Mini Think Tanks: Inviting Creative Imagination and Experimentation Into My Church

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This 6-month intensive mastermind and peer-learning experience will be a safe space for clergy leaders to dream, design, develop, and demonstrate an experimental ministry.

In light of what we now know and are observing as we emerge from the pandemic, what do we want the new church to look like? What might be possible if we create a think-tank of peers who want to get out of their own way, find ways past potential obstacles and resistance, and create something new?

Examples of new ways of being that have appeared during the pandemic. What do these mean for how we think about – and then create – community? (Example: a woman in Minnesota now “attends church” with her mother who lives in Florida. After church they discuss…).

In this small group mastermind you will:

  1. Imagine possibilities for church/faith communities that don’t yet exist
  2. Move ideas from imagination to prototype
  3. Practice taking your prototypes to your leadership teams, including practicing how to pitch and build support
  4. Learn how to shift local church polity to a team mindset – from  “committee-driven” to “mission-driven” ministry
  5. Play with “what do discipleship and mission look like in this model?”
  6. Design, plan, and implement an experiment to test your prototype

This mastermind is open to six participants. Each participant receives:

  • 6 x 2-hour group sessions a month for 6 months, with pre-session work
  • 6 x one-to-one coaching sessions over the course of the mastermind