RESHAPING CHURCH is an intentional, guided process to support congregations and leaders who seek to make the most of this unique moment in time and transform a season of uncertainty and crisis into an opportunity for clarity, growth, transformation, and mission. Maybe you are wondering, “What is God doing in these days? Who are we as a people of God? Where is God calling us to serve? How can we become all that God purposes us to be?” If your church is asking and seeking answers to questions like these, RESHAPING CHURCH is for you.
You can join the RESHAPING CHURCH movement by reading through Advent with us. “Preparing to Hear God’s Call” is a downloadable e-devotional that can be found by clicking below to view or to print. May your Advent be blessed!
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is this: pastoring in a pandemic changes everything.
When Central Seminary received a $1 million Thriving Congregations grant from Lilly Endowment at year-end 2019 and engaged Pinnacle Leadership Associates as a collaborative partner, church life felt comfortably familiar. Most certainly, the US religious landscape had changed in recent decades, but nothing could have prepared us for the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for congregations and their leaders.
While we were eager to come alongside pastors and churches to partner with them toward flourishing, the pandemic pressed us to reconsider our approach to congregational transformation and leadership. In effect, we were required to “shelter in place” and put our ideas on hold. These weeks of waiting proved useful for clarifying our own ideas about leadership while we learned from faith leaders in the field who were innovating and adapting week by week in response to local restrictions and recommendations aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus.
What emerged out of this season was the conviction that churches and pastors need both resources and support as they respond to increasing volatility in our world. RESHAPING CHURCH includes congregational resources and support in the form of coaching and peer church clusters. In 2021 twelve churches and their pastors will begin the RESHAPING CHURCH process together with a team from Central Seminary and Pinnacle Leadership Associates, and we will offer similar opportunities in 2022, 2023, and 2024 for sixteen congregations each year. To learn more about the RESHAPING CHURCH opportunity, contact Angela Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-667-5741).