“Personal transformation precedes communal transformation.”
This is part of the learning of leaders and congregations across the RCA and in other denominations all across the USA.  Unless we each do the hard (yet GOOD) work of personal transformation in the Spirit, and do that work alongside and in the support of others, who are on their own journey of transformation in the Spirit, then our congregations will not change, and our communities and our world will not change.  Think about that for a minute… the art of God’s renewal of this world, as we accompany God in bringing grace and shalom to God’s world, starts with the renewal of YOU.

What does transformation look like for you as you seek to live more fully as a disciple of Christ, as a leader within Christ’s Church, and on mission with God?

Here are some ideas, some processes, some thoughts, and some resources you can get involved in, to get into action in your personal transformation.  This list will change from time to time. And please know that this isn’t an exhaustive list.  If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Greg Town, RSNY Minister of Revitalization, at gnbtown@gmail.com.

PROCESSES or PROGRAMS

Faithwalking – An ongoing spiritual formation process where you will discover your true self, full of passion and desire to make a Christ-like impact in the world. You will receive teaching, coaching, and support as you identify and remove the obstacles that stand in the way of living as your true self in Christ, living fully alive on mission with God – in your family, workplace, and all places.  More info here.

Ridder: Churches Learning Change – CLC is a learning process for pastors and teams from their congregations, where we learn and converse on Discipleship, Leadership, and Mission.  CLC is a transformational learning process of acquiring information, putting it into practice, and reflecting on one’s learning about self, others, God, and the content being learned. This learning process leads to mastery of the content and experiences of deep change with the Holy Spirit in practice and ways of being, by living more fully alive and on mission, both personally and corporately.  More info here.

DiscipleOn – For mutual growth and support in implementing a discipleship pathway in your congregation, join an online learning community of ten people or less, over a 5-month period. If you’re looking to do more than a conference or book here-and-there, a DiscipleOn! community will provide support to work toward a new way of discipleship in your church.  Here’s a short synopsis… or get more info here.
Contact: RCA Discipleship Staff, Annalise Radcliffe, aradcliffe@rca.org
Ascending Leaders (the hub for DiscipleOn) also has many other resources.

3D Movements (3DM) – Here’s an overview.

RESOURCES/BOOKS

Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) – Created by the Center for Congregations to offer a thorough guide to 1400 resources on any number of topics for congregations and leaders.  Easily create a free account, look for and obtain resources, setup workspaces with other leaders from your congregation (or other congregations), and invite support from CRG resource experts.  Check out the website and create an account. You can also signup with CRG to receive monthly emails with recommended and new resources.

Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger – A very accessible book expounding on the need to adapt or die as leaders and congregations in ever-changing contexts.  What does it mean to lead “on the map” and “off the map”?  Using the analogy of Lewis and Clark’s expedition into the Louisiana Purchase, Bolsinger weaves a story of how the church needs to learn to stick to their mission, while learning to adapt in leading their congregations.

Leading Change by John Kotter – How does one create a culture of transformation?  Kotter sets forth, for the business sector but also for congregations, eight stages to the process of creating successful transformative organizations that learn to change and adapt.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzer – Any conversation is capable of becoming a crucial conversation – where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong.  Learn to lean into crucial conversations as part of your leadership in helping others experience transformation in healthy communication.

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzer – A thought-provoking book on what it looks like to make a difference.

“Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,
so that you may discern what is the will of God—
what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
— Romans 12:2 (NRSV)