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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

– See more at: https://jimschmotzer.com/testimonials#sthash.KPwtfQzQ.dpuf

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.

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/

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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