On Saturdays, pray for non-majority next generation leaders being trained through spiritual formation retreats.
BACKGROUND – MINISTRY TRANSITION
We are thankful! In the past, our Lord, through Alliance Women and the “forgivable loan” program, has provided valuable funding for non-majority college and seminary students to better equip them for work and ministry. This effort has had many beneficiaries.
As we transition to a new phase, we have faith that as Luke 14:22 says, “There is still room,” and we are grateful for the opportunity to obtain new funding from Alliance Women for our dreams.
Currently, 41% of C&MA churches are non-majority culture churches, and Sunday messages are preached across our nation in 38 languages, including American Sign Language. It is estimated that 50% or more of U.S. Alliance church members are non-majority culture people.
INTRODUCTION TO NEXT-GEN LEADERSHIP COHORTS
Starting in the summer of 2022, the Multicultural Ministries Office (MCM) of Church Ministries will begin hosting leadership development cohorts for Next-Gen leaders selected from the U.S. C&MA’s ethnically based districts (4) and associations (10). We desire to see younger ethnic leaders prepared to serve God in The Alliance. The cohorts will meet three times during an 18-month period. Each cohort meeting will be in the format of a three-day retreat.
MAIN PURPOSE – SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Contrary to most training/equipping efforts, this program will not focus on skills, ministry, or organizational development. Instead, it will focus on spiritual development with the intent to prepare the participants for life’s challenges and to enable long-term sustainability in ministry.
The themes of the retreats are as follows:
- Retreat #1 – Mapping the Journey Towards
- Retreat #2 – Dealing with Adversity
- Retreat #3 – Heart Check
All related costs will be covered by the MCM Office. Airfare, lodging, meals, materials, and other related costs are estimated at $1,250 person. We expect up to 20 participants for an overall estimated cost of $25,000 per retreat.
Alliance Women has set a goal to raise $25,000 to cover the expenses of one retreat.
To participate in giving, visit www.alliancewomen.org/give. We also encourage your prayer support. Please be praying for the MCM Next-Gen Leadership Cohort participants and instructors.