City Gates Initiative Collective - The Ezra & Nehemiah Question
Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Can today's church leaders and marketplace leaders honor one another's Kingdom calling?
Our churches are full of highly respected and godly leaders from starkly different educations, experiences and authority structures. Our pastors, ministers and priests are trained to lead within the church organization, while many in their congregations are equipped and oriented for leadership beyond the church.
Just as Ezra and Nehemiah joined together to rebuild Jerusalem, there is great potential for powerful collaboration among our church and marketplace leaders. But far too often their stark differences in perspective and approach create a painful professional and personal gulf that greatly reduces their mutual appreciation and impact.
In our next City Gates Collective, business veteran and author, Bob Erdmann, will help marketplace leaders and church leaders enter into this tension through a healthy conversation in a safe environment. Together, we will unpack questions such as: What is this gulf and how did it come to be? What is the common call we all have to answer? Is it valid to say we are co-creators with God? What is the scriptural imprimatur for churches to help those laboring in the secular realm? Is there a difference between Marketplace Ministry and the Call To Work?
If you are a leader, or student leader-to-be, within church, business, education, science/healthcare, media, arts/entertainment, social services, government or family, you are invited to add your ear and voice to this collaborative, redemptive conversation.
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City Gates Initiative
Through the City Gates Initiative, Ashland Theological Seminary is committed to being a leading national mobilizer of marketplace-Christians into God's movement within the business, government, media, arts and entertainment, science and medicine, education, social/NGO services and family sectors of society. While Ashland Theological Seminary continues to prepare Church leaders through its other core programs, the City Gates Initiative acts on our expanding vision to prepare people for ministry in all sectors of cultural influence.