Dec
14
8:30 AM08:30

December Women in Leadership Breakfast

Speaker: Lauren Kutsko

SLEEP! 
In our current life of deadlines, expectations, family and those counting on us, how could we possibly go to bed on time?  Many of us view sleep as a means to be awake better, like something we must do to survive.  There are many other perspectives of sleep that should be considered before we start saying we don’t need much of it.  As leaders, our hearts and minds crave rest and stillness but have a hard time finding it. 

This December breakfast we will be discussing the importance of sleep and how it changes our bodies and our minds and the gift it is from God.

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Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

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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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
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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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q4 Surge School Intensive and Graduation

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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
6:00 PM18:00

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 December Surge Lunch
Dec
6
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown December Surge Lunch

Topic: Cultural Idols and the Pastoral Vocation
Speaker: Dr. Michael Goheen

Dr. Michael Goheen is the founder and Director of Theological Education for the Missional Training Center and a scholar-in-residence for the Surge Network. He has written several books such as The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and A Light to the Nations. He is married to Marnie and they have four adult married children and nine grandchildren.

Please RSVP for lunch by December 1st

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West Valley December Surge Lunch
Dec
5
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley December Surge Lunch

Topic: Cultural Idols and the Pastoral Vocation
Speaker: Dr. Michael Goheen

Dr. Michael Goheen is the founder and Director of Theological Education for the Missional Training Center and a scholar-in-residence for the Surge Network. He has written several books such as The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and A Light to the Nations. He is married to Marnie and they have four adult married children and nine grandchildren.

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q2 Surge School Intensive

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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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Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

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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November Women in Leadership Breakfast
Nov
9
8:30 AM08:30

November Women in Leadership Breakfast

Jesus, Justice, and Gospel-Centered Leadership

Dennae will be sharing with us about cultivating Jesus centered, justice-loving, servant leaders within our organizations and churches.

RSVP and invite another amazing woman leader and join us at Roosevelt.

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Tucson November Surge Lunch
Nov
8
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson November Surge Lunch

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Topic: How we learn: The brain, and Christian influence

Much of leadership revolves around our ability to share information and experiences with others. Is there a connection between what researchers are discovering about the brain and how leaders prepare and deliver information? Pastors and Christian leaders are called to preach, speak, and model effective communication skills. Yet, do most leaders and teachers know how amazingly beautiful and complex the brain truly is? Are there brain-facts that, when applied in leadership roles, might make more of an impact to those we shepherd?
By highlighting cutting-edge research on the brain and learning, David Towne has spoken and taught numerous workshops for leaders who desire to speak and deliver messages even more effectively.
Come and enjoy lunch, fellowship, and a closer look into God’s most complex organ in the body and how it can transform your influence as a leader. 

About Our Speaker: David Towne

For the past 26 years, David Towne has served as an educational leader in the public, private, and charter schools. His role as a teacher, principal, instructional coach, professional development coordinator and director, and high school tennis coach has allowed him to work with thousands of students, teachers, leaders, and athletes over the years.
As Arizona Teacher of the Year/Ambassador for Excellence in 1999, David has traveled extensively speaking on various educational and leadership topics. He currently is the Director of Professional Development at the Leman Academies of Excellence.
David and his wife Sophia have four grown children and two grandchildren. They have called New Life Bible Fellowship home for the past 12 years where he regularly preaches and teaches.

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West Valley November Surge Lunch
Nov
7
11:30 AM11:30

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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Downtown November Surge Lunch
Nov
1
11:30 AM11:30

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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Downtown October Surge Lunch
Oct
4
11:30 AM11:30

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
8:30 AM08:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
6:00 PM18:00

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
8:30 AM08:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
11:00 AM11:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Surge School Kickoff

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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
6:00 PM18:00

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
8:30 AM08:30

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
11:30 AM11:30

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
8:30 AM08:30

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.

Please RSVP for breakfast.

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