On March 9-10, 2018, the USA Leaders’ Retreat took place in Chicago.
A summary of the sessions are below these links, but you can access the videos or audio formats through these links.
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The featured speaker Michael Goheen.
Michael W. Goheen (PhD, Utrecht) is theological director and scholar-in-residence at the Missional Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
He earned his PhD at the University of Utrecht, writing his dissertation on Lesslie Newbigin’s missionary ecclesiology. Beyond his academic appointments at a number of universities and colleges, he has served as a church planter and pastor to several churches and is currently a minister in the Christian Reformed Church. He is the author of several books, including The Drama of Scripture (with Craig Bartholomew) and A Light to the Nations. His articles have appeared in Theology Today, Missiology, Mission Studies and Missionalia.
Session 1 - The Missional Vocation of God’s People in the Midst of the World.
Mission is not primarily about going. Nor is mission primarily about doing [or saying] anything. Mission is about being. It is about being a distinctive kind of people, a countercultural community among the nations. - Howard Peskett and Vinoth Ramachandra
Session 2 - The Missional Church and a Missionary Encounter with Culture.
Western modernity may be a much deadlier foe than any previous counter-religious forces in human history. (A. Gilbert)
The church is awakening slowly to the fact that modernity is the most powerful enemy it has faced in its two thousand years of history. (L. Newbigin)
Session 3 - Missional Church, Theological Education, and Discipleship.
It was not just that the theological schools of the Third World needed to be brought up to the “best” western standards. It was the question whether these standards really are the best; whether the models of ministerial formation accepted in Europe and North America are really the right ones for the Third World – or even for the areas where they have been developed. – (Lesslie Newbigin)
Laypersons in the church would perhaps have been within their rights to bring a class-action suit against systematic theologians for criminal pastoral and missiological negligence. – (Kevin Van Hoozer)
Alan Scotland took two sessions:
Session 1 - Why has the church through the ages taught less about the Kingdom of God than Jesus did?
God is not old but he is ancient. Meaning, that God knows what needs to be done here and now.
Session 2 - We are often afraid of the changes in our culture. We do need to look out and see our culture but we must look up to the Holy Spirit to understand what He wants to empower us to do. In this, remember, we are not alone, but we are together in a covenant relationship with Jesus.
John Leitzel took a session:
John spoke about Clarifying our value of women in ministry in Lifelink USA. Why are we talking about Women in Lifelink?
We recognize we’ve been failing to adequately promote the full expression of ministry gifts by women among us.
It matters for our mission, the multifaceted expression of Christ in the world.
It matters in an eschatological sense as well, for the sake of the maturity and radiance of the Church.
Josh Mitchell took a session:
Josh gave a charge to the leaders to go in God’s power of the Holy Spirit to do mission to the culture we live in.