5 Steps to Going Local
TMN is currently working with a number of judicatories (Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Baptists, etc.) across North America in this system wide engagement. The 5 Steps to Going Local involves clergy, congregations and regional staff working together over an 18-month period in complementary processes of transformation to reengage the call of the Gospel and join God’s redemptive work in their local communities.
Congregations: When clusters of congregations work together and support each other in a process of discernment and experimenting, innovation and change starts to happen. The 5-Steps to Going Local provides a way for congregations to go on a shared journey together in discerning ways of joining God in their neighborhoods and asking how the Spirit is inviting them to re-orient their lives as God’s people.
Clergy: In a similar way, pastors of local churches know they need to learn fresh ways of forming God’s people and they are longing to discover a community of co-learners in this journey. The 5 Steps to Going Local brings together clusters of pastors to discern the practices of forming communities that fundamentally re-orient the praxis of their communities for the sake of the Gospel and the transformation of God’s world.
Regional System: A Synod/Diocese/Conference/Presbytery develops the skills, frameworks and ability to lead congregations and clergy in missional transformation. These leaders have an action-directed laboratory to assess what they need to do to assist and lead missional transformation among their congregations.