The purpose of a Learning Community is to equip leaders and their church on their journey of missional discipleship.
It is based around four gatherings which take place every six months over a period of two years. The gatherings include prayer, worship and devotional times as well as opportunities for the church teams to connect, share experiences and learn from each other. They each consists of an immersion event spent together as church leadership teams moving through three parts of a process, and then online coaching fro the team leaders between immersions.
Each team does an analysis of their ‘status quo’ using a number of different tools and exercises creating an awareness, and allowing an opportunity for the church leadership team to take an honest look at their current progress.
Teams engage with input around the theme of the gathering, stretching their imagination and vision. The aim of this is to introduce new concepts, principles and ways of thinking or working. Within this context each team looks at 2 year faith goals and is encouraged to allow God to inspire, challenge and stretch them.
On the basis of the analysis, input, discussion and prayer, each team applies the new information to their own church model and missional context, making a six month plan with measurable, achievable objectives.
Over the 6 months between each Learning Community gathering, the teams remain accountable for their progress towards their goals and for the implementation of their plans.
Gathering 1: Creating a disciple-making culture
This covers the key principles, values, practices and learning points that help to create and establish a strong culture of missional discipleship.
Gathering 2: Multiplying Missional Leaders
This gathering looks at how to identify, develop, train and release leaders through intentional training processes, environments and resources.
Gathering 3: Launching Missional Communities
This gathering focuses on how to create, value, and release the ‘spiritual households’ new kingdom initiatives and missional communities that impact their neighbourhood or network of relationships.
Gathering 4: Leading kingdom movements
This gathering helps teams look at the principles and practices of establishing a strong resourcing centre and moving towards multiplication and scale.