TCN MAKES BIG CHANGES!
It’s right there in our name—transformation! Transforming Churches Network is all about helping churches change their culture, ministry practices, and vision, so that they are becoming more and more outward focused. Well, we are practicing what we preach! In order to keep our organization in the very best position we can to help more churches reach the lost and unreached with the saving Gospel of Jesus, we have made several big changes over the past several months, including:
1. Moving to a Congregational Base of Operations:
For the past 9 years, TCN has had a central office in a business park in Memphis, TN, while allowing our Adjunct Staff to operate from wherever they live. We are now applying that philosophy to our Executive Director as well. Dr. Tieman is now serving part-time as Pastor of Grace Celebration while continuing to lead TCN. That means that Grace will now be the physical base of operations for TCN. However, it also means that the ministry that Pastor Tieman is leading at Grace, to help them revitalize their mission and transform their church into becoming more outward focused, will also serve as an incubator for new, creative and field-tested revitalization practices and resources that can be used anywhere!
2. Expanding beyond the LCMS:
While we have always made ourselves available to churches outside the LCMS, we have been less than intentional about it, preferring to focus on the churches and leaders that share our heritage. Beginning now, however, we are planning to aggressively pursue helping other Bible-based churches that want to reach their communities with the Good News of Jesus. We have much to share and want to use our vast experience and solid Lutheran, biblical theology to serve others!
3. Adding Staff:
We have recently added Mr. Milton Carroll to our staff as our Director of Worship Resources. Using his vast experience attained in a wide variety of church settings over the years, Milton will be an awesome gift to churches that want to leverage the Hinge of Inspiring Worship to open more doors to their community! Call our new office number (901-494-7375) or email Milton at [email protected] to find out how he can help you design and implement worship ministry that will help members and guests alike connect with God and each other in a deeper and more meaningful way. You can read more about Milton here.
NEW DISCIPLE MAKING PROCESS
Go…make disciples! ~Jesus (Matthew 28:19)
Jesus started a grassroots Gospel movement that shook the world 2,000 years ago and continues to grow like a tsunami in many parts of the world today! But not so much here in North America… Why? Could it be because we are overlooking the simple, but profound, kingdom principles that Jesus taught his first disciples?
The principles Jesus presented in the Gospels constitute the basic job description for making and multiplying disciples in fulfillment of his Great Commission…and they still work today! Even better, TCN has captured these basic principles in a new Disciple Making Movement (DMM) training process. The process includes 3 resources: 1) Discipleship: Following the Master (an 8-session group training series); 2) The Discipleship Journey (an 8-session one-on-one training booklet); and 3) Leadership Coaching provided by experienced TCN staff.*
In this process, you will learn how to apply the methods that Jesus taught and modeled and start MAKING DISCIPLES…LIKE JESUS DID!
Ready, set, go!
*Pastor Terry Tieman, who has pioneered and tested this process at his own church and in his own community in Memphis, TN, will be available to coach you through the Disciple Making Movement process. However, he will only be able to coach a cadre of 12 new churches in the New Year. Contact him now at [email protected] or call 901-494-7375, in order to reserve him as your coach! To order Discipleship, The Discipleship Journey or other TCN resources, go to www.tcnp