Christmas 2015 Newsletter: From Our House to Your House
In Loving Memory of
David J. Born, TCN Director of Field Services
Our dear brother in Christ, colleague and friend, David Born, fell asleep in the Lord on Oct. 22, at his home in Westford, New York. He was 68 years old and is survived by his wife, Anita, and children Christopher and Gillian and their families. David graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1973 and served as Senior Pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn and Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Queens. He then became Regional Director for North American Missions of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He served as the Director of Field Services with Transforming Churches Network (TCN) since 2009.
I first met David some 20 years ago and have grown to love him as a dear older brother, which I think is extraordinary, because we come from such different backgrounds and have very disparate tastes and personalities. E.g., David was a connoisseur of the fine arts, a classical musician, and an expert in Romanesque architecture and history. On the other hand, he knew absolutely nothing about sports (one of my passions). I often kidded him that he didn’t know the difference between a Jet, a Met, and a Net! And yet, he still indulged my baseball dream by taking me to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, just a few miles from his home…and managed to smile and enjoy it for at least 30 minutes!
Where our interests and ministries intersected was in our passion for the lost and helping local churches become revitalized. As TCN’s Director of Field Services, David helped develop much of our transformation process for churches and then applied his wisdom, expertise, and loving and gentle service to hundreds of churches, primarily in the Northeast. It is because of his tremendous service and heart, that we have dedicated our new book to his legacy.
“We do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thess. 4:13-14)
SEASONS OF DISCOVERY & THE 19:10 PROJECT
I am also pleased to announce that TCN now has two new dynamic and effective processes to help churches begin to transform their church and community. Here’s what one pastor from New Jersey had to say:
“TCN helped our congregation to be outward focused. As a result, decisions by both pastor and lay leaders were primarily based upon the church’s mission of making disciples. The Lord blessed us by sending new people and many young families who wanted to be part of such a church. Seasons of Discovery is a step-wise church transformation process, organized into four phases over two or more years, designed to move congregations towards growth. It utilizes natural windows of time on the church calendar to focus on the four areas of discovery, viz., Preparation, Visioning, Outreach, and Empowerment. Each phase includes personal coaching for the Senior Pastor, Sermons and Bible Studies matching the theme of the season, tools for equipping and training people for ministry, outreach activities, and more.
The 1910 Project comes from Luke 19:10, which says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” Through this process, The 1910 Project Leaders come alongside churches and help them identify barriers for growth while also providing recommendations on how to move past those barriers. The ultimate goal is to help churches begin a new life cycle as healthy, dynamic mission outposts.
For more information on Seasons of Discovery and The 1910 Project, please visit those sections on our website.
Dedicated to David J. Born, our partner in ministry and brother in Christ, who opened doors for the Gospel everywhere he went. A true “Renaissance Man,” David was extraordinarily capable yet amazingly humble. His friendship, wisdom, and gifted service will be sorely missed. David’s legacy of equipping God’s people to reach those who need to know Jesus will live on through this book and those who read it. Get a copy of our new book:
HINGES: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community
In God’s good grace and timing, our colleague, David Born, completed the final chapters of Hinges just a few weeks before he went to his heavenly home. Now, I am so proud and excited to announce the completion of TCN’s seminal book, which encompasses what David, myself, and TCN’s Director of Research & Development, Dwight Marable, have learned and experienced in our ministry of church revitalization and transformation, over the past decade. This book is intended to be a primer for church leaders to gain some new insights and learn practices that can enable them to open doors to their community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that Jesus is the only way into the church, but there are many church doors that lead back out to the community where lost people can still be found. He said, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35). As we obey, He will help us find that ripe harvest in our community and fulfill His purposes for our congregations.
Transforming Churches Network is most honored to provide resources to churches and church leaders to empower them to connect people to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Faithful supporters like you strengthen our ability to serve by increasing our resources.
As the year draws to a close and we prepare once again to worship our newborn King in the manger at Bethlehem, we ask that you prayerfully consider a gift in support of TCN’s ministry-empowering work. In true Barnabas fashion, your example of generosity and partnership is a real encouragement to me and to all of us in the TCN family. Thank you again for all you do to help advance God’s kingdom through your generous support of TCN!
Your partner in the Gospel,
Rev. Dr. Terry Tieman