ECO exists in order to build flourishing churches who make disciples of Jesus Christ. In order to fulfill our vision, we must develop leay leaders within our churches who are skilled in our 10 Core Competencies. This officer/leader training offers 10 video-taught classes by experts in each of the competencies, with opportunities for discussion, discernment, and action after each lecture. This course is designed for leaders in the church to learn how to be more effective in their roles or trained for a role they have yet to step into. This training can be done by an individual at home, used to prepare people for leadership, and discussed as a whole session or done in small groups. Visit flourishmovement.org for more information or click here. This resource is free.
CLP1: Commissioned Lay Pastors Serving in Churches & Micro-Expressions of Church
Our ECO Polity Section 2.0502 provides for lay leaders who feel called and gifted to administer the sacraments and step into the role of a lay pastor serving under the pastor of their church. ECO deeply desires to unleash the laity to do God’s kingdom work wherever they are. CLP1s are lay leaders who are serving their churhc by leading micro-expressions of church (small groups, youth groups, missional communities, etc.) and who wish to have a deeper level of training in the 10 Core Competencies. This certiciation is a 10-month process undertaken with a non-geographical cohort, a facilitator, homework assignments, and a mentor from their local church. The course structure is two virtual meetings a month (community learning) with reading, writing, and reflecting in between (personal learning). The final project necessary for certification is a paper (to be evaluated by your facilitator) on what the student has learned adn how they have grown in each of the 10 Core Competencies. The content of the CLP1 course includes all of the officer training content, plus 10 extra sessions, and asssessment in the 10 Core Competencies. Visit flourishmovement.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Cost: $1000 per student.
CLP2: Commissioned Lay Pastors serving as Pastors
Our ECO Polity Section 2.0503 and missional ecclesiology allows for lay leaders who are properly gifted and trained to serve as pastors of a local church without getting a traditional seminary degree and being ordained. This makes pastoring a church more accessible to a wider array of people and allows God to use gifted and trained leaders in God’s mission. This course is a 2- to 3-year process which involves all of the training described for officers and CLP1s plus additional classes. These include, but are not limited to, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Preaching, Basic Exegesis, Leading Change, Church Management, and additional spiritual formation opportunities. Visit flourishmovement.org or email email@example.com for more information. Cost: $1,000 per student plus the cost of seminary-level courses and transcription fees.