3rd Thursdays, 1 pm ET
Open Space for Ministering Communities
This is an invitation to a monthly conversation exploring ministry development. We are creating a space for all the baptized – lay and ordained – to explore what it takes “to move from a community around a minister to a ministering community” (The Rt. Rev. Wesley Frensdorff). Come to share questions, practices, ideas and support. We call it “open space” drawing on the concept of “Open Space Technology” developed by the Rev. Harrison Owen. Our online open space invites us to explore questions and topics experienced by practitioners in the work of empowering ministering communities of practice. As in Open Space, these hour-long conversations will be among whomever shows up. There is no intention of an “expert” leading the session. We each are encouraged to bring who we are into the space. Whatever emerges from the conversation when we gather is the appropriate outcome for that day, time and space. Initial questions will be prompted by several people who participated in the Living Stones Partnership. Once we have established the space, we will move toward a shared leadership for future topics.
We are developing some exciting new options for your engagement.
Come back in late July to see what is new and to find the links to learn more, register, and get zoom information.
We look forward to having you add your questions to others we are considering for the future:
How do we create and/or sustain a culture of lifelong learning in our faith communities?
What would theological education look like if it truly honored the local context and environment?
Roland Allen focused on training people for sufficiency rather than professionalization. Do you agree? What would this look like?
What’s next when everyone says they are old and tired?
What motivates people to give time and talent for Christian leadership?
What are some possible structures for sharing responsibility and accountability for safe, effective and sustainable Christian community?
What barriers and assumptions do the church and wider society erect and maintain that discourage shared leadership and exercising baptismal ministry. How can those assumptions and barriers be addressed?