Starting a new worshiping community is hard work that requires particular competencies in order to flourish. How can you know whether God has given you the gifts needed to start a new worshiping community? How can we all identify and encourage potential new worshiping community leaders? If God is calling us to start a new worshiping community, how can we best prepare? Exploring missional leadership answers these questions.

Exploring Missional Leadership is a daylong event hosted by mid councils and seminaries and led by 1001 national staff. Through presentations, active learning and group conversation, participants will be introduced to the nature of missional church planting and the competencies needed to do that work. Participants discerning a call to start a new worshiping community will be guided in identifying next steps to take in their own skills development. Participants involved in overseeing NWC work will be guided in ways to identify and cultivate potential new worshiping community leaders in their presbytery, congregation or circle of influence.

Who is EML for?
  • New worshiping community leadership teams
  • Individuals who are in the early stages of discerning a potential call to start a NWC but aren’t yet ready to attend a full DML Assessment
  • Mid council staff and leaders, including members of NWC Commissions, CPMs and COMs


When: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Where: Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15/person (lunch included)
Please register by November 21
Optional overnight upon request (please contact Kitty at