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This initiative supports experimental activities that explore what it means to participate in God’s mission in the world today. It aims to promote a different way of being church at the individual, congregational and synodical levels, emphasizing reciprocal relationships with neighbours. Synod staff support and coach clergy in bringing about culture change. Clergy also participate in monthly colleague groups that develop their leadership capacity in terms of personal maturity, conflict resolution and readiness for leadership. Congregational teams gather every three months to support and learn from each other.

Basic orientation (eg. organization development, catechetical, or missional)


Primarily designed to be implemented by (eg lay or ordained; diocesan staff)

Clergy and lay leaders


This initiative is sponsored by the Synod. Costs are high, including salaries for synod staff and any additional funding for ministry experiments.

Facilitator requirements

The initiative worked initially with Alan Roxburgh and The Missional Network and is now resourced by Synod staff.

Approximate duration

About three years

Denominational orientation (eg. Anglican or other)


Broader context (eg. rural or urban; size of parish)

Any size, any location

Ease of replication (eg. how easy would it be to start this in a new place?)

Challenging because of the level of support required from the judicatory

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Contact: Julianne Barlow E-mail Julianne Barlow Lutheran Synod of Alberta and the Territories

Reviewed: May 25, 2016