The primary function of this guide is to cultivate and curate a community of practice that shares a common vision and language in our efforts to develop incarnational leaders. It is the fruit of nearly 30 years of shared practice by a global network of urban leaders.
The ITF is a framework, not “THE” framework, and in that sense is descriptive, not prescriptive. It is not a program, nor does it seek to compete with the various best practices of city transformation movements. It is designed to help shape and form a wide variety of curricula and programmatic models.
It is incarnational and therefore entirely contextual. No two cities are alike, and the principles of the training framework are applied uniquely in different contexts. It assumes the Spirit is always at work in our cities inviting us to pay attention and participate. The task of leadership and city-serving organizations is to discern the Spirit’s movement in a given place and time, and to call others to participate in practical ways.
The Incarnational Training Framework functions as a diagnostic tool that helps leaders and organizations examine their own approach to urban transformation in light of the Incarnation. The framework is structured to help leaders/organizations undergo three key paradigm shifts:
- Message: A Way of Seeing—Does your message call people from scarcity to abundance?
- Method: A Way of Doing—Does your method call people from theory to practice?
- Manner: A Way of Being—Does your manner call people from rivalry to peacemaking?
Ultimately the ITF is designed to free the messenger to love their city and seek its peace.