WHAT IS THE ROUNDTABLE?
We are serving God’s church in a rapidly changing culture – a time when there are no “silver bullet” solutions to the challenges congregations face. A time when “experts” no longer have all the answers. In this time, our call is to pay attention to the Spirit of God already at work among us; thus, we seek to create what Gil Rendle calls a “community of practice” – a place where we bring to consciousness the wisdom and learning we have and share it with one another.
WHO ARE THE LEADERS OF THE ROUNDTABLE?
The Roundtable is hosted by NEXT Church but the content of the discussion is up to the participants.
HOW DO THE PARTICIPANTS PROVIDE THE CONTENT?
So glad you asked! Each participant in the roundtable is invited to come with one “offering” that is relevant to the topic. An offering might be:
- I saw this work once…. a practical suggestion for ministry that you have seen work at least once
- You must read this!…. a book/blog/article recommendation related to the topic (and a few sentences about the teachings from the book that resonated with you)
- A belly flop…. a brief case study of something you tried that didn’t work and what you learned from it
- Don’t reinvent the wheel…. some topics will lend themselves to very practical sharing. For instance, if the topic is Advent, participants might offer an Advent Wreath liturgy or a series of prayers for Advent worship.
The idea is that all participants leave with some helpful resources for their work, as well as a renewed sense of being a friend among colleagues.