Fall 2014

Lake Erie Classis and South Grand Rapids Classis are coming together to have greater impact in cities.

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A missional community at a Denver light rail station is growing by leaps and bounds, with more than 20 adult baptisms over the last year. Much of the growth is happening in the homeless community.

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It began as a journey of discovery in how to become more effective in leadership.

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We didn’t just go there to see what beauty these lands have to offer but to see what trials they both face for peace. 

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It's 7:30 on a Thursday morning. The usual suspects are getting their coffee and a pastry and settling in around a table in a conference room at First Reformed Church of Schenectady, New York.

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God doesn't just give a mission to the church, God calls the church to live their whole lives on mission. The Ridder process helps congregations to reorient themselves toward following that call.

I’ve wondered what it looks like to equip leaders for the church. What does it take to develop leaders for today and for tomorrow? Does it require fancy programs? Are small groups a must? This past June at General Synod my questions were answered in an unexpected way.

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Every time we gather, we realize that we in pastoral leadership truly need each other. We can’t do this ministry gig alone.

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Were you told, as I was, that there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? I once set out, as a little boy, trudging on my little legs, to find the pot of gold. But no sooner did I get off our yard than my mother came and marched me back home. And when I looked over my shoulder, the rainbow had disappeared. There went my gold.

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Thirty churches will kick off the first three Transformed & Transforming leadership communities this fall.

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