ADVENTURERS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
The Fresh Expressions movement has used the language of "pioneers" and "pioneering." We have been 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 throughout the Florida, North Georgia, and Western North Carolina Conferences. 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 2021 Adventurers Leadership Academy. If you are interested in the academy, we ask that you complete the follow application and provide two references. The cost of the academy is $1,250 per student plus travel expenses.
ADVENTURERS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2021-2022 COHORT STRUCTURE
Resident Teaching Bishops: Bishop Ken Carter (FLUMC and WNCUMC) and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson (NGUMC)
Spritiual Director: Sue Nilson Kibbey
Overall structure: An online pre-session followed by four sessions, with coaching, and immersive learning between each gathering.
Virtual Orientation: August 27, 2021 from 4-6 pm. At this meeting, students learn an overview and expectations of the academy, meet their cohort, and connect with coaches.
Session 1: September 30-October 1, 2021. On-site optional at Grace Church UMC - Cape Coral Campus, Cape Coral, FL.
Session 2: January 21-22, 2022. On-site optional at Sugarload United Methodist Church in Duluth, Georgia.
Session 3: May 6-7, 2022. On-site optional at Thrift United Methodist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Session 4: August 5-6, 2022. On-site optional at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.
Graduation: August 6, 2022. Online or On -site at Untied Theological Seminary.