CHURCH LEARNING JOURNEY
The Regent Exchange Learning Journey for churches includes two main components:
1. PARTICIPATION IN A REGENT EXCHANGE LEARNING COMMUNITY
The heart of this program is participation in a cohort of 4-6 church teams who engage in a 12-18 month Learning Journey hosted by Regent Exchange. Each church is represented by a Learning Team of 3-6 members who are committed to discover, discern, design, and implement a collaborative ministry project that draws upon the collective calling of the congregation and contributes to their local context.
The time commitment for each team member is about 10-15 hours each month and includes individual reading and reflection, team meetings, and Learning Community (cohort) gatherings. We recommend that Learning Teams plan to meet together at least every 4-6 weeks to work through the online learning material. In addition to a kick-off retreat, we expect the Learning Community to gather 4-5 times throughout the year. While these are approximate guidelines, we believe that the more your team is able and willing to put into your learning, the more you will gain out of the experience.
2. DEVELOPMENT OF A MINISTRY PROJECT IN YOUR CHURCH
Learning Teams engage a design process to discern how God may be inviting their church to new ways of living into their individual and collective vocations. Each Learning Team will receive grant funding to implement a ministry project that draws upon these vocations and contributes to the common good.
Ministry projects could be anything from helping individual church members reflect on their vocations in light of God’s story to mobilizing a whole church to meet a particular need in its neighbourhood. We encourage churches to design and undertake projects that build and strengthen connections within their local communities and respond to needs felt beyond the church walls with the goal of contributing to the common good.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR COHORT # 2
Cohort 2 Participation Confirmed
Churches selected to participate in Cohort 2 (2020-2021) of Regent Exchange will be contacted and confirmed by July 24.
Formation of Regent Exchange Learning Teams
With the support of some guidelines, each church will gather a Learning Team of 3-6 members from the congregation to participate in the activities of the Regent Exchange Learning Community. We will meet for a Cohort Kick-Off Event in August, and teams will begin some reading and online learning tasks. We recommend that teams meet at least once in this month.
Fall 2020-Spring 2021
Regent Exchange Learning Journey
As well as gathering for monthly workshops, teams will engage learning tasks online and in their communities. We recommend teams meet regularly each month. Teams will work towards developing a Common Good Pilot Project to be implemented in Spring-Summer 2021.
Common Good Pilot Project Reports and Closing Cohort Gathering
CALLING ALL REGENT WRITERS! Request for Proposals
Regent Exchange is pleased to partner with Regent College on a special issue of the Regent World, to be released early in 2021. During this time of societal disruption and change, it may indeed be a “kairos moment” for the people of God––one in which congregations and their leaders are reimagining the vocation of the local church. We are faced with a wide range of pressing questions:
- How do we discern and incarnate our vocation as a church in the communities where we live and work?
- How can we contribute to the common good in the midst of our changing contexts?
- What is God calling us to in the midst of this pandemic (alongside economic collapse, political and social discord, racism etc.), and how should we prepare and live within this “new normal”?
- What is the church’s role in responding to other pressing issues of our time?
Regent Exchange invites proposals for short writing projects (maximum 3000 words) that address these questions centred around church, vocation, congregational learning, and the common good. We welcome articles that provide theological and biblical analysis of these themes; case studies of churches contributing to the common good in response to God’s call; creative liturgy and poetry; and articles that are written at a popular level––accessible to a wide audience. Authors will be compensated for works published in the special issue.
In keeping with our conviction that vocation is best expressed in relationships, we especially encourage collaborative writing projects with alumni, faculty, sessional instructors, staff, and current students. We want to highlight a diversity of voices that represent the global Christian community across cultural, vocational, geographical, and denominational contexts––describing how these contexts shape and inform the vocational identity of the church.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to submit proposals to [email protected] by October 30, 2020.