Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Transformational Church Training Begins

By Polly House

Three things make a good Transformational Church consultant: a heart for churches, a teachable spirit and total dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Voicing the criteria: Bruce Raley, director of leadership and evangelism training and events at LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Raley has been tasked with organizing the training for individuals who will become Transformational Church consultants.

Sixty-one people attended the first public Transformational Church consultant training at LifeWay's home office in Nashville, Tenn. Four state Baptist conventions -- Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia -- already have hosted Transformational Church consultant training events in their own states.

A Transformational Church, as Raley put it, is one where people become more like Jesus, the church acts more like His body and a community looks more like His Kingdom.

"A Transformational Church consultant doesn't have to be a pastor or an expert in church programs," Raley said. "Anyone who has a heart for the church can be trained to be a consultant."

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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat