Looking Forward to what God has in store for YOU at this year's Leadership retreat!
2024 Great Lakes Leadership retreat
April 23-25, 2024
Cedar Lake Ministries
Cedar Lake, IN
The Great Lakes Leadership Retreat consists of the American Baptist Regions of Indiana/Kentucky, Great Rivers, Michigan, and Ohio are coming together for a Multi-Regional Summit from April 23-25, 2024 to provide an opportunity for church leaders to be equipped in the foundational skills necessary to develop mission-centric congregations today.
Fresh Expressions is an international movement cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to engage with post-Christian society more effectively. Begun in 2004 in the UK, the movement has resulted in scores of new communities of faith and has brought renewal to established churches. Fresh Expressions has spread to nearly a dozen countries around the world. In 2012, the movement began taking shape in the US. Today, we work with nearly 70 denominational partners across the church in both the US and Canada.
Tuesday, April 23
6:30pm. Session 1:“From Steeple to Street: Coming Together to Be Sent On Mission”
8:30pm Free Time
Wednesday, April 24
9:00am. Session 2: “Releasing the Whole People of God:
Restoring the Apostolicity of the Church for an Era of Mission”
11:00am Free Time
1:00pm Session 3:“Growing New Followers of Jesus in a Post-Church Age:
How to Make Disciples When the Wind is Against Us”
3:00pm Free Time
6:30pm Breakout Session
8:00pm Free Time
Thursday April 25
9:00am Session 4: “Renewing Church from the Outside In:
Paths of Vitality for Rural and Urban Churches (and everyone in between)”
11:00am. Free Time
Coaching Cohort Opportunities Following the Summit:
Coaching is a way of partnering with people or teams to help them get from where they are to where they want to be and in the current ministry context, this gap is often quite wide. Coaching:
is present and future-focused
leverages gifts and strengths
helps productively negotiate weaknesses and obstacles
maximizes personal and professional potential
creates a space that is safe for risk-taking and transformation
Specifically, Fresh Expressions will be conducting a series of 6-month coaching cohorts as a follow-up to the Summit. Each coaching cohort will involve 4-5 participants in a 90-minute session on a monthly basis.
Core Pillars of Fresh Expressions
Working with church leaders to develop new expressions of Christian community is the passion of Chris’s life. In addition to his role as National Director of Fresh Expressions US, he serves with the Baptist General Association of Virginia in the area of growth and venture development. He also serves as National Director for both Ecclesia, a US network of missional churches, as well as Missio Alliance. Previously, he served as pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship, a large university congregation in Blacksburg, Virginia and has been involved in the planting of three new congregations. Chris holds a D.Min. in Missional Church Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with wife Rachel, daughter Elliana and son Jase.
Shannon serves as Director of Training for Fresh Expressions North America, leading our team of mission strategists and trainers in the development and implementation of the Mission Shaped Ministry course through Pioneer Learning Cohorts. She is also a pastor on staff with Riverside Church in Sterling, VA, a Church that worships in two languages and engages in several Fresh Expressions of Church. In the last several years, Shannon has been involved with the Presbyterian Church’s New Worshiping Communities initiative and has directed the coaching network that supports pioneer leaders.
Shannon lives in Springfield, VA with her husband Patrick and daughters Catherine and Suzanne.
Dr. Wayne Faison serves as the Executive Director of the Ascent Movement as well as the Executive Director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. In addition to these roles, Wayne also serves as pastor of East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Virginia. He holds a Doctor of Ministry in Black Church Leadership, as well as a Masters of Divinity in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth. The father of two daughters, he lives and serves with his wife Carmen in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Matt serves as the Lead Pastor of the First Church of Williamsport, PA—a county seat congregation in the vast northlands of Pennsylvania - that consists of a mix of traditional and contemporary worship experiences. First Church also currently hosts a network of fresh expressions called the Acts Network in which people meet in places such as homes, gyms, and coffee shops. Matt is a graduate of Messiah College and has recently completed a Doctorate of Ministry focusing on Semiotics and Future Studies through Portland Seminary. Matt has worked with a variety of churches in a consultant role and has a passion to see God’s Kingdom impacted through lives transformed in the love of Jesus Christ. Matt is deeply in love with his beautiful wife Jennifer and is doing his best to keep up with his three amazing teenagers—Alexandra, Joshua, and Zach.
Continuing education Grants Available
Apply by November 15
Thank you for your interest in the American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Grants for Ministerial Leaders. The funding for this ministry is made possible by generous individuals, churches, and organizations. Applicants are permitted one grant application per year.
Eligibility for Continuing Education (CE) Grants
Applicants must be listed in the Professional Registry unless they are a D.Min. or Ph.D. student.
Applicants can only receive a CE Grant once per year.
The maximum amount per Grant is $300.
Cycle 1: For conferences and events beginning January-April.
The application must be submitted between September 15-November 15.
Decisions will be shared by December 15.
You will receive a check directly from ABHMS, you will still need to register for the retreat with the link above and pay for the retreat. You will be reimbursed by ABHMS before the event.