High-Impact Residency Program Moves from Listening to Building Relationships and Finding Partners
By Bener Agtarap
How do we move from listening to building relationships and finding partners in our church planting work?
In August, we looked at a pragmatic approach to developing a listening strategy as we seek to understand our context better. We did a high-level summary of different listening strategies found in anthropology: from non-participant/indirect listening to non-participant/direct listening to participant/direct listening. We will continue on this theme by diving into what evangelism might look like after we have done the work of listening.
In our next session on Tuesday, September 14, our discussion will focus on this question: “What does the gospel have to say to our culture and how can we preach and embody that in compelling and meaningful ways to the world around us?” We will discuss how to identify “third spaces” and how to participate in those spaces to connect with others.
Whether you are a leader, or part of a church planting team, or a pastor or lay member of an existing local congregation, we invite you to join us to learn about what it takes to listen deeply to the people in our neighborhoods and to form relationships and invite them to participate in the transformative work of the gospel.