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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 2022-23 Missio Madison cohort will gather monthly on Fridays (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. In October and March, regular gatherings will be replaced by two-day retreats for community-building and discernment. Altogether, including reading a book and regular experiments, fellows will invest 10-12 hours per month into this experience. (Dates: 9/23/22, 10/17-18/22, 11/18/22, 12/9/22, 1/20/23, 2/17/23, 3/13-14/23, 4/21/23).
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 skills for leading new missional initiatives
foster an ecclesial environment of ecumenical friendship and collaboration
Since Spring 2020, twenty-seven missional practioners--pastors, ministry directors, elders, interns, and non-profit leaders--have participated in Missio Madison from nearly as many different local churches. Fellow's churches reflect the wide range of Christian traditions in Greater Madison including non-denominational, United Methodist, Assemblies of God, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran, Independent Christian, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Free, Episcopal and Mennonite.
Applications are open for the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 cohort, and are due June 30.
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
What our Fellows are saying
I developed more comfort with taking risks around discovering what God's already doing in our community. And I am more confident of my call to join God in the neighborhood. I'm also encouraged by the movement of the Spirit so clearly evident amongst those in our cohort from diverse denominations.
My missio experience helped me grow beyond my stereotypes about my siblings in Christ of other traditions. Building real relationships with others is a powerful tool for bridging differences.
It's given me more confidence to reach out to staff and lay leaders at my church to invite, question and challenge things when I feel a nudge from the Spirit. Specifically, my coaching team really helped me to feel more bold in my role as a ministry leader at my church as well as in my community.
Adam is Senior Leader of Life Center--which has been called the most diverse church in Madison. He co-founded and co-leads a grassroots community organizing effort called the Southeast Community Network that consists of over 30 member agencies that serve some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in southeast Madison.
Sr. Lynne Smith
Sr. Lynne Smith, OSB is a member of the Benedictine Women of Holy Wisdom Monastery, whom she serves as the director of monastic ritual & formation team.
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 is the Learning Community Curator for Awaken Dane and directs the Dane Churches Project, a study underway with international partners in other post-Christian Western cities. He is an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He and his wife, Lindsay, share the joy of raising two zesty kids.
& Team Coach
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 well as a coach for Awaken Dane. 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.
Marcio is Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Church. He co-leads the bi-lingual congregation with his wife, Tia. Marcio has a passion to help the Madison community prosper and for such passion, he was selected by Madison365 as one of the 48 most powerful Latinos in Wisconsin in 2014, and was awarded the recognition as the Hispanic Entrepreneur of the year in 2018. He holds an Master of Divinity, is ordained through the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening and has been commissioned as an Apostle by Global Spheres, Inc.. Marcio serves on the Boards of Collaboration Project, Care Net, and the Wisconsin Latino Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Tia have two children.
Laura is an experienced lay leader and former Faith Formation Director at Middleton Community United Church of Christ. Since 2016, she has served as an intentional interim pastor in six different UCC and United Methodist Church congregations in the greater Madison area. Laura is a graduate of WI Conference UCC Lay Academy, holds certificates in Youth and Family Minsitry and Interim Minsitry, and is an alum of Missio Madison. She has a passion for inclusive and intergenerational ministry, and is excited to join the team as a coach this year. She and her husband, Randall, have two adult children.
Our Guest Faculty
Rev. Dr. Alex Gee
Dr. Gee is Lead Pastor of Fountain of Life Church, president and founder of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and its renowned initiative, Justified Anger.. Dr. Gee has started five successful companies and initiatives and his podcast --Black Like Me--was awarded as Wisconsin's favorite podcast for 2020.
Phil was a journalist for The Capital Times for 26-years , serving as a reporter, city editor, editorial page editor and managing editor. He was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Journalism Hall of Fame. He retired from a second act as a UCC minister in Fitchburg but he remains very active in the community.
Rev. Kerri Parker
Rev. Parker is executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
Jon is the Executive Director of Collaboration Project, which celebrates and accelerates collaboration between churches for the flourishing of Dane County. Prior to launching CoPro in 2019, Jon served in two large Madison churches over a period of twenty years, during which time he co-founded the Kingdom Justice Summit.
Adam is Senior Leader of Life Center - which some have called the most diverse church in Dane County. He is also the co-founder of a grassroots community organizing effort called the Southeast Community Network.
Sr. Lynne Smith
Sr. Lynne is a member of the Benedictine Women at Holy Wisdom Monastery and serves the community as director of monastic ritual & formation team coordinator. Prior to joining, she served congregations for 15 years as an ordained minister in the PC(USA).
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.
Abbie is pastor of New Culture Church and Director of Chi Alpha Madison on the campus of UW-Madison.
Stephen is Pastor of Madison Church and leader of Activate Madison. He is also author of Uprising: The Epistle of Jude.
Pat is co-pastor of Common Grace and pastor of Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA).
Staci is co-pastor of Common Grace, and pastor of Lakeview Moravian Church.
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.
Dr. Ruben Anthony
Dr. Anthony is President and CEO at Urban League of Greater Madison and a Deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He holds a Ph.D. in urban development from UW-Milwaukee.
Jon Dahl is 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.
Our Growing Missio Madison Alumni Community
2021 beta cohort Trinity Lutheran Church
2021 cohort Life Center
2021 cohort Madison Mennonite Church
2022 cohort City Church
2021 cohort Gateway Community Church, Middleton
2021 cohort New Culture Church
2022 cohort Lighthouse Church
2022 cohort Damascus Road Church
2021 beta cohort Wisconsin Council of Churches
2021 cohort Hope Lutheran Church, McFarland
2022 cohort Pres House
2021 cohort Christ Presbyterian Church
2021 cohort Chaplain
2021 beta cohort Madison Church
2021 beta cohort Missio Madison coach
2021 cohort Westwood Christian Church
2022 cohort Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
2021 cohort New Culture Church
2022 cohort Paper Crane Consulting
2022 cohort City Church
2022 cohort UCC/UMC Interim Pastor
2021 beta cohort UW Center for Religion & Global Citizenry
2021 cohort St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
2021 beta cohort Troy Gardens Missional Community
2021 beta cohort Tentmakers