MA Collaborations in Total Christ Ecclesiology
There are at least five ways that the Mission Anabaino community collaborates together:
1. MA Monthly Local Collaborations (local sites)
Each month, our collaborators get together for worship and a "four movement" Prayer Service (Praise, Confession, Renewal, Benediction); followed by a time of theological collaboration reflecting on a shared reading around the broad topic of "missional ecclesiology"/"Christology applied"; which is then followed by a time of practical ministry collaboration; all while enjoying coffee and a catered lunch together. Collaborators consist of lead anchor church pastor(s), all lead mission church planters, their respective associate/assistant pastors, and invited like-minded pastors from local area churches/church plants.
2. MA Bi-Monthly Global Collaborations (video teleconference)
Global Collaborations consist of all lead pastors/planters of MA anchor churches/church plants, together with MA's Executive Director and Coordinator of Development. These teleconferences begin with a four movement Prayer Service, and include a time of theological and practical ministry collaboration. They are a highlight of our ministry year together.
3. MA Annual Collaboration (rotating sites)
Each year we have an Annual Mission Anabaino Collaborative. Here, a handful of selected collaborators present papers on the annual theme, to then discuss in our gathering. Past Collaboratives have been held in New Haven, CT (2014, 2016); Spokane, WA (2015); Milwaukee, WI (2017), Bloomington, IN (2018); and Cleveland, OH (2019). Invited collaborators include those who participate in local or global collaboratives, together with invited potential church planters and valued participants. Click here to see the 2018 Collaborative details.
4. MA Google Group
Those who participate in the MA Google group consist of all lead pastors/planters and associate/assistant pastors/planters of MA anchor/mission churches.
5. Facebook Group
In addition to our monthly and annual get-togethers, we also have a dedicated Facebook discussion group, where folks can pop in on a more frequent basis for conversation! Here collaborators can share ministry questions and get perspectives, link to an interesting article for discussion, talk about theological subjects, and more.