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Missional Task Forces

IICM serves its Missional Partners by conducting research, creating contextual resources, and providing training materials to support them as they reach various types of people groups in North American and beyond. Every research project we have conducted, resource we have created, or training materials we have designed since 2003 has come as a result of the desires & needs expressed by our Missional Partners. We consider it an honor to function as a “think-tank” that supports our Missional Partners in their endeavors. The Missional Research Task Forces enable key leaders to consider ways to ignite, facilitate and support missional movements.

Multihousing Missions Task Force

Missional Multi-housing Task Force focuses on people who live in multi-housing environments

Many of those living in multihousing live in what we call "Aspiring Communities."

This resoundingly diverse ethnic group represents the up-and-coming of American society. Living within easy reach of or within major metropolitan areas, this group enjoys careers in information, sales, administration, education, health and other service professions. As many as 60% of Aspiring Contemporaries are renting singles, many are career builders enjoying a middle income way in mid-tier management positions. Many others live the unique lifestyles offered by military and university dorm life. However, this group is also four times more likely to be unemployed. Ethnicity is extremely diverse, and a majority fall within the ages of 18 to 34 years.

Typically residents in multihousing remain unreached with the gospel. While they are geographically close to many existing churches, they are culturally distant from most of the believers within the churches. The purpose of the Missional Multihousing Task Force is to discuss ways to foster Multihousing Missionaries (lay missionaries who engage these types of communities), develop cultural understanding of these type of communities, create materials and resources for them, design training processes, foster ongoing interaction between them in peer-to-peer learning networks, and improve their implementation as they engage multhousing communities.

Missional Arts Task Force

Missional Arts Task Force focuses on those with talents in music, visual art, drama, dance and film.

The "cultural creatives" are a segment of society that do not easily fit into the standard paradigms of "Modernists" or "Progressives" vs. "Traditionalists" or "Conservatives." The core of this group are typically "more educated, spiritually-minded, leading-edge thinkers." Many of these are involved in some aspect of the arts: music, dance, theatre, cinema, visual arts. At the same time, most believers who are gifted in the arts perceive that their talents are to be used in the context of a worship service within their church's building. They do not understand worship as encompassing all of life and the arts as a way of bringing worship to the community.

The purpose of the Missional Arts Task Force is to discuss ways to foster Missional Artisans (lay missionaries who engage the arts community), develop cultural understanding of cultural creatives, create materials and resources for them, design the training process, foster ongoing interaction between them in peer-to-peer learning networks, and improve their implementation as they engage cultural creatives in their communities.

Missional Coach Task Force

Missional Coach Task Force focuses on training mentors who facilitate and equip Missional Response Teams.

The Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry trains Missional Coaches to work with churches and believers to foster the development of Missional Response Teams. These teams of lay missionaries endeavor to penetrate specific unreached groups in their community. Many of these teams utilize the APEPT giftedness of the team to bring a balanced approach to reaching, discipling and multiplying believers among specific target populations.

The purpose of the Missional Coach Task Force is to discuss ways to develop new Missional Coaches, create materials and resources for them, improve their training process, foster ongoing interaction between them in peer-to-peer learning networks, and improve their implementation as they develop and work with Missional Response Teams.

Latest IICM News

Reaching Michigan Workshops Train Leaders Across 5 Regions

Through a partnership of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, the Alabama Baptist Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, IICM conducted training across the state of Michigan in five different regions meeting in South Lyon, Portage, Farmington Hills, Mount Morris, and Gaylord, Michigan. Dr. Curt Watke delivered workshops designed to help pastors, church starters, and the laity to identify pockets of lostness in their communities for outreach ministries or starting new churches. Sessions included: Understanding Cultural Environments, Casting Missional Vision, Recruiting Planting Participants, Developing Missional Outreach, Mobilizing Missional Roles, and Equipping Missional Endeavors. (Aug 1, 2012)

Long Island, NY Church Plant Leaders Train for APEPT Roles

Dr. Curt Watke led a retreat for the leaders of a church plant -- the Lighthouse Community Church on Long Island, New York. The retreat conducted in upstate New York introduced the participants to their respective APEPT roles and challenged them to work together in teams to impact lostness on Long Island. As a result of the event, the new church plans to expand their life groups from one to three in different locations and launch at least three Missional Response Teams to reach out to their communities. To download a video clip about the event click here. (July 17, 2012)

Mission Site Reports Delivered to BCNC

Mission Site reports for the top 250 locations of lostness are being delivered to the Baptist Convention of North Carolina today. These 69 page reports integrate information about the existing churches with demographic and lifestyle data. Included in the report are cultural bridges, barriers, themes, and shared places, projects and communication media. The reports will be used in developing a comprehensive church planting strategy across the state of North Carolina. To view a sample click here (May 4, 2011)

Mission Point Reports Delivered to ONA

Mission Point reports for the San Antonio, TX and Asheville, NC metro areas were delivered to Outreach North America today. These reports will be used by church planters who are seeking the best location to start an Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. (May 2, 2011)

Lay Teaching Workshop

Defining the teaching role as delivering content to persons in the context of their social community, those gifted in Missional Teaching were challenged with the task of providing missional training to believers from multiple socio-cultural contexts. A great big thanks goes to Central Baptist in Owasso, Oklahoma who is stepping to the plate to make missional multiplication a reality! (April 17, 2011)

Engage Conference - Tulsa 2011

The Engage Conference was an awesome experience as participants investigated a shopping area, a sports complex, a skate park and a biker shop. Before the field experience, participants were exposed to basic missional principles. Armed with an observation guide and sample interview questions, each APEPT team explored the cultural dimensions of the venue. Over lunch the APEPT team completed a "Venue Engagement Questionnaire" designed to evaluate the venue in terms of each of the missional roles: apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching. Feedback sessions highlighted a greater cultural awareness. (April 15-16, 2011).

Teaching Coach Training Challenges Participants

The Teaching Coach Training challenged the participants with the Antiochian model of missional leadership multiplication. Charged with the responsibility to develop and train missional lay leaders, the participants envision their role in multiplying indigenous leaders out of the harvest of the APEPT Missional Response Teams. (April 14-15, 2011).

Missional Prayer Mapping Site Being Developed

Mississippi Baptist Convention Board partners with IICM to develop a prayer mapping website. IICM will be creating thematic maps that highlight spiritual issues in each of the 5 regions of their state for which prayer needs to be made and make them available online as a “Mapping Prayer Guide.” The Missional Prayer Mapping site will house national prayer maps for the United States. Our Missional Partners may have customized sites developed for their own use. (7 April 2011)

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