Practicing the Way of Jesus
October 29-November 2, 2018
San Francisco, CA
Many of today’s faith leaders are embracing a more holistic understanding of the Christian gospel rooted in what Jesus described as “the kingdom of God.” This rediscovery of the present availability of life with God and participation in God’s work in the world invites leaders to become models and guides to spiritual formation practice and missional engagement. This course is designed to equip leaders with knowledge and skills for leading a congregation or other groups in formation and mission practices.
- Learners will sharpen their understanding of the theology and dynamics of transformation as evidenced in the New Testament.
- Learners will explore the intersection of classic Christian disciplines with current trends in personality theory, neural psychology and habit formation.
- Learners will experience the dynamic of group experimentation during course intensive in San Francisco.
- Learners will explore the personal leadership qualities and competencies necessary for initiating and leading a community in formation practices.
- Learners will participate in a class group formation experiment.
- Learners will design, facilitate and evaluate a group formation experiment in their ministry context.
- Learners will create and present a sermon/talk that effectively invites listeners into a formation practice.
Mark Scandrette is an author, teacher, activist and coach for leaders and teams who want to create a better world from the inside out. His books include The Ninefold Path Notebook (Lifewords, London 2017), Belonging and Becoming: Creating A Thriving Family Culture (coauthored with Lisa Scandrette, IVP 2016), FREE: Spending Your Time and Money On What Matters Most (IVP 2013), Practicing the Way of Jesus (InterVarsity Press 2011), and Soul Graffiti (Jossey-Bass 2007). He is a contributing author to other books including, The Gospel After Christendom (Baker 2012), An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker 2007) and The Relevant Church (Relevant 2005). Mark is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice based in San Francisco (www.reimagine.org), where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Mark has extensive background in church leadership and community-based organizations. He graduated from the Bemidji State University with a degree Applied Psychology (with an emphasis in family and community health), studied theology at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and received training as a spiritual director at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California. He frequently speaks and guest lectures at universities, churches and seminaries and at conferences nationally and internationally. He has been influenced by teachers and mentors that include Dallas Willard and Fr. Richard Rohr.