In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the next FLAME 2.0 cohort will begin June 2022.
Flame 2.0 gathers cohorts of 12 clergy for a learning experience including cross-denominational engagement in mentoring, learning, missional collaboration, and spiritual exploration. The goal of FLAME 2.0 is to deepen the spiritual stamina and insight necessary for continued productive and meaningful ministry. The emphasis on the holistic nature of evangelism and its interconnected relationship with other ministries of the church will create a well-rounded perspective on ministry, as well as a valuable means to address the burnout, loneliness, and frustration experienced by many clergy.
Beginning in June 2022, the second FLAME 2.0 cohort will experience a 12-month, in-depth program of formalized mentoring, ongoing support in a small group context, the opportunity for collaborative work, and hands-on experiential learning in international and US contexts.
- Six (6) one on one conversations with Maxie Dunnam guided by, but not limited to the issues raised in his book, Christian Leadership.
Maxie Dunnam serves as director of Christ Church Global at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the fifth president of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, serving for fourteen years. Dunnam came to Asbury after twelve years of fruitful ministry at the five-thousand-member Christ United Methodist Church. From 1975 to 1982, he was world editor of The Upper Room. Dunnam is the author of more than forty books.
- Monthly group mentoring sessions facilitated by WME staff including opportunities for missional collaboration, growth through small group engagement, and directed learning.
- Two (2) specialized group mentoring sessions. During the three (3) months following each group session, cohort members will have access to one (1) private mentoring conversation.
- Preaching – Joy Moore
Joy Moore is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to her current appointment, Moore taught biblical preaching at Luther, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. An “ecclesial storyteller,” Moore has pastoral experience in cross-racial, urban, and suburban congregations and seeks to encourage theologically framed, biblically attentive, and socially compelling understandings of Christian scripture.
- Leading in the current age of diversity and multi-culturalism – Chase Stancle
Chase Stancle is the lead pastor at Unison Christian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chase has a passion for bringing people from all walks of life together around the truth of Jesus. Unison’s mission is to build relational bridges to engage the community with the life changing truth of Jesus Christ, elevate a culture of love and holistic growth, and serve selflessly as an instrument of hope.
- One (1) group mentoring experience with a seasoned pastor in their church context in the United States on topics related to holistic evangelism.
- One (1) group, cross-cultural, international experience.
- Annual Order of the FLAME gathering.
- Travel / accommodation for US and international group mentoring experiences
- Accommodation / meals for annual Order of the FLAME gathering