What are TMF learning communities?

TMF facilitates learning communities, comprised of a diversity of innovators, to provide opportunities for self-directed learning and networking in order to build courage to become agents of God-inspired change. Explore a sampling of our learning communities.


Courageous Leadership Imperative (CLI)

CLI cooperates with the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) Foundations and has support from the Lilly Endowment. TMF's Leadership Ministry offers CLI as a learning network for courageous leaders. The purpose of CLI is to embolden leaders who are able to stand at what Richard Rohr has called “the edge of the inside.”

CLI is one of many creative ways we are inviting church leaders to expand imagination, develop resilience, and innovate for the sake of mission. Learn More.

Deep Change Group

Deep Change

Deep Change is facilitated by Mike Bonem and comprised of executive associates in larger churches who have responsibility for implementing deep change in and through their church.

"When I saw Mike Bonem’s book, Leading from the Second Chair, I read it and it finally felt like someone understood my role. His book affirmed my call...” Laurinda Kwiatkowski noted. “What I have learned and the ways in which I have grown through TMF's Deep Change group hold the possibility to impact the lives of many people. This learning is not meant to be confined to me, I am blessed with this opportunity for growth and learning and that is shared with a 6,000 member congregation."

Conference Leadership Directors

Conference Leadership Directors

Conference Leadership Directors facilitated by John Thornburg is comprised of cabinet-level conference staff who have responsibility for leadership development and who are making significant shifts toward the adaptive leadership needed for the church’s mission today.

These leaders represent multiple conferences and jurisdictions; they also represent different roles within their conferences, but their call to adaptive leadership to amplify mission is consistent.

Hear from leaders as they share the impact TMF's learning communities have had on their ministries.

These communities have provided peer support and creative outlets to discuss challenges and opportunities that leaders are facing in the mission field right now. As Rev. Dr. Paul Escamilla explains, "TMF has been tilling the faith for a long, long time and in this arena of leadership development, they have the vocabulary and vision for what that is going to mean for the church in the next generation."

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