The Order of Elders planning team and the Academy of Leadership Excellence, have announced that the annual Gathering of Elders will be Tuesday, March 1, at Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh. Alan Hirsch, the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, will speak on “ReJesus and the Shape of Things to Come.” Because of the joint nature of this event, pre-registration is necessary as well as a registration fee of $25. Normally, the fee for this event is $75, but the Order will be helping to cover the cost. Registration needs to be made no later than Monday, Feb. 21. Register online at www.theafle.org. Also, be sure to indicate that you are a Provisional Elder or Elder in the NC Annual Conference to receive the reduced registration rate of $25. Alan Hirsch, is an internationally recognized leader and, with Michael Frost, co-author of the ground-breaking best-seller, ReJesus and The Shaping of Things to Come. They contend that if the heart of the Christian leader is Jesus-centered, then all ministry will be seen through the eyes of Jesus. If this is done, then ministry will be transformed by a radical paradigm shift. The traditional attractional style that assumes that “if we build it they will come,” will be replaced by a missional mode that moves the ministries of God’s people into the hub of life; that puts Christians and not-yet-Christians shoulder-to-shoulder in lengthy partnerships; that thinks of ministries not in terms of strategies but in terms of people and places. In short, the driving force behind this innovative approach to ministry is to “ReJesus” the church. Alan Hirsch will provide a practical, nuts-and-bolts leadership guide of how to bring about this radical missional paradigm shift.