WHAT IS MISSIO MADISON?
Missio Madison is a cohort training experience for local missional practioners. 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. Launching in January 2020, the Missio Madison cohort will gather monthly on the fourth Friday (noon-4pm) through April for training and conversation. Participants will also meet monthly with a coach and two other participants to lean in to their growing edges. In addition, the cohort will experience an overnight retreat for spiritual renewal and discernment March 23-24, 2020.
Missio Madison participants will:
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
encounter a range of missional models and examples to fuel creativity and innovation
identify and develop the skills needed for leading new missional initiatives
foster an ecclesial environment of ecumenical friendship and partnership
Missio Madison is made possible by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment and is an initiative of University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Applications for the Fall 202 beta cohort were due November 22, 2019. Look for Fall 2020 applications this summer.
The Missio Madison Team
Chris is the author of Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil (Oxford University Press, 2017), a groundbreaking 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.
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.
Stephen and his wife, Megan, have lived in Madison since 2014 when they moved here to to plant Madison Church, a multi-venue small church with locations on the west side and downtown. Stephen has a MA in Missional Church Movements from Wheaton College and has served on a variety of church planting organizations and teams as both a coach and board member. As a writer, Stephen has been published in Outreach Magazine. Megan and Stephen have two young sons, Oliver and Elijah.
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!).
Karen is a trained clergy coach and spiritual director and serves as the Program Director for the Lilly-funded Thriving in Ministry initiatives at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Karen served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 23 years and holds MDiv and Doctor of Ministry degrees. She has served as a Field Outreach Minister, resourcing and training churches and pastors. Karen is passionate about the church and it is her desire to see its leaders thrive!