1st Fridays @ 4 (Eastern) Exploring Missional Initiatives

We are an online Community of Practice that is learning together the disciplines of midwifing the new life of the Spirit being birthed in our times.

Session Agenda for January 3rd’s online session

Opening Prayer @ 4:00 PM Eastern


Training: Creating a Ministry Plan, Part B: Going public with your plan.

Update on the online application process for partnership and funding

Wrap up

Closing Prayer

Topic: 1st Fridays @ 4 (Eastern) Exploring Missional Initiatives
Host: Thomas Brackett
Date: The 1st Friday of every month
Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

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8 thoughts on “1st Fridays @ 4 (EST) Exploring Missional Initiatives

  1. Caroline Hall

    Hi Tom – i’d love to take part in these meetings but its really bad time for me… are they recorded and available?

      1. Beth Phillips

        Great! Because that time is bad for me as well but would love to listen to the recorded meetings. So where can we listed to them?

        1. Tom Brackett Post author

          Thanks for asking, Beth! Here is the link to our online repository of recordings and resources!

      1. Liz Zivanov

        Thanks, Tom. St Clement’s in Honolulu will take a look at the archives and start to get involved through our soon-to-arrive curate, Matthew Lukens. Mahalo!

  2. Ellen Bruckner

    The question, (What might you have to give up…) asked on the webconference yesterday (Oct. 4) has kept me pondering. These questions are not new and in fact some of us have been in deep conversation about what the new looks like. So as a child grows, there is so much in his/her foundation from parents and family that guide his/her path. All the time on that path, however, are the opportunities to explore divergent paths. The focus of our questions has moved to what about our foundations do we need to hang on to and what are those parts of the foundation that provided the safety until we were ready to diverge. How divergent can we get and still be part of the family? When will our family not recognize us anymore, and then what can we do to stay in our family relationship and still take the divergent path, but maybe having the family who know and love us, bless the divergence.

    1. Tom Brackett Post author

      Dear Ellen. I am grateful for this question – we have been wrestling with this in Northern Michigan for the last couple of days, too. I am convinced that your question sounds different from asker to asker, depending on who asks it. “How divergent can we get and still be part of the family?” If one is defensive when asking, it feels different than when one is accusatory. Good leaders (in my experience) look for emergence that pops up in that “groan zone” that lives between divergent and convergent practices. While I appreciate your question, I also wonder, “How are we intentionally embracing divergence?” Also, “How are our Spirit pursuits calling us to reassess the true value of the baggage we bring with us?”

      Seems to me that, if we gave greater attention to nurturing the longings that draw us together, divergence would be easier to manage. Ellen, thank you – thank you for wondering out loud.


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