Adventurers Leadership Academy
The Fresh Expressions movement has used the language of "pioneers" and "pioneering." We have chosen, however, to use the language of "adventurer." Adventurers are: "people called by God who are the first to see and creatively respond to the work of the Holy Spirit with those outside the church; gathering others as they seek to establish a new contextual Christian community." The Adventurers Leadership Academy will equip lay, licensed, and ordained adventurers to cultivate new forms of church and other innovative ministry in their unique contexts. Working in collaboration with an international team of scholars, pastors, missional strategists, and coaches, the academy values practice-focused learning, personal reflection, and individualized coaching and mentorship, and collaborative conversation.
You have been identified as an innovative leader who may be called by God to pioneering ministry and are therefore being considered for the Adventurers Leadership Academy. If you are interested in the academy, we ask that you complete the following application and provide two references. The cost of the academy is $1,250 per student plus travel expenses.
ADVENTURERS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY COHORT STRUCTURE
Resident Teaching Bishops: Bishop Ken Carter (FLUMC and WNCUMC) and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson (NGUMC)
Spiritual Director: Sue Nilson Kibbey
Overall structure: Self-paced process with in-person gatherings, coaching, a course of study, and immersive learning between each gathering.
Requirements for Certification: Attend four immersive gatherings, participate in coaching, and complete assignments.
Virtual Orientation: Held for new students before each immersive gathering
April 28-29, 2023. On-site in Charlotte, North Carolina
August 3-4, 2023. On-site in North Georgia.
November 3-4, 2023. On-site in Tennessee.