The following good news report is from Transforming Churches Network:
Forty years ago, Beautiful Savior held its first worship service in what was then a new facility in south Memphis, Tennessee. In February 2004, the congregation dedicated its current building after having moved to the fast-growing area of Olive Branch in North Mississippi. However, when Pastor Tim “Vic” Maslowski came to Beautiful Savior in September 2007, the congregation was going through some difficult times. Pastor Vic knew something needed to be done to help the congregation. It was during the spring of 2008 that Pastor Vic says the Lord led him to the Learning Community being offered by TCN in Memphis.
Pastor Vic valued what he was able to learn from the resources and discussions with his peers within this Learning Community. [Go to www.tcnprocess.com for more information on Learning Communities.] “I was exposed to a lot of literature and resources about outreach and leadership. The literature was not about things like suggesting changes to theology or how to do liturgical worship. These were resources that helped me grow as a leader and that I could also use to help my congregation”, said Pastor Vic. He also appreciated the encouragement and support he received from fellow pastors who participated in this Learning Community. Said Pastor Vic, “The support my peers gave me meant a lot to me. I also got a lot of good ideas from the other pastors.” The coaching TCN provides has also proved to be helpful. “The coaching training I received through TCN taught me how to approach things differently in working through situations”, said Pastor Vic. [Go to www.tcnprocess.com for more information on Coaching.]
To read more about the revitalization of Beautiful Savior, visit TCN.
NOTE: If you are a member congregation of Lutheran Church – Canada or the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and are interested in the revitalization process, contact Dr. Glenn Schaeffer at: firstname.lastname@example.org.