The Fresh Expressions movement has used the language of "pioneers" and "pioneering." We have 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. 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 2022 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.


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: TBA. At this meeting, students learn an overview and expectations of the academy, meet their cohort, and connect with coaches.

Session 1: November 1-3, 2022. On-Site at St. Mark's, Ocala, Florida.

Checkpoint Online Session: January 12, 2023 via Zoom. 

Checkpoint Online Session: March 9, 2023 via Zoom. 

Session 2: April 28-29, 2023. On-site in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Session 3:August 3-4, 2023. On-site North Georiga.

Session 4: November 3-4. On site Tennessee.

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Application Information
What is your interest level in Fresh Expressions?
Check those that apply:
Not interested
Curious but want more info
Have cultivated similar missional activities
Actively involved in the movement
Have explored fresh expressions in the past
Currently doing a fresh expression
For example, a business, ministry, initiative, worship experience, outreach, fresh expression, etc.?
A adventurer is someone capable of taking the church outside the walls and who can relate/interact with the people there. How do you share your faith with those outside the church? Can you share a story of how you offered Christ to a so-called “none” or “done”?
If you have ever had a signifcant failure, can you share what it was like and what you have learned?
Briefly describe your relational style as a leader and how (if) you involve others in your work:
(Vision Day, Pioneer Learning Community, Spark/Surge, Dinner Church, etc.)

The Adventurers Leadership Academy will meet four times in the coming year; each meeting is mandatory. Each adventurer in the academy will be assigned a mentor. In this apprenticeship, you will be required to prepare reflections of activities and visit fresh expressions hubs throughout the state.

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