Equipping Missional Leaders – Learning Opporunity in the Milwaukee Area

Many of us in the missional journey have been struggling for some time to find an learning model for preparing leaders and new mission planters given that traditional seminary is just not an option for too many people.  We have done a lot of things on line, and we have tried some other formats, as well.  Below is a learning opportunity for leaders, planters, and even just people who want to go deeper in their discipleship and want to do so in a group.  There is no tuition (everyone I know that’s committed to the mission spends all of their money on the mission), and there is no admission requirement other than a passion for the Kingdom of God, a willingness to share your own experiences of mission, and a teachable spirit.  I hope some of you might be able to come and participate in this group study.

Mission in the Gospels

How do you read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John?

  • Some of us don’t read them at all – we just wait for the movie!
  • Some of us read them for the holidays of Christmas and Easter – but don’t know what to do with the rest of the material in between.
  • Others use them as evangelical tracts – useful to tell others about sinfulness, the perfection of Jesus, and how he died so that we might have eternal life.
  • Perhaps we read them as interesting accounts of the historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth – telling us who Jesus was, some of what he taught and did during his short life and ministry.
  • And perhaps still others of us read them as spiritual self-help guides – hoping the teachings of Jesus when applied might just hold the keys to successful living and self-improvement.

What if the Gospels were written primarily as instructional manuals for the early church?  What if each Gospel used an interesting story-telling form to teach the early church, not only who Jesus was and what he did, but also what the church is and what it is called to do?  In other words, what if the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each set about to teach early Christ-followers what it means to be on mission with God?

If that were the case, we also might learn what it means to be on mission with God in our communities and beyond!

That’s why we invite you to join us in a study, Mission in the Gospels. During this study we will be asked to read the Gospels again through a missional lens, and to share our experiences in mission to help one another to see where God is already at work in us and in our missions, and where God might be calling us to go deeper.

Mission Before the Gospels:

August 3

Session One looks at some of the sources of the Gospels. Before the authors sat at their laptop parchments, quill in hand, and wrote their ac-counts; stories and sayings by and about Jesus were widely circulated, leaving an impact on those who were called “Followers of the Way”. All four gospel writers drew from these oral traditions in their unique writings. What can we learn about following Jesus into God’s mission from these oral traditions before the Gospels?

Mission in the Synoptic Gospels

August 10-17-24

Sessions Two, Three, and Four, notes that Mat-thew, Mark, and Luke share more in common, than their fourth counterpart, John. In spite of their similarities, these three gospels have some marked differences! Ever wonder why? To dis-cover what each has to teach us about being on mission with God, we will look, not only at what they share in common, but also at what we can learn from each gospel’s uniqueness.

Mission in the Fourth Gospel

August 31

In Session Five, we will investigate yet another slant on following Jesus into the world of mis-sion. We will discover that the gospel, attributed to John, contains numerous stories and sayings not found in the other three. We will investigate this gospel’s particular emphasis on God’s mis-sion of love! We will again ask the question: What can we learn about following Jesus into God’s mission today?

Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: 15330 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, WI 53122-2340

Contact: if you would like to participate, please contact Max Ramsey via e-mail at mrramsey@earthlink.net or Sam Brink at SBrink2872@aol.com

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