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28
Sep

Network Meetings (Illiana Classis)

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The four components of a network meeting are:

 

Worship

  • Almost any worship appropriate to a smaller group will work.
  • Leadership is usually shared among network members from meeting to meeting.

 

Collegial support (“checking in” and building community)

  • Collegial support is a key dimension of network life.
  • Early in the process, “ice-breakers’ may be helpful.
  • Catch up with one another in creative ways.
  • This often leads into a time of shared prayer.

 

Covenantal accountability (spiritual formation, inner-life development, and ministry calling)

  • The initial tool is the development of a personal calling statement using Purposeful Living.(However, a network should never lose track of the fact that pastoral leadership is primarily spiritual and is located first in our inner selves.)
  • Ongoing ways of listening to and being shaped by Scripture are essential.
  • Network participants agree to be accountable to one another for how they are living out their personal callings and for the spiritual disciplines through which they allow God to continue to shape their characters and guide their lives.

 

Transformational (shared) learning

  • A network is called to draw participants into ongoing transformational learning.
  • This learning isn’t only about content.Over time this learning will help network participants:
    • Grow deeper in Christ-like character
    • Gain increasing clarity and focus in their calling
    • Develop new leadership and ministry competencies
    • Lead their congregations with courage
  • Networks develop their own learning goals, depending on the needs of the participants and the development stage of the congregations they serve.
  • Network participants agree to be accountable to one another about how they bring what they are learning into the congregations with which they serve.
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