Our current cultural earthquake
Life and mission is already hard enough for those who want to take their faith seriously and live as disciples of Jesus. But after the cultural shock waves of the past few years, it's even more difficult.
Communities and churches are fracturing under the influence of a resurgent Christian nationalism and unwillingness to face the legacy and lingering effects of racism and colonialism.
Many people, feeling disoriented and betrayed, find themselves questioning and needing to deconstruct the faith they inherited.
Trying to follow Jesus and live faithfully in the midst of this cultural earthquake feels increasingly impossible for many. Many Christians are feeling alienated from the communities that nurtured them in faith as they wrestle with how to live from a place of honesty and integrity.
What if you didn't need to do it alone?
But what if you didn’t have to do it alone? What if there were other people wrestling with these same issues, wanting to learn how to follow Jesus and live with integrity?
Since 2015, through training, coaching, discipling, writing, podcasting, gatherings, and Zoom calls, Gravity has been bringing people together for honest, meaningful, and generative conversations where we all learn together in real time how to take love seriously as the center of our life and mission.
So much unexpected wisdom has come out of our community in these kinds of conversations, so we’ve been wanting to find more ways for people in the Gravity orbit to connect with each other, share with each other, learn from each other, and invest in each other.
Join us in the Gravity Commons
So we created the Gravity Commons to give us a place to gather and learn together. And we want you to be part of it. The Gravity Commons offers:
A way to stay connected and learn with other practitioners who are on a similar journey
A place to get new ideas in discipleship and missional living, and share your own
A way to give and receive with others in community, learning from one another
A safe place to wrestle honestly with thorny questions of faith and culture and discipleship
A place to share your story and encourage others as you hear their stories
A place to receive wisdom from other practitioners, as well as leading experts and teachers
In my advocacy work, I became more settled in knowing that my identity, security and belonging is in Christ and not what other people say or what I do or what I have. my view of God has changed and it has been so life-giving for me!Carol Vanderstoep, retired teacher
Gravity helped me learn a better way to see and understand the work of God in my life, and their discipleship process concretely puts the focus on how God is at work in the lives of everyone involved and not merely on learning more facts about God.Michael Dean, teacher and pastor
Gravity taught me a way to curiously explore my inner world and how my emotions are tied to what God is doing in and through me.Dan Hauser, manager
Gravity has given me a different way of thinking about discipleship and being the Church, and through the regular connection with people outside of my normal contexts, I've been able to learn from others with different backgrounds and convictions.Ivy Linger, home educator and art teacher
What's included in your membership
Becoming a member of the Gravity Commons gives you access to 4 ways of connecting with the Gravity team and other commons members each month:
Gravity Commons LIVE
Chat live with our podcast guests and other Commons members during a live podcast recording, and participate in a real-time Q&A with our podcast guest afterward, allowing your concerns and voice to shape our conversations.
Practitioner Learning Lab
A live Zoom call each month to help us get practical about “how to actually do this stuff” together, often taking the content from a Gravity Commons LIVE and seeking to actualize it into concrete practices you can implement in your context.
Live check-ins and practice sessions hosted by Gravity coaches where Commons members can connect with and encourage each other, share stories, process Kairoses, and hone their listening and discernment skills.
A confidential, safe place for leaders to share questions and challenges about life and ministry, and receive support, encouragement, and guidance from other Commons members and Gravity coaches.
BONUSES: Resource Library and Discounts
Your membership in the Gravity Commons also includes unlimited access to our growing Resource Library of audio and video courses, podcasts, and learning labs, as well as special pricing for our coaching and training services.
All our online courses
Unlimited access to all our courses, past and future, including 30 Days to Jumpstart Your Life on Mission, Preaching For Transformation, and more
Learning Lab Recordings
Access to recordings of all 30+ of our past Learning Labs, Zoom calls that provide coaching and discussion on practical issues of life and faith
Access to all past and future Practitioner Podcast episodes: vulnerable, personal content exclusively for for Gravity Commons members
Discounts on Everything
Special discounted pricing on all Gravity training products and services, including coaching, live workshops, consulting, and books
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to a few common questions about the Gravity Commons
Will you record the meetings?
Yes! Every Live Podcast Q&A and Practitioner Learning Lab will be recorded and available forever for all Commons members to view at their convenience. Some Member Meetups will be recorded, but some won't (depending on the topic of discussion).
How much time will this take?
It depends on what elements you participate in, and how often. The monthly Live Podcast Q&A and Practitioner Learning Lab are 75 minutes each, Member Meetups are typically 45-90 minutes each, and you can dip into the Discussion Forum at your convenience.
When will the meetings be scheduled?
We will be experimenting with a number of different meeting times to see what works best for our podcast guests, coaches, and members.
What if I sign up and it doesn’t work for me?
If you sign up, but find that the Gravity Commons isn't a good fit for you right now, we've got you covered. Monthly members can quit at any time, and we offer a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee for yearly members if you're not satisfied with the Commons.
I am not a pastor. Will this benefit me?
Absolutely! The Gravity Commons is designed for the "everyday" Christian. We've got business people, stay-at-home parents, school teachers, and small groups leaders, as well as pastors and missionaries.
What kind of tech will I need?
The Live Podcast Q&A can be accessed using a simple web browser (there's also a smartphone app), and the Practitioner Learning Labs and Member Meetups will be Zoom calls
What happens after I sign up?
When you click the registration button, you'll be taken to the checkout page, where you'll create or login to your account, and give your payment information. After that, you'll get an email from us about how to connect with the Gravity Commons.
Can a group use one registration?
No. The Gravity Commons is designed for a single use license per subscription. We have kept it affordable and we appreciate you respecting this request. If you're interested in how a group could participate with Gravity, you can email email@example.com.
Sign up now to connect and learn with us in the Gravity Commons!
Get connected to other practitioners and start learning and growing today. Sign up for the Gravity Commons with monthly payments of $25, or annual payments of $250.
1 Gravity Commons LIVE each month
1 Practitioner Learning Lab each month
Opportunity to join Member Meetups
Access to all our online courses
Discounts on workshops and coaching
1 Gravity Commons LIVE per month
1 Practitioner Learning Lab per month
Opportunity to join Member Meetups
Access to all our online courses
Discounts on workshops and coaching
1) Gravity Commons LIVE
Your membership in the Gravity Commons includes access to a Gravity Commons LIVE session each month, a live podcast recording with Q&A afterward exclusively for Commons members.
Every month we'll convene a live conversation for the Gravity Leadership Podcast on an important topic with guests we find helpful, provocative, insightful, or fascinating.
During the podcast recording, you'll be able to interact with the hosts, guests, and other Gravity Commons members via chat during the podcast recording, and afterward we will host a live Q&A with our guests where you can ask questions and interact with our guests.
These conversations will form the basis for our Practitioner Learning Lab later in the month.
2) Practitioner Learning Lab
Your membership in the Gravity Commons includes access to our Practitioner Learning Lab each month.
Each month we'll host a live Practitioner Learning Lab via Zoom to help us get practical about “how to actually do this stuff” together.
Often we'll be taking the content from a Gravity Commons LIVE conversation and seeking to actualize it into concrete practices you can implement in your context. We will offer a practice or habit for consideration and see where the discussion takes us.
These kinds of environments are where the wisdom of our community comes out!
3) Member Meetups
Your membership in the Gravity Commons includes access to all Member Meetups each month.
Member Meetups are live check-ins and practice sessions hosted by Gravity coaches where Commons members can connect with, encourage, and learn from each other.
Some Member Meetups are spaces to share stories and process Kairoses. Others are "practice sessions" where Commons members can hone their listening and discernment skills.
Member Meetups will continue to evolve as the Commons grows, so there are probably Meetups we haven't thought of yet!
4) Discussion Board
Your membership in the Gravity Commons includes access to our online Discussion Board.
The Discussion Board is a confidential, safe place for leaders to share questions and challenges about life and ministry, and receive support, encouragement, and guidance from other Commons members and Gravity coaches.
Commons members can use the Discussion Board to ask all kinds of questions, find others in their geographical area, connect with others with similar interests, and create new Member Meetup opportunities.
The Gravity Leadership folk are the real deal. Taking Jesus as their primary reference point, they help churches develop discipleship practices that can go to scale. Thumbs up!Alan Hirsch, author and missional pioneer