Downtown November Surge Lunch
Nov
1
11:30am11:30am

Downtown November Surge Lunch

Topic: Creating a Culture of Shared Leadership

Team building, creating a culture of shared leadership, and developing cohesion around mission is essential for leaders. Strong churches and teams also need vision and direction from leaders. Sometimes these realities feel in tension with one another.
We are all gifted differently as well as have different philosophies of ministry and yet whether we thrive more as independent leaders or within a team, shared leadership is important.
Join us for the November Surge lunch as we explore what this looks like, how to align individuals and cultivate teams, and be more intentional in developing both individuals within our teams as well as the team as a whole.

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West Valley November Surge Lunch
Nov
7
11:30am11:30am

West Valley November Surge Lunch

Topic: Creating a Culture of Shared Leadership

Team building, creating a culture of shared leadership, and developing cohesion around mission is essential for leaders. Strong churches and teams also need vision and direction from leaders. Sometimes these realities feel in tension with one another.
We are all gifted differently as well as have different philosophies of ministry and yet whether we thrive more as independent leaders or within a team, shared leadership is important.
Join us for the November Surge lunch as we explore what this looks like, how to align individuals and cultivate teams, and be more intentional in developing both individuals within our teams as well as the team as a whole.

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Tucson November Surge Lunch
Nov
8
11:30am11:30am

Tucson November Surge Lunch

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Surge Tucson Lunches meet one Wednesday a month from September-April. We seek to bring a diverse range of topics into the Surge lunch. Sometimes our lunches are more academic and others are more practical. 

The lunch ranges from 30-50+ leaders within our city who gather to fellowship over a great (free) meal and to learn alongside and from one another. We are made up of pastors, non-profit leaders, and other leaders within our city.  Sign up for our newsletter to get emails about our topics so you can RSVP and join us. 

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November Women in Leadership Breakfast
Nov
9
8:30am 8:30am

November Women in Leadership Breakfast

Phoenix is blessed with gifted women who are in leadership positions that add significant value to the life of our city. We recognize that women in leadership are often a minority on the staff of our churches and organizations and encounter challenges as well as unique opportunities in their development as leaders.

Our monthly breakfasts bring together these women to share, pray, and challenge one another to lead out of a deep love for God and the people we have been entrusted to serve.

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Nov
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Phoenix Q2 Surge School Intensive

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 2 Intensive:

November 9th 6-9pm

Speakers: Chris Gonzalez and Tyler Johnson
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, Chris Gonzalez 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. Tyler Johnson 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
6:00pm 6:00pm

Tucson Q2 Surge School Intensive

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This event is for Surge School Students Only.

Quarter 2 Intensive:

November 15th 6-9pm

Speakers: Chris Gonzales
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, Chris 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. Tyler 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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West Valley December Surge Lunch
Dec
5
11:30am11:30am

West Valley December Surge Lunch

Surge West Valley Lunches meet the first Tuesday and occationally the last Tuesday of every month from August-May. We seek to bring a diverse range of topics into the Surge lunch. Sometimes our lunches are more academic and others are more practical. 

The lunch ranges from 30-100+ leaders within our city who gather to fellowship over a great (free) meal and to learn alongside and from one another. We are made up of pastors, non-profit leaders, and other leaders within our city.  Sign up for our newsletter to get emails about our topics so you can RSVP and join us. 

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Downtown December Surge Lunch
Dec
6
11:30am11:30am

Downtown December Surge Lunch

Surge Lunches

Surge Lunches meet the first Wednesday of every month from August-May. We seek to bring a diverse range of topics into the Surge lunch. Sometimes our lunches are more academic and others are more practical. 

The lunch ranges from 30-100+ leaders within our city who gather to fellowship over a great (free) meal and to learn alongside and from one another. We are made up of pastors, non-profit leaders, and other leaders within our city.  Sign up for our newsletter to get emails about our topics so you can RSVP and join us. 

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Feb
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Tucson Q3 Surge School Intensive

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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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May
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Tucson Q4 Surge School Intensive and Graduation

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

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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Downtown October Surge Lunch
Oct
4
11:30am11:30am

Downtown October Surge Lunch

Topic: Mission Improv: Making Holistic Disciple

"Our aim as Christ’s Social Body is to “follow in his steps” (1 Pet 2:21); to “walk in love as Christ loved” (Eph 5:1); “to speak and do the truth” (4:15, 21; 1 John 1:6); to “grow up together” (Eph 4:15) in the One who embodies “mature humanity” (4:13).  In the drama of discipleship, the local church “puts on” Christ’s pattern of covenantal fidelity, not with the definitive weight of Christ’s unique fulfillment, but in his ways, after his likeness." -Dr. Greg Perry
Please join us for lunch and discussion with Dr. Greg Perry about holistic discipleship. Dr. Perry seeks to equip the church to walk in humility as disciples of Jesus. This requires the ability to engage and walk with the culture you are embedded in and embody Jesus.

Speaker: Dr. Greg Perry
Dr. Greg Perry is a founding board member of Third Millennium. Ordained as a teaching elder in 1991, Greg taught for 14 years at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where he served as Associate Professor of New Testament and the Director of the City Ministry Initiative. In July 2017, Greg joined our team as Vice President of Strategic Projects, and moved to Orlando with his wife, Darlene, to serve leaders of the global church together.

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September Women in Leadership Breakfast
Sep
14
8:30am 8:30am

September Women in Leadership Breakfast

Phoenix is blessed with gifted women who are in leadership positions that add significant value to the life of our city. We recognize that women in leadership are often a minority on the staff of our churches and organizations and encounter challenges as well as unique opportunities in their development as leaders.

Our monthly breakfasts bring together these women to share, pray, and challenge one another to lead out of a deep love for God and the people we have been entrusted to serve.

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Tucson September Surge Lunch
Sep
13
11:30am11:30am

Tucson September Surge Lunch

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September Tucson Surge Lunch


Topic: The Pastor and His Friends

You’ve heard it said before: Pastors are lonely. Pastors and other Christian leaders often struggle to find deep, trusted friendships for a variety of reasons. They’ve been hurt in the past. They don’t know who to trust. They experience shame due to moral struggles. The lack of freedom to be transparent can lead to the loss of healthy accountability and burnout.
With over four decades of full-time ministry experience, Pastor John Miller has observed closely the need for true friendship and accountability when it comes to pastoral longevity and overall spiritual health.
We hope this lunch will prove helpful to all pastors and Christian leaders.


About our Speaker: John Miller

For 35 years, John Miller served as lead pastor of Northwest Bible Church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, he has spent 12 years serving in various churches in California and Arizona. Currently, he is a consultant with the Centers of Church-Based Training (CCBT.org) and is on the pastoral preaching team at Community Church of Saddlebrook, AZ.
He received his doctorate from Phoenix Seminary where he authored 9 Key Factors of Pastoral Longevity, a dissertation that observes the shared characteristics of pastors who endure in ministry.
John has a heart for developing pastors and Christian leaders to maturity and many to leadership within the context of the local church.

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Sep
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Phoenix Q1 Surge School Intensive

This event is for Surge School Students Only.

September 8th 6-9pm

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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Downtown September Surge Lunch
Sep
6
11:30am11:30am

Downtown September Surge Lunch

Sabbath, Play, and the Life of the Leader

In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost a necessary rhythm of life, namely, the gift of Sabbath. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and disoriented from work that follows us everywhere through our smartphones. We long for time with friends and family, for rest and celebration, for worship and feasting, but there always seems to be just one more pressing task.

Sabbath is a practice that can be especially difficult for pastors. Sundays are often the busiest day of the week and the remaining days are filled with invitations, meetings, the suffering of the congregation, and the steady drip of urgent emails. What does it look like for leaders to practice Sabbath in the midst of this sleepless, technology-centered, world? How can Sabbath help us know the grace of God whom we proclaim? How is the practice of Sabbath an act of loving our neighbors? How do we tangibly practice Sabbath in such a fragmented world? We will address these questions and more as we discuss Sabbath, Play, and the Life of the Leader.

Surge Lunches

Surge Lunches meet the first Wednesday of every month from August-May. We seek to bring a diverse range of topics into the Surge lunch. Sometimes our lunches are more academic and others are more practical. 

The lunch ranges from 30-100+ leaders within our city who gather to fellowship over a great (free) meal and to learn alongside and from one another. We are made up of pastors, non-profit leaders, and other leaders within our city.  Sign up for our newsletter to get emails about our topics so you can RSVP and join us. 

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North Phoenix September Surge Breakfast
Sep
6
8:30am 8:30am

North Phoenix September Surge Breakfast

Sabbath, Play, and the Life of the Leader

In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost a necessary rhythm of life, namely, the gift of Sabbath. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and disoriented from work that follows us everywhere through our smartphones. We long for time with friends and family, for rest and celebration, for worship and feasting, but there always seems to be just one more pressing task.

Sabbath is a practice that can be especially difficult for pastors. Sundays are often the busiest day of the week and the remaining days are filled with invitations, meetings, the suffering of the congregation, and the steady drip of urgent emails. What does it look like for leaders to practice Sabbath in the midst of this sleepless, technology-centered, world? How can Sabbath help us know the grace of God whom we proclaim? How is the practice of Sabbath an act of loving our neighbors? How do we tangibly practice Sabbath in such a fragmented world? We will address these questions and more as we discuss Sabbath, Play, and the Life of the Leader.

The North Phoenix Breakfast meet the first Wednesday of every month from September-May. We seek to bring a diverse range of topics into the Surge Breakfast. Sometimes our meetings are more academic and others are more practical. 

The breakfast ranges from 20-40+ leaders within our city who gather to fellowship over a great (free) meal and to learn alongside and from one another. We are made up of pastors, non-profit leaders, and other leaders within our city.  Sign up for our newsletter to get emails about our topics so you can RSVP and join us. 

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West Valley September Surge Lunch
Sep
5
11:30am11:30am

West Valley September Surge Lunch

Sabbath, Play, and the Life of the Leader

In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost a necessary rhythm of life, namely, the gift of Sabbath. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and disoriented from work that follows us everywhere through our smartphones. We long for time with friends and family, for rest and celebration, for worship and feasting, but there always seems to be just one more pressing task.

Sabbath is a practice that can be especially difficult for pastors. Sundays are often the busiest day of the week and the remaining days are filled with invitations, meetings, the suffering of the congregation, and the steady drip of urgent emails. What does it look like for leaders to practice Sabbath in the midst of this sleepless, technology-centered, world? How can Sabbath help us know the grace of God whom we proclaim? How is the practice of Sabbath an act of loving our neighbors? How do we tangibly practice Sabbath in such a fragmented world? We will address these questions and more as we discuss Sabbath, Play, and the Life of the Leader.

Surge West Valley Lunches meet the first Tuesday and occasionally the last Tuesday of every month from August-May. We seek to bring a diverse range of topics into the Surge lunch. Sometimes our lunches are more academic and others are more practical. 

The lunch ranges from 30-100+ leaders within our city who gather to fellowship over a great (free) meal and to learn alongside and from one another. We are made up of pastors, non-profit leaders, and other leaders within our city.  Sign up for our newsletter to get emails about our topics so you can RSVP and join us. 

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Special Seminar: The Church, Politics, and Extreme Poverty
Aug
29
11:00am11:00am

Special Seminar: The Church, Politics, and Extreme Poverty

The Surge Network in partnership with the One Campaign is pleased to offer a special seminar with Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson. The seminar will address, "The Church, Politics, and Extreme Poverty." 

We live in dizzying times. Trying to decipher the role of the church in social affairs is not an easy task. This seminar will utilize the expertise of public, church, and Marketplace leaders as we pursue Christ focused faithfulness in our current times.

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Aug
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Tucson Surge School Kickoff

Welcome to Surge School

It is with great excitement that we kickoff our 9th Surge School Year.

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the
Kickoff Event on Wednesday, August 23rd, 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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Aug
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Phoenix Surge School Kickoff

Welcome to Surge School

It is with great excitement that we kickoff our 9th Surge School Year.

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the
Kickoff Event on Thursday, August 17th 6 PM 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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August Women in Leadership Breakfast
Aug
10
8:30am 8:30am

August Women in Leadership Breakfast

Phoenix is blessed with gifted women who are in leadership positions that add significant value to the life of our city. We recognize that women in leadership are often a minority on the staff of our churches and organizations and encounter challenges as well as unique opportunities in their development as leaders.

Our monthly breakfasts bring together these women to share, pray, and challenge one another to lead out of a deep love for God and the people we have been entrusted to serve.

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COMBINED August Surge Lunch
Aug
2
11:30am11:30am

COMBINED August Surge Lunch

August Lunch COMBINED

We are kicking off our Surge year all in one location.
We would still like to have a few times a year where we are all in the same space so we can connect with old friends and hear how the Spirit is at work through other churches in different parts of the valley. 

In this book, Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel invite readers on a journey to uncover Jesus’ seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness.
Why do so many rock-star pastors implode under the spotlight? Why do modern-day churches become so entangled in growing their brand that they lose sight of their true purpose? Because, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus’ seemingly contradictory path to power—first giving it up.
In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness and offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole.
Our prayer and hope is that churches in Arizona would be full of leaders and pastors who are committed to the Jesus-way of power and that pastors would recognize where the idols of power and prestige have gotten a foothold into our affections for Christ and leadership decisions so that we might turn toward embracing weakness.

This lunch might prove helpful to all the pastors on your staff, please feel free to extend this invitation to them as well!  

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June Women in Leadership Breakfast
Jun
8
8:30am 8:30am

June Women in Leadership Breakfast

Phoenix is blessed with gifted women who are in leadership positions that add significant value to the life of our city. We recognize that women in leadership are often a minority on the staff of our churches and organizations and encounter challenges as well as unique opportunities in their development as leaders.

Our monthly breakfasts bring together these women to share, pray, and challenge one another to lead out of a deep love for God and the people we have been entrusted to serve.

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May Women In Leadership Breakfast
May
11
8:30am 8:30am

May Women In Leadership Breakfast

Phoenix is blessed with gifted women who are in leadership positions that add significant value to the life of our city. We recognize that women in leadership are often a minority on the staff of our churches and organizations and encounter challenges as well as unique opportunities in their development as leaders.

Our monthly breakfasts bring together these women to share, pray, and challenge one another to lead out of a deep love for God and the people we have been entrusted to serve.

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Downtown May Surge Lunch
May
3
11:30am11:30am

Downtown May Surge Lunch

Our last lunch before summer break.

Join us for our last Surge lunch before our summer break. At this Surge lunch, we will be hearing from Anna Ho, President of Reconciled World. This lunch is intended to provoke questions and ideas for what it looks like to be pastors and leaders who are seeking the Spirit’s help to identify lies that trap us as leaders that keep us from being light in the midst of darkness and seek God’s power to embrace all areas of mission he has called us to.

Anna has spent over 20 years in ministry internationally and has sharp insights into how God’s word calls us to effectively address brokenness, walk with the vulnerable, mobilize local resources, and, above all, depend on God.

Anna speaks with deep theological insight to the capability of the local church around the world to see their communities transformed by Jesus and a biblical worldview when they are freed from lies that cripple the church. Anna desires to see the church respond to God and watch as he brings healing to brokenness and builds His church in both numbers and depth.


Speaker: Anna Ho

Anna Ho, together with her husband Nam are the co-founders of Reconciled World. Originally from New Zealand, Anna Ho has lived and worked in Asia since 1995. Anna joined Food for the Hungry in 1996, working with them until 2013. In 2004 Anna started a program, Truth-Centered Transformation to see if people could really move out of poverty as they understood and applied a Biblical Worldview. The results were beyond anything they ever imagined, with hundreds of communities moving out of poverty. In 2013, Nam and Anna followed God’s leading to launch Reconciled World–based on bringing transformation by applying Biblical truth to all areas of brokenness. Anna currently holds the position of Executive Director of Reconciled World. She is based in Asia but spends at least half the year on the road.

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West Valley May Surge Lunch
May
2
11:30am11:30am

West Valley May Surge Lunch

Our last lunch before summer break.

Join us for our last Surge lunch before our summer break. At this Surge lunch, we will be hearing from Anna Ho, President of Reconciled World. This lunch is intended to provoke questions and ideas for what it looks like to be pastors and leaders who are seeking the Spirit’s help to identify lies that trap us as leaders that keep us from being light in the midst of darkness and seek God’s power to embrace all areas of mission he has called us to.

Anna has spent over 20 years in ministry internationally and has sharp insights into how God’s word calls us to effectively address brokenness, walk with the vulnerable, mobilize local resources, and, above all, depend on God.

Anna speaks with deep theological insight to the capability of the local church around the world to see their communities transformed by Jesus and a biblical worldview when they are freed from lies that cripple the church. Anna desires to see the church respond to God and watch as he brings healing to brokenness and builds His church in both numbers and depth.


Speaker: Anna Ho

Anna Ho, together with her husband Nam are the co-founders of Reconciled World. Originally from New Zealand, Anna Ho has lived and worked in Asia since 1995. Anna joined Food for the Hungry in 1996, working with them until 2013. In 2004 Anna started a program, Truth-Centered Transformation to see if people could really move out of poverty as they understood and applied a Biblical Worldview. The results were beyond anything they ever imagined, with hundreds of communities moving out of poverty. In 2013, Nam and Anna followed God’s leading to launch Reconciled World–based on bringing transformation by applying Biblical truth to all areas of brokenness. Anna currently holds the position of Executive Director of Reconciled World. She is based in Asia but spends at least half the year on the road.

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Surge Network provides food free to our guests but does require an RSVP each month. Thanks for your help with this.

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Tucson April Surge Lunch
Apr
19
11:30am11:30am

Tucson April Surge Lunch

Title: If it was easy, Jesus wouldn't have prayed for it.

Pastor Drum will be sharing material from his new book covering what John 17 says about unity, what it isn't, and how to achieve it, as well as some of the challenges/bridge-building tools that work. In addition we will interact about why it matters so much and some of the success stories already taking place in Tucson.

Speaker: David Drum

Pastor David Drum is a Tucson native, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and an M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary.  He served as the solo/lead pastor of Community of Hope Lutheran Church from 1990-2011.  In 2011, he started as the full-time Church Domain Director for 4Tucson, helping churches and pastors throughout Tucson work more closely together.  David has been married to his beautiful wife Valerie for 28 years, and they have 4 children.  David has served as the president of Tucson Association of Evangelicals and Tucson Ministry Fellowship, on the national Board of Trustees and Board of Ministry for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, and as the founder/leader for the Evangelical Renewal District of LCMC.  In 2013 he authored the book, Jesus’ Surprising Strategy, a practical look at Christian unity for the sake of city transformation. His new book, If It Was Easy, Jesus Wouldn’t Have Prayed for It, will be released in May 2017.

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Surge Seminar with Mark Glanville
Apr
19
11:30am11:30am

Surge Seminar with Mark Glanville

Surge Seminar: Deuteronomy, Biblical Law, & Shaping Communities of Thankfulness and Generosity

Date: Wednesday, April 19th 11:30-2:30 (lunch provided)
Cost: $15
Location: Pierre's Home
*Limited to 15 Pastors*

Join us for a 3-hour in-depth Surge Seminar with one of Missional Training Center's visiting professors, Mark Glanville. Dr. Glanville is a scholar, theologian, and pastor who will take us through exploring how the law of the Old Testament shapes missional communities, focussing in specifically on the laws of Deuteronomy. First, we will explore the ways in which biblical law calls Christ’s followers to receive God’s gifts with gratitude. Thanksgiving also arises in us a desire to seek justice for the most vulnerable. At their heart, these laws challenge our attitude to possessions and our attitude toward others. The church is to live as a contrast community, a place where the most vulnerable among us are at the center of the community. 

Second, we will focus in on the Ten Commandments. Traditionally, the Ten Commandments have been read for personal piety. In their original context, however, their concern is broader: these Commandments are given in light of the oppression of slavery in Egypt. The Ten Commandments shaped Israelite society to be a place where every person could thrive, in contrast to the oppression and exploitation that the nation had experienced. This second session also explores hermeneutics for reading biblical law missionally. 

Because of the pedagogy of this seminar, it is limited to 15 pastors. Please RSVP if you plan on attending and give 24 hours notice if you cancel so we can allow another pastor to take your spot. 

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Calvary Church, Vancouver, and is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (missionaltraining.org). Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored an introductory book on Exodus (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark and his wife Erin are currently writing a book to equip churches that seek to support refugees. Mark is regularly called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia

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April Women in Leadership Breakfast
Apr
13
8:30am 8:30am

April Women in Leadership Breakfast

Phoenix is blessed with gifted women who are in leadership positions that add significant value to the life of our city. We recognize that women in leadership are often a minority on the staff of our churches and organizations and encounter challenges as well as unique opportunities in their development as leaders.

Our monthly breakfasts bring together these women to share, pray, and challenge one another to lead out of a deep love for God and the people we have been entrusted to serve.

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Downtown Phx March Surge Lunch
Apr
5
11:30am11:30am

Downtown Phx March Surge Lunch

TOPIC: Creativity vs. Consistency

One of the most significant tensions that leaders must manage is that balance between creativity and consistency. On one hand, we were created in the image of a creative God who invites us to engage the complex problems of the world with creativity. On the other hand, God is faithful, unchanging, and consistent. We display his character when our work is marked by a long obedience in the same direction. 

For the April Surge lunch, we will explore the tension between creativity and consistency, we will address questions such as: 

  • When do you choose creativity? When do you choose consistency?  
  • How do we cultivate a creative mindset in life and leadership?
  • How can we approach problem-solving with greater imagination?
  • How does the Gospel sustain faithfulness in a world that esteems newness? 

Join us for a free meal, time of fellowship, panel discussion and an important conversation about the tension between creativity and consistency. 

Bio:

Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur respected for his insight and collaborative spirit. He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is the founder of The Justice Conference—an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to biblical justice and God’s call to give our lives away.

Ken is a consultant and creative advisor to nonprofits and a sought after speaker on justice, church, and culture. A church planter and lead pastor at Antioch Church, Ken lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Tamara, and their four daughters.

Ken’s is the author of, Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith, and Create vs. Copy: Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through with Imagination.

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West Valley April Surge Lunch
Apr
4
11:30am11:30am

West Valley April Surge Lunch

TOPIC: Creativity vs. Consistency

One of the most significant tensions that leaders must manage is that balance between creativity and consistency. On one hand, we were created in the image of a creative God who invites us to engage the complex problems of the world with creativity. On the other hand, God is faithful, unchanging, and consistent. We display his character when our work is marked by a long obedience in the same direction. 

For the April Surge lunch, we will explore the tension between creativity and consistency, we will address questions such as: 

  • When do you choose creativity? When do you choose consistency?  
  • How do we cultivate a creative mindset in life and leadership?
  • How can we approach problem-solving with greater imagination?
  • How does the Gospel sustain faithfulness in a world that esteems newness? 

Join us for a free meal, time of fellowship, panel discussion and an important conversation about the tension between creativity and consistency. 

Bio:

Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur respected for his insight and collaborative spirit. He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is the founder of The Justice Conference—an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to biblical justice and God’s call to give our lives away.

Ken is a consultant and creative advisor to nonprofits and a sought after speaker on justice, church, and culture. A church planter and lead pastor at Antioch Church, Ken lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Tamara, and their four daughters.

Ken’s is the author of, Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith, and Create vs. Copy: Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through with Imagination.

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TUCSON March Surge Lunch
Mar
22
11:30am11:30am

TUCSON March Surge Lunch

Topic: Is it well with my soul?

Having had the opportunity to provide counsel to hundreds of pastors, their families, and other ministry leaders, Dr. Todd Linaman has seen first-hand the painful consequences associated with giving insufficient attention to the dimensions of one’s soul – the hidden part of our lives that includes our thoughts, emotions, heart or will – as well as our physical life and relationships.  In his presentation, Is It Well with My Soul?, Dr. Linaman will share some of the keys to working with God in each of these inner dimensions so you can experience a more vital and fruitful life and ministry.  

Speaker: Dr. Todd Linaman

As President of Relational Advantage, Inc., Dr. Linaman provides executive coaching, consultation, counseling and training to individuals and organizations throughout the United States.
Prior to starting his own company, Dr. Linaman served as the Executive Director of a multi-state network of behavioral health clinics as well as the Vice President of a national non-profit educational media corporation. 
Dr. Linaman is a licensed psychologist, published author, and national conference and seminar speaker. He has written numerous articles on personal and professional development topics and has been featured as an expert on national and local radio talk shows and television news programs.

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