We are part of a network of churches in the Sacramento area committed to growing God’s Kingdom through the creation of new churches with missional culture. Granite Springs pastoral staff (Doug and Kevin :)) as well as participants in the Sierra Leadership Network (hosted by GS) will be attending the Newbigin House of Studies Inaugural Conference, “Leadership for the Church-in-Mission” November 17 and 18.
According to the great missionary, pastor and theologian Lesslie Newbigin “the church is mission.” It “exists by mission as a flame exists by burning.” The contemporary church is in desperate need for leaders who are capable of planting new churches or revitalizing churches in decline. According to Newbigin, spiritual renewal will only happen when “local congregations renounce an introverted concern for their own life, and recognize that they exist for the sake of those who are not members, as sign, instrument and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society.” But how do we redevelop a vision for mission within our churches? How we do train and mentor a new generation of missional leaders?
To address these questions, Newbigin House of Studies will bring together a distinguished group of theologians, missiologists, church planters and pastors for two days in San Francisco. Our keynote speaker is Professor N.T. Wright, who will deliver two lectures on the first day, addressing the leadership challenges and opportunities for the church’s contemporary mission. After each lecture, he will interact with a distinguished panel of Christian leaders. On the second day, the conference will focus on on the stories of leaders who have have successfully planted or led churches in creating a missional culture: Rev. Fred Harrell, founder and Senior Pastor of City Church San Francisco; Dr. Scot Sherman, director of the Newbigin House of Studies; and Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America.