This is the last of four core questions we’re asking to help frame how we develop and deploy leaders (first three here). This one helps us know what it means to be family, and how we work together in the family business. It assumes that there is work to do that we can’t do alone, and that it takes leaders collaborating together outside of their local church to maximize our resources. It’s a question that’s finding new meaning in the growing number of Networks that are developing across our Field. A Network consists of the lead pastors from three or more of our churches. These churches (through their lead pastors) covenant together around three core purposes: 1) lead pastor care, 2) regional church planting, and 3) a shared Alliance global partnership. A Network typically meets 3-4 times annually, often in a 24-hour retreat format that involves recreation, soul care, and mission planning.
Alliance Northwest Networks are an Acts 1:8 “vehicle” that is getting traction. The Southern Oregon Network is a great example. After decades of not seeing a new church emerge in their region, they now have two. Additionally, they’ve just agreed to partner together with a team in North Africa! Check out the article below to hear about the church they’ve just launched under the leadership of Jeff Paschall, and another one in the ministry team development stage under Dan Gregory.
Additionally, Networks are part of the great heritage of pastors across our field partnering together to lead regional ministries like Reach and Quest, Licensing, Ordination & Consecration (LOC), and Alliance Women (to name a few). I’ve benefited for years from those of you who extend yourselves to the wider Alliance Northwest family.
We’re praying your Fall is getting off to a great start!
Randy Shaw Field Director, Alliance Northwest