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      Deep Roots, Wild Branches: Cultivating Pioneering Churches - Developing Pioneering Leaders in Newport News

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      July 27, 2019

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      Deep Roots, Wild Branches: Cultivating Pioneering Churches - Developing Pioneering Leaders

      Across the United States and beyond, the God who "makes all things new" is up to something.  Amid a Christian landscape that looks and feels like a desert of decline, new oases of the Spirit are springing forth. Inherited congregations, with long histories, deeply rooted in their traditions, are experimenting with cultivating "fresh expressions" of church and experiencing forms of revitalization. The revitalization conversation with many of its fundamental assumptions is quite flawed. At this point in world history, amid the significant decline of the US church, our current strategies around revitalization are insufficient. Churches rarely find new life by internal maneuvering, trying to attract the dwindling numbers of already Christians playing church musical chairs. Revitalization occurs through re-missioning from the outside in, when the whole people of God, the apostlehood of all believers, are released to join what the Spirit is up to in our neighborhoods and networks. Michael Beck, a pastor and Dave Male, Director of Discipleship for the Church of England are practitioners of a blended ecology (inherited and incarnational forms of church living together in an amplifying fashion, for the betterment of all). Don't miss a day of interactive learning, sharing tools, and practical processes! Tentative Schedule 9:30 a.m. Registration Opens 10:00 a.m. Opening Session - Welcome & Worship 10:15 a.m. Session 1 - Linking Arms: tradition + innovation as a new and connected creation (Michael Beck)   11:00 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m.  Session 2 – Walking together: focused mission in today’s contextual reality (Dave Male) 12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. Session 3 — Tilling the soil: A new ecosystem for the Church (Michael Beck) 2:00 p.m. Break 2:15 p.m. Session 4— Sowing seeds: Creating Jesus-centered communities from the missionary church (Dave Male)  3:15 p.m. Closing Session – Q & A 3:40 p.m. Worship 4:00  p.m. Dismissal About the presenters: The Rev. Michael Beck serves on the Fresh Expressions US National leadership team as Director of Re-Missioning and is the cultivator of Fresh Expressions in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Michael and his wife, Jill, co-pastor Wildwood United Methodist Church where they direct recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement and a network of fresh expressions of church meeting in places like tattoo parlors, dog parks and burrito joints.  His book Deep Roots Wild Branches: Revitalizing the Church in the Blended Ecology was released earlier this year.  The Rev. Canon Dave Male serves as the Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England. Dave brings extensive experience of creating innovation and achievement through his work as a church leader, theological educator and national advisor. As a parish priest and pioneer minister Dave has significant experience of leading in evangelism and discipleship at local, deanery and Diocesan level. He has written many books and articles on mission, evangelism, pioneer ministry and Fresh Expressions and has spoken on these topics in the UK and across the world. His latest book: How to Pioneer (even if you haven’t got a clue) was released in 2016. 

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