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Missional Learning Communities

Leader/Pastor Cohort Dates

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 
Westminster Presbyterian Church and Kendall Yards

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church and Northtown Mall

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Eastern Washington University and The Mason Jar

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Community Building – Downtown Spokane

Tuesday, March 7, 2019
Location to be determined

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Location to be determined

Upcoming Presbytery Events

Thursday, September 26, 2018
Presbytery Summit
@ Camp Spalding

Saturday, November 26, 2018
Presbytery Summit
@ First Presbyterian Church Spokane

Learning Communities

The Idea…

In the fall of 2017 we launched Learning Community Cohorts to listen, discern, experiment and reflect together on what God is up to in our neighborhoods and communities.  These cohorts were made up of a few individuals from several congregations throughout the Presbytery.

In April 2018 we merged these cohorts with our quarterly Presbytery Gatherings.  This merger is continuing into the fall of 2018.  Each quarterly Presbytery gathering will include significant time for story-telling and reflecting on what God is up to and how we are partnering with God.  We invite anyone interested in this process to attend our quarterly Presbytery Gatherings (you do not need to be a pastor or elder to attend!).

Leader/Pastor Cohort: Pastors and church staff members involved or interested in missional work are invited to be part of the separate Learning Community cohort that meets six times throughout the 2018-2019 year.  The last gathering for prior to summer will be May 23 from 9:30AM-1:30PM.  Each gathering will have a specific theme we explore together and each person will set an experiment around that theme, which will be reflected upon at the next gathering.

  • For more information on Missional Learning Communities please contact our Missional Expeditor, Katie Stark ([email protected])

Resources to understand what it means to be "Missional"

Being missional is different than doing mission work – it is a way of life, not a project or a trip.  This paradigm shift is a challenge for all of us in the church who are used to how things have been. It is also an invitation into the new thing God is doing within our culture.  In order to better understand what we mean when we talk about being missional, here are a few resources:

Our Journey to Become Missional


Fall 2017 – Learning Communities (from 5/2/17 Presbytery Gathering)

Learning Communities application (from 5/2/17 Presbytery Gathering)

New Approach to Outcomes (from 5/2/17 Presbytery Gathering)

Future Church Infographic (from 5/2/17 Presbytery Gathering)

Luke 10 passage

Presbytery MSTF Presentation – 2011

Mission Study Document – 2011

Spiritual Practices – 4 steps

Dwelling in the Word

One of our spiritual practices is to dwell in scripture. We encourage congregations to begin the spiritual practice of dwelling in the word at the beginning of any meeting (session, committee, etc.). Invite the participants to prepare minds and hearts through a moment of silence. During the first reading invite participants to listen  for a word or phrase that jumps out at them. Leave a minute of silence before a second reading (it should be read by a different voice each time and preferably different genders). After the second reading (followed by a moment of silence) invite participants to turn to a partner and share one or two things they heard. Ask each participant to share with the larger group one thing that they heard their partner share (do not ask people to share what they themselves hear – only what they heard their partner say). To finish up invite the group to reflect on any themes they picked up on. There are some of the scripture passages we’ve used in the past:

Acts 8:26-40

Acts 10:25-28, 35-48

Acts 10: 1-12

Acts 16

Acts 17: 16-23

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

Genesis 28: 10-17

Luke 17: 11-19

Romans 5: 1-11

II Timothy 1-3, 6-9

1 Corinthians

John 4: 7-15