2011 National Gathering: Spiritual Formation in Missional Congregations


February 23 – 25, 2011


A More Missional Approach in our ecclesiology must be intrinsically related to the spiritual formation of our congregations. Forming a group of people into a missionary community requires certain spiritual practices and theological convictions that are distinguishable from other modes of church. In addition, as leaders of these communities, we must have a new vision for our own personal transformation.

This year, we are joined by Dr. Todd Hunter. Todd has years of experience in the area of mission & spiritual formation and is currently a Bishop within the western region of the Anglican Mission in America. We are also delighted to have Dr. Marykate Morse, professor of leadership and spiritual formation at George Fox University with us. Marykate brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in equipping leaders in the area of spiritual formation. Corey Widmer and Don Coleman, co-pastors of East End Fellowship will also join us. Together, they are pursuing missional formation in an intensely urban, multi-cultural community, within in the context of justice & racial reconciliation.

Finally, there will be substantial opportunity to hear from one another and to learn more about the Ecclesia Network. This gathering is open to all and as always, will be intentionally limited in number, so register quickly.

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National 4-H Youth Conference Ctr. (www.4Hcenter.org) 7100 Connecticut Avenue Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

  • 15 min from Reagan Nat Airport
  • 30 min from Dulles Intl Airport
  • 45 min from BWI Airport

It is strongly recommended to fly into Reagan and take Metro/Bus to the conference. It’s a short, convenient ride and will save a car rental and decrease your eco-footprint.
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Cost Options:

Option # 1: All-Inclusive Conference Center Lodging

In this option all associated conference costs including lodging and food are bundled together for a more economical choice. Typical housing will be in 4 person, lodging style rooms. However, two person rooms or individual rooms are available.

** Early Bird Rate Applies Until December 15th **
** Regular Rate Applies Until Capacity is Full**

Costs for Ecclesia Network church members, ( ) = Non-Ecclesia Network Churches

4 Person Room 2 Person Room 1 Person Room
Early Bird (Before Dec. 31st) $269 ($299) $309 ($339) $339 ($369)
Regular (Until Full Capacity) $289 ($319) $329 ($359) $359 ($389)

Option #2: Day Rates + Local Hotel Cost

Those preferring to stay at a hotel instead of the conference center will be charged the day-rate for attendance and will be responsible for securing their own lodging. There are several hotels available nearby.

Wednesday (w/dinner) Thursday (w/lunch & Dinner) Friday (no meals included)
Day Rates $79 $119 $49

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Collective Sessions
Will focus on the theological foundations necessary for missional spiritual formation and on re-envisioning the practices of congregational life towards that hope.

Focused Sessions
Will focus on a variety of contexts in ministry and mutual sharing on what spiritual formation looks like in the various contexts we serve in.

Wednesday Feb, 23rd
1:00 – 2:00 Arrival & Registration
2:00 – 3:30: Collective Session # 1: Re-envisioning Spiritual Formation for the Missional Congregation
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45-5:30 Collective Session # 2: Trinitarian Foundations for Spiritual Formation in the Missional Congregation
5:30 – 6:45 Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 Optional Sessions
Thursday, February 24th
7:30 – 8:45 Breakfast
8:45-10:15 Collective Session # 3: Spiritual Formation in Congregational Life – I
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Collective Session # 4: Spiritual Formation in Congregational Life II
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Focused Session(s) # 1: Spiritual Formation in Context
2:45-3:45 Focused Session(s) # 2: Spiritual Formation in Context
4:00-5:00 Focused Session(s) # 3: Spiritual Formation Pathways and Skills
5:00 – 6:45 Dinner
7:00-8:30 Collective Session # 5: Re-Envisioning Our Own Formation
Friday, February 25th
7:30 – 8:45 Breakfast
8:45-10:00 Collective Session # 6: Spiritual Formation Through the Ministerial Life
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:30 Collective Session # 7: Spiritual Formation in the Ministerial Life