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Missio Nexus ’24’ Affinity Group: Creating Pathways (and Reducing Barriers) for Women In Organizational Leadership

December 4 @ 6:00 pm - December 5 @ 6:00 pm

December 4-5, 2017        Ross Point Conference Center     Post Falls, ID

Missio Nexus ’24’ Affinity Group:
Creating Pathways (and Reducing Barriers) for Women In Organizational Leadership

To Register, go directly to www.MissioNexus.org/events and scroll down the calendar to the Dec 4-5 offering.  

What is a ’24’?
’24’ is a small gathering of Missio Nexus members who are focused on exploring and growing together around a specific affinity. ’24’ will take place in a face-to-face setting allowing attendees to quickly gain new insights, build relationships, and grow together on relevant topics and issues.

  • 24 hours (Starts with dinner on Dec 4. Ends after dinner on Dec 5.)
  • Limited to 15 people for more focused interaction and hands on planning (limit to 2 people from any one organization)
  • Working retreat atmosphere
  • Learn with and from your colleagues
  • Spiritual reflection
  • Leave with new relationships and insight
  • Opportunities for ongoing cohort learning and interaction following 24

Workshop Description
As many entities desire to involve more women in their leadership structures (field or executive roles), what might be unintended barriers and unrecognized opportunities in this direction? Why do these gifted women seem so hard to find? And when we find them, why do they seem hesitant to step forward? How can we create more avenues to find, develop, support, and retain more gifted women to bring the perspective and talent that we desire for our organizations?

We will explore 30 areas of unconscious gender bias that have been identified through research and are commonly (and often surprisingly) at play in the ways we function. As we identify those unintended barriers that may be at work in our own organizational cultures, we are free to think creatively about removing and replacing them with processes that more accurately reflect our goals and help us accomplish our mission.

We will also consider a variety of organizational practices that can help us move toward organizational cultures that invite, develop, and support women with leadership gifts and experience. By discussing several case studies from evangelical organizations that have grappled successfully with these issues, we can begin to cultivate readiness, embrace desired change, and establish ongoing pathways to bring the gifts of women more fully to bear alongside their brothers in Christ. The Image of God displayed and at work!

Who is this for?

  • Mission Organization Decision-Makers (Executive Level, HR/Personnel)
  • Field Staff Leadership
  • Church leadership (Pastors, Elders, Dir. of Ops/Personnel)

Types of Scenarios

  • Due to retirements, an international mission director is facing leadership needs at the executive and field level. As recommendations came in from within the mission he noticed that they were all men. He knew that there were gifted women in the mission, some who had actually been filling vacancies practically, so why weren’t they on the list?
  • A large mission organization began a serious evaluation of their leadership traditions. As they looked at their Board, executive leadership and field leadership teams, they recognized that there were no women bringing needed perspective to their goals and challenges, though over half of their mission staff were women with often untapped gifts. How did this develop and how might it change?
  • A CEO had a list of men and women who were experts in a variety of fields and he hoped to tap them to offer that expertise in a leadership conference. By the time he had made his way through the invitations, very few women accepted though they were highly qualified. He found this puzzling . . . and frustrating!
  • Others participants bring!


Dr. Leanne Dzubinski (Cook School of Intercultural Studies – Biola) and Ms. Wendy Wilson (Missio Nexus Mission Advisor – Development of Women) will lead us in a day of interaction around understanding what is happening in both the research and changing expectations around men and women working together in leadership. What do we have to gain or lose by actively pursuing a more effective blend of men and women working together at the leadership level? We will engage questions and interaction, and make progress on developing effective processes for your own scenario.

  • Are the issues traditional, theological or practical?
  • What can be easily changed (once recognized) and what is more challenging?
  • What might a helpful organizational readiness process look like toward bringing more women into leadership?
  • How might expectations be different between home office leadership, field staff, supporting churches?

Event Venue and Schedule:
Begin with dinner at 5:30pm on Monday, December 4th.
End with dinner on Tuesday, December 6th at 6pm.  (Optional session after dinner on Tues if group desires!)

  * 2 night stay and registration – $300.00 member price/ $500 non-member price
*For local attenders to attend without housing – $225 member price/$425 non-member price
(Price is based on double occupancy.  Single supplement $50/night.)
*4 Meals included – Monday dinner through Tuesday dinner

Flights into GEG (Spokane) should arrive by 4pm on Monday and can depart anytime Wed morn, Dec 6 (most morning flights are very early!)

The event is being hosted at the Ross Point Conference Center on the beautiful Spokane River about 30 minutes from the Spokane, WA airport – Spokane International Airport (GEG). Most flights come in to Spokane International (GEG) mid-afternoon and depart early morning.

The conference center is 30 minutes from the airport.  If you prefer not to rent a car, shared shuttle service is available door to door for $55 per van.  (208/667-9000).

To Register, go directly to www.MissioNexus.org/events and scroll down the calendar to the Dec 4-5 offering.

Register by: October 15, 2017

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December 4 @ 6:00 pm
December 5 @ 6:00 pm


Wendy Wilson


Ross Point Camp and Conference Center
820 S Ross Point Rd
Post Falls, ID 83854 United States
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