Sunday, January 20, 2013

Leadership Coaching Project
A coaching experience for clergy and church staff 

March 4-6, 2013 (followed by 6 months of coaching)
Churchnet is collaborating with the Transformed by the Spirit Leadership Center of Central Baptist Theological Seminary and Pinnacle Leadership Associates to offer a coaching experience for pastors and church staff.

Trainers provided by Pinnacle Leadership Associates
Although attending retreats and conferences are inspirational and restful, few of those experiences result in transformation.  The Leadership Coaching Project is a coaching experience for clergy and church staff designed to facilitate growth and change over a six-month period.  Our goal is to help clergy and church staff raise their leadership effectiveness around specific leadership competencies.
Monday, 2:00 p.m. to Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.

$775/person + $170 Room and Board
$500/person + $170 Room and Board for CBTS Students
Churchnet Scholarship: Churchnet is offering a $275 scholarship to reduce the cost for Missouri pastors and church staff.  Contact (888) 420-2426 or for information.

Savior Pastoral Center
12601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas 66109 (directions)

Visit the event registration page to register online for this learning opportunity, or contact Heather Entrekin, 913.667.5709 or 
Registration is limited, so please register early.   Deadline: Feb 18
$200 deposit due at registration

Participants will gather for a retreat focused on identifying one’s leadership strengths and needs. Participants will:
    Complete PeopleMap Personality and Leadership Style Inventories
    Learn how to apply the meaning of these tools to their ministry leadership
    Learn about Life Purpose Exploration
    Learn how to construct a Learning Plan focused on leadership development
    Participate in group sessions with their assigned leadership coach

When is the right time for a minister to participate in the Leadership Coaching Project?
    Beginning a new ministry placement
    Facing a major ministry objective
    Experiencing conflict in a ministry setting
    One is “stuck” and needs to grow or gain a new vision
    Evaluating a sense of calling to a vocational ministry or a particular ministry context
    Things are going fine – allowing time for personal and professional development
    Entering vocational ministry
    Life is out of balance and a proactive approach for sustainable ministry is needed

Who should participate?
Solo pastors, senior pastors, associate pastors, interim pastors, ministers in transition, all church staff regardless of responsibility, chaplains, denominational and judicatory leaders, ministers with specialized assignments, and seminary students.  The Leadership Coaching Project is open to clergy and church staff of any Christian denomination.

Leadership Coaching
During the retreat, participants will meet their coach and begin the coaching process.  During the following six months participants will meet with their coach two times each month for leadership coaching.  Most leadership coaching is done by telephone, eliminating geographical constraints.  Leadership coaches work with their clients toward reaching the client’s goals.  Participants will find the personalized Learning Plan and Leadership Coaching to be exceptional tools for forwarding their ministry effectiveness.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Essay Scholarship Contest focuses on Religious Diversity and ‘Christian nation’ Claims

I serve on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D. C.  Each year we provide a wonderful essay scholarship contest for high school students to explore a topic related to religious liberty.  The deadline is March 1st.  I am sharing a press release with more information.  I encourage you to share it with students who might be interested in participating.

WASHINGTON— High school juniors and seniors can win up to $2,000 for college in the 2013 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. Essays must examine religious diversity in America and evaluate the claim that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.”

For the 8th annual contest, the scholarship money doubled for the top two prizes. Grand prize is $2,000 and airfare and lodging for two to Washington, D.C. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $250.

High school students in the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 can enter by writing an essay addressing the following topic:

The United States of America was religiously diverse at its founding. Its population included numerous Protestant groups, small Catholic and Jewish populations, those who practiced traditional Native American religions as well as those who practiced African religions. The United States has become even more religiously diverse, yet Christianity has remained the majority faith tradition since the country’s beginnings. Today, some Americans assert that the country was founded as a “Christian nation” while others contend that statement is a myth. Using the Constitution and writings of the Founders, research and evaluate the claim that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Include a discussion of the current implications for religious freedom for all people in a democratic country in which the majority rules in elections and ballot initiatives.

Essays must be between 800-1,200 words, and they must be mailed – along with registration forms – and postmarked by March 1, 2013, to be eligible. Contest forms and details are available online at

Winners will be announced in the summer of 2013, and the grand prize winner will be recognized at the BJC board meeting in Washington, D.C., in October 2013.

Essays will be judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic, and the skill with which they are written. Students should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support their position.

Visit for complete contest rules. If you have questions, contact Cherilyn Crowe at 202-544-4226 or by email at

The Baptist Joint Committee is a 76-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty organization that works to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, bringing a uniquely Baptist witness to the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government.  Churchnet is a member of the Baptist Joint Committee.