Learning Environments

May 2019

Processing & Praying Over Coffee (Kansas City)

May 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CDT
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How are you doing? How is faith, work and economic integration going for you and your church? How are you processing this year's theme: predatory lending? Let us buy you a coffee and spend a low key happy hour time connecting and praying for each other.

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Prepare/Enrich training (Denver)

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Denver Seminary, 6399 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120 United States

The Thrivent Member Network - Rocky Mountain Region and Made to Flourish are hosting a Prepare/Enrich certification workshop for pastors or church leaders who reside within the Denver area and who have a desire to support couples and help them deepen their bond and make the relationship last a lifetime. Prepare-Enrich is considered the number 1 relationship assessment with over 30 years of experience.

Register today for this opportunity to receive complimentary certification (valued at $175.00). Capacity limited to 50 attendees.

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Dayton Lunch and Learn (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Presenter: Dr. Glenn Barth
May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Fairhaven Church, room 105, 637 East Whipp Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States

This month we have the privilege of welcoming Glenn Barth, one of the nation’s leading practitioners in city reaching/city transformation. As a former pastor and para-church leader, he has deep insight into the potential of the local church to advance the “peace and prosperity” – the “flourishing” – of a city. Glenn leads Good Cities (www.goodcities.net), which consults and coaches with cities around the country.

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Cincinnati Lunch and Learn (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Presenter: Glenn Barth
May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45204 United States

This month we welcome Dr. Glenn Barth, one of the nation’s leading practitioners in city reaching/city transformation.  As a former pastor and para-church leader, he has deep insight into the potential of the local church to advance the “peace and prosperity” – the “flourishing” – of a city.Glenn leads Good Cities (www.goodcities.net), which consults and coaches with cities around the country.

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Work as a Transformational Tool: Why Work Matters More Than Ever (Cleveland)

Presenter: Charlie Self
May 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
River of Life Community Church, 5649 Stow Rd
Hudson, OH 44236 United States

How do we go from the joy of answering the age-old question “what do you want to be when you grow up” as a child, to the weekly dread of Mondays as an adult? Is work simply a means to an end, or is it a means of grace? Keep Growing as we discuss and explore the state of “work” and how it might be one of God’s greatest gifts to man – a sacrament that changes us and this world.

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Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life? (Twin Cities)

Presenter: Michael Wittmer
May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Art House North, 793 Armstrong Avenue W
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States

Join us for an evening with Dr. Michael Wittmer, author of Becoming Worldly Saints. If following Jesus involves a life of sacrifice and suffering, is it wrong for a Christian to seek purpose and joy in this world? Many Christians sense tension between their desires to enjoy life in this world--the beauty of God's creation, the rich love of deep relationships with others--and the reality that this world is fallen and broken, in need of redemption. How can we embrace and thrive in the tension between enjoying creation and promoting redemption? Dr. Wittmer believes the answer is by living out our God-given purposes. Come learn what it means to be a "worldly saint".

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Heaven Is a Place On Earth (Twin Cities)

Presenter: Michael Wittmer
May 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT
Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East
Saint Paul, MN 55106 United States

Well known author, Michael Wittmer, will challenge us to truly evaluate our theology and identify ways it may not fully integrate in all of life. What is a sacred/secular divide and how does it now fit with God's plan for the world? This workshop for pastors and leaders will address this tough question, and offer resources to consider how to better lead and teach from a whole-life theology perspective.

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Thought Leader’s Lunch (NYC)

Presenter: Andy Mills
May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
WeWork, Conference Room 6A, 135 West 41st Street
New York City, NY 10036 United States

Made to Flourish NYC gathers pastors to learn together how we can more effectively equip our people for life at work.  We are honored to welcome Andy Mills to our next gathering.  Andy has a storied career in business as a CEO, board member, and inventory. He has thought long and hard about how we are to think and live our faith at work.You can learn more about his current work here: http://www.archegoscapital.com/words_from_our_executive_chairman.  Andy also was one of the driving forces behind the Theology of Work Project, https://www.theologyofwork.org, a vast resource hub for those seeking a biblical and practical understanding of faith and work.Andy will present his story and some key principles that he believes are essential for empowering believers in the workplace.  We will then have an extended time for Q & A with Andy.

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The Pastor and the Public Square: Political Witness in a Secular Age

Presenter: Bruce Ashford
May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

How can a pastor lead his congregation to be faithful political witnesses in our secular age? This webinar seeks to answer that question, exploring the proper relationship between religion and politics, and between the church and state, before going on to show how we as Christians can leverage the Bible’s teachings to give a powerful public witness even from the cultural margins.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (A Zoom video conferencing link will be provided in your confirmation email.)  …

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Flourishing Churches Workshop: Rooting Faith, Work, and Economic Wisdom in Your Local Church (Boston)

Presenters: Geoff Hsu, Brice Williams, Omar Ortiz
May 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Emmanuel Gospel Center, 2 San Juan St
Boston, MA 02118 United States

You're invited to join Made To Flourish for a half-day workshop exploring how the integration of faith, work, and economic wisdom can become foundational to your churches core values. Whether you're leading one of the historic churches in/around Greater Boston, starting a new work in our ever-changing city, or hoping to shift the culture of your congregation, our workshop will consider the tools our city network needs to build healthy systems for whole-life discipleship.Schedule:10:30-Arrival10:00-11:45- Session 111:45-12:30- Lunch12:30-1:15-Session 2 1:15-1:30- Coffee Break1:30-2:00- Q&ASpeakers and Facilitators:Geoff HsuGeoff is the executive director of Flourish San Diego, a nonprofit that develops church leaders by challenging them re-think the gospel, discipleship, calling and vocation, and mission in ways that more closely resemble Jesus. Geoff empowers others to be apprentices of Jesus and they, in turn, encourage individuals and churches to become who they were created to be. He mobilizes community members to join God in the mission of helping the city of San Diego – and the world – flourish.Much of Geoff’s work is focused on the gospel, its proclamation, and its transformative impact in the lives of Christians as well as its renewing, redeeming, and restorative influence. He previously spent 20 years with Cru in many capacities all over the globe, including in East Asia. He also served as a leadership formation coach, conducting discipleship and spiritual formation groups for area pastors, professionals, and elders. Above all, Geoff believes in the dynamic, life-giving message of Jesus, and he has dedicated his life to faithfully communicating that message to people today.Brice WilliamsMTF City Network LeaderBrice is lead minister of South End Neighborhood Church in the South End of Boston. Brice completed his M.A. in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary while working for The Ockenga Institute and as director of Faith & Work at Citylife Presbyterian Church. Brice is married to Leona and they have a daughter named Grayce. They live in intentional community in Jamaica Plain. South End Church seeks to follow the way of Jesus for the renewal of our city.Omar OrtizMTF City Network LeaderOmar is the leadership development director with Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Boston. In that role he is working to help identify and develop leaders for future church planting efforts. He is also a certified coach with Church Multiplication Ministries.Omar was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and grew up in Miami. He earned an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Before moving to Boston he pastored in two South Florida churches. He is married to Kate and together they have four children.

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