The Lenses Institute
The Lenses Institute for church and parachurch leaders is designed to equip leaders from a broad range of ministerial disciplines. We equip pastors, elders, church boards, lay-leaders, church support staff, campus ministers, domestic and international missionaries, ministry support staff, and many others. In John 17 Jesus states that our greatest apologetic to an unbelieving and divided world, is loving one another and truly being one. As it relates to race, power, culture, and ethnicity, the church has a beautiful, tragic, and not-yet-finished journey of becoming one. The world continues to grow in conflict and complexity at the convergence of race, power, culture, and ethnicity. We hold the hope of a better story. Are we ready?
The Lenses Institute for church and parachurch leaders is a five-day intensive training platform that aims to help the Church fight for oneness by influencing the way Christian leaders see, understand, and act in our ethnically and culturally diverse world. Through a mixed-media curriculum, our facilitators address the intellect, heart, and hands of the participants, with a desired hope that each cohort member experience personal, and thus corporate transformation. During the Institute we consider the following:
A Biblical picture of unified diversity, or oneness, in the kingdom of God.
Jesus’ life and ministry across cultures.
Our own lenses which define how we see, understand, and act in our world. These lenses are shaped by our own ethnic identity, cultural context, family background, national history, and personal experiences.
How these lenses shape the way we think about and minister to the various people in our homes, our churches, our communities, and the world.
The Institute seeks to help participants tackle the challenges of seeing, loving, and serving people the way God does. God is not a colorblind God. We have been intentionally hand-crafted in different shapes, colors, sizes, genders, and with a multitude of cultures and ethnicities. Our goal is not to be ‘colorblind’ but instead to see the beauty of God in the diversity of God’s people. In order to be one, as Jesus said we would be in John 17, we must learn to celebrate and learn from the experience of one another.
While the Lenses Institute is a training platform, it is also a movement. The Institute is a made up of a collective we. The we includes the Lenses Group, all of our local partners, cultural guides, expert practitioners, and all the ministry leaders that have completed the Institute. As co-learners and co-laborers we trumpet God’s vision for oneness.
Ultimately, the Lenses Institute equips leaders to see, understand, and act.
The Lenses Group also offers individualized consulting to churches and parachurch ministries. Our consulting offerings are different than the Institute in that they are tailor-made to fit the needs and goals of the hiring entity.
If you are interested in learning more about the consulting opportunities we offer or would like to inquire about a quote for your respective goals, please email the Lenses Group using the form on the right.