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December 2013

Are you a present and/or emerging future leader within your church or organization? Would you like to grow together with other regional leaders doing 'theology in community'? The fully accredited Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development ( is offering church-based theological training in central MN in 2014.* Back by popular demand, is Antioch's flagship course "Acts: Keys to the Establishment and Expansion of the First Century Church". Our course discussions will meet every other Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:00pm at Grace Alive! Church in Albany, MN, January 28th through Tuesday May 6th. 2-3 hours of weekly reading is to be expected. Please prayerfully consider making this investment into Jesus’ Kingdom in central MN; making disciple-makers together, and impacting cities with gospel-centered churches. We'd love to have you, or others you recommend, join us. Register at Course Title Acts: Keys to the Establishment and Expansion of the First Century Church Course Objective This class will help you identify the fundamental biblical principles that are to guide the mission of the church and its role in missions as observed in Acts, with a view to thinking through their implications for missions today. Specifically, this means that each person is this class will: • • • •

Gain an understanding of the establishment and expansion of the first-century church and the timeless supra-cultural biblical principles for continuing this work in the twenty-first century; Determine a biblical definition of "missionary" and "missionary work"; Identify the core elements of Paul's missionary strategy and think through their implications for making disciples and multiplying churches today; Understand and begin to personally pursue the kind of qualifications necessary for those who sense God's call to assist Him in building His church including the needed training to develop those qualities.

Course Units/Dates Unit 1: Unit 2: Unit 3: Unit 4: Unit 5:

Keys from Acts (Jan 28, Feb 11) The Role of the Local Church in Fulfilling the Great Commission (Feb 25, Mar 11) The Core Model: The Pauline Strategy (Mar 25, Apr 8) Networking, Organizations, and the Local Church (Apr 22, May 6) Designing a Missions Strategy for a Local Church (Final Project Party TBD)

Thank you for sharing this information with people in your church or ministry organization. Our online registration will close Sunday, January 19th. To register, go to or feel free to call me with any questions about our regional church planting collective in central MN. Have a great new year by His Spirit mightily working within you (Col 1:28-29)! Sincerely, Jeff Pankratz Central MN EFCA- Church Planting Resident 320-760-5286,, @cmcmovement *For more information on Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate programs, visit

Antioch invitation winter 2014  

A regional collective of gospel-centered churches and ministry leaders who desire to do theology in close communtiy.

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