Preparing Congregations for Mission: Moving from Reflection to Action (CALL)

mission.jpgOnline with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership: March 25 – May 20, 2019
In Person:Participation in the online course includes a workshop on April 6, 2019 at the ECMN Retreat Center, Faribault

This course is designed to integrate the concept and theology of mission with the challenges of congregational life and the call for creative participation in contexts that are undergoing deep and radical change. It will provide a framework for understanding organizational and family systems as they affect congregations, and offer tools to prepare people for adaptive change and leadership in the local and global neighbourhoods where God is at work.

Using an action/reflection process students will complete and discuss readings and undertake and reflect on an activity each week. Building on weekly assignments students will integrate their learnings into the form of a congregational case study.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course it is expected that participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply differing concepts of “mission” and “missional” to congregational life;
  2. Identify opportunities and challenges for engaging congregations in the local neighbourhood and wider community.
  3. Recognize congregational systems, emotions, and behaviour in times of change and explain their implications for leadership and ministry;
  4. Develop a case study that reflects congregational identity, culture, local context, capacity and resources for growth and change;

Instructor: The Rev. Maylanne Maybee 

“My experience is in education, social ministry, ecumenism, liturgy, and church administration.  I recently retired as principal of the Centre for Christian Studies, a national school based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for deacons and diaconal ministers in the Anglican and United Churches of Canada.  I have worked for the Anglican Church of Canada in the areas of peace, justice, and ecology, served in inner city communities and parishes in Toronto, coordinated a cross-Canada network of faith-based practitioners of urban ministry, and taught religious education in private schools.  This year I am celebrating the 40th anniversary of my ordination to the diaconate.”

Required Books

  1. Mark Lau Branson and Juan Francisco Martinez, Churches, Cultures & Leadership. Downers Grove, IL: Academic 2011. ISBN: 978-0-8308-6854-4 (digital); 978-0-8308-3926-1 (print).
  2. Peter Steinke, A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-56699-403-3.
  3. William M. Kondrath, Facing Feelings in Faith Communities. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2013.


Recommended Additional Reading

  • Stephanie Spellers, Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation. NY: Church Publishing Inc., 2006. ISBN (10): 0-89869-520-520-1. ISBN (13): 978-0-89869-530-5.
  • Alan Roxburgh, Joining God, Remaking the Church, Changing the World: the New Shape of the Church in Our Time. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8192-3211-3 (paperback); 978-0-8192-3212-0 (ebook).
  • Gary V. Nelson, Borderland Churches: A Congregation’s Introduction to Missional Living. Louis, MI: Chalice Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-8272-0238-2.
  • Dwight Zscheile, The Agile Church: Spirit-led Innovation in an Uncertain Age. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8192-2977-9 (paperback).
  • Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. New York: Seabury Books, 2007.
  • Edwin H. Friedman, Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. New York: The Guilford Press, 1985.

Cost: $300 | Check back here for registration.