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WHAT IS MISSIO MADISON?
Missio Madison is a cohort training experience for local missional practitioners. We exist to provide a community in which followers of Jesus can collaboratively exegete our place--Madison--and discern God's call into fresh forms of Christian community and mission. Our vision is to cultivate a community of local ecumenical kinship, discernment and collaboration.
The 2021-2022 Missio Madison cohort will gather monthly on the third Friday (noon-4pm) from September to April for training and conversation. Participants will also meet monthly with a team coach and other fellows to share stories and discern the Spirit's invitations. Altogether, including reading a book and regular experiments, fellows will invest 10-15 hours per month into this experience. In October and March, regular gatherings will be replaced by overnight retreats for community-building and discernment.
Missio Madison fellows:
cultivate sustaining friendships among peers in local ministry and mission
build relationships with coaches and context experts
discover fresh practices of prayer and dwelling in scripture
form habits of deep engagement in and reflection on Madison as a mission context
identify and develop the skills needed for leading new missional initiatives
foster an ecclesial environment of ecumenical friendship and collaboration
Since Spring 2020, eighteen missional practioners--pastors, ministry directors, elders, interns, and non-profit leaders--have participated in Missio Madison from as many different churches. Fellow's churches reflect the wide range of Christian traditions in Greater Madison including non-denominational, United Methodist, Assemblies of God, Evangelical Lutheran, Independent Christian, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Free, Episcopal and Mennonite.
Applications are now open for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 cohort.
Missio Madison is an initiative of University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and is made possible by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.
The American church is in the midst of a period of great contextual change, and through the eyes of faith, believers affirm that God is in the midst, actively engaged with human history and by the Spirit is inviting the church to join the "new thing" that God is doing.
Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil
Our 2020-21 Guest Faculty
Chris is the author of Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil (Oxford University Press, 2017), a study of church plants in Seattle, WA - one of the most progressive, technological & post-Christian cities in the nation. He is associate professor of evangelism and missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and holds degrees from Boston University, Fuller Seminary & Wheaton College. Chris directs the Dane Churches Project, a study underway with international partners in other post-Christian Western cities including Amsterdam, Vancouver BC, & Frankfurt. He and his wife, Lindsay, share the joy of raising two zesty kids.
Jon has been serving as a pastor in the Madison area for twenty years. He has a passion for serving the local church and encouraging the church as they serve the most vulnerable. Jon is the founder and Executive Director of Collaboration Project, a new non-profit that exists to foster collaboration between churches for the good of Madison. He also helped launch Madison Missions, a Madison-focused youth service camp and co-founded the Kingdom Justice Summit which brings together hundreds of people from dozens of churches around Christianity and justice in our city. Jon and his wife, Mary, have three kids and enjoy getting outside as much as possible.
Kayla has been leading in ministry contexts across denominational lines for the past ten years. She has a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary and most recently served as the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk Church in Madison. Kayla is passionate about the synergistic work of spiritual transformation—in the lives of individuals and in the institutional life of the church. With training in sociology and theology, Kayla is particularly interested in partnering with local church leaders as we ask questions of organizational health, culture-creation, collaboration, and mission. She and her husband, Jeremy, love Madison (even when it's freezing!).
Christina is a church planter and co-lead pastor of foundry414 in Madison, started in 2009. She is also a spiritual director and oblate of Holy Wisdom Monastery. As a certified spiritual coach, Christina has worked with multiple cohorts of church planters and church leaders across the US and Europe. In addition to spiritual coaching, Christina leads contemplative retreats, offers spiritual direction & co-hosts the Blue Ocean World podcast. She and her husband, Chris, live on the Northside of Madison with their three kids who keep life fun and lively.
Rev. Dr. Marcus Allen
Rev. Dr. Allen is senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the President of the African American Council of Churches in Madison. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and is the author of I Got Next: Ten Essential Lessons for an Effective Pastoral Transition.
Jon Dahl a senior member of the campus staff at InterVarsity where he has worked with Graduate Student and Faculty ministry for 25+ years. He is also a board member at Upper House.
Dr. Kurt Paulsen
Dr. Paulsen is professor of urban planning in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW–Madison. In addition to academic articles, he has authored two Dane County housing needs assessments.
Carrie Sanders is CEO and founder of Hope Community Capital, focused on developing sustainable, equitable and thriving communities. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Values-driven Leadership at Benedictine University and formerly taught in Edgewood College's Graduate program in Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership.