, hands-on professional explorations opportunity for more than 1,400 high school freshmen. The Hampton Roads Made To Flourish City Network members, along with other exhibitors, will be helping our students make an informed decision as to which college or career academy they would like to enter into starting the 2019-2020 school year. "Most importantly, help our students to see future careers they can one day pursue."

Again, this event is only for high school freshmen in the Hampton City School System.

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Impediments To A Flourishing Church and Community (Hampton Roads)

Presenters: Cindy Aegerter, Shay Bethea, Ismael Hernandez, Lisa Rodriquez-Watson, Chris Robertson, Andrew Vanderput, Jessica Young Brown
October 18 @ 5:00 pm - October 19 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Williamsburg Baptist Church, 227 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States

As we continue to express our collective belief to integrate faith, work, and economic wisdom for the flourishing of our churches and communities, the Hampton Roads and the Richmond Made To Flourish networks are hosting a conference where we will explore how pastors and leaders can begin and continue to bring these ideas alive in our communities.

During this conference, attendees will explore topics related to pastoral isolation, the root of work problems in our communities, compassion and poverty, and more. Speakers from around the country will join us to gather and equip pastors and leaders in our network.

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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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Supporting the Bridge (Seattle)

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PST
United Evangelical Free Church, 1420 NW 80TH ST
Seattle, WA 98117 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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Blending Faith and Work (Richmond)

November 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EST
Real Life Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Excellence, 14702 Village Square Place
Midlothian, VA 23112 United States

You are invited to this month’s Made to Flourish lunch and learn series seminar. Free catered lunch provided!

Blending Faith and Work:

What if much of what you believe about work is not true? What if your work itself is full-time ministry without adding anything to it? What if you had a clear and practical picture of how you could do the work you’re doing now for the glory of God? In this interactive learning experience, you will learn how to:

exchange lies about work for Biblical truth

experience workdays filled with purpose, power, and peace

blend faith into whatever you do and help others do so

Jim Woodward, who designed the Blending Faith and Work learning experience, works with Convene as an executive coach to help Christian CEO’s and owners grow their businesses and integrate their faith for Kingdom impact. He’s an elder in his church and has been designing and leading adult-equipping learning experiences for over 15 years. As a result, he brings not only the Biblical truth about work into clearer light, but does so from the perspective of 35 years in the marketplace so that participants walk away with very practical recipes for blending their faith into whatever work they do.

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