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The breadth of offerings within the Cities Project Team

  • Leadership Circle - Formation & Curriculum Topics

    • Forming a Leadership Circle

         

        We seek Kingdom Leaders, who have a heart for transformation. We invite them and their peers into what we call a Leadership Circle to engage together at a graduate level biblically-based leadership development shown below. The Leadership Circle classes are highly interactive with substantial peer-to-peer learning; they are given one full day each month.

        Each year new sets of Kingdom Leaders become members of the broader Leadership Circle in their city. Out of the Leadership Circle, Impact Groups are formed around the strategic match-up between the needs of the community or city and the callings God has placed on the hearts of the Kingdom Leaders. We will also provide tools for discernment of the needs placed on the hearts of Kingdom Leaders and their respective callings, the opportunity to engage with others that have similar callings, and guidance in how best to form Impact Groups. The rate that an Impact Group will be able to implement change in the city/community will depend on the city/community and the grace of God; but with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, change is possible. An Impact Group will partner with other groups outside the Cities Project pursuing their common goal for the city/community, recognizing and utilizing existing organizations. Our expectation is that, in addition to providing an opportunity to make a change in the city/community, this side-by-side work by Kingdom Leaders will also be a continuous outreach very naturally introducing Jesus in the course of their work together.caterpillar

        The long term result will be the growth of the kingdom of God, blessing of the city and glory to God as the whole city sees the love of Christ lived out in unity.

         

    • Leadership Circle Curriculum Flow

        We have found that each topic is a paradigm shift for some of the leaders.

        LC Curriculum FLOW B

    • Living in Exile

        Over the years our cities have changed to the point where the Church has lost influence and Christians feel like outsiders. However a larger story is unfolding and together we can reweave God’s Kingdom throughout our city in ways that foster life (or promote flourishing).

    • Kingdom of God

        God’s Kingdom is here and now, and yet we wait for it to come in its fullness. From the beginning God created everything and saw it as very good. Despite the brokenness that has ensued since the Fall, God’s creation is still valuable to God and worth restoring. This is the story we find ourselves in as we participate with God in His kingdom. It affects how we engage the world. As leaders live together in God’s story, they can bring life to all people in measurable ways that can be observed by all people.

    • The City

        The world is rapidly urbanizing, bringing more and more people into urban centers around the world. God cares about these urban places, as they are places where people can either experience God’s love or be further alienated from Him. These cities can either be places of increasing shalom or further degradation. With their increased density and diversity, they offer many challenges to overcome as well as opportunities to do good. As leaders practice their vocational calling in their workplaces, they will inevitably bring God’s shalom with them positively influencing many.

    • Integrated Lives

        Most of us believe and live each day as though some of our activities are sacred to God and important to Him, and some activites are secular and not as important to God. This dualistic thinking and living has led to a distorted view of work where many view their work as not as important and God honoring as the work of a pastor or missionary. We will observe and discuss where this thinking has come from and what needs to be done to remove its impact.

    • Vocational Calling

        There is a difference between calling and work. “Harvard Business School psychologist Timothy Butler offers the following advice: There are words that tend to be used interchangeably – and shouldn’t be. They are ‘vocation’, ‘career’, and ‘job’. Vocation is the most profound of the three, and it has to do with your calling. Its what you’re doing in life that makes a difference for you, that builds a meaning for you, that you can look back on in your later years to see the impact you’ve made on the world. ” We all have unique spiritual gifts and natural abilities and we use them at different times in different careers and different jobs. We will use the term ‘vocational calling’ as a calling from God that does not change and can be applied at work, at home and in your city.

    • Whole-life Discipleship

        Spiritual truth is often more caught than taught. The essence of Jesus’ discipleship training was for them to be with Him and involved in His work. He wanted to impart convictions, principles and lifestyle – not just information. Being a disciple is the life-long process of actively maturing in Christ by seeking help from others. It is the progressive change in attitudes and behaviors from a worldly orientation to a worldview based on God’s Word. This transformation has significant effect on the individual, but it is not difficult to see how that transformation has a ripple effect on those people closest to the disciple, and in fact, on the city around them.

    • Collective Stewardship

        All of our work matters to God. “First, humans are designed by God to exercise proper dominion over creation … Second, humans are designed by God to be His image bearers, to uniquely reflect who God is to His good world. ” God’s strategy to accomplish his plan of the restoration of all things through Jesus is all about Him. He is building His kingdom. Yet He has decided to do this kingdom work through us who reflect his image. He has instructed us and equipped us to act as His stewards in this restoring work of building for the kingdom. He brings all of these things into His kingdom through what we do now – our work. And not just our work individually but our work corporately.

    • Public Square

        God did not call His people to live privatized lives where they separate their faith from the rest of life. Faith is both personal and public, where God’s work in someone’s life should be visible and influential in their communities. The ‘public square’ are those places where ideas and solutions regarding social and workplace issues emerge. God wants His people engaged in the ‘public square’. Peer discussion will help each leader learn better ways to articulate how God must play a role in every city and every society.

    • Societal Impact

        The goal is for people throughout a city to experience the presence of God’s kingdom, and thus the love of God and shalom surrounding God’s people. This presence of God’s kingdom on earth is winsome, it is attractive, it will draw people to God. Throughout history God has placed His people in strategic places to bring about significant societal change. Yet this change doesn’t happen quickly and more often takes generations. The larger cultural challenges facing people today will require overlapping networks of influential people and institutions. In God’s timing, these networks can bring about long lasting change—a world with a bit more shalom, a world sensing the presence of God’s kingdom on earth.

  • Key Concepts of Discovery - Integrated Life Teaching

    • Introduction to the Key Concepts

        Transformational Ripple Effect DiagramAs with all opportunities to experience the presence of God more intently, we must begin with the end in mind.  Every individual is different, and enters discipleship in a different way or at a different place.  Nevertheless, the collection of these key concepts is crucial to whole-life discipleship and healthy Bible engagement.

        The Key Concepts of Discovery are the first step of the Integrated Life Journey.  The concepts are on the one hand concepts for each leader to consider personally, since each concept has personal application.  However, there is an overarching notion of the whole of society, the whole of life and the whole of God’s kingdom.  Let’s take a look at one concept from each of the three groupings.

        Discovery I – III

        In Discovery I, the second concept is Walking in the Spirit. Clearly this has individual application; we will be exploring how an individual leader is able to dig into the Scriptures and stay in direct contact with God, living continually in His presence controlled by the Spirit.  However, it also has implications for the collective result of many citizens of God’s kingdom ALL acting in the power of the Holy Spirit, listening and responding as God directs many people at the same time.  This is critical as we think about the well-being of the city.

        In Discovery II, the third concept is Appreciating God’s view of Family.  There are many good resources on how each of us can play a better role in our own families and we will expect each leader to utilize such resources.  In addition, we want to examine carefully God’s intended role of family in society.  We know that the family is the basic unit that God designed for societies around the world.  In that design God describes various criteria for marriage, family and extended family.  We want to engage in serious discussion about how the well-being of family affects the well-being of the city.

        And in Discovery III, the fourth concept is Embracing Your Vocation and It’s Role in God’s Kingdom.  We know that God has a purpose (or purposes) for each of our lives.  Naturally we will want to spend time understanding this direction for each person.  At the same time we will press hard into ways in which common and complementary callings and vocations can be applied for the well-being of the whole city.  Our overall goal is the growth of the Kingdom of God, which involves God’s design for the best functioning of a society and the general well-being of your entire nation.

        In this overview document we will introduce each Discovery group and each of the Key Concepts of Discovery.  The details of each Key Concept will have its own packaging.  Each Discovery segment contains six Key Concepts, which can be addressed in any order and in some settings, two or three concepts may be addressed together to see what they might reveal collectively.

    • Discovery I : Basic Concepts

        Understanding God and my walk with Him

        This section of the Key Concepts of Discovery gives us foundational truths about God and our relationship with Him. These are truths that define who we are and how we live our lives – in fact – Jesus indicates that His purpose on earth was to give us eternal life and abundant life. To know God personally and follow his call on our lives is impossible in our own strength. We must understand the power of the Holy Spirit along with the disciplines that give structure to God’s work in our lives.

        1. Knowing Christ

          1. What exactly is a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe?
          2. How can I obtain that personal relationship?

        2. Walking in the Spirit

          1. What does it mean to be empowered or controlled by a spirit?
          2. How can I safely live my life under such empowerment?

        3. Practicing spiritual disciplines (listening to God, Quiet times, studying the word, prayer, giving,..)

          1. Why do I need discipline in my life with God?
          2. What is a good set of disciplines to practice?

        4. Leading Someone to Christ

          1. I know this is a role for a pastor, but is it the role of someone in the workplace? 
          2. How does this fit with “loving my neighbor as myself.”

        5. Engaging in conversational evangelism

          1. Knowing that evangelism is a process, how do I know where to enter and how far to proceed?
          2. Who is responsible for leading another person to Jesus Christ?

        6. Becoming a multiplying disciple

          1. What am I supposed to multiply?
          2. How can I fit this responsibility into my workplace?
    • Discovery II: Expanding Your Horizons

        Understanding God’s plan for the affect of my leadership on my immediate sphere of influence

        An overall desire in this section is to push the envelope of critical thinking, to apply critical thinking to the heart of being a citizen in God’s kingdom and then as a leader in God’s kingdom – what we call a Kingdom Leader

        1. Growing as a true follower of Jesus
          1. How can I be an apprentice of Jesus?  How can I help others do the same?Embracing the Great Commission and Great Commandment
          2. What does God really want from me?  How does this fit into His larger plan?
        2. Embracing the Great Commission & Great Commandment
          1. How are the Great Commission and Great Commandments related to one another?
          2. As a true follower of Jesus created in the image of God, how are my responsibilities integrated into my life? (see Gen 1-2 and Mt 22 & 28)
        3. Appreciating God’s view of family
          1. What is God’s life giving plan for marriage and family?  What does this imply for all societies in the world?
          2. What does God say about marriage and family that can improve life in today’s busy global world?
        4. Living in the story of God’s kingdom
          1. Given God’s plan for and mission in the world, how should life be lived?
          2. What is our hope in this current world?
        5. Learning to live and grow in community
          1. What is the role of a leader in a community that includes true followers of Jesus, embraces the Great Commission and Great Commandment, appreciates God’s view of family and desires to help launch other such communities?
          2. What is the role of conflict in a community?
        6. Initiating or engaging movements
          1. What is authentic community?  How does such a community affect its surroundings?
          2. What are the elements of movements that we glean from Jesus’ life?
    • Discovery III: Taking Responsibility

        Understanding my role in God’s plan and exercising good stewardship over the transformational ripple God has given me

        This section of the Key Concepts of Discovery contains the challenge of going well beyond our own self-interest and stepping into the fullness of leadership roles in God’s kingdom on earth.  It requires the whole-hearted recognition of the sovereignty of God and His design for the body of Christ together with others whom God identifies for His purposes.  It challenges the extent of our love for God and for our neighbors.  At the same time this section provides promise and hope of moving our nations toward the picture of God’s design – how it ought to be.

        1. Identifying and removing the secular/sacred divide
          1. How clearly do I recognize the presence of a divide between serving God everywhere all the time and limiting Him to certain compartments?
          2. Am I aware enough of the damage caused by this divide to take action to remove it?
        2. Applying your calling and your gifts
          1. Do I know what God has called me to do?
          2. What am I doing with that knowledge?
        3. Becoming familiar with the theology of city
          1. What is God’s design for cities?  And how does His design foster well-being, beauty, shalom?
          2. What is the relationship between cities in this world and God’s kingdom?
        4. Embracing your vocation and it’s role in God’s kingdom
          1. How do I know when I am effectively embracing my vocation?
          2. How can I properly relate my vocation to that of others
        5. Examining societal change and the role of God’s people
          1. If our goal is not societal change, then where does societal change fit in God’s design?
          2. What measures can be put in place to help us know how faithful we are to God’s intent for us?
        6. Multiplying your impact
          1. Since God’s plan involves the whole body of Christ, how can I best give my experience and understanding to others?
          2. What are the benefits to God’s kingdom on earth of multiplying my life to others?
  • Hallmarks

  • UNILID

    The Universidad Iberoamericana de Liderazgo (UNILID) is an accredited university that operates throughout Latin America, primarily in Spanish. It's purpose is to equip leaders by providing them with the tools necessary to allow them to lead their organizations, communities, cities and countries with integrity and the vision to lead organizations to glorify God.
    Rolando Justiniano is President.

  • Workplace and Leadership Ministry Network

    The collective influence of the CEOs, executives, and workers that we touch is significant to cities. The number of Christian CEOs of US companies is about one third of all the US companies. Additionally, national ministry CEOs understand that God has already started similar work in many cities. Yet Christian CEOs, executives, and workers remain disconnected from one another.

    We have an opportunity to increase awareness locally – together! CEOs and executives in cities have an opportunity to make a significant impact in their cities – together!
    Eric Welch leads WLMN.

  • Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

    We are equipping individuals for leadership and service through the development of a biblical worldview. We are building to become a leading voice of Christian thought that is biblical in content, transformational in nature, universal in scope, and applicable in the marketplace.
    Doug Hunter is Executive Director.

Resources with Others

Partnering and collaborating with others

Discover Your Calling

  • Strengths Finder

    The Clifton StrengthsFinder is the culmination of more than 50 years of Dr. Donald O. Clifton's lifelong work: leading millions of people around the world to discover their strengths.

  • The Paterson Center

    We train and equip facilitators to lead individuals and organizations toward clarity and breakthrough for exponential results.

  • Birkman

    The Birkman method is a poweful tool that Identifies a person's passions, behaviors, motivations and interests.

  • The EQ Workshop

    The EQ Workshop gives participants an understanding of Emotional Intelligence that will prepare them to increase their EQ including skills like emotional self-awareness, conflict resolution and understanding different personality types.

Living Out Your Calling