…to help churches reframe their God-given mission, relearn the ways of Jesus in community and release their God-given potential within an ever-changing cultural context.

 

…to help churches reframe their God-given mission, relearn the ways of Jesus in community and release their God-given potential within an ever-changing cultural context.

 

three rivers collaborative

Reframe. Relearn. Release.

Three Rivers Collaborative exists because of a great love for Jesus and his church, and because of the belief that the church is absolutely central to God’s mission and intent for his creation. As the world is ever changing, there is a great need for an honest assessment of what it means to play a crucial role in this mission to extend the Kingdom of God.

Many, if not most, churches today find themselves culturally and pandemically in need of a prophetic reimagining required to discern God’s call for flourishing as communities of faith. Because of our deep love for the church AND for those who want nothing to do with the church, we are convinced of this need to clarify mission and calling, to live well within this cultural moment, and to follow in the radical ways of Jesus.

three rivers collaborative

Reframe.

Relearn.

Release.

Three Rivers Collaborative exists because of a great love for Jesus and his church, and because of the belief that the church is absolutely central to God’s mission and intent for his creation. As the world is ever changing, there is a great need for an honest assessment of what it means to play a crucial role in this mission to extend the Kingdom of God.

Many, if not most, churches today find themselves culturally and pandemically in need of a prophetic reimagining required to discern God’s call for flourishing as communities of faith. Because of our deep love for the church AND for those who want nothing to do with the church, we are convinced of this need to clarify mission and calling, to live well within this cultural moment, and to follow in the radical ways of Jesus.

THREE RIVERS

A Collaborative Effort.

To help cultivate a collaborative learning community centered on mission, TRC is built around a series of retreats, workshops and immersion trips, with learning communities working together through these phases of reframing mission, relearning the ways of Jesus and releasing the church’s potential.

TRC has identified seven marks of transformative faith communities which fall under one of the three phases above that serve as the framework for the entire program. Each characteristic includes a belief (paradigm) and a set of behaviors (practices) that bring holistic and lasting change to the culture, mindset, practice and skill set of a church and its leaders.

CLARITY OF MISSION AND CALLING

Thriving congregations have a clear and compelling understanding of why they exist and what they are called to as a faith community. They can articulate their identities and missions. People at every level of the church can clearly answer the question: “What is the story we are called to live out as a community of Jesus followers?” Further, they express this focus in their allocation of resources, communal practices, and congregational activity.

UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR CONTEXT

Thriving congregations understand their identities, have a strong missional anthropology, and are able to exegete their current cultures. They have authentic, active engagement with their communities, and the ability to adapt and innovate as the culture changes without altering or weakening their foundational beliefs and callings.

RESILIENT AND ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP

Thriving churches understand and clarify the nature of the adaptive challenges we all now face, especially in light of the Covid-19 crisis. This adaptation involves defining threats, seeing opportunities, embracing paradigm changes, and preparing for the ever-increasing seasons of transition.

MISSIONAL / INCARNATIONAL IMPULSE

Thriving congregations grasp the imperative understanding of God as a sending God and recognize themselves as a church of sent people. As a result, they integrate into their communities and impact their neighborhoods and cities, having been transformed by incarnating Jesus in everyday life in everyday circumstances.

FORMATIONAL RHYTHMS

Thriving congregations incorporate personal and communal rhythms into a disciple-making culture. These rhythms include spiritual formation, intentional community, and missional activity on a personal and congregational level. Such congregations recognize that if they form mission-minded disciples, they build the church. If, however, they aim to build the church, they may not build disciples. 

DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WITH AN EQUIPPING LEADERSHIP ENGINE

Thriving churches develop cultures of leadership and processes of leadership development that equip ownership and participation by the entire congregation. They facilitate environments that empower laity, rather than environments that are clergy-centric or staff-driven, while developing the character, competence, and Christlikeness of multiple leaders across the congregation. As a result, the faith community becomes decentralized—flattening both the tiers of responsibility and authority–and fostering a culture of ownership, innovation, and collaboration. 

STRATEGY FOR HEALTHY SCALE

Thriving congregations intentionally embody an agreed-upon set of core values and a shared purpose that enable them to grow in healthy, lightweight, and sustainable ways. Their organic systems, rhythms, and practices produce health and movement on an individual congregational level. These organizational frameworks are low in control but high in accountability; enhance mission, not hinder it; and are “movemental” rather than institutional in nature.

THREE RIVERS COLLABORATIVE

Boundless Opportunity

TRC will provide the opportunity for churches to enter into a yearlong collective journey of exploration and application with a core group of strategic leaders (pastors and lay leaders from their own and other churches within a 200-mile radius of Knoxville, TN) who hope to understand, translate, integrate and multiply these “Seven Marks” into their faith communities.

Each fall, beginning in September of 2021, we will form the following:

1  Learning Community 

3  Cohorts in each Learning Community

4  Churches in each Cohort (12 churches total)

5  Leaders from each church (60 leaders total)

Interested in learning more about Three Rivers Collaborative? Feel free to send us a message and check back frequently as the site continues to grow.

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