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Pursuing Partnership:Men and Women Leading Together

March 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - March 22, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

Missio Nexus ’24’ series:  Kansas City, MO    Hosted by Avant Ministries
(registration closes March 13, or sooner if full)

Pursuing Partnership: Men and Women Leading Together

*Creating Pathways for Women in Organizational Leadership
*Reducing Unintended Barriers to Women’s Participation
*Organization Culture Shifts that Help Men and Women Flourish as They Work Together

’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 over 24 hours in a face-to-face setting allowing attendees to quickly gain new insights, build relationships, and grow together on relevant topics and issues.

  • Limited to 15 people for more focused interaction and hands on planning (limit to 2 people from any one organization, but 2 colleagues attending together is encouraged for maximum benefit and reporting back)
  • 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 event

Facilitated by Ms. Wendy Wilson, Dr. Rob Dixon, and Dr. Leanne Dzubinski  *
*More about our facilitators below

Event Specifics:

Facilitators 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 and/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?
  • 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?
  • What characteristics of organizational culture best support men and women working together in leadership?

We will explore the structure of gender bias in the workplace, including the 6 primary unconscious gender bias barriers and multiple subcomponents of each barrier. These barriers 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)

Registration: $100 

Tues/Wed, March 21-22, 2023   
March 21, noon to 8pm (including lunch/dinner) to March 22, 8:30am to noon (concluding with lunch)
Register and pay online through the link in the top right corner of this page. (Notation for Partnerships – Mar 2023)  If mailing payment after registering, make check payable to Women’s Development Track    PO Box 894   Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816. 

If you have your own accommodations in the area, the cost for the noon-noon event is $100, which includes lunch-dinner on Tues and lunch on Wed. If you are coming from outside the area and would like to stay at the Avant Guest Facility overnight for the 21st, the cost is $150, which includes airport shuttle from MCI (Kansas City, MO). Please indicate your choice, your need for airport transport, and pay in the registration form.

For questions please email Wendy@WomensDevelopmentTrack.com

*  More about your facilitators:

Leanne M. Dzubinski, Ph.D. is acting dean and associate professor of intercultural education in the Cook School of Intercultural Studies. Before that, she spent 20 years as a missionary, working in evangelism, church planting, and education in Europe. Dr. Dzubinski earned a BA from Emory University, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD in from the University of Georgia. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of Women in the Mission of the Church: Their Opportunities and Obstacles throughout Christian History and Playing by the Rules: How Women Lead in Evangelical Mission Organizations.

Dr. Rob Dixon has served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 26 years, and currently works as a Senior Fellow with the InterVarsity Institute. Rob holds a Doctor of Intercultural Studies degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his book, Together in Ministry: Women and Men in Flourishing Partnerships, was published in September 2021 from InterVarsity Press Academic. Rob spends his time training, coaching, and consulting on the topic of women and men in partnership, and he has enjoyed his interactions with organizations such as Missio Nexus, the Reformed Church in America, Wycliffe, ECO Presbyterian, and others. In his free time, Rob enjoys long runs, hanging out with his family, and adjunct teaching at Fresno Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Ms. Wendy Wilson expresses her joy and privilege as envisioning and equipping women to bring their gifts fully into the grand calling of the Great Commission.  With a BBA from Texas A&M University, and an MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary, Wendy has led inter-mission and inter-confessional equipping efforts for 38 years, having lived and traveled abroad for most of those years. Having 20 years of executive leadership experience in missions, Wendy serves the Missio Nexus membership as Mission Advisor for Development of Women. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the collaborative Women’s Development Track (WomensDevelopmentTrack.com.)

Register by: March 13 (closes sooner if full)

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March 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
March 22, 2023 @ 12:00 pm


Wendy Wilson
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Kansas City, MO