Emily will be teaching a course entitled “Dreams and Schemes: Creativity, Innovation, and Strategy for Church Planters and Renewers.”
From the course description:
In the book of Genesis God’s first act is one of creation; in the book of Revelation God promises to make all things new. Developing a rich theology of creation is at the heart of this course, which will invite you to consider what God is making new in your own ministry context, as well as develop tools to move vision toward reality. Together, we will explore a six-part process of creation: void, hunger, vision, reality, identity, and growth. Rooted in the instructor’s experience as a church planter, the content of this course is applicable to any situation in which a new thing is coming into being: a new ministry for an established congregation, a community project, a non-for-proft startup, a church plant, or an established congregation that seeks to be more outwardly-focused.
The course will be highly participative, including class discussion, experiential learning, case studies, and theological reflection. Readings will include selected chapters from Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition (Croft, Mosby, Spellers), Created and Led by the Spirit: Planting Missional Congregations, (Dehmlow Dreier) and The Art of the Start (Kawasaki).