At Cascade our coaches work with leadership teams to help them identify what kind of engagement is most appropriate for their current context. From consultancy to participation in a learning community, our desire is to serve churches through the delivery of tools and processes within an ongoing coaching relationship.
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Learning Communities are the primary tool that Cascade Network use to help Christian leaders put Discipleship and Mission at the center of everything they do.
A Learning Community is a series of 3-day intensives over 2 years with a team of 3-7 people from your church that incorporates main stage teaching and input with tactical training, expert coaching, and a chance to experience Missional Communities and Huddles. This all concludes with the creation of a six month plan that your team creates for your local ministry context. We recognise that every church leader and city is different and your plan needs to reflect those nuances.
These intensives happen every six months, with four gatherings over a two year period. In addition, there is regular coaching on a Huddle conference-call for the Senior Leader.
This might sound like a significant investment over a two year period. It is. if it were possible to impart the skills, tool and vehicles necessary to achieve everything God is calling you to with a smaller investment of time, we’d do that. But after working with nearly a thousand churches in the United States, Europe, Australia and beyond, we know there is no short-circuiting the process.
We want to see leaders cultivating church cultures with discipleship at the heart; cultures in which transformation and breakthrough are the norm.
GROUNDING PRINCIPLES IN PRACTICE
“If you make disciples you will grow the church. If you make disciples who can make disciples you will build a movement.”
Coaching huddles are a unique training vehicle which allow participants to go beyond the information in a book or at a conference and begin to practically apply tools for discipleship and mission, both personally and in their ministry. As leaders use these tools they begin to see the principles of missional discipleship transform their own life, ministry and the lives of those they lead.
Coaching Huddles provide a context for discipleship in relation to covenant identity and kingdom responsibility. They follow a framework based around the Lifeshapes tools so that participants begin personally applying these biblical principles. Our experience shows that as leaders engage with a life of missional discipleship for themselves, they can then begin to develop and grow disciples around them in their leadership context; this genuine experience of missional discipleship leads to disciples who make disciples, who make disciples.
We know that just a learning community or workshop isn’t enough for transformation or transition – you may have come to an event or be part of one of our Learning Communities – Coaching Huddles are the process that goes alongside this, allowing you to process week-by-week how you are applying and implementing the tools for discipleship and mission.
CUSTOMISED, NEEDS-BASED SUPPORT IN BUILDING A CULTURE OF DISCIPLESHIP
We take a needs-based approach to supporting churches in building a healthy culture of discipleship. We offer one-hour video call with one of our trained coaches to connect with you, assess the needs of your ministry context and develop a customised plan for potential engagement with you and your ministry.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe in and practice the holy ordinance of water baptism, which signifies the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection into new life with Christ Jesus, and the regular celebration of Holy Communion as commanded by our Lord.
We believe in the present ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; those that are saved into the resurrection of life and those that are unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In recognition of the tremendous growth forecast for the Plenty Valley, Bishop Stephen Hale set up a Taskforce in 2007 to investigate the possibility of establishing a new Anglican community in the area. With representation from local churches and Ivanhoe Grammar School, this Taskforce developed a plan that included the need for a point person to further the work. In response to this, two years ago St John’s Diamond Creek took a great step of faith by employing a staff member to not only serve its own congregation but to focus on establishing a new parish for Mernda. Craig spent his first year getting to know the area, building relationships and discerning what God was already up to in His mission of reaching residents and retailers with His love. Throughout the following year a core team began to form around a vision that arose again and again through prayer, of a red gum taking root in the heart of Mernda and growing while the roots reached out to every corner of the community. This vision of being organic church integrally connected to local community found a means of expression through the “Sheffield Model”, which was first developed by St Thomas’s in Sheffield (UK) nearly 15 years ago.
With a focus on “missional communities” the Sheffield model emphasises the need for Christians to meet with people in their own world rather than expecting them to enter ours. After spending time with the staff of St Thomas’s, Craig and the team began work on adapting the model for our own local context and subsequently launched two playgroups in the second half of 2010. A missional community has also begun forming around crafts and the creative arts which runs a stall at the Laurimar market to raise money for various causes. Three preview services were also held as God continued to draw people into the Plentylife community.
We now launch with a much clearer vision of who God wants us to be, a five-strong leadership team with responsibilities for missional communities, youth, families, and administration, and leadership for three missional communities focused on families, crafts and the creative arts and the outdoor life. And it’s true that we wouldn’t be at this point today if it wasn’t for the generous support of the Diocese, St Johns and other supporting churches! So now together we look forward to what else God might have in store for us according to His grace.