A learning community
One of the key components of the M4 team process is the learning community gathering. The purpose of this gathering is to help the teams evaluate what they have done so far, learn from the speakers as well as from each other, experience God together, as well as plan what they will be doing moving forward.
A learning community is a collaborative process where key people have the best conversations around the most important topics that will bring about the desired results.
There is content presented before the gathering as well as some during the gathering targeting specific learning goals. There are various exercises and ample time for discussions to ensure that the content is properly understood. Once the teams have clarity on what they feel God has spoken to them, they create an action plan for the next 6 months that will help them be obedient to God’s promptings.
Everyone comes with the following attitudes
Leave your work, personal and other things behind, focus where you are.
Sense of discovery
We are here to learn and we can learn something from everyone.
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Work for solutions
We talk about our challenges and problems with the goal of solving them, not complaining.
Teacher vs. student
We are all teachers and students, giving and taking.
Throughout the learning community participants navigate between these 4 realities:
- What was: processing and learning from the past
- What is: discussing the current reality
- What could be: dreaming about the possibilities of the future
- What will be: committing together to what God wants them to do
The facilitator is the person who ensures this process starts well, flows smoothly, and ends with each team having clarity on what they will be doing for the next 6 months.
The facilitator is the person who leads a weekend gathering, and by that, is responsible for leading through the entire process and giving necessary information at the right time. It is very important that the facilitator knows the process well, and has a clear understanding of where they want to lead the process.
A facilitator is someone who helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan how to achieve these objectives; in doing so, the facilitator remains "neutral" meaning they do not take a particular position in the discussion. This is the role of a facilitator in M4. The role is there to help each team have the best and most important conversations they could around the most important topics that will bring about the desired results. Of course the facilitator is not responsible for this, but the main goal is to create an atmosphere, draw boundaries, give information, establish safety and be available so that this could happen.