JOURNEY GROUPS are self-directed, self-determined peer learning communities. Each group is guided by a facilitator who is a co-learner with passion and experience in the area of the particular theme.
Journey Groups consist of 6-9 leaders and a facilitator gathered around common learning themes. The group journeys together for two years, offering each other mutual encouragement, support, challenge and accountability. Each group gathers five times for 3-4 days, on dates determined by the group. Together, each group develops a focus and a learning plan within their general theme. They then explore their focus in depth, via a wide variety of learning approaches and locations. Travel is a significant piece of the experience. Journey Group members invite a cohort of persons in their ministry context to learn concurrently with them. Two members of each participant’s cohort are included in the fourth gathering. At the final gathering, the group will creatively share their learning with an audience they deem could greatly benefit from what they have learned over the preceding two year journey.
Learn more by downloading a grid of the two year process.
Cost includes all travel, lodging, meals, resources and events for the five gatherings.
The fee for each Journey Group participant is $2500 OR $1250/year for two years. Each ministry context also contributes $850 to help with the expenses of the cohort.
Journey groups are generously subsidized by contributors who believe in the power and effectiveness of this learning model.
CURRENTLY FORMING JOURNEY GROUPS
Currently, Violence and the City, facilitated by Rev. Chris Dorsey is being formed with an expected launch in the summer 2014. Clergy, civic leaders and community organizers are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying for this Journey Group, APPLY HERE!
In addition, The Role of Popular Art and Culture in Spiritual Formation will explore the place and function of contemporary art and culture in spiritual formation. Seeking to find an alternative to the common postures of avoidance or blind consumption of culture, the group will develop a robust theology of culture that will influence their own personal discipleship as well as inform their understanding of ministry moving forward.