West Valley September Surge Lunch
Sep
4
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley September Surge Lunch

Title: A Salt & Light Community

Jesus tells his disciples they are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16). The church is called to bear witness to the Kingdom of God through their words, love for one another, and their love of neighbor. Join us for a conversation on being salt and light in our city.

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Downtown September Surge Lunch
Sep
5
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown September Surge Lunch

Title: A Salt & Light Community

Jesus tells his disciples they are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16). The church is called to bear witness to the Kingdom of God through their words, love for one another, and their love of neighbor. Join us for a conversation on being salt and light in our city.

Speaker & Bio: Chris Gonzalez
Chris is lead pastor for a church called Missio Dei Communities in Tempe. Missio Dei is a church committed to finding their place in the biblical story and living faithfully in it. One thing that is unique about Missio Dei (other then the name) is that the organizing framework for the church is not a Sunday gathering, but Missional Communities that function in many ways like house churches. Chris moved to Tempe from Memphis, TN in 1997 to attend ASU. He is married to Leslie and they have three biological children and a foster son.

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East Valley September Surge Breakfast
Sep
6
8:30 AM08:30

East Valley September Surge Breakfast

Title: A Salt & Light Community

Jesus tells his disciples they are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16). The church is called to bear witness to the Kingdom of God through their words, love for one another, and their love of neighbor. Join us for a conversation on being salt and light in our city.

Panel Discussion:

Jake Embleton (refugees), John Cosby (immigration), Michel Duarte (Vocational Theology, starting a biz, global church, etc.), Luke Simmons (preaching/teaching/discipleship)

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Tucson Surge School Kickoff
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Surge School Kickoff

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Welcome to Surge School

It is with great excitement that we kickoff Surge School.

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the
Kickoff Event on Wednesday, September 12th, 6 PM at The Vineyard Christian Community.
We will have a brief orientation on what to expect as well as provide you the Surge Readers needed for the year.

You can also visit our website for more information and upcoming dates:surgenetwork.com/surge-students

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September Women in Leadership Breakfast
Sep
13
8:30 AM08:30

September Women in Leadership Breakfast

Our identities are rooted in a God that is love.  So often, though, our identities are stolen by fear.  As leaders, the identities we carry shape the kind of culture we create in our ministries and organizations.  Therefore, it is important for us to recognize those places where fear has influenced our identity, and then to allow the perfect love of God to drive out that fear, making God’s love more complete in us and as a result, in the world around us

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Phoenix Surge School Kickoff
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Surge School Kickoff

Welcome to Surge School

It is with great excitement that we kickoff Surge School.

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the
Kickoff Event on Thursday, September 13th 6PM at Redemption Tempe.
We will have a brief orientation on what to expect as well as provide you the Surge Readers needed for the year.

Besides the readers, you will need to purchase one book per quarter to read along with the curriculum. 

You can also visit our website for more information and upcoming dates:surgenetwork.com/surge-students

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Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q1 Surge School Intensive

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

October 5th 6-9pm
This is the only FRIDAY Intensive
Speaker: Mike Goheen

Description: The Bible tells one story of God’s purpose to restore the creation and the life of humankind. If we are to live faithfully as the people of God in our American cultural setting it is absolutely essential to understand the Bible as one story in contrast to the idolatrous cultural stories we are embedded in. Dr. Goheen will unpack the biblical story and give us a framework for living as a sent people who have been blessed to be a blessing.

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Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q2 Surge School Intensive

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Quarter 2 Intensive:

November 14th 6-9pm
Description:  John Frame says, “Theology is application of God’s word to all of life.” The second quarter we build off the grand narrative of scripture we just spent 8 weeks studying in order to dive deeply into how the good news of Christ applies to all areas of our life. At the quarter two intensive, we will unpack the beautiful truths of the gospel: that God is great, so we do not have to be in control; that God is glorious so we do not have to fear others; that God is good, so we don’t have to look elsewhere; and that God is gracious, so we do not have to prove ourselves. We will also spend time teaching how God’s love is what transforms and changes us and challenge us to see how the Christ-shaped love of neighbor is key to our discipleship.

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q2 Surge School Intensive

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 2 Intensive:
November 15th 6-9pm

Description:  John Frame says, “Theology is application of God’s word to all of life.” The second quarter we build off the grand narrative of scripture we just spent 8 weeks studying in order to dive deeply into how the good news of Christ applies to all areas of our life. At the quarter two intensive, we will unpack the beautiful truths of the gospel: that God is great, so we do not have to be in control; that God is glorious so we do not have to fear others; that God is good, so we don’t have to look elsewhere; and that God is gracious, so we do not have to prove ourselves. We will also spend time teaching how God’s love is what transforms and changes us and challenge us to see how the Christ-shaped love of neighbor is key to our discipleship.

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Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q3 Surge School Intensive

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Quarter 3 Intensive:

February 6th 6-9pm

Description: In quarter three, we will teach on what it means to be the people of God and explore the purpose of the church. We will look at what it means to be a covenant people, sent to participate in God’s work to restore, create, and bless this world God has placed us in. We will unpack God’s mission and the vulnerable and help us consider the ways in which God has blessed and called us to be a people who engage in justice, mercy, and care for the vulnerable around us.

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Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q3 Surge School Intensive

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 3 Intensive:

February 7th 6-9pm

Description: In quarter three, we will teach on what it means to be the people of God and explore the purpose of the church. We will look at what it means to be a covenant people, sent to participate in God’s work to restore, create, and bless this world God has placed us in. We will unpack God’s mission and the vulnerable and help us consider the ways in which God has blessed and called us to be a people who engage in justice, mercy, and care for the vulnerable around us. We will walk us through God’s heart for those often forgotten and on the margins and paint a picture for what it looks like to generously give of ourselves in order to learn from, follow, and serve the brokenhearted whom God loves.

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May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q4 Surge School Intensive and Commissioning

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Quarter 4 Intensive & Commissioning:

May 8th 6-9pm

Description: In our final quarter, we will dig into how can we can see work as a way to bring glory to God and serve our neighbors. We will explore how we can be more intentional in our work lives, and facilitate a discussion about the best practices for vocational discipleship. This intensive will provide Surge Students an opportunity to learn how they can help deepen their theology of work and be more intentional in their work lives.

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q4 Surge School Intensive and Commissioning

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 4 Intensive & Commissioning:

May 9th 6-9pm

Speakers: Amy Sherman

Description: In our final quarter, we will dig into how can we can see work as a way to bring glory to God and serve our neighbors. We will explore how we can be more intentional in our work lives, and facilitate a discussion about the best practices for vocational discipleship. This intensive will provide Surge Students an opportunity to learn how they can help deepen their theology of work and be more intentional in their work lives.

 

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August - Daniel Initiative Lunch
Aug
20
12:00 PM12:00

August - Daniel Initiative Lunch

Please join us for our August lunch for a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion with brothers and sisters from many nations who call Arizona home.

Daniel Initiative (Global Church Gathering)

When: Aug 20th, from 12:00-1:30 pm
Where: Neighborhood Ministries. (1918 W Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85009)
Who: A Multi-Ethnic gathering of Christian leaders in our city
What: Food, Fellowship, Prayer, Networking and Mutual Encouragement

The Daniel Initiative
We are a movement of global leaders serving the local church by seeking and equipping the next generation of “Daniels.”

Daniel lived faithfully before God in a foreign land by serving as a leader who blessed both God’s people and his new nation.

This initiative longs to see the next generation of international leaders blessing our cities and leading multicultural churches in the 21st century.

For more information please email michel@surgenetwork.com

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August - All Region Surge Gathering
Aug
8
11:30 AM11:30

August - All Region Surge Gathering

Topic: Communicating the Gospel to a 21st Century Audience

Speaker: Riccardo Stewart

The church in Arizona sits between a culture that is familiar with Christianity and emerging generations with little to no experience of Christianity.

On one hand, our churches are full of members who have very few intentional relationships with their non-Christian neighbors and struggle to embody and proclaim their faith. At the same time, our cities are full of people with either a poor impression of Christianity or no experience at all. How do we communicate the good news of Jesus and the Story of God to a culture that is spiritual, relativistic, and suspicious of Christianity? How do we communicate in ways that engage the mind, heart, and experience of the spiritual seekers, skeptics, and long-time Christians that may gather to participate in a worship service.

Join us for a great discussion on how this has fleshed out in your own context, a time of sharing from Riccardo Stewart, and prayer as all of our regions gather together on August 8th at New City Church!

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Jun
14
8:30 AM08:30

June Women in Leadership Breakfast

Hey everyone! I know I had said I was going to host breakfast for June, but unfortunately our house flooded and our floors have to get ripped out. So we will go ahead and meet at Roosevelt and we are going to spend the time praying for our city and each other. I have a guide I would love us to work through.

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May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q4 Surge School Intensive and Graduation

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Quarter 4 Intensive & Graduation:

May 24th 6-9pm

Speakers: Jim Mullins

Description: In our final quarter, Jim Mullins, will dig into how can we can see work as a way to bring glory to God and serve our neighbors. He will explore how we can be more intentional in our work lives, and facilitate a discussion about the best practices for vocational discipleship. This intensive will provide Surge Students an opportunity to learn how they can help deepen their theology of work and be more intentional in their work lives.

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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q4 Surge School Intensive and Graduation

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 4 Intensive & Graduation:

May 10th 6-9pm

Speakers: Amy Sherman

Description: In our final quarter, Amy Sherman, the author of Kingdom Calling, will dig into how can we can see work as a way to bring glory to God and serve our neighbors. She will explore how we can be more intentional in our work lives, and facilitate a discussion about the best practices for vocational discipleship. This intensive will provide Surge Students an opportunity to learn how they can help deepen their theology of work and be more intentional in their work lives.

 

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May
10
8:30 AM08:30

May Women in Leadership Breakfast

Self-Reflection done well can help us become more confident in our strengths and more aware of our weakness. As leaders who are required to develop and move an organization forward it is important to know yourself. Lauren and Loren Kutsko work alongside leaders to help them find greater clarity in how to communicate and develop their own needs and the needs of their employees.

Join us for brief overview of the DISC language and a discussion on why developing as stronger leaders is what your team is counting on.

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Tucson Surge School Orientation Lunch
May
9
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson Surge School Orientation Lunch

 TUCSON SURGE SCHOOL

The Surge Network exists to equip leaders in all fields and vocations to deeply examine the gospel story and live out its implications. Jesus is at the center of the story. The Surge School is a 9-month, church-based leadership development program. Churches utilize Surge School for discipleship and training of leaders for their congregations, workplaces, and all areas of our city. Over 1,000 leaders in Arizona have graduated from Surge School. It is a unique opportunity to gather with the wider body of Christ around an important goal: applying the whole gospel story to every area of our lives.
Surge School weaves together a thoughtful variety of biblical exposition, personal stories, and theological reflection to provide a dynamic learning environment that speaks into the total human experience. In addition, its life-together mission mentality digs deep to challenge our daily habits and practices. It has become the go-to resource for many churches in Arizona for training leaders, such as: elders, deacons, small group leaders, team leaders, missionaries, church plant core/launch groups, community outreach leaders, and church members at large.
You’re invited to join us for a free lunch to discover more about Surge School including our 2018/2019 curriculum, schedule, and focus. Lead pastors are encouraged to attend and any other team members or staff are welcome.
To learn more about The Surge Network, please visit surgenetwork.com

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All Region Surge Gathering
May
2
11:30 AM11:30

All Region Surge Gathering

Pastors and Ministry Leaders,

Please join us for our last Surge Gathering before our summer break. In 2017 we began hosting regional Surge Gatherings, but a few times a year we like to gather all together and learn in one space. May’s Surge lunch will be a great time of prayer, discussion, and learning together. Join us for the first Wednesday of May and get a picture of what God is doing across our state through our growing fellowship of pastors and churches.

Hope to see you there!
Dennae Pierre
Executive Director | Surge Network

The Frontiers of Faith and Work

For the last decade, the faith and work movement has had a significant impact on churches in North America, helping them to recover a Biblical vision of work and how it fits within God’s mission. Most of these efforts have focused on preaching, teaching, and organizing approaches to vocational discipleship that focus on answering the foundational question of: “Why does work matter?”
God has used this emphasis on the question of “why” in incredible ways. Today, in many cities, including the Phoenix area, you will find communities of Christians with a rich theology of work, engaging in fruitful work, and are contributing to the flourishing of their cities.
However, there’s more work to be done. If we want to see our congregants continue to glorify God, serve our neighbors, and bear witness to Jesus through their daily work, we need to push deeper into vocational discipleship. We need to explore the frontiers of the faith and work movement and ask “What’s next?”
Join us as we reflect on some important, and often unexplored, aspects of vocational discipleship. We will identify important questions that need to be asked and brainstorm tangible ways we can help our congregations put Jesus on display through their vocations and occupations.

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Apr
26
to Apr 28

Marriage Retreat for Pastors & Spouses

Title: Marriage Retreat for Pastors & Spouses

Location: Hotel Palomar
Cost: $300/ couple (includes hotel, breakfasts, and lunch)
*This retreat is limited to 30 couples, please only register if you are able to participate from 2 pm on 4/26 through 11:30 pm on 4/28

We are looking forward to Surge’s first marriage retreat for pastors and their spouses. This will be a special three-day gathering designed to give you and your spouse time of refreshment, opportunities to discuss and pray through various aspects of your relationship, and to be encouraged through rich teaching from Don and Renee Worcester. The Worcesters have both spent over 20 years in ministry, are marriage counselors, and specialize in walking through the ways local church ministry specifically weighs on ministers.
Many pastors in Arizona have benefited from time with Don and Renee and we trust this 3-day experience will deeply nourish, strengthen, and encourage marriages that are new, old, strong, and struggling. Learn more about Don and Renee here.

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Apr
12
8:30 AM08:30

April Women in Leadership Breakfast

Please join us for breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to grow as storytellers. Rachel Egboro is a storyteller and the creator of The Whole Story. The Whole Story is a semi-quarterly show at The Phoenix Art Museum that seeks to bring greater depth to our understanding of the human experience from the Black perspective through personal stories. Rachel believes the process of developing and designing a story is very cathartic and it’s perfect for reflection and establishing a person’s sense of self in the world. She's excited to return to Surge’s Women in Leadership to lead the group to reflect on the cathartic and connective nature of personal storytelling.

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Tucson April Surge Lunch
Apr
11
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson April Surge Lunch

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 Creating a Culture of Public Faith

It may be more difficult today, than in recent generations, to be public about your faith. Not long ago, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City hosted the Public Faith Conference which addressed how to create a culture of public faith in our churches and personal lives. It was a unique opportunity to learn how to better engage, listen, and share our hope in Christ with our friends, family, and co-workers.

Our April Tucson Surge Lunch will watch two keynote messages from Pastor Tim Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Church and chairman of City to City; a global church planting initiative. In these addresses, Tim Keller explains the difference between the private Christian, the secluded Christian, and the public Christian. He walks us through a biblical framework for how the gospel fuels our public faith and gives practical steps to pursuing authentic relationships with those around us.

Both sessions are about 25 minutes. Follow-along guides will be provided as well as the opportunity to interact with a group between sessions. We encourage all pastors and Christian leaders who desire to be more outward-focused in their life and ministry to attend.

SPEAKER: Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989. His church planting ministry, Redeemer City to City, has helped launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. Christianity Today has said, “Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.”

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Downtown April Surge Lunch
Apr
4
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown April Surge Lunch

Title: Pastoring and the Great Commandment

Description: An expert in the law once asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded by asking the expert what he understood the law to say and the man said, "Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself."

Not unlike this expert on the law, pastors and ministry leaders know that we are called to love the Lord; however, much of our discipleship focuses on our mind. It can be easy to believe that if we have the right doctrine, we will be fine while ignoring what is going on in our emotions and our bodies.

What would discipleship, and pastoral ministry, look like if we worked with not only the mind (right doctrine)—but also with the heart (feelings and desires), and the body (our “strength”)?

Join us in a time with Fr. Chris Schuttee of Christ Anglican Church as he shares his reflections on some of these important questions and as we take some time to consider what that looks like in our own ministry and leadership context.

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West Valley April Surge Lunch
Apr
3
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley April Surge Lunch

Title: Learning from Experienced Ministry Leaders

Description: Join us for April's Surge lunch where we will have a small group of pastors and church leaders who have been ministering in the valley for 30+ years. As pastors and ministry leaders who have seasons of excitement and discouragement, it is important to take time to sit at the feet and learn from those who have gone before us. Our gathering will be a great time of discussion, learning, and listening to pastors and ministry leaders.

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Tucson March Surge Lunch
Mar
14
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson March Surge Lunch

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Topic: The Peacemaking Church

Pastors, churches, and Christian organizations have a far too low of a standard of healthy conflict resolution. Too often, the goal of conflict resolution sounds something like this: “I hope that at the end of it all, if people end up leaving they will hopefully not take too many others with them.” If our goal sounds something like that, then it is much too weak. Do we view gossip as dangerous as child abuse in the church? Do you fight for unity? Do we simply not want to feel awkward in public with people who have left the church, or do we want more? The goal of conflict resolution should be nothing short of cherishing and living out what Christ purchased, which is the church’s unity lived out in peace. Only the death of Jesus can break the chains of conflict. We get mad and sad when people leave the church due to conflict, but we don’t know what to do about it. We don’t have processes in place to deal with disagreements that turn sinful. Our March Tucson Surge Lunch will address a biblical framework for how we should view conflict in the church and offer an overview of what healthy mediation can look like. We invite all pastors, church elders, deacons, and ministry leaders to attend this important Surge lunch.

 SPEAKER

Pastor Mark Lauterbach has over 37 years of pastoral ministry experience, 27 of those years as a Senior Pastor. He has lived through painful church splits and major divisions. As a trained mediator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation (& Peacemaker Ministries), Pastor Mark has been able to lead people through a peacemaking process as an alternative to painful and costly litigation, but also as an alternative to secular approaches that omit the spiritual dimension. Pastor Mark lives in Tucson with his wife, Rondi, and serves as Assistant Pastor to Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church (PCA).

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Mar
8
8:30 AM08:30

March Women in Leadership Breakfast

Title: Jesus-shaped leadership

Linda Morris will be sharing with us some things on her heart. Please join us for a great time in the word, prayer, and fellowship as we reflect on Jesus-shaped leadership.


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Downtown March Surge Lunch
Mar
7
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown March Surge Lunch

Topic: Pastor as Peacemaker

Sometimes as pastors and ministry leaders our schedules get disrupted by conflict in the church: individuals upset with the direction you are leading, members arguing with one another, an unaddressed hurt growing into a bitter division. These seasons can be stressful and anxiety provolking and often reveals much within us as leaders and yet peacemaking and helping conflicting parties remember that they are brothers and sisters in Jesus is one of the most important tasks of church leadership. What does conflict reveal in us? How do we do this? Join us for a discussion on pastoring through conflict.

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West Valley March Surge Lunch
Mar
6
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley March Surge Lunch

Topic: Truths Christian Leaders Must Embrace

Underlying sinful behavior, fear, and shame is often a lie we are believing about God and ourselves. Embracing, believing, trusting, and delighting in the appropriate liberating truth has the power to set us free from sin. This is highly valuable insight for those who pastor or lead within the church in any way. Yet, it is not only helpful in shepherding congregants through false belief - it is essential for the Christian leader in shepherding their own hearts.

Have you ever struggled with feeling out of control or the need to have your hands on everything within your church/ministry? Ever wondered what people thought of your sermon or stayed up at night wishing you had said something different? What about when you counsel someone with incredible wisdom to turn from their sin or addiction, only to follow that with giving in to your own temptations? Join us for a discussion around liberating truths that are not only freeing for those we lead but for ourselves, as we lead.

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Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q3 Surge School Intensive

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This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 3 Intensive:

February 28th 6-9pm

Speakers: Jim Mullins and Josh Harp
 

Description: In quarter three, Jim and Josh will teach on what it means to be the people of God and explore the purpose of the church. We will look at what it means to be a covenant people, sent to participate in God’s work to restore, create, and bless this world God has placed us in. Jima and Josh will unpack God’s mission and the vulnerable and help us consider the ways in which God has blessed and called us to be a people who engage in justice, mercy, and care for the vulnerable around us.

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Tucson February Surge Lunch
Feb
14
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson February Surge Lunch

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Topic: Caring For Those Who Are Hurting, Struggling, or Have Lost Their Way

Caring for people is part of the privilege of loving Jesus. Pastors, ministry leaders, and lay leaders alike are familiar with life in a fallen world. Some are submerged in it as they seek to walk along with those experiencing stubborn depression, heart-wrenching adultery, volcanic-anger, chronic miscommunication, and guilt-ridden struggles of all kinds. As a Christian leader, God has called you to help his sheep, and often those sheep are hurting, confused, and in need of guidance. Whether a pastor, ministry leader, or lay leader in your church, it’s likely you find yourself ill-prepared for the worthy labor of soul-care. Yet, those in your influence expect you to help them with their struggles. What should a pastor or leader do with all of this? Our February Tucson Surge Lunch will address a basic framework to approach people’s troubles. Our panel of counselors and soul-care providers will help give us a vision for what it means to labor for our people going through a difficult time, and what it looks like to respond in biblically helpful ways.

PANELISTS
John Cepin has served as a military officer, educator, and Marriage and Family Therapist. He desires to bring people to the feet of Jesus, through an integrated experience of Spirit-led soul care, discipleship, and healing community. He is experienced in helping people develop eyes that see God in the daily events of life by training them to gain a vision of God and the needs of others. John, with his wife Patti, have three sons and twelve grandchildren.

Bill Seery has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in professional clinical practice for nearly 30 years. He holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Seminary and a Masters in Counseling from California State University in Fullerton. He has a wide range of clinical experience with adolescents and their parents, couple’s and individual therapy and currently runs his own private practice in Tucson, called Path Light Counseling.

Shari Willett has been connected with Northwest Tucson for over two decades providing Spiritual Mentoring & Soul Care. After being on staff with Biblical Counseling Associates under John and Patti Cepin’s supervision, she became a member of Spiritual Directors International and now provides Biblical Soul Care. This includes helping individuals discover through the power of the Holy Spirit where God has been in their stories and how He wants to bring restoration and reconciliation through Jesus Christ into their relationships. Shari has been married to her husband, Dave, for 45 years. 

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q3 Surge School Intensive

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 3 Intensive:

February 8th 6-9pm

Speakers: Jim Mullins and Dennae Pierre
 

Description: In quarter three, Jim Mullins will teach on what it means to be the people of God and explore the purpose of the church. We will look at what it means to be a covenant people, sent to participate in God’s work to restore, create, and bless this world God has placed us in. Dennae Pierre will unpack God’s mission and the vulnerable and help us consider the ways in which God has blessed and called us to be a people who engage in justice, mercy, and care for the vulnerable around us. She will walk us through God’s heart for those often forgotten and on the margins and paint a picture for what it looks like to generously give of ourselves in order to learn from, follow, and serve the brokenhearted whom God loves.

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Feb
8
8:30 AM08:30

February Women in Leadership Breakfast

Title: The Weight of Caring for Others

Renee Worcester is going to be speaking on the weights caring for others can take on you and what it looks like to foster health. Renee is full of much wisdom and experience and would be someone you don’t want to miss!


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Downtown February Surge Lunch
Feb
7
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown February Surge Lunch

Topic: Discipleship in a Disenchanted World

We are honored to have Mike Cosper with us this month speak about the themes from his new book Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World. His book is a rich exploration of the complexities of following Christ in a modern, post-Christian, society and the role of the spiritual disciplines to cultivate awe and wonder. He will apply these themes to the unique challenges of the pastoral vocation and seek to provide wisdom for making disciples in a disenchanted world. 

Here’s the summary from the back of his book: 
“When we're young, it's easy to believe in the supernatural, the mysterious, the enchanted. But as we grow older, we learn to be more "rational" and more confident that reality is merely what we can see. Even as Christians who believe in the resurrection, we live as if miracles and magic have been drained from the world. As Mike Cosper wrestled with his own disillusionment, he found writers, thinkers, and artists like Hannah Arendt, Charles Taylor, James K. A. Smith, and David Foster Wallace whose words and ideas reassured him that he was not alone. And he discovered ancient and modern disciplines that shape a Christian way of life and awaken the possibility of living again in an enchanted world. Exquisitely written with thoughtful practices woven throughout, this book will feed your soul and help you recapture the wonder of your Christian walk.”

Bio:
Mike Cosper is a writer, speaker, and podcaster. In 2016, he founded Harbor Media, a non-profit media company serving Christians in a post-Christian world. He's the host of Cultivated: A Podcast about Faith and Work, and is developing The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a podcast about faith and culture. 
He's the author of Rhythms of Grace and The Stories We Tell (both published by Crossway Books), the co-author of Faithmapping, and the author of the forthcoming Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Intervarsity Press, coming in August). Prior to launching Harbor Media, Mike served as one of the founding pastors at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and launched Sojourn Music– a collective of musicians writing songs for the church. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters Dorothy and Maggie. 

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West Valley February Surge Lunch
Feb
6
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley February Surge Lunch

Topic: Discipleship in a Disenchanted World

We are honored to have Mike Cosper with us this month speak about the themes from his new book Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World. His book is a rich exploration of the complexities of following Christ in a modern, post-Christian, society and the role of the spiritual disciplines to cultivate awe and wonder. He will apply these themes to the unique challenges of the pastoral vocation and seek to provide wisdom for making disciples in a disenchanted world. 

Here’s the summary from the back of his book: 
“When we're young, it's easy to believe in the supernatural, the mysterious, the enchanted. But as we grow older, we learn to be more "rational" and more confident that reality is merely what we can see. Even as Christians who believe in the resurrection, we live as if miracles and magic have been drained from the world. As Mike Cosper wrestled with his own disillusionment, he found writers, thinkers, and artists like Hannah Arendt, Charles Taylor, James K. A. Smith, and David Foster Wallace whose words and ideas reassured him that he was not alone. And he discovered ancient and modern disciplines that shape a Christian way of life and awaken the possibility of living again in an enchanted world. Exquisitely written with thoughtful practices woven throughout, this book will feed your soul and help you recapture the wonder of your Christian walk.”

Bio:
Mike Cosper is a writer, speaker, and podcaster. In 2016, he founded Harbor Media, a non-profit media company serving Christians in a post-Christian world. He's the host of Cultivated: A Podcast about Faith and Work, and is developing The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a podcast about faith and culture. 
He's the author of Rhythms of Grace and The Stories We Tell (both published by Crossway Books), the co-author of Faithmapping, and the author of the forthcoming Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Intervarsity Press, coming in August). Prior to launching Harbor Media, Mike served as one of the founding pastors at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and launched Sojourn Music– a collective of musicians writing songs for the church. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters Dorothy and Maggie. 

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Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

Ancient Practices to a Life of Prayer - Seminar

Title: Ancient Pathways to a Life of Prayer

We live in exhausting times that expose our anemic relationship with God. Pastors and church leaders are called to shepherd the church in the midst of cultural currents fueled by fear, anxiety, and isolation. The longevity and faithfulness of ministers deepens on our rootedness in Christ.
Join us for a one day workshop focused on equipping Christian leaders to discover ancient pathways for a deeper life in God. In this workshop, we will pursue practices that help pastors and church leaders experience the abundant life of Christ through vibrant prayer and contemplation.

About the facilitator:

Rich Villodas is the lead pastor of New Life Fellowship Church. New Life is a church community with people from over 75 nations in the heart of Queens, NYC.

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