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October 25-28, 2018 @ St. Mark's

Pastoral Leadership Institute's (PLI) Discipleship to Missional Community Learning Community (D2MC) invites and challenges ordinary women and men to experience, live, and share a specific rhythm that can be repeated over and over again to help people become closer followers of Christ… and join with others to be a people on mission.

The Journey

  • Becoming a Discipling Leader - you cannot teach what you do not know and you cannot lead where you will not go.
  • Building a Discipling Culture - you reproduce who you already are.
  • Multiplying Missional Leaders - discipling leadership is more or less walking through the pits of life with grace, truth, and love.
  • Launching Missional Communities - an extended family on mission invites new people to join the challenge of God's mission.
  • Leading Kingdom Movements - we celebrate the movement of God while we invite the number of people gathered around the campfire of passionate spirituality, radical community, and a missional zeal that looks more like Jesus than a business.

The Learning Community Experience

  • 5 - 3 to 4 day immersions over 2.5 years (twice a year - every six months or so)
  • You will leave with an actionable six-month plan to implement where you live, work, and play
  • A combination of instruction and interaction teaching tools and laying a foundation for building a culture of mission in your faith community

A Sample Schedule


  • 2:00 pm - Gathering & Worship
  • 3:00 pm - Teaching (Public Space)
  • 4:30 pm - Team Time, Reflection & Planning (Social Space)
  • 5:30 pm - Last Reflections & Dinner (on site)


  • 9:00 am - Gathering & Worship
  • 9:45 am - Teaching (Public Space)
  • 11:00 am - Team Time, Reflection & Planning (Social Space)
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Huddle (Personal Space)
  • 2:30 pm - Teaching (Public Space)
  • 4:00 pm - Team Time & Planning (Social Space)
  • 5:30 pm - Last Reflections & Dinner (off-site in Community Groups)


  • 9:00 am - Gathering & Worship
  • 9:45 am - Teaching (Public Space)
  • 11:00 am - Team Time, Reflection & Planning (Social Space)
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch & Huddle (Personal Space)
  • 2:00 pm - Team Time & Planning (Social Space)
  • Dinner on-your-own with your team while you develop your six-month action plan


  • 8:00 am - Share Plans & Ministry Time
  • 10:30 am - Worship @ St. Mark's
  • 11:45 am - Boxed Lunch

The Commitment

  • Be present for the bulk of the learning community experiences
  • Be available every other week for a discipling huddle, led by a St. Mark's staff member or ministry leader
  • Consider making an over-and-above donation to the St. Mark's General Fund to seed mission projects for huddles and Community Groups
  • Intentionally launch a huddle or a Community Group in 2019 where you live, work, or play

Thanks to the generous gifts of the St. Mark's family, this experience is offered to women and men who are committed to the entire process and are members of the St. Mark's family (church, preschool, and community partners) on a free-will donation basis. Go to to make your donation online or via text message.

For more information or to register, contact:

  • St. Mark's Family Members (Church, Preschool & Community Partners) - Adriane Nemeth at (630) 584-8638
  • Current or Interested Community Group Leaders at St. Mark's - Sean McAdams at (630) 584-8638
  • All Other Pastors, Congregations & Ministries - Raechel Pfotenhauer at (630) 795-9747

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