Our experience has shown that moving a church’s missions work toward more sustainable solutions takes 3-5 years of hard work on the “inside” with the help of an “outside” resource for 2 years. The biggest reason it takes this much time and support is because the early work of any group of innovators is largely about “proof of concepts.” Missions 3.0 Peer Learning Communities and the staff of Significant Matters provide that “outside” support for churches serious about making sustainability central to their mission’s outcomes. They are designed to allow a small group to learn from one another what works and what doesn’t work through execution. The commitment is to meet for two days, 4 different times over the course of 2 years to listen, learn and share and ultimately develop execution plans for the following 6 months. The length of the overall commitment and the frequency of meetings serve to deepen relationships for networking purposes and push the pace of discovery. Each of the 4 gatherings includes training, extended time for individual teams to work on strategic plans, collective problem solving, group sharing and debriefing. At the end of every gathering we create a video for each church that includes key thoughts and insights along with their Action Plans for the next six months like the one on the right…..