Announcing The Master Class Certificate

You live and lead in a white water rapid of cultural change.
Because of this, you cannot afford to simply react to the world around you.

YOU must learn to navigate change.
Because of this, it is critical, in our moment, that Christ following leaders learn to lead from the future.

How can we navigate the undercurrents of change and shape, influence (even create) the future?

The Master Certificate Class in Strategic and Ideational Leadership is designed to equip you to navigate these waters.

The next offering for this Certificate is February 2-6, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. You will gain

  • Frameworks for thinking about the future
  • Tools for anticipating the future
  • Trajectories for creating the future

The Master Class certificate includes either The Certificate in Strategic Leadership or the Certificate in Maximizing Human Capacity.

The Master Class includes additional sessions on Critical Cultural Issues. For example, in our time of rapid change, here are three questions (of many) that are shaping both our cultural and faith narratives. As co-creators with God of the human future, what will your contribution to this story be?


There are more singles today than ever. Divorce rates are high. (So high, for example, in Montreal that, in anticipation of a likely divorce, newly married couples must pay an additional administrative fee to legally change the bride’s name). The acceptance of Gay marriage is changing the meaning and usage of the word marriage.

Young urban affluents write about the negative impact of having children to their personal economics? Others advocate for the ecosystem, as if it were more valuable than future children. Still others write about killing their children, as if it were just another day on the job. One even filmed her abortion to show how enjoyable it was. Future children may be incubated within artificial wombs, raised by nanny-bots, and live out their lives in a world of fewer children.

Tech magazines write about porn as if it were a normal and acceptable (even respectable?) aspect of society. The rise of sensitive robots points to a potential future of unprecedented human-machine relationships.

Mindsets are changing. Rapidly. We often acknowledge how things are change, but do we stop to consider how we are changing.. and being changed?

What is the future of marriage? What is the future of sex? What is the future of the family? What is the future of children?

How might followers of Christ understand the changes that are underway in light of their story? To draw upon biblical imagery, where is the spirit hovering upon the face of the deep, upon the chaos of our present moment?


For millions of years before the rise of humans, living things experienced suffering, pain, and death. Multiple species of humans walked on Earth before the emergence of modern humans. New knowledge of this kind shakes the underpinnings of many who read the Bible as a chronological history.

The rise of Islam brings to the forefront billions of people who believe that God wrote a book. And millions of Christians feel the same way about the Bible that Muslims feel about the Qu’ran.

At the same time, are we hearing rumblings that some western Christ followers will want to distance themselves from both fundamentalist Muslims and Christians? Meanwhile, a conservative and fundamentalist Christianity rises in the developing world and promises to be the global religion of the future.

What might be alternatives for the relationship of the Christ following faith to its scripture? Is the Bible a divine book? Or is this bibliolatry? Is the Bible only human literature? Or is this blasphemy?


In his book, The Post-American World, Fareed Zakariah argued that The United States is no longer the epicenter of global culture. Where might global culture be going? In another book, The Next One Hundred Years, George Friedman argues that the United States will remain the center of the world for the next 100 years.

Where might current trends of immigration, an aging population, and military prowess be leading us? What might North America look like towards the end of the 21st century and how might that impact what we do today?

How can followers of Christ, regardless of geography, frame a Christ following mission for the next century and beyond? What does 21st century discipleship look like in light of massive cultural changes?

Join Alex McManus, author of Makers of Fire, for IMN 2015 in Orlando, Fl on Feb 2-6.
He will discuss, during the Master Class Certificate sessions, the skills necessary to understand and navigate these kinds of rapid cultural changes through the analogy of Making Fire.

IMN 2015

Strategic Leadership (February 3-5)
Human Capacity Mentor (February 3-5)
Master Class Cultural Architect Certificate (February 2-6)


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