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Is the Virtual Christian Leadership Forum for You?

By: Experience Design
April 05, 2021

The purpose and intent of this gathering is to inspire a new generation of diverse, Christian leaders and pastors who want to make a difference in the world.

We’re thrilled to announce the return of the Christian Leadership Forum (CLF), May 27-28, 2021! The CLF is a gathering focused on diverse leadership for Christian communities that serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world. This gathering is for those who want to make a difference in the world through ministry and/or to inspire a new generation of Christian leaders, pastors, and scholars. This will be an online experience you don’t want to miss! Applications are currently open but before you apply, please read the information below to discern if this virtual gathering is for you.

This gathering is for you if you:

  • Want to expand your imagination about how to make an impact in the world through Christian ministry or help young adults in their vocational discernment.
  • Are hungry for new conversation partners to exchange ideas and explore provocative questions and challenges concerning faith, leadership, and discernment.
  • Acknowledge that diversity is a gift and inspires us to see, think, lead, and act in new ways.
  • Want to engage diverse viewpoints and experiences—theology, race, gender, class, age, etc— about exploring purpose, passion, and call.
  • Are looking for creative ideas and models of ministry that might inspire or challenge your thinking.
  • Are excited about being an active participant of an experience rather than a passive listener to “experts” or talking heads.
  • Can commit to full participation (May 27-28, noon-6 p.m. EDT both days)

This gathering is not for you if you:

  • Are not open to or curious about diverse people and perspectives on discernment, leadership, and ministry that may be different from your own viewpoint.
  • Don’t value shared conversation and practices and would rather be a passive participant in conversations and exploration of ideas.
  • Judge or condemn others because your experience and the way you talk about God, faith, church, and ministry is different from theirs.
  • Don’t believe that the church, with inspired and gifted leadership, can be a powerful force for good and shape a more hopeful future in diverse communities around the world.

Keep in Mind: The CLF is an ecumenical, virtual gathering about Christian leadership. Please don’t consider attending this gathering if you do not want to cultivate and/or explore Christian leadership, or if you are unable to contribute constructively to conversations focused on how to design a way forward in ministry. The purpose and intent of this gathering is to inspire a new generation of diverse, Christian leaders and pastors who want to make a difference in the world. We value and support diversity, which puts you at risk of being inspired, moved, or changed by an experience surrounded by people with different perspectives who are compelled to design a new, hopeful way forward!

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