For decades, church leaders have been formed to equip people within their congregations primarily for ministry and service “within” the congregation itself. Pastors and church staff are constantly on the look-out for volunteers to staff children’s programs, welcome teams, choirs, worship bands, and more. In many ways, a great deal of a church leader’s time is spent filling these slots and organizing training for them. Yet, for a church to thrive in a new era of mission, a new capacity to train leaders to be sent FROM the congregation will need to exist alongside training leaders for IN the congregation. This does not mean that these church members or their dedicated time will leave the local church. Instead, it means they will become a local missionary, living out the calling of their local church closer to the places they live and work. So, what does it look like for a local congregation to practically re-activate the giftedness of the body of Christ and to develop that giftedness? How does a local congregation equip its people to live as the church on mission outside of its gathered self? These questions and more will be explored in this paradigm shift.
(Panel discussion- runtime 60min)