Mission Leaders Network

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2018 European Mission Leaders Network

Mission leaders have a vital role in the European church today. Europe and the European church are changing. The missiological issues and challenges are enormous.

The Mission Leaders Network exists to target and help mission leaders in and from Europe –

• to understand the changing face of mission in Europe
• to grapple with contemporary missiological issues
• to learn from each other
• to share the best resources available
• to train the next generation of mission leaders

The Mission Leaders Network will do this through –

  • Sharing and teaching of different missiologists and specialists on contemporary missiological issues
  • Providing a meeting place for leaders of mission organisations for sharing of challenges that the leaders and their organisations are facing
  • Training new mission leaders on missional thinking using group discussions, debates, and mentoring of the next generation of mission leaders in Europe
  • Using the best resources available on mission statistics, area investigation, and policy work on mission.

This year’s Network will provide several global voices and incorporate a learning community approach.  The time together in the Network will be not only content-driven but allow for more relational and processing time.  The final day of the Network will be a unique processing time in which participants will be able to consider what they have learned and what concrete action steps they can take to improving their leadership and their ministry.

Applicants should be leaders of mission organisations or missiologists in Europe or from Europe who wish to understand and address contemporary issues, common challenges, and the changing face of missions. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADERS

Rolf Kjøde is the Director of Continuing Education and External Courses at NLA University College in Norway. Up until recently, he has for many years served as General Secretary of Normisjon, one of Norway’s leading mission organisations. Rolf has also been director and for a number of years chairman of NORME (Norwegian council of Mission and Evangelisation), which is the merged Norwegian branch of The Lausanne Movement and the national Evangelical Alliance, and has thus also been an active participant at several international Lausanne gatherings. He has been principal and teacher at two Bible schools and was for some years responsible for international relations in the Norwegian branch of IFES. Rolf holds a Master of Theology, has written a number of articles in Scandinavian theological and missiological journals, and has written a textbook for Bible schools in evangelism.

 

Jim Memory is a member of the International Leadership Team of the European Christian Mission (ECM).  He and his wife Christine were church planters in Spain from 1994-2008 before moving into mission leadership.  Within ECM he is part of the executive that supervises ECM’s fieldwork around Europe, and he leads the ECM Vision and Strategy Group.  Alongside his ECM responsibilities, Jim teaches the European modules on the MA in Contemporary Missiology at Redcliffe College (UK) and is one of the founding editors of Vista, Redcliffe’s research-based journal on crucial issues for mission in Europe.  He is a regular speaker at conferences on mission in Europe and is currently leading a research project on measuring the missionality of the churches in Spain.  He contributed chapters to van de Poll and Appleton (Eds.) Church Planting in Europe (2015) and Ekstrom (Ed.) The Church in Mission (WEA 2016).  Jim and Christine have three adult children, Grace, Alex and Rosie, and they live in Cordoba, Spain.  

 

Evi Rodemann has been involved in creating and organising events for young people and churches locally, nationally, and on the European level since she was a teenager. Mission events have always played a vital part in her own walk with God, but she has also seen how they bring Christians together and mobilise them for a missional lifestyle. As well as receiving training in event management, Evi also earned an MA in European mission with a focus on the impact of conferences. She studied missions in the Netherlands and has worked in India, Africa, and Hong Kong, but her strongest passion remains Europe and helping its young people to find their kingdom role and live missionally wherever God has called them. Until 2016 she directed Mission-Net for nine years and organised four European youth mission congresses. In addition to being engaged in various European networks such as Lausanne and the European Youth Ministry Network, Evi also works part-time in a German aluminium company.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

 

Ramez Atallah was born in Cairo, Egypt and emigrated with his family to Canada when he was sixteen.  He came to know the Lord through a local church in Montreal and was discipled as a student through the Inter-Varsity group at McGill University. From 1972 to 1980 he developed and directed the ministry of the Groupes Bibliques Universitaires du Quebec. In 1980 along with his wife and two children he returned to Egypt, where he became the IFES Regional Secretary for the Middle East. He attended the first Lausanne Congress and was appointed as a youth representative to the Lausanne Committee in 1975.  He served on the Committee from 1974 to 1994.  In 2006 he rejoined Lausanne as Program Chairman for Lausanne III Cape Town Congress.  After the Congress, he was appointed as one of the Deputy Chairs of the Lausanne Movement until 2015. Since 1990 he has been the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt, the position he still holds until now. 

 

Nana Yaw Offei Awuku serves as Global Associate Director (Generations) with The Lausanne Movement. In this role he leads the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation initiative (YLGen). He was previously the Lausanne Regional Director for English, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking Africa (EPSA) from June 2011 to September 2016. Nana was on staff with Scripture Union Ghana for 20 years – he was a member of the Senior Management Team as the Director for Field Ministries until December 2017. Trained professionally as a chemical engineer and organization development consultant, Nana’s ministry passion is to disciple missional leaders to serve God’s Kingdom and Glory. He is studying World Missions and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston. Nana is married to Beth, and they live with their three children, Christy, Eben, and Laura, in Ghana.

 
 

Tom McGehee is the CEO and founder of The WildWorks Group. Tom’s mission is to facilitate and release the collective power of the Body of Christ. For over fifteen years he has worked with churches, and ministries all over the world. Tom is an acknowledged leader in collaborative work, as well as systemic and culture change. He is a published author, speaker, trainer, and thought leader in collaboration and culture change. Tom has worked with church plants, and mega churches, various denominations, and global ministries.  He developed the learning community process with Leadership Network, and currently supports church planting networks in both the US and Europe. Tom has also had successful careers in the military and business. Tom became a Christian through Campus Crusade for Christ while attending Auburn University. Tom and his wife, Elaine, have four children, have been married for 37 years, and live in Plano, Texas. 

 

Scott Moreau served ten years with Cru Africa, teaching science at Ntonjeni Swazi National High School (1978-1980) and missions at the Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST; 1984-1991). In 1991, he joined the Intercultural Studies department at Wheaton College, where he is Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missions as well as Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School. He edits the Encountering Mission series (Baker), and serves on several agency and other boards. He has written or edited 20 books and over 300 articles in mission-related journals, magazines, and dictionaries. His next book, Contextualizing the Faith: A Holistic Approach will be published by Baker this coming fall.

 

Las G. Newman is the Global Associate Director of the Lausanne Movement. He served in campus ministry for over thirty years with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). He has been involved in Theological Education and is the immediate past president of the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (CGST) in Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Newman is a graduate of Tyndale University College, Toronto, and the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He holds a PhD in Mission Studies from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies/University of Wales. He is a member of the Board of the International Fellowship of Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT) and member of the INFEMIT Networking Team. As organizer and host of the Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel in Jamaica in 2012, he helped produce the “Jamaica Statement on Creation Care: A Call to Action” and publish the book Creation Care and the Gospel: Reconsidering the Mission of the Church (2016).

 

Dave Patty has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years and serves as the president of Josiah Venture.  He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilises and equips youth ministry trainers in over 40 countries of the world.  Dave is an ordained pastor with a BA in theology and a MA in education.  He has also done graduate work in leadership development at Harvard University.  For the past 21 years he has lived in the Czech Republic, and spent the 10 years before that in Germany.  Dave is married to Connie, and has three children, Tyler, Caleb, and Claire.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Global Church, Global Mission, Global Leadership
Nana Yaw Offei Awuku

We live at an exciting time in the history of the Church. We are a generation that is witnessing some of the most significant shifts in Christianity since the first century. In the 21st century, many countries and cultures have simultaneously become both missionary sending and receiving “Jerusalems” and “ends of the earth.” Global mission today faces the challenge and opportunity of great diversity and connectedness. This session will explore biblical dynamics of kingdom leadership inspiring “the whole Church, taking the whole gospel, to the whole world.”
 

Patterns of Leadership and Their Cross Cultural Implications
Scott Moreau

The GLOBE study of leadership identified six patterns of leadership in practice across the world. Anthropologists have long identified an additional pattern. We’ll explore in greater depth these seven patterns of leadership and ask what they mean for missionaries, mission leaders, church planters, and those who lead cross-culturally.

 


Day 2

God Is on the Move! How Does Europe Fit in?
Las Newman

Imagine, ‘A World Without Europe.’ What would that world be like? As political theorist and international relations scholars debate this question, one reality is clear. Much of Christian Europe that created modern capitalism, modern liberal democracy, open society based on the rule of law, and the protection of human rights and human dignity, is no more. Whither Europe? Meanwhile, God is on the move. The Gospel is spreading everywhere on every continent. How does Europe fit in?

 

Suffering for the Sake of the Gospel: The resurgence of Martyrdom as central to Christian witness
Ramez Atallah

In the early centuries of the Christian era suffering and martyrdom were part and parcel of being a Christian.  When Christianity was endorsed by the State this changed to Christians being - or expecting themselves to be – protected by the State.  The unprecedented recent wave of persecution and attacks on Christians worldwide is forcing Christians to rethink this assumption.  We now have much to learn from how the early Christians faced suffering and martyrdom.  We will examine examples from the Coptic Christians in Egypt to illustrate this point.   

 


Day 3

Equipping Young Disciples for MIssion 
Dave Patty

Many don’t realise that when Christ sent his first disciples into mission, most of them were in their late teens or early twenties.  Young people have time, energy, and passion that accelerates the work of God when properly released.  At the same time, they are inexperienced and sometimes even unreliable.  How can young people be quickly and effectively equipped for mission?  What will make them fruitful for the long haul?  Josiah Venture mobilises over 1000 young disciples into mission each year and trains over 5000 young leaders.  Dave will share lessons learned from these experiences that can be translated to other settings.
 

Mobilising Young Disciples for Mission
Evi Rodemann

Not only do we seek to mobilise the next generation to follow Christ but also to mobilise them as disciples to play their part in God´s Kingdom worldwide. As we try to understand the next generation, we also need to understand their reality and what makes them give their all for Christ and seek to advance missions. We cannot do this simply for them; we need to do this with them. In mobilising we need to partner as each generation reaches out to collaborate together. Ways of doing this, including some recent case studies, will be presented and discussed. 

 


Day 4

Learning Community 
Tom McGehee

The final day of the Network will be spent in a learning community with time for discussion and processing the learning from the Network to make it applicable and actionable for members of the Network. 

 

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