PRC with Dan Reiland

Bill Nicoson —  November 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

Vision: Is it really that important?

Vision is everything.

Dan Reiland has spent decades working side by side with some very well-known visionary church leaders. On this Pastors Resource Call, Dan will give us first hand insight into what it’s like to be around people who get it about the deep impact of well communicated vision. We’ll investigate the importance and value of clear vision as it relates to accomplishing God’s mission for the church. He’ll talk about who’s responsible for vision development, what compelling vision looks like, and what it takes to keep the vision flame burning over time. You will NOT want to miss this high-value conversation with Dan!

Dan Reiland is Executive Pastor at 12Stone® Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY.

Dan is best known as a leader with a pastor’s heart and a coach’s instincts. He truly loves the local church, and is described as one of the nation’s most innovative church thinkers. His passion is developing and empowering leaders who want to grow, are willing to take risks, and enjoy the journey.

Dan is married to Patti and they have two kids, Mackenzie and John-Peter, who have both graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. Dan is a lover and collector of fine guitars and in a previous life is pretty sure he was a lead guitarist in a rock band.

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PRC with Brad Leeper

Bill Nicoson —  October 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

Generosity Changes Everything

For many church leaders, this time of the year can be filled with financial anxiety. Time to make budget is running out. Year-end excitement can be replaced with last-minute angst. Your end of year giving can be lackluster, routine or exceptional. Let’s make it exceptional.

Year-end giving is an important part of an overall stewardship strategy. Taking advantage of this natural on-ramp to giving provides the opportunity for you to highlight your vision, celebrate your church’s generosity, and add crucial financial resources allowing you to expand your God-inspired vision.

This Pastor Resource Call will give you five easily implemented steps to guide your planning and execution around year end giving. Start 2017 with more financial resources for your ministry and church.

Brad and his wife Lisa have two delightful adult daughters, Laura and Sarah. Both are married to incredible men who have made their family even better.

Brad earned a Masters in Theology degree from Dallas Seminary and a B.S. in Economics from West Virginia University. He has professional certifications in church risk management and human resources with diverse experience in financial analysis, adult education, cross-cultural missions and strategic planning.

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PRC with Gabe Lyons

Bill Nicoson —  September 16, 2016

Christians Are Called To Redeem Entire Cultures, Not Just Individuals

Many Christians today feel overwhelmed trying to live faithfully in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to their beliefs. As our communities feel the pressure to divide around race, politics, economics, sexuality and an ever-growing list of contentious issues, believers find it harder than ever to hold on to their convictions while treating their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even family members who disagree with respect and compassion.

During our conversation Gabe will share key insights about how to lead with love instead of fear. How to hold to conviction and demonstrate courage while respecting those with whom we disagree. It’s his belief (and the research bears this out) that the majority of Americans are looking for leadership on how to get along, despite differences. This is an incredible opportunity for the church, but will we be prepared to take the lead?

Gabe Lyons is co-author of Good Faith: Being Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme and founder of Q Ideas—a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Called “sophisticated and orthodox” by The New York Times, Q represents the perspective of a new generation of Christians. Additionally, he is author of The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World and co-author of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that revealed the pervasiveness of pop culture’s negative perceptions of Christians. Gabe speaks on cultural issues where faith intersects public life. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.

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PRC with Steve Macchia

Bill Nicoson —  August 19, 2016

Just Say No: Building Margin In Ministry

When’s the last time you said a definitive “no”? Or, is that two letter word simply not a part of your vocabulary? Many of us in ministry don’t know how to utter or stutter the word. Why is it so hard? If we did say no, who would understand, affirm, and/or accept our response? Much of the time when a “no” is stated it comes out of our anger and frustration about one too many requests for our time and energy. Or, we say no because we’ve run out of time to say yes once more. So, when have you said “no” for a good reason, a thoughtful reply that comes from a place of wisdom and strength deep within? We can’t build margin in our lives without a clear sense of calling, giftedness, and reasonable expectations. Let’s dialogue about when, how and why a “no” might be best used a majority of times rather than rarely, or worse yet: never.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Macchia became the founding president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI) on July 1, 2003. LTI is a ministry which focuses on the spiritual formation needs of leaders and the spiritual discernment processes of leadership teams in local church and parachurch ministry settings nationwide. He is the author of several books, including Broken and Whole (IVP, 2016), Outstretched Arms of Grace (LTI Publication, 2015), Path of a Beloved Disciple (LTI Publication, 2014), Wellspring (LTI Publication, 2014), Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way (IVP, 2012), the Baker Best-seller Becoming a Healthy Church.

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PRC with Eric Swanson

Bill Nicoson —  July 29, 2016

How does externally focused ministry influence the evangelistic effectiveness of the church?

Many of the statistics today have the church in decline. We read about the “nones” (those who choose not to identify with any faith tradition) and the exodus of the “dones” (those 2.7 million per year who have been faithful and active church members in the past but now are de-churched by choice). Recent surveys also point to the fact that people attending church only twice a month consider themselves regular attenders. So are there any churches shattering these trends and seeing success in people coming to faith in Christ? You might be surprised.

Eric Swanson is missional lead specialist for Leadership Network. He has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities. His passion is seeing local churches impact spiritual and societal transformation. He is adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and is co-author of four books including The Externally Focused Church and To Transform a City, along with numerous articles.

Eric and his wife Liz have three married children and eight grandchildren, and live just outside of Boulder, CO.

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