Schedule and Plan

Year One of Fellowship


Retreat 1 - Ministry in New England (November 7—9, 2018)

Note: Each Retreat beings on a Wednesday afternoon and ends on a Friday afternoon.

A Unique Ministry Context – What is the Awakened Church and who is making a difference?

This retreat will explore New England as a unique regional context for doing ministry. It will focus on the Silent Revival in the Boston urban church and the nature of institutional renewal, and will involve creating church profiles.

Retreat 2 - Business & Work (March 6—8, 2019)

Entrepreneurism – Who is making a difference and what can we learn that has implications for the Church?

This retreat will explore meaningful work and the world of the congregation Monday to Friday. Participants will meet with Boston-based business educators and discuss the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship. 

Study Trip - China (May 22—June 2, 2019, 12 days/11 nights)

What can we learn about church and culture in New England in light of the Chinese church and culture?

The purpose for the global experience is to create a broader, more comprehensive vision of the Kingdom of God for our early-career pastors which will lend perspective to the local contexts from which they come. The trip is intentionally placed at the end of year one, so that the group bonding which takes place on such a trip has the opportunity to enrich the remaining retreats. Pastors will have the opportunity to engage with both Three-Self Church and House Church pastors and business leaders.

Year Two of Fellowship


Retreat 3 - Technology, Healthcare & Bioethics (September 18—20, 2019)

Living in a Technopoly – What are the challenges and promises of technology? Are we really living in a Brave New World?

This retreat will explore how people experience and manage a plugged-in world, the new media and your congregation, and living in a world dominated by technology. It will also explore the nature of health and the politics and systems that support it, the brave new world of genetics and the ethical implications thereof.

Retreat 4 - Government, Society & Education (November 6—8, 2019)

What is the church’s (pastor’s) role in the public square? What is the future of education and how might this impact the church in New England?

This retreat will explore the following: making sense of and living in a highly politicized world - church and state in New England (has the church lost its birthright?). It will also explore what it means to be educated today, the politics of education (from online education to home-schooling and everything in between), the university without religion?

Retreat 5 - Arts & Media (March 4—6, 2020)

Athens and Jerusalem – Do you see, hear and feel what I see, hear and feel?

This retreat will explore the ethics and politics of the aesthetic world, what is "beauty" and why it makes a difference, the place of the arts in the church.