Transforming leadership will help spark the renewal of the centrist church. We help grow first century leaders for the 21st century.
This Commission of the ELCA Southeastern Synod was born out of our vision to become the Great Commission Synod. We equip churches to thrive in a changing world.
The Transformational Leaders Gathering (TLG) is a growing grassroots network of pastors mentoring, sharing, and encouraging each other in new models of ministry for the 21st Century.
There is a great spiritual yearning in this country. This deep yearning has expressed itself in all sorts of “paths” to wisdom. We have moved beyond the time when our culture was predominately Christian in character. In this post-modern era, we have moved beyond secularism. Even scientists and physicians are discovering that reason alone cannot provide the answers to life’s questions. The question is not, “Does God exist” but “In which God will I believe?”
Unfortunately, most of the unchurched are looking everywhere but the Christian church for answers. 80% of the denominational churches in the U.S. are stagnant or in decline. Yet we persist in “doing church” in ways that worked in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
Seminaries are still producing Chaplain Managers when today we need Courageous Leaders. A recent survey by George Barna found only 10% of pastors could articulate God’s vision for the church Pastors are beat up, burned out, and losing their sense of mission. Yet, there are seeds of hope.
A movement is growing in this country to bring the twenty-first century church back to its first century roots. New models of ministry are emerging to create an ancient/modern church. Discipleship is replacing membership, and gift-based ministry teams are replacing committees. TransformingChurch.com is a part of that movement.
After 500 years, it's time for another Reformation. Our community links together leaders hearing and heading this call from the Holy Spirit for renewal. We are partnering with Changing Church Forum and the Joy Leadership Center to move the church back to its first century roots.
We equip congregations to thrive in a changing world. The transformational journey is a lonely one. Breaking out of the status quo always creates turbulence. You can’t leave the comfort zone without some discomfort. Most pastors do not have the experience and skill to lead a change effort. Attempts to transform organizations are painful and often unsuccessful.
This web community is a resource for that lonely journey. We are a gathering place for leaders seeking direction, an oasis in the desert. The Ministry Network connects Christian leaders with coaches and mentors who are a few steps down the road and willing to help. Academy and TLG workshops will grow your network, introduce you to key concepts, and hone your leadership skills. The Toolbox is a database of the best resources to guide and support transformation.
Moses…David…the Disciples…Throughout history, God has called forth unlikely leaders, and empowered them through the wisdom and power of the Spirit. Is He calling you to lead?
Unless we are willing to commit to our own personal transformation, we cannot hope to influence our church to do so. Many pastors have told us, “This is not what I signed on for, and this wasn’t the deal when I went to seminary.” Indeed, the game has changed, and the roles of the pastor and lay leaders must change if we are to adapt to the new realities we face.