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July 2021 Digest

7 Traits for Thriving in the 21st Century
Missional Focus and Missional Fervor

Missional Focus: Tourist, Traveler or Pilgrim?
By Bill Wilson
"Churches are prone to wander because we Christ-followers are prone to wander. Don’t you feel it? The burgeoning distractions of the day combined with our shorter and shorter attention spans create churches that dabble in their faith journey rather than genuinely embark upon it."  Read more . . .
Missional Fervor: Telling Our Story
By Matt Cook
Does the name Kirk Christiansen mean anything to you? Did you play with hand crafted wooden toys as a kid or did you play with Legos?  Learn from the story of how Kirk Christiansen changed the way he made toys to meet the needs of the children he served.  Learn how to apply lessons learned to your congregation as you evaluate what drives your missional service.  Read here . . .

How a Big Steeple Church Becomes a Mission Church … Again
By Barry Howard
When you contemplate your city, town, or community and your church's relationship to it, what is the prevailing thought.  In this article, Barry Howard tells the amazing journey of one Atlanta, GA church that is reimagining who they are and where they fit in the corner of the Kingdom God has given to them.  Read here . . .
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The Changing Church Webinar Series

The Center for Healthy ChurchesThe Church Network, The Presbyterian FoundationBaptist News GlobalTruett Seminary, Pneumatrix, The Lake InstituteMinistering to MinistersGardner-Webb University, and the Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University are offering weekly webinars to help equip ministers and the congregations they serve to respond to the growing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. For more information please visit our website.

WHEN: Thursdays 11 AM EST (approximately 40 minutes)
WHERE: Zoom (;
WHO: Ministers in local congregations
WHAT: Content will be focused on meeting the practical needs of congregations
COST: Free

Registration is required.
LIVE! September 13-16, 2021 Nashville, TN.

S.T.E.P.™ (Strategic Transition Education Program)

CHC and Belmont University, Moench Center for Church Leadership are pleased to announce a new S.T.E.P.™ Training session on September, 13-16, 2021 on the campus of Belmont University.  

S.T.E.P.™ (Strategic Transition Education Program), the next generation in interim ministry training is based on the principles developed by Russell Crabtree in Transition Apparitions: Why Much of What We Know about Pastoral Transitions Is Wrong. Crabtree uses an evidence-based approach that shows a one-size-fits-all approach ignores the uniqueness of each congregation.
Cost for LIVE training is $1,500.00 for 4 days.  Lunch will be provided Monday - Wednesday and breakfast on Thursday. 

For more information, contact: Bill Owen 
 Location details will be provided to registrants.

Registration is required. 


Endorsed by Russ Crabtree

Author of: Transition Apparitions, Owl Sight, Fly in the Ointment, & Elephant in the Boardroom

“At last, an interim pastor training has been developed that integrates 20th century tools into an evidenced- based approach and promises more effective pastoral transitions for thousands of churches in the future. STEP (Strategic Transition Education Program) has realized the vision that I conceived twenty years ago: integrating organizational intelligence with other first-rate methodologies to facilitate succession processes that are site-specific. In addition, Dr. Keli Rugenstein has fused her training approach with a proven asset-based model to create a process that I believe is unique in the field. I'm proud to say that S.T.E.P. ™ has taken the best of my 20 years of work in the area of pastoral transitions and developed it into a system of instruction that constitutes a watershed opportunity in transition ministry.” 

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