The SEND U team has decided that the next MOP 202 will be done through video-conferencing rather than in person. In other words, it will be a MOP 202V and it will happen from February 28 - April 9, 2022.
The first component of MOP, MOP 201 is scheduled from January 3 - February 13, 2022. (This is what we used to call MOP online.) MOP 201 will now also include some live discussions on a Microsoft Teams call rather than only asynchronous forums and assignments as in the past. Then two weeks after the completion of MOP 201, we will begin the 6-week MOP 202V which features weekly 5-hour video conference calls as well as some reading assignments on the Grow2Serve platform. As a result of these changes, MOP 201 and MOP 202V will have increasingly similar formats, although the content will continue to be different.
We are hoping that in July of 2022, we will host another in-person MOP 202 in Michigan.
Cross-cultural service provides a great deal of stress and challenges our decision to persevere in our calling. During this pandemic, our ability to persevere is further threatened. To help us grow in this area, Grow2Serve has developed an online course entitled Sustainable Resilience. It is a 2-week course, taking about 12 hours to complete, and is offered multiple times throughout the year.
This training focuses on God as our center, our source of strength and resilience. After laying this foundation, it then looks at our calling and stewardship. It covers theological and practical aspects about success, suffering, sabbath, and connections with others. The end of the course asks the participant to develop a plan with steps to achieve goals in areas that they feel they need to grow in.
Kyle and Francis Holmes (SEND Spain) have taken the course and also facilitated it for Grow2Serve. Recently Jenny Baker (SEND North) took the course and has also recommended it. She says the course is very practical and is best for those in their first term or the beginning of the second.
SEND has a clear position on women in leadership roles within the mission organization. You can find SEND International's position on “Women in Leadership” on pages 54-55 of the International Manual. One of our affirmations is, “Calling and gifting are primary factors when considering leaders within SEND. Both men and women can be leaders in SEND.”
But as an organization, we have not taken a position on women in church leadership roles, recognizing that the various churches we represent and in which we serve have different positions on this topic. In an effort to help us understand this sometimes very controversial question, the SEND U staff has created a wiki page on “Complementarianism and Egalitarianism”. Here we seek to give a brief summary of the two main positions and the books or resources that argue for each position. We also feature a few resources that argue for various adaptations of the two main positions.
Our intention in creating this page is not to persuade anyone to change their position, but just to help us recognize that evangelical believers and scholars committed to the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures have come to different conclusions on this question. One of our values is “Unity in diversity” and this wiki page seeks to help us appreciate the diversity while encouraging us to keep the unity (Eph 4:2).
If you could improve in just one area that would make a significant impact on your life and ministry, what would that be? What if you could make substantial progress on this in just 4 weeks? Join Beth Eckstein for a Developmental Sprint experience that will help you learn tools and strategies to grow and adapt based on decades of research by Harvard researchers, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. We will start together with a 3 1/2 hour opening workshop and then you will meet an hour a week with your peer group to work testing the assumptions that have been holding you back. We will end with a 1 1/2 hour closing workshop at the end of the 4 weeks. We will begin the week of September 20th and wrap up the week of October 18th (exact times TBD based on participant's availability). Contact Beth to sign up.
Our Alliance partner, TEAM is inviting us to join them for several different learning opportunities this fall. See the 5 Voices Workshop, the Coaching Workshop, and the Cross-cultural Leadership Learning Cohort below.
All these can be found on the SEND U Training Events page on the SEND U wiki.
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