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Another great week in Knoxville

I’m in Seattle almost home after another great week in Knoxville with Crossings http://crossings.forgeknoxville.com/. It is an honor to work with the staff and leadership team. It is also plus to spend time with Crossings Senior Pastor and my great friend Mark Nelson and his family.

Here are Mark’s words related to working with me:

I have been in professional ministry for over 25 years in various forms (youth ministry, campus ministry, church planting). In all that time I have never had anyone ever come close to the influence and impact Jim has had on me both professionally and personally in the 14 plus years since I met him. His knowledge and understanding of leadership development, of culture (both the faith culture and secular culture), churches and para-church organizations and the mentoring and coaching he has provided to me in those areas has proved to be invaluable.

I have been in professional ministry for over 25 years in various forms (youth ministry, campus ministry, church planting). In all that time I have never had anyone ever come close to the influence and impact Jim has had on me both professionally and personally in the 12 plus years since I met him. His knowledge and understanding of leadership development, of culture (both the faith culture and secular culture), churches and para-church organizations and the mentoring and coaching he has provided to me in those areas has proved to be invaluable.

     Mark Nelson, Senior Pastor, Crossings Church, Knoxville TN

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I have been in professional ministry for over 25 years in various forms (youth ministry, campus ministry, church planting). In all that time I have never had anyone ever come close to the influence and impact Jim has had on me both professionally and personally in the 12 plus years since I met him. His knowledge and understanding of leadership development, of culture (both the faith culture and secular culture), churches and para-church organizations and the mentoring and coaching he has provided to me in those areas has proved to be invaluable.

     Mark Nelson, Senior Pastor, Crossings Church, Knoxville TN

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Clearing finished…

Another Clearing (staff retreat) with the Crossings team in the books. Always a great time with great people. We have developed a relationship that is unique, more than professional, more than friends, tough to frame it in words. We become all the best of family, team and community in sharing our lives together for the benefit of us all. It is a gift to have this be a part of my work better yet a part of my life.

the Clearing at the Clearing with Crossings

Let’s see if I can clarify all of that.

Sunday through Tuesday I’ll be with the staff of Crossings Knoxville  http://crossings.forgeknoxville.com/ for their annual January retreat, called the Clearing, at the Clearing http://www.clearingonthelake.com/, a beautiful retreat setting on Norris Lake, Maynardville, Tennessee. This will be my third annual opportunity to join the team in a time of reflection, team building and looking ahead.  As staff teams are strengthened entire organizations benefit.

Here are comments from Kim Day related to a past Clearing: So grateful to have had Jim on our staff retreat this week. Jim helped us through a lot of big decisions that without his outside set of eyes, would have been much more difficult. Jim shared lots of good laughs and stories with us, while challenging us to really evaluate everything we do. I can’t wait to have Jim back with us again!

Please contact me to explore staff retreat opportunities for your team.

The word from the front lines

I spent last week in Knoxville Tennessee with Crossings Church. Following are comments from the Crossings staff (here is a link to help you get to know the team http://www.crossingsknoxville.com/index.php/who-we-are/staff). I appreciated the opportunity to support them in their ongoing commitment to faithful life and service. I would also enjoy the opportunity to support other ministries in similar ways.

  • From Mark, Lead Pastor: A few days with Jim leading our staff…absolutely vital to our life as a staff community, crucial in the constant refinement of vision for our church, insightful to have an outside perspective on all that we do, life-giving to each of our souls.  In just a few short days, again this year, Jim has further entrenched himself as part of our faith community.
  • From Molly: One morning we woke up and were given 30 minutes to work through a series of six Bible passages. Some were only a few verses, some were entire chapters. As our staff discussed them, we were reminded why we do what we do. It was an unbelievably encouraging practice to be lead through the promises, challenges, prayers, and dreams written in those six passages. I am so thankful for people like Jim who work as signposts…pointing the staff and me in the way God has for us.  
  • From Monica: I loved (Jim’s) simple but deep questions.  Also, I love it when (he) put parameters around (his) questions.  Such as, when we did the Hemingway’s–6 Words to Describe Your Life, we couldn’t explain ourselves, but others could ask us questions.  This allowed some questions that maybe would never have come up if we explained our own life.
  • From Alan: It always feels like you are part of the staff…so you are missed when you are gone! Thanks for bringing insight to ministry and to our Crossings culture. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to benefit from your years of experience. I think the word is overused and possibly too cliché, but I can’t think of a better one…you have ‘blessed’ our staff and our entire community with how you let the Holy Spirit work through you. Thanks for everything and I’m looking forward to our next staff retreat with our Bellingham staff!
  • From Michael: One morning we were given the assignment to write our own obituary based off a date that we were randomly given.  My date was the end of 2013… While writing it, it gave me the opportunity to reflect not on the thing that I most often focus on, which is the what of life, but instead it made me think of why I do what I do and how I want to approach things.  I’ve never came away from an activity like this and truly felt changed… until then.  I can say with complete honesty that I am no longer the same Michael Sawyer that walked into the Clearing that week and it had so much to do with this assignment…  Thanks Jim!  It is truly a blessing to have you as a part of my life and in our community.  I look forward to seeing you again.
  • From Caleb: Often times we think consulting or having someone come in to guide, lead or direct us means we talk about the nuts and bolts of ministry, critique and reflect on the forms and set out a vision to explain everything we do.  What I think was accomplished in our time together was some of the above, but more importantly it was a reorientation around the truly fundamental things that make us human and followers after Jesus.

Again, it was a privilege to join with and support the Crossings community. Please contact me to explore ways I can support you and the ministry you serve.

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More from my time with the staff of Crossings

After I got home from Tennessee i got a link to a blog from one of the Crossings staff members, Caleb Gilmore. Caleb is beginning a new blog, “Meandering Muses,” and his first post is a reflection shaped by one the the shared experiences I facilitated at the staff retreat. Follow this link to see what Caleb has to say… http://caleballengilmore.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/writing-my-obituary/

Almost home…

It’s Thursday evening and I’m wrapping up the week in Knoxville before catching an early flight Friday morning. It has been a good week with good people. The staff and people of Crossings Church http://www.crossingsknoxville.com/ know how to make me feel welcome. We started with a staff retreat at the Clearing on Norris Lake http://www.clearingonthelake.com/ and ended with meetings with members of the broader Crossings family.  We enjoyed times of reflection, learning and looking ahead. I look forward to continued connections with these people in the days and years yet to come. And, I’m looking forward to being home.

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Creating a Missional Culture

The first full day with the Crossings (Knoxville, TN) is about in the books. We spent our morning reflecting on the third chapter of J R Woodward’s book Creating a Missional Culture. The third chapter is entitled “What’s Going On in the Culture of Your Church?” The chapter provides great insights to help gain a practical understanding of missional ministry while offering tools to assist those who are down the road away. Our work involved evaluation of the recent past, gaining clarity on the moment and defining first steps toward the desired future.

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