WHAT IS A PRACTITIONERS COLLABORATIVE?
Reaching the Nations in North America is a platform through which like-minded brothers and sisters are seeking to catalyze the local church to reach the unreached diaspora people groups throughout North America. Our primary focus with these collaboratives is to foster networks of practitioners to strengthen those who are already engaging their unreached neighbors. These regionally based events are designed to provide a context where practitioners can gather, connect, learn, encourage, and resource one another through collaborative exercises around an agenda they helped to form.
WHO IS A PRACTITIONER?
We define a practitioner as someone who is actively seeking and gospeling among those from unreached people group communities where they are living here in North America. A practitioner has a minimum of three to five families from an unreached people group they are actively engaging in friendship and with the gospel on a regular basis. A practitioner is intentionally and regularly involved in neighboring, evangelizing, and discipling non-Christian refugees, immigrants, and/or internationals as a focus of their ministry. They may be starting or leveraging a variety of ministries to connect with, befriend, and share with those from unreached people group communities in their city (i.e. refugee resettlement, international student care, english as a second language, citizenship courses, or other similar assimilation oriented service activities). Some will do this with a vision of seeing disciple-making and church planting movements to develop among their focus unreached people group.
The event will not include plenary speakers or typical preplanned, content oriented breakout sessions, but will utilize collaborative peer group sessions to network and learn from other attendees. These are typically two days, 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.