Missional Communities are simply the best way to make disciples who make disciples–and it’s not even close! 
 
Surprise Church’s Missional Community Training Program can equip you to achieve your God-given potential for impact.  Scripture is clear that following Jesus means to be a part of a family of servant-missionaries who experience authentic life together and share a common purpose.  
 
Curious about Missional Community leadership? 
 
Watch this intro video and this overview video. Then, reach out to us if you’d like to hear more about our training process (outlined below). We can’t wait to talk and pray with you and support you however we can!   
Missional Community Training Process
As you can see, our training for Surprise Missional Community Leaders is extensive, because we want to make sure they are equipped to pastor and disciple people in a community that sees discipleship as an all-of-life reality.  But don’t be overwhelmed. Each of the four phases is designed to take one step at a time, with lots of time for reflection, prayer, and conversation. When you’re ready to move to the next phase, we’ll be there to assist and guide you. 
Interested…
I’m considering becoming a missional community leader and would like more awareness and support. 
 
Keep a Missional Community Journal to record your learning & reflections as you engage the following resources:
 
1) Attend MC Training for 2 months
 
2) Attend an active MC gathering throughout those 2 months to experience the rhythms of life. 
 
3) Read the book Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt
 
4) Watch the following videos:
 
 
 
5) Subscribe the following:
 
 
 
6) REFLECTION 1 – Write a reflection paper or offer a presentation for your missional community coach that reflects upon your learning thus far and articulates your sense of call to lead a missional community. 
Committed…
I’ve indicated my desire to become a missional community leader through developing my skills and vision.
 
Continue keeping a Missional Community Journal to record your learning & reflections as you engage the following resources:
 
1) Attend monthly MC Training meetings
 
2) Continue attending one or more MC gatherings  
 
3) Begin to assemble a Core Group of 4-6 people who will walk with you through training and preparation to launch an MC.
 
4) OPTION 1: Read Transformed or Slow is Fast by Ceasar Kalinowski.
OPTION 2: Complete the Making Space Study by Jeff Vanderstelt
 
5) Watch the following videos:
 
 
 
6) Read the Gospel Primer by Ceasar Kalinowski (8 week journey) 
 
6) REFLECTION 2 – Write a reflection paper or offer a presentation for your missional community coach that reflects upon your learning thus far and proposes a specific kind of new missional community. 
Preparing…
I’m approved to serve as a missional community leader and am ready to take practical steps toward launch.
 
Continue keeping a Missional Community Journal to record your learning & reflections as you engage the following resources:
 
1) Attend monthly MC Training meetings
 
2) Continue attending one or more MC gatherings  
 
3) Fully assemble a Core Group of 4-6 people and invite them to train and prepare with you.  Begin embracing some missional rhythms together.
 
4) OPTION 1:
Take your Core Group through the 8-week Gospel Primer by Ceasar Kalinowski.
OPTION 2: Instead of or in addition to Option 1, lead your group through Gospel Fluency and Handbook by Jeff Vanderstelt.
 
5) Watch the following videos with your core group:
 
 
 
6) After processing the above information together, finalize and sign an MC Covenant to build Core Member cohesion, clarity, and commitment. Review and revise this covenant with your core group and coach until it’s finalized.
 
7) REFLECTION 3 – Write a reflection paper or offer a presentation for your missional community coach that reflects upon your learning thus far and explains the readiness of your Core Group for launching your MC. If  approved, your group will be ready to launch! 
Leading…
I’m currently leading a missional community leader and am committed to ongoing growth, support, accountability, and exchange of ideas.
 
Continue journaling, learning and growing as a Missional Community leader in order to encourage and eventually coach other leaders. 
 
1) Attend monthly MC Training meetings
 
2) Execute the plans and schedule of your MC Covenant.  See our resource page.
 
3) Work through The Story Formed Way with your Core Group and any other new members of your MC. 
 
4) Watch the following videos:
 
 
5) Meet monthly with your Missional Community Coach to expand your leadership and reflect on progress. 
 
6) Pursue training in order to coach other current and potential MC leaders.