What and Why Our Cohorts
One of the many challenges facing transformational leaders today is a sense of isolation about the work they are trying to do. Often wrestling with internal as well as external resistances, along with increasing anxieties about what the future holds. Our cohort classes are designed to foster relationships between leaders and practitioners, a place to not only be exposed to new ideas and strategies but also to forge connections with like-minded collaborators from around the globe. Our cohort classes are aimed at fostering deep connections, supporting leaders and generating different kinds of community expressions.
The Future is Here
The future is here and it's not what it used to be. Our lives are increasingly characterized by uncertainty, precarity, and a deep loss of faith in the methods and ideas that once seemed to help us understand the world about us. In spite of the many challenges of changing times, the horizon of possibility lies within reach if we relieve ourselves from the burden of carrying unnecessary baggage from the past. The future is here and now and how we engage it will have direct impact on the work we are trying to do.
A Post-Christian era Christianity
Christianity looks very different these days. The digital era has significantly changed the way people think about and practice the sacred. What we need now are not just better and more diverse models for the future of christianity, but a sense of history that we can draw from as we reinvent ourselves again and again. Knowing where we have come from is key to thinking about where we might be going.
What Does it Mean to Lead
Autocratic, bureaucratic and authoritarian models of leadership which defined the modern era are no longer viable in a more interconnected, pluralized and often divided world. Leadership values rooted in deep awareness of the cultural conditions, in which we lead, guided by understanding of human desire and longing, and avoiding the pitfall of trend-driven techniques that offer the veneer of innovation, are key to contemporary leadership.
A New Normal and New Rules...
Our new normal is that there is no ‘normal.’ The world continues to change at rapid pace and places new demands on us. And the new rules of engagement in this environment are dependent upon the creation of new ecosystems built around flexibility, resilience and prediction. Not static theories, but new ways of looking at life and faith which foster a creative and deeply compassionate platform upon which to build transformative and transforming communities of practice.
Futureproof: A Roadmap Through Pandemic and Beyond
A three-week, six-part course that will undertake an exploration of church in the time of pandemic. This is a follow-up to our main Field Guide course and will seek to equip church leaders and their teams with the necessary tools to navigate through the uncertainty of the pandemic-times. The challenges, restrictions and uncertainties of the lockdown and continuing restrictions on public and social gatherings have created vacuums in church leadership strategies and community gathering, this course will offer alternate leadership strategies combined with robust theological perspective to help churches re-frame and re-shape their futures.
Field Guide to the Future: Theology, Design and Innovation
A 12-week course that explores the complex and diverse cultural contexts that we find ourselves in and addresses them with an innovative methodology and new theological responses in order to help you to effectively address the particular challenges you or your organization faces.