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New Driscoll/Acts 29 leadership school features SBC staffers Stetzer, Ware and Allison

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Three staff members of Southern Baptist Convention entities are among eight leaders of a new leadership school being launched by Mars Hill Church, the Seattle, Wash., mega-church co-led by Mark Driscoll.

Bruce Ware, Gregg Allison and Ed Stetzer will join Driscoll, John Piper and Sam Storms on the faculty of the Resurgence Training Center, a 36-hour graduate program in leadership. The faculty also includes executive director Rick Melson and Bill Clem, a leadership coach with the Acts 29 Network. The new school, according to the Mars Hill website, is intended to develop pastoral leaders for 100 new Mars Hill campuses and 1,000 churches started in partnership with the Acts 29 church planting network.

In the school’s course catalog, executive director Rick Melson said the program seeks to train leaders for a “multi-site and church planting movement at Mars Hill Church.”

Ware, who will teach a course entitled “Missional Christology,” and Allison, who will teach ” Missional Ecclesiology,” are both professors of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Stetzer, who will teach “Missional Missiology,” is director of LifeWay Research, a partnership among LifeWay Christian Resources, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board.

The curriculum and educational philosophy of the program — dubbed “Re:Train” — will center on three areas of focus, according to the Mars Hill Church website: Reformed, urban and missional.

Enrollment for the first year of the program was to be limited to no more than 60 students, according to a press release from Mars Hill Church. The Re:Train website notes the school is no longer accepting applications for 2009.

Orientation for the inaugural year was scheduled to be held Aug. 16-20.The first course offering, Ware’s “Missional Christology,” is scheduled to be offered Sept. 18-19.

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