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January Meeting

Date: January 20th  |  Time: 8-10pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: Aposto-Monasticism: A 24-7 Prayer Distinctive: Pete Greig & Jill Weber

Discussion Questions & Notes
Discussion Questions 
1. Pete offers a quick survey of the historical expressions of the Church.
  • The Gathered Church – congregational with a building, professional clergy and programs
  • Apostolic Mission Movements – Pete suggests the Franciscans and YWAM as references for this idea.
  • Monastic Movements – Pete originates this idea with the desert mothers and fathers retreating from the Constantinian Christianization of the empire. He also honors Mike Bickle as a modern day desert father who has established a monastic prayer movement.

Q? Take a moment to reflect on what your history has been with these expressions. *Note: It is all too easy to bring a critical review to all of these expressions, but let’s take a positive approach to this conversation, highlighting the good and fruitful aspects of your experience.

2. Pete gives a testimony about the development of his theology and practice of prayer;
“My theology of prayer was that it was a big fat red switch and if you do it hard enough and long enough, revival will come. And that got beaten out of us pretty quickly…due to my wife’s epilepsy not being healed, and if my prayers don’t work for her how are they going bring revival? I realized I need to become a prayer rather than say a prayer, I need to move prayer from a verb to a noun, I think I need to discover contemplative prayer. It had to start with me, in me. So somehow my apostolic impulse was starting to Tango with this contemplative, very broken part of me, very reflective and creative part of me.”

Q? If you resonate with this, share your own story of the development of your theology and practice of prayer.

3. Please read these quotes aloud:
We need some language for what we are doing the will combine the breathing in and breathing out, the contemplative and the intercessory, the apostolic and the monastic. And so ‘Aposto’ is the mission piece, and ‘monastic’ is the prayer piece. – Pete Greig

I call new-monasticism the Big Experiment. What from these ancient traditions can we pull into the now for us, dust them off and find the treasures, and begin to work them out into our own context? – Jill Weber

Q? In what ways is your expression of church participating in this idea of aposto-monasticism? 

  • Are you stronger in one than the other?
  • What might be some intentional ways you could strengthen the weaker side?

4. Antioch and Iona; Resource sending Communities that are Aposto-Monastic. There’s much talk about ‘resource churches’, ‘apostolic hubs’ and ‘monasteries’. In their full operational state these expressions of church, mission and ministry share many common features and have much to glean from each other.

Q? How might we build on this within 24-7 Communities? Why a Mother House? 

  • Let your imaginations run and see if there’s some common vision that emerges from your dreaming together.
  • Pray into this a bit, welcoming the prophetic unction of the Holy Spirit to breathe life into whatever is in the heart of God for you or your community.
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Features in this Teaching:
The Order of the Mustard Seed is a new monastic expression within 24-7 Prayer that is a dispersed community who are journeying together into this vow: Being true to Christ, kind to people, and taking the Gospel to the nations. A recent development is the idea of planting ‘Seed Communities’ – micro-expressions of new monastic communities who embrace a Rule of Life shaped by living into 6 key practices:
  1. Prayer
  2. Creativity
  3. Mercy & Justice
  4. Mission
  5. Learning
  6. Hospitality
Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day.
Written by leaders from the 24-7 Prayer movement, and produced in partnership with CWR, this resource helps you engage with Scripture to inspire prayer and shape your life.
Journey through the year with Pete Greig, Carla Harding, Phil Togwell, Jill Weber, Izwe Nkosi and international guest writers.

February Meeting

Date: February 17  |  Time: 8-10pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: Invitation to Transformation – Jill Weber

Discussion Questions & Notes
Discussion Questions:
  1. Thus far what have been God’s invitations to you in your current season of leadership development?
  2. What is your reaction/response to the question “Do you know who you are outside the context of ministry?” If you can articulate who you are outside the context of ministry what words might you use to do so?

Exercise One – How Is It With Your Soul Handout
Take a few minutes (10 or so) to fill out the “How Is It With Your Soul” handout. We encourage you not to judge or condemn yourself when doing so. Just notice with loving curiosity what your responses to the questions reveal to you about how your soul is right now.

After filling out the handout, discuss together anything you might have noticed, any reflections you have after doing the handout. If you don’t want to share in the group, that is completely ok.

Exercise Two – Lectio Divina on Mark 10:46-52
Take turns in the group reading this aloud. After the first reading sit in silence for a moment or two. After the second reading, speak out a word or phrase that feels meaningful or highlighted to you. After the third reading, pray some brief prayers of response to God. After the fourth reading just sit in silence for a minute and let it sink in.

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. ​​When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.​

​“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Questions:
1. What would it look like for you to lead out of strength of soul?
2. What are you longing for? What do you want Jesus to do for you at this time?
3. What would it look like for you to re-order your life around your desires?

Content: Engaging the Scriptures for Transformation – Jill Weber

Discussion Questions & Notes
Exercise
Lectio Divina.
 Read this passage three times. During the first reading, listen for a word or a phrase that jumps out at you. Second reading, ask God why He is highlighting that particular verse – what is He saying to you about it? At the end of the second reading, take turns to speak your word or phrase out loud. During the third reading, ask God what invitation He might bringing you through that passage. Is there something He wants you to believe? Is there something He wants you to do? After the third reading, take turns to pray your responses to God together.
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;
They are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. Psalm 19:7-10
Questions
After you have completed this biblical meditation, talk about your experience. How was that different than simply reading scripture? Or exegeting it?
  1. How would I describe my primary approach to Scripture? Performance? Utilitarian? Informational? Do I treat it as an object?
  2. Describe a time when you were surprised and confronted by the Scriptures. What happened? How did you feel? What did you do?
  3. How do I notice God turning me into a living letter, making His word flesh in me?
For Further Study:
  1. Peterson, Eugene. Eat This Book. Colorado Springs: Hodder & Stoughton, 2008.
  2. Mulholland, Robert. Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation. Upper Room Books, 2001.
  3. Benner, David. Opening to God. Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer. Downers Grove: IVP. 2010.

March Meeting

Date: March 17  |  Time: 8-10pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: The Presence Paradigm by Pete Greig

Discussion Questions & Notes
Q1? How might the Presence Paradigm shape the way that we lead, and the way that we view our calling to lead? 
Q2? How might the Presence Paradigm shape the way that we view sin? 
Q3? How might the Presence Paradigm effect the way that we do evangelism? 
  • You could talk into the specifics of mission stuff you are doing in your context, and is there a way you might consider doing it differently? 
  • Maybe a little less program driven? Maybe a little more – How can we find where Christ is already in this dark place or in this broken person? 
  • Maybe – What would it look like for our mission to be much more about worshipping Christ in people who don’t even believe He exists? 
Q4? How might the Presence Paradigm effect the way that we build and do church? 
  • What might it look like to have our communities not be congregations out of the culture, but to be truly houses of prayer that host the presence of God within a culture in a way that is accessible to all?

April Meeting

Date: April 21  |  Time: 8-10pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: Life Stages of Leadership – Joe Steinke

Discussion Questions & Notes
Q? What are you enjoying the most in this season of your development journey?
Q? What are your greatest challenges? What is God trying to teach you at the moment?
Pray Together For grace to be in the season of life development you are in without asking it to deliver more than it can.
Luke’s Questions:
  • In the Ministry Maturing phase, Joe talks about maturing our transactional leadership into relational leadership. He says a transactional model is when people are only as valuable as what they can provide you, but a relational model is when we commit to relationships and value the person more than what they can give us. He also talks about our pursuit of growth and fruit, and “bigger and better,” and success. Joe says we “hit the wall” and God begins to do some soul care in us and work on our ego. These are big ideas – and absolutely vital to leading in health in the Kingdom. What is at stake if we don’t learn these lessons now?
 
  • In the Life Maturing phase, Joe mentions that this is a phase where people graduate into “parental love” in your discipling relationships. He talks about “spiritual parents.” What does that term mean to you, and for those of you in this phase, or beyond this phase, have you begun to ask yourself what it might mean to be spiritual parents to a few “adopted” children?

May Meeting

Date: May 19  |  Time: 8-10pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: The Constellation of Essential Kingdom Relationships – Joe Steinke

Discussion Questions & Notes
Q? Why is confident sonship/daughterhood, or knowing you are the beloved of the Father, essential for engaging healthy relationships? How does this confidence center us for being vulnerable and emotionally available to others? Why is this a requirement for leaders? 
Q? Can you identify by name who you’re upward grace or deep anchor relationships are? Who are they to you? Describe the way you interact with them. Tell of how you think they see you? Who are you to them? 
Q? Can you identify by name your Mentors and Coaches? How do they serve to bring insight,  knowledge and wisdom to your life development? 
Q? Can you identify by name the disciples the Father has given you as your in-season assignment? How comfortable are you in affirming with Paul’s invitation to his disciples:”Follow me as I follow Christ?” In what ways are you adopting these dear people into your heart? Who are they to you? 
Q? Who are your true blue brothers, your sassy smart sisters, your fun-loving friends and confident comrades who will go the extra mile with you on your journey? Tell of who they are to you and how they’ve come alongside you in a challenging time of life or partnered with you on a kingdom project, mission or expedition? 

August Meeting

Date: August 18  |  Time: 8-9:30pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: “The Gospel of the Kingdom” by Roger Ellis

Discussion Questions & Notes
  1. What stood out to you from the teaching?
  2. Was there anything that was new or challenging in the way you’ve seen The Kingdom coming into this teaching?
  3. Explore how social action and evangelism flow together within different ‘Kingdom’ initiatives you know. How can they both flourish together?
  4. If we were to neglect the Kingdom message what might we lose as a Church?
  5. In your experience, what might be the most challenging aspect of the Kingdom message to your generation?

September Meeting

Date: September 15  |  Time: 8-9:30pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: The Kingdom of God and Society by Lucy Hill

Discussion Questions & Notes
Discussion Q?’s
1. Thinking of the explanation of the first, second and third way – can you think of examples of these in your own context? 
  • Ways you’ve seen the church as syncretistic, blending and blurring with culture or alternatively so isolated/removed it’s become irrelevant and finally examples of a third way? 

2. When thinking about your own context – where does power lie? What are the dominant idols/gods you see at work in the culture around you? 

3. When thinking about your own church/community and the Scot McKnight statement ‘the local church always performs the gospel it proclaims’  what Gospel do you see being ‘proclaimed’? 

4. Discuss the idea of power in the Kingdom and how this looks different to the world’s understanding of power – what do you think are the tensions/challenges that we face as the church in living as those with authority but demonstrate it in the way of Jesus? 

5. Discuss the four areas for engagement – how do you see these at work in your own context? Can you share some stories/ give examples of ways in which these are part of seeing kingdom transformation in your communities/neighbourhood/towns etc. 
  • Faithful Discipleship
  • Faithful Resistance
  • Faithful Community
  • Faithful Presence/Practice

October Meeting

Date: October 13th  |  Time: 8-9:30pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: The Kingdom of God: Justice, Reconciliation and the Poor – Aaron White

Discussion Questions & Notes
Discussion Questions:
  • How might you be complicit in the injustices that especially harm the poor and vulnerable in our world?
  • Has your complicity come through ignorance, good intentions, or desire to hold onto power and privilege?
  • What does it look like to recognise that we may be on the wrong side of God’s justice in this world?
  • What does it look like to commit to the kingdom of God in the light of all this? What does it require of us?

November Meeting

Date: November 17th  |  Time: 8-9:30pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: Kingdom Spirituality, Prayer and the Supernatural – Chris Westhoff

Discussion Questions & Notes
Discussion Questions 
  1. What are the many tensions of the Now-and-not-yet reality that we live in?  Where are you experiencing this in your life right now? How can we learn to live in that tension well? 
  2. Jesus Is Lord is a confession that recognizes His kingly authority over everything. How is our submission to His Lordship related to our exercise of spiritual authority? 
  3. How did Jesus exercise His power? What was it used for? What might this model for our relationship to power and how we use it? 
  4. We don’t steward the Holy Spirit, He stewards us. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are His, and we are invited into them in loving others. Engagement with the supernatural is relational at its core. Q? What has been your experience with the person and power of the Holy Spirit? 
  5. Have you had an experience where you’ve prayed in the name of Jesus that had dramatic effect on someone or situation? If so, please tell that story. 

December Meeting

Date: December 15th  |  Time: 8-9:30pm AZ Time  |  Google Meet Link >

Content: Coming Soon

Discussion Questions & Notes