Church planting leaders from across North America will converge on Boston, September 21-23, to discover the most effective ideas for prayer, strategy development and other essentials for building church-planting networks. The three-day event—led by Gary Irby, a church planting catalyst and church planting director for Seattle Church Planting—is known as the Network Leader School for Church Planting.
The school, co-sponsored by the North American Mission Board, is in part designed for new NAMB church planting strategists to assist them in their new roles.
In addition to Irby, other experienced church planters will lead sessions on recruitment and assessment, coaching, caring for church planter wives, communication practices and ethnic strategies, among many others. The event will also include church planter round table discussions.
“One of the greatest benefits to participants is removing the need to reinvent the wheel,” said Irby. “Learning what strategies and resources are already available will help them leap ahead without needing to start from the ground up. In addition, the school will help them think through areas they may not have addressed previously, or have no experience with.”
The NLS is a three-day intensive experience through which participants immerse themselves in learning, planning and implementation, according to Irby. The process allows participants to jump years ahead by building on the experience of others who have spent more than a decade in developing church planting strategies and systems.
Participants should expect to learn the components of how to put together a working strategy for an effective church-planting network. Whether they are starting from scratch or have bits and pieces already formulated, this school will teach the nuts and bolts (and beyond) of how to lead that network. Beyond head knowledge, the school incorporates exercises designed for the participant to work through their own strategy as they go through the school, Irby said.
Irby said the NLS is for anyone who is currently leading a church-planting network or who plans to do so in the future. “It is for church planting missionaries and strategists, church-planting network leaders, directors of missions, pastors of reproducing churches, missions pastors or anyone who wants to develop their own church planting strategies and systems,” said Irby.
NLS will be hosted at Celebration Church, Stonehill Corporate Center in Saugus, Mass. The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and conclude at 3 p.m. on Friday. Registration is $279, which includes event resources, lunches and snacks each day.
To register, or for more information, visit www.networkleaderschool.com, or contact Natalie Hammond, 425-640-3676.
Joe Conway is a writer for the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 8/19/2011 4:59:40 PM