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Reflecting over the Weekend

This morning I am sitting in my favorite chair with a freshly brewed cup of coffee as I reflect on the wonderful weekend we experienced in Pendleton, Indiana.  We had the privilege of doing a transition consultation at Pendleton Christian Church just north of Indianapolis the past few days. 

PCC is a tremendous church in the midst of a senior leader transition.  They invited us in to help them transition well.  

If you have been around the Church any length of time I am sure you have a story or two of a church that didn’t transition well from one pastor to the next.  The heart behind our transition consultation process is to help churches transition from pastor to pastor as smooth and seamlessly as possible.

It was truly an honor to work with the staff, elders, and people of PCC as we helped them discover where they are and discern their best path forward.  Transition consultations are about way more than simply helping a church find a new pastor;  they are powerful opportunities for a church to slow down, take a look under the hood, so they can choose the right leader for the unique season they are in as a church community.

I am always amazed at how God shows up in our consultation process.  Every church is unique, and part of our goal in the process is to unearth that uniqueness.  Doing so requires more than assessments, focus groups, and conversations with key leaders. It demands an encounter with the Holy Spirit, it’s the only way we can discern God’s heart for the present and future.

I am beyond thankful that God showed up at PCC the past few days.  We were able to help the church gain greater clarity on where they are at this unique moment in time.  We built a list a some important tasks that need to be accomplished before and after the new pastor arrives.  We also helped them build a profile for what to look for in a new senior leader.

My favorite part of a consultation weekend are moments when light bulbs pop on for people.  It’s a moment when they learn something new or receive confirmation of a feeling they are experiencing, but unable to articulate.  We had several of those moments this weekend.  My favorite at PCC was a side bar conversation after Saturday afternoons training session.  An elder team member raced to the front of the room and grabbed my attention.  His heart was racing and so were his words.  His passion for making disciples who make disciples had been renewed!  Moments like that make what we do even more worth it.

As we finished the second worship gathering on Sunday and shared our recommendations, there was a collective feeling that PCC was more prepared as they fully embrace the task of choosing a new pastor and embark on the next chapter of ministry as a church.

That’s the real impact of our consultation process.  It helps churches understand the story that has been authored and best position them to allow God to author a new and more impactful one in the future. 

So today, I am both thankful and excited.  

I am thankful for what God did this past weekend at PCC.  I am excited to see them find and hire a new pastor.  I am even more excited to watch the story unfold of the many ways God will continue to use Pendleton Christian Church to impact their city and the Kingdom.

There are many churches in the middle of transition simply looking for guidance, our desire is to see more and more churches working towards healthy growth, rather than simply a healthy transition. That is one of the reasons why our weekend at PCC was so impactful! We are more fired up than ever to use our services to strengthen and grow the kingdom.

In 2015, through the generosity of our champions who joined us at our first champions banquet, we were able to offer to scholarships to churches that were otherwise unable to afford a consultation and follow up coaching.  We have periodically updated you with stories of their progress to health.  We are happy to say that we are planning our second champions banquet to equip additional churches to become healthier.  
 
Join us on June 1st in Wichita, KS for our 2017 Champion Banquet during the Church of God national convention! We are looking forward to communicating with you, our champions, and sharing our passion and vision for engaging churches and leaders to become healthy and multiply. We are confident that God can use the work of HGC to expand and grow his kingdom through church consultations and coaching and we want to share our recent stories with you. One of our goals for this year is to be able to give 2 churches partial scholarships for consultations. Please consider giving now to help us kick off this scholarship initiative. 

Tom Planck
Healthy Church Catalyst
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Join us on June 1st in Wichita, KS for our 2017 Champion Banquet during the Church of God national convention! We are looking forward to communicating with you, our champions, and sharing our passion and vision for church consultations. We are confident that God can use the work of HGC to expand and grow his kingdom through church consultations and we want to share our recent stories with you. 

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