Traditionally training has been associated with teaching a person or group particular information so they can grow in a skill or behavior. One of my gifts is teaching in this generic sense.
But missional leadership requires a further dimension. It’s more action oriented, like an athlete trains by undertaking a course of exercise and diet in preparation for a sporting event. It’s not simply oriented around the impartation of knowledge, but in the embodiment of this knowledge in new ways.
Equipping typically refers to outfitting a person or group with the necessary items for a specific task. For me, this is more zeroed in on attuning ourselves to the Holy Spirit, and knowing our calling, passions, and gifts.
I teach and preach across the United States and abroad. I lead trainings for Fresh Expressions US and The United Methodist Church (Vision Days, Pioneer Learning Communities, Round Tables, and so on). I speak at events and conferences on a wide range of topics. I’m available to preach on Sunday Services, which is still one of the most impactful places to communicate with a congregation. On most occasions I follow Sunday morning services with a workshop. I also teach as an adjunct professor for hire at several seminaries. I’ve taught Residents in Ministry, Annual Conferences, Clergy Excellence Cohorts, and Retreat groups.
But I also provide a unique set of offerings based in my books and learnings as a missional practitioner.
1. Deep Roots, Wild Branches Greenhouse. These are deep dive training seminars in the Blended Ecology of Church, based in my book Deep Roots, Wild Branches.
2. Contextual Intelligence Studios. These are deep dive trainings in contextual intelligence, based in my doctoral research and accompanying book with Leonard Sweet, Issachar’s Secret.
3. Field Guide Immersions. These are local church trainings focused primarily on followers of Jesus in the Wesleyan tradition. We explore the reincarnation of early Methodist theology and praxis for the new missional frontier, based in my book A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions.
4. Doctor of Ministry in Fresh Expressions and Church Renewal at United Theological Seminary. I would love to work with you in my Doctor of Ministry cohort in Fresh Expressions and Church Renewal at United Seminary. Come join me!
“God often raises up leaders from unexpected roots through whom the Spirit breathes new life into the church. Michael Beck is one of those spiritual entrepreneurs. He helps us uncover the living and active presence of Christ in the surprising and the unanticipated.”
-Paul Chilcote, Ph. D.
“Michael Beck has been at the heart of the fresh expressions story. He is emerging as an essential interpreter for us all.”
Resident Bishop, Florida Conference
President, Council of Bishops
United Methodist Church