Upcoming PRCs

CPN —  February 16, 2018
  • March 15th PRC will be led by Mark Buchanan
    (with a Dive-In Group following on April 11, 18 and 25; more information available soon)
  • April 26th PRC will be led by Reggie McNeal
  • May 17th PRC will be led by Matt Larsen
More information available soon on these upcoming PRC’s…

PRC with Dan Reiland

Bill Nicoson —  February 15, 2018 — Leave a comment

Clear Vision … Real Execution

We all know that vision is crucial for a church’s sense of purpose and direction. But many churches struggle to take meaningful action steps toward their stated vision. Dan Reiland is a master at knowing how to help church leaders build a culture of implementation throughout the organization. In this PRC, Dan will unpack his process for creating an organization that gets and stays focused on vision implementation.

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 Steve Macchia

Bill Nicoson —  January 25, 2018 — Leave a comment

How Important Is Self-Awareness for Christian Leaders?

John Calvin put it this way, “Nearly all the wisdom which we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.”  St. Augustine once prayed, “Grant, Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know Thee.” Consider this too: “Self-awareness is our only defense against self-deception.” No matter how you slice it, without clarity in regards to our awareness of self, we will not fully know the true God who created us in the first place. And, discovering the truth about ourselves is only possible through the work of the Spirit in our lives…and our willingness to prayerfully receive the input of others.

Rick Anderson and Steve Macchia, from Leadership Transformations, have been coming alongside pastors, leaders and teams for many years. They help leaders get to know the true God and their true selves with a strong conviction that both are necessary for the sanctifying process of transformation. They will lead us in this important discussion on Thursday, January 25 at 11am CST and introduce us to a self-awareness tool that they have found to be extremely fruitful in spiritual formation work with Christian leaders. Rick Anderson serves as Senior Vice President and Steve Macchia is the Founder and President of Leadership Transformations.

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), and the Baker Best-seller Becoming a Healthy Church.

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PRC with Carol Childress

Bill Nicoson —  December 14, 2017

The Power of Internal Culture

The internal culture of a church is the most important social reality within the church. Often more powerful than vision, mission, strategy or doctrine, it is deep, complex, difficult to articulate and largely unseen because so much of it is “below the water line.” A church can have the right vision, mission, strategy or doctrine but if the internal culture is not aligned with those elements, the best efforts to live into vision, execute against mission and strategy, and preach and teach doctrine will be thwarted by its internal culture.

If you can’t figure out where you are stuck or not sure what obstacles are in the way of creating the culture you want in your church then join us for this informational and timely Pastors Resource Call. One of the most important skill sets that a 21st century pastor must have is the ability to lead and manage change. Changing a church’s internal culture is difficult because it requires altering the behavior of both individuals and the church itself.

Carol Childress is the founder of the carolchildress group, a consulting practice that helps leaders and organizations understand today and lead for tomorrow. Gifted in bringing clarity to complex issues, Carol is known for her ability to help leaders “connect the dots” and enable organizations to craft strategic direction, navigate change, and process transition in the 21st century world. A trusted advisor, experienced consultant, frequent speaker and workshop leader, Carol has worked with church leaders in every region of the U.S. as well as selected international areas.

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PRC with Brian Newman

Bill Nicoson —  November 16, 2017

Outreach in an Age of Radicalism

The gospel is meant for every people group in the world without exception, since all are made in God’s image and are specially designed for relationship with him.

Across the world there are an estimated 1 billion Muslims who are considered unreached (less than 2% of the human race are known Christians). Of those, there are over 1,000 Muslim people groups that remain completely unengaged (having no known Christians among them). If you are searching for help in how you can love Muslims well along with other unreached people groups this call is designed for you.

Our Resource person for this call is Brian Newman. Brian grew up in a secular, cultural Jewish family on Long Island (outside New York City). His family celebrated the Jewish holidays, he was bar mitzvah, but he was a functional agnostic. At 20 years old as a college student Brian had a dramatic conversion to Christ, which launched him into a life of serving God overseas for 20 years and now in the United States. He has worked In Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere for over 25 years.

In 2011, Brian founded The Isaac-Ishmael Initiative to bring together the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At a time when Christians, Muslims, and Jews are in conflict around the world, he believes there is a way forward together.

Brian has earned two Master of Arts degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary – one in multi-cultural studies and the other in theology.

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