Changing Church: Missional Practices and/for Beloved Community

April 10, 2023 - May 29, 2023
April 10 – May 29, 2023; contact the institution for specific days and times.
$245 USD Standard Rate $215 Partner Rate (Includes members of AED and students from our partner local formation dioceses. For more information on this rate, please contact your diocesan local formation coordinator)
What does it mean to lead during a time of religious, sociocultural, and environmental upheaval? What can churches do differently to better reflect and nurture gospel values and God’s dream of a just, reconciled, Spirit-filled world? This course in missional leadership will ask these and related questions. We will explore concepts and experience practices of congregational development, evangelism and outreach, and equity and racial reconciliation. The course is structured, in part, according to the broad themes of the Episcopal Church’s curriculum Becoming Beloved Community … Where You Are. It will require instructor and participants alike to bring open minds and brave hearts as we attempt to tell the truth about the history and present of Christ’s church as we each claim our roles in shaping its future.
Instructor: Kyle Oliver is an Episcopal priest and educational media producer and researcher interested in community-building and meaning-making practices in innovative faith- and faith-adjacent communities. His dissertation documentary, Becoming Tapestry, chronicles and develops such practices with the co-directors, mentors, and young people of a West Coast foster youth mentoring ministry. Kyle serves as head of learning media at Learning Forte, a team of consultants, coaches, and trainers helping organizations and leaders embrace hybrid ministry with confidence.