Deep Roots, Wild Branches: Developing Pioneering Churches and Leaders

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All Saints Church

338 E. Lyman Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789

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Across the United States and beyond, the God who "makes all things new" is up to something. Amid a Christian landscape that looks and feels like a desert of decline, new oases of the Spirit are springing forth. Inherited congregations, with long histories, deeply rooted in their traditions, are experimenting with cultivating "fresh expressions" of church and experiencing forms of revitalization.

For centuries the church has understood itself as a community of believers in the midst of the greater society and culture. For many churches, we understand the larger community as a parish, a geographical boundary surrounding a village/town. The local church was responsible for the spiritual care and Christian formation of everyone living in the parish whether they came on Sunday or not. Now in this Post- Christendom world we must regain, with an urgency, this sense of mission.

When the whole people of God, the apostle-hood of all believers, are released to join what the Spirit is up to in our neighborhoods and networks, a new future is born. The task at hand then is to discover how we cultivate congregations capable of pioneering new territory and how we develop leaders that can guide these congregations. Michael Beck, a local church pastor and Dave Male, Director of Evangelism/Discipleship for the Church of England are practitioners of a blended ecology (inherited and incarnational forms of church living together in an amplifying fashion, for the betterment of all) of church that is pioneering new paths for the future.


Don't miss a day of interactive learning, sharing tools, and practical processes!


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9:30 am - Registration and Coffee

10:00am - Opening Session - Welcome & Worship

10:15am - Session 1 - Linking Arms: tradition + innovation as a new and connected creation (Michael Beck)

11:00am - Break

11:15am - Session 2–Walking together: focused mission in today’s contextual reality (Dave Male)

12:00pm - Lunch (on your own on Park Ave)

1:15pm - Session 3—Tilling soil: A new ecosystem for the Church (Michael Beck)

2:15pm - Break

2:30pm - Session 4— Sowing seeds: Creating Jesus-centered communities from the missionary church (Dave Male)

3:30pm - Session 5 – Q & A / Panel / Closing


About the presenters:

The Rev. Michael Beck serves on the Fresh Expressions US National leadership team as Director of Re-Missioning and is the cultivator of Fresh Expressions in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Michael and his wife, Jill, co-pastor Wildwood United Methodist Church where they direct recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement and a network of fresh expressions of church meeting in places like tattoo parlors, dog parks and burrito joints. His book Deep Roots Wild Branches: Revitalizing the Church in the Blended Ecology was released earlier this year.


The Rev. Canon Dave Male serves as the Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England. Dave brings extensive experience of creating innovation and achievement through his work as a church leader, theological educator and national advisor. As a parish priest and pioneer minister Dave has significant experience of leading in evangelism and discipleship at local, deanery and Diocesan level. He has written many books and articles on mission, evangelism, pioneer ministry and Fresh Expressions and has spoken on these topics in the UK and across the world. His latest book: How to Pioneer (even if you haven’t got a clue) was released in 2016.

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